Uch, 75 km from Bahawalpur, is a very old town. It is believed that it existexd even in 500 BC. Some historians believe that Uch was there even before the advent of Bikramajit when Jams and Buddhists ruled over South Asia. At the time of the invasion by Alexander of Macedonia, Uch was under Hindu rule. Alexander came to Uch after conquering northern parts of South Asia and spent over a fortnight in the city and renamed it as Alexandria. Some have mentioned Uch by the name of Sikandra or lskalanda. They have described it as the most flourishing and beautiful town perched upon the plateaue near the confluence of the Chenab and Ravi rivers. Famous shrines existing at Uch include those of Hazrat Bahawal Haleem, Hazrat Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari, Makhdoonl Jahanian Jahangasht, Bibi Jawindi and Shaikh Saifuddin Ghazrooni etc. Uch is small town today and divided into three different quarters known as (i) Uch Bukhait after Hazrat Syed Jalauddin Bukhari Surkhposh, (ii) Uch Jilani, after the name of Hazra Shaikh Mohammed Ghaus Qadri Jilani (Bandagi), who came from Haib in 887 AH, and (ii) Uch Mughian named after the Mughal rulers.
Makhdom Sahib of Uch Bukhari has some rare Islamic relics in his possession e.g., (i) turban of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), (ii) a mantle of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) (iii) Samsarii (Sword) of Hazrat lmam Hasan, (iv) a cap and turban of Hazrat Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani of Baghdad and (v) mantle of Hazrat Salman Farsi. Makhdoom Sahib Uch Jilan is the custodian of (i) Holy Prophet’s footprints (ii) a few chapters of the Holy Quran written by Hazrat Imam Hussain and (iii) a tooth of Hazrat Awais Qarni.
When to Go
Uch sharif can be acceccissble throughout the year.
How to Reach
Bahawalpur is connected by air from Karachi and Islamabad.
There are daily train and bus services from Multan, Lahore, Sukkur,
Karachi, Dera Ghazi Khan, etc. to Bahawalpur.
Where to Stay
There are a number of reasonably priced hotels in Bahawalpur offering comfortable accommodation at affordable prices.
What to Eat
All kinds of eatables are available here.
Internal Transport Horse drawn vehicles (tongas), and rickshaws ply in the city. Taxise
Cars are also available for hire.
Shopping Centres: The main shopping centres are Shahi Bazaar, Machli Bazaar, Farid
Gate and the Mall.