Sibbi is a town with distinction and great historical importance. It used to be the seat of a number of rulers of area in the olden times.
Balochs and Pathans are the two main races which live in this historic town since centuries. Among the Balochs are the tribes of Rind, Jamalis, Khosas, Golas, Umranis and Khiloanis while among the Pathan tribes are Kakars, Pannis Tarins, Sanatia. Spin Tarins, Tor Tarins, Khetrans, Zarkhuns and Bokhari, Syed, Tarans, Chishtis and Ahmaduzai Syeds.
Most important buildings constructed during the British period, are the Residency, the Victoria Memorial Hall, which is presently known as the Jirga Hall built by public subscription in 1903. Government offices and residential quarters for officials, including those of railways, municipal buildings and dispensary, Barness School for Boys and Girls School, Gaisford Library, Ladies Hospital and Victoria Sarai, constructed by Sardar Sohbat Khan Gola, and is known presently after his name and two masjids and two 'dharamshala'. After the creation of Pakistan many more buildings were added to meet the increasing demand of this developing town. Besides other buildings, there is now a full-fledged fully equipped government hospital catering to the requirements of the entire area, another hospital for ladies, a maternity and child welfare centre, a veterinary hospital, a high school each for boys and girls and town committee buildings, and college.
There is also a mutton, fruit and vegetable market and a cinema house as well for recreational purposes and rest houses
History of Sibi
The history of the town goes back to 13th century and due to its exposed position between the mouths of the Harnai and Bolan passes it had suffered frequent assaults and sieges - including one by the British in 1841. During British rule the town became an important junction on the Sind-Peshin railway where the Harnai line and the Quetta loop line meet, near the entrance of the Bolan Pass, 88 m southeast of Quetta. According to the 1901 census of India the population of Sibi was 4551. In 1903 the Victoria Memorial Hall was built from public funds, a piped water supply to the town was provided by military funds from the river Nari at a cost of Rs.115,000.
Sibi is a historical city of Balochistan. It is sometimes also known as Sivi, purportedly named for a Hindu princess. Most of its population belong to Panni Pashtuns, Panni is the branch of Ghourghust and brother of a famous Pashtun tribe Kakar. Sibi is an agricultural city. Pashtoons (Panni) are the owner of 98% of landmass, while 2% land is owned by Balochs. There is also a historical fort in Sibi. This fort was built in the period on Hindu Rule and still exist in a bad condition
Tours of Sibbi
Sibbi is visited as a stop over during the journey from Sukkur to Quetta The imortant place to visit is the Sibbi Museum and the little bazaar in the city. One can also have an excursion of Sibbi either from Quetta or Sukkur.
When to Go
The best time to visit this place is from May till October.