The construction of Mangla dam converted the old Mirpur town into a big artificial lake and effected the population of about 50,000. But it paved the way for existing new Mirpur town situated on the banks of Mangla Lake. The city is well planned and buildings are mostly of modem design. Mirpur has developed into an industrial city very rapidly. All the basic amenities of life are available here. Colleges, hospitals, banks, shopping centers, hostels, telephone & telegraph units, Forest, PWD, Industries and Tourist rest houses exist in the city. Bus and wagon transport services are also available.
Mangla is a small beautiful modem town. It is situated at a distance of 110 kilometers from Islamabad and 15 kilometers short of Mirpur city. The construction of Mangla reservoir having perimeter of 100 kilometers and presence of Mangla and Ramkot Forts of Mughal period have turned this place into an attractive tourist spot. Mangla has special attraction for the tourists coming on short visits because of its proximity to Jhelum, Lahore and Rawalpindi/Islamabad.