Walled City of Lahore
Beautiful sensitively restored area of Lahore that is rich with life and history. The Walled City of Lahore covers an area of 256 hectares with a population of 200,000. You can travel in one of the walled city Tuk Tuks, visit the mosques and the old bath houses. Walled City of Lahore had 13 gates: Akbari Gate, Bhati Gate, Delhi Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Lahori Gate, Masti Gate, Mochi Gate, Mori Gate, Roshnai Gate, Shahalmi Gate, Shairanwala Gate, Taxali Gate, and Yakki Gate. A must visit destination of Lahore.
Badshahi Mosque was commissioned by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671, with construction of the mosque lasting for two years until 1673. If you are in Lahore it is a must see place, a fine sample of Mughal architecture, though the present building appears to have been almost rebuilt in the 50’s. The sheer size of the place especially domes and marinates is amazing. It has some fine art work in side. It is beautifully lit up in the evenings and is best viewed in the evening from the nearby roof-top restaurants.
Wahgah Border (Parade)
It’s a must visit event whenever you visit Lahore. The Flag Parade is held and is attended by score of people every day. The ambience and parade is very impressive and motivating as parade performed by Pakistan Rangers is unique, aggressive and full of enthusiasm. There is ample of seating capacity and one must reach minimum an hour before sunset to enjoy the whole event and you are even allowed to take photos even with participating soldiers. A nice souvenir shop is available in the vicinity.
Wazir Khan Mosque
This is a beautiful mosque situated within walled city. Though it is not preserved well but still the architecture takes you to ancient times. The water pond in center meant for ablution adds to the beauty of this mosque. Situated in a bazaar with lots of shops. The mosque is built on an elevated plinth, with the main portal opening onto the Wazir Khan Chowk. The outer perimeter of the Wazir Khan Mosque measures 279 feet (85 m) by 159 feet (48 m), with the long axis parallel to the Shahi Guzargah. A must see for historic touch.
The Minaret is built at the place where Lahore Resolution was passed on 23rd March, 1940. It was the first official declaration demanding separate Muslim state for the Muslims of the subcontinent. Minar-E-Pakistan is adjacent to Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Fort. the minaret provides a panoramic view to visitors who can’t climb up the stairs or access the top, by means of an elevator. The parks around the monument include marble fountains and an artificial lake.
There is a saying that whoever has not seen Lahore is not yet born. Fort is the oldest heritage where many kings lived and used it as their fortress. Shish Mahal and Divan e Khas are beautifully designed and worth seeing. Shish Mahal is embedded with small mirrors beautifully embedded. One can witness thousands of images. In 1980, Government of Pakistan nominated the fort for inclusion in UNESCO World Heritage Site based on the criteria i, ii, and iii together with the Shalimar.
Shalimar garden is beautifully designed and made by Moghal King Shahjehan in the 16th century. It has many levels and has beautiful gardens. During Moghal times, there was no overhead water tanks still the fountains had the same level of water. A unique design by the engineers of those times. Shalimar Gardens draws inspiration from Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab, Persia and the Delhi Sultanate. The Shalimar Gardens are laid out in the form of an oblong parallelogram, surrounded by a high brick wall, which is famous for its intricate fretwork.
Grand Jamia Mosque
The visit to the Grand Jamia Mosque, Bahria Town, Lahore will be both jubilant and joyful. Constructed at a cost of over PKR. 100 Crores (about one million US dollar) it’s an architectural marvel and 7th largest mosque in the world which can accommodate 70,000 worshipers. The structure comprises of 4 minarets,