Mirpur (Urdu: میر پور) is the capital and largest city of Mirpur district and one of the largest cities in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. Since Mirpur adjoins the northern plains of the Punjab, the climate is quite hot during the summer times. The city itself has gone through a process of modernization while most of the surrounding area remains agricultural. Mirpur is known for its grand buildings and large bungalow-houses primarily funded through its ex-pat community mainly which is resident in the United Kingdom.
A significant portion of the population is settled in England (UK) – mostly in the Midlands andnorth. For this reason Mirpur is sometimes known as “Little England”. Many products from the UK are found in this city.
CNG auto rickshaws are very popular mode of transport for short routes within the city. The city’s transport system links it to a number of destinations in Azad Kashmir notably Bhimber, Dadyal, Kotli and Khoi Ratta and to major cities in Pakistan as well included services to Gujrat,Jhelum, Kharian, Gujranwala, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Mirpuri Potohari, Majhi and Gojri dialects of Punjabi Language and Kashmiri language are the predominant languages of the City. Other languages spoken include Urdu and english.
Places of interest in Mirpur are:
- Basharat Shaheed Monument
- Jari Kas
- Khari Sharif
- Mangla Dam
- Mangla Fort & Museum
- Ragu Nath Temple
- Ramkot Fort
- Shivala Temple