Dera's special sweet is Sohan Halwa. Abdullah's Qadeemi Sohan Halwa is best in all. Haji Abdullah Jan, who is pioneer in Sohan Halwa making, started this business 60 years ago. Now his son Haji Irshad Hussain is running the shop.
Qadeemi Sohan Halwa shop is situated in main " Bazar Topanwala ". There are dozens of Halwa makers in Dera but Qadeemi's taste is par excellence. So if you plan to vist Dera Ismail Khan then must taste this Halwa.
The basic ingredients are a very unusual flour "Samnac" also known as "green flour", pure full cream and milk and butter, pistachios, green cardamum, almonds, sugar and food flavouring.
This sweet is available in 2kg, 1kg & 1/2 kg packing.
PRICE: as in Dec 2011
Plain Halwa (without Dry Fruits) = Rs. 200/- per Kg.
Mewa Wala Halwa (with almonds & pistachios) = Rs. 300/- per kg.
Walnut Halwa = Rs. 340/- per Kg
Besides Qadeemi Sohan Halwa, other major halwa (sweet) makers are:
1. Maqbool Sohan Halwa, Chawk Ghas Mandi.
2. Sultani Sohan Halwa, Kanerian Wala Gate (an old gate of Dera Ismail Khan City) See Pic.
3. Man Milan Sohan Halwa, Bazar Topanwala.
Dhakki Dates of Dera Ismail Khan are very famous due to their extra ordinary large size and sweetness. Dhakki is a small village on Chashma Road about 40 km from Dera City. These dates originated from Dhakki but now they grow in other villages and towns too.
These dates are different from others because they don't ripe on the plant. They are picked before maturity and then ripen in Sun Light using a very typical method. Size of date plant is not so much high but stem is thiker than normal plants. One date contains very much energy and nutrition.
So you must try Dhakki dates if you are in or around Dera.
High above the mighty River Indus, on hills commonly called the Salt Range, stand important remains of forts with citadels and temples. Built from the 6th to the 11th centuries AD. Kafirkot Temples represent the earliest experiments in this region with the developing Nagara formula.
There is a story in history about Bilot Forte. It is said that there were two brothrs Bill & Till. Who became agaist each other. Bill was rightious and he made this forte, faught with his evil brother and won.
This is a charm for lovers of historical places.
There is a vast graveyard named Andira, about 50km from Dera city, near Puroa & Muhra Villages. It filled with tombs from various times both historic and contemporary. Four of the tombs are unique in their design and execution. These tombs were built in 13th century AD.
These tombs have great attraction for viewer's of Mughal Archetecture.