History

History of Okara

The Depalpur Tehsil, in the Okara District is older than Mohenjo-Daro. It is officially the largest tehsil in Pakistan. Pakpattan near Okara City is also very old. During the British rule in the 19th century, there was a forest of Okaan trees where city is built. During British rule, Okara was considered part of Pakpattan. It was a city many famous fighters and soldiers who came here or passed the city. This includes Alexander the Great (Sikandar-e-Azam) and Changez Khan etc.

The main city was developed by the British Raj in six blocks and all the houses in blocks were designed in a same shape and sizes, this beautifully organized town planning has even never been seen today’s life. Okara had a significant Punjabi Hindu and Sikh population apart from the Muslims before the partition of India in August 1947. The Hindus and Sikhs of Okara had to leave their ancestral homes and moved to India during partition whilst Muslims from East Punjab migrated to this area.

OKARA (THE CITY OF MILK)

Okara is situated 130 km in the south-east of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The name Okara was originally “Okanwala” from the name of wild plant. The city consists of 10 union councils. It is the capital of the Okara district and it is also known as Mini Lahore. The Sutlej River is located to the east, while the River Ravi is 100 km to the west. The Indian border also lies on the South-Eastern side of the district. The district Okara has a total area of 4,377 square kilometres and comprises of three tehsils. It is famously known as the Land of Warriors for the bravery of its people. This town is the birthplace of many well-known artists and politicians.

The region shares borders with Bahawalnagar in the south, Kasur in the East, Nankana Sahib, and Faisalabad in the North, Pakpattan in the South-West, and Sahiwal in the West. With its proximity to neighboring India in the south-east, the area is strategically and geographically significant.

It is the milk lake of Pakistan as it produces the highest amount of milk in the country. Okara District is famous for its fertile lands, peaceful natural environment and green fields of potato, sugarcane, wheat, rice and maize crops. Oranges and Mangoes orchards are famous. The area of district Okara is the gold mine for history seekers, spiritual and curious travelers. One can find archaeological remains of different dynasties of prehistory, Indus civilization, Persians, Sultanates, the Mughal Empire, the Sikh Confederacy and the British Raj.

Basic Facts

Main Crops:         Sugarcane, Wheat, Rice, Maize and Cotton

Main Fruits:         Citrus, Guava and Mango.

Main Vegetables: Potato, Onion, Turnip and Cauliflower.

Tehsils: Okara, Depalpur and Renala Khurd

Major Industries

Cotton Ginning & Pressing, Dairy Products, Deep Freezers, Flour Mills, Food Industry, Oil Mills, Poultry Feed, Rice Mills, Seed Processing, Sugar, Textile Composite, Textile Weaving and Vegetable Ghee / Cooking Oil.

Climate

The climate of the district is hot in summer and cold in winter. May and June are the hottest months with maximum temperature reaching 44C. January is the coldest month with minimum temperature falling to 2C. The average annual rainfall is 200 mm.