The present 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 is even never been seen today's life. Okara had a significant Punjabi Hindu and Sikh population apart from the Muslim before the partition of India in August 1947. The Hindus and Sikhs of Okara had to leave their ancestral homes and move to India during partition whilst Muslims from East Punjab migrated to this area.

Okara District is a district of Punjab, Pakistan. It is located on Multan Road some 110km from Lahore. According to the 1998 census, the district has a population of 2,232,992 of which 22.84% are/were urban. The name Okara was originally Okanwala from the name of wild plant.

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 Mugal Empire, the Sikh Confederacy and the British Raj.

District Okara is bounded on the East by Kasur district, Sahiwal and Pakpattan districts on the West, Sheikhupura and Faisalabad districts on the North and Bahawalnagar district on the South. 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.

Basic Facts

Tehsils: Okara, Depalpur and Renala Khurd
Main Crops: Sugarcane, Wheat, Rice, Maize and Cotton
Main Fruits: Citrus, Guava and Mango.
Main Vegetables:  Potato, Onion, Turnip and Cauliflower.
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


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.

Other salient features of Okara are as below: