As a Lahori… Yes!!! I love Lahore. But there are so many other things which will make you fall in love with Lahore. Food is one the attractions for tourists who visit Lahore but The great history of this city attracts you more than any thing.
Below are few tourist points which you must visit when you are in Lahore..
WALLED CITY LAHORE
I always say that for me the winter season is best to explore this city. Especially, the Walled city (Old Lahore). As we all know that boundaries Lahore has been expanded with the passage of time, that’s why we call the Walled city the Old Lahore. Now many of us don’t know why it is called “Walled City”? Well the Mughal Emperors build a city surrounded by nine meter high brick wall and had a rampart running around it which served as a protection for the city. And one circular road around the rampart gave access to the city through thirteen gates. Some of the imposing structures of these gates still exist.
The names of those thirteen gates are Delhi Gate, Roshnai Gate, Akbari Gate, Yakki Gate, Bhati Gate, Sheran wala Gate, ohari Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Mori Gate, Masti Gate, Shah Alam Gate, Texali Gate, Mochi Gate. Unfortunately, only six gates survive but they need immediate mending and rest of them have been destroyed.
Badshahi Mosque is one of the best Heritages. What an awesome piece of work. It was built during Emperor Aurangzeb’s long rule from 1658 to 1707. Badshahi Mosque is presently the fifth largest mosque in the world and was indisputably the largest mosque in the world from 1673 to 1986 when the Faisal Mosque was constructed in Islamabad. I always get mesmerized after visiting this beautiful place. it feels like you entered in the history.
Lahore Fort (Shahi Qila)
When you come out of the Badshahi Mosque, you can see the main gate of Lahore Fort right in front of you. Well according to my knowledge Lahore fort is the only place in Pakistan which represents the different phases in the development of Mughal architecture. Lahore fort is also known as Shahi Qila and it achieved prominence during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Its importance continues afterwards his successors, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb added numerous new buildings. You wil
l love to walk around the whole fort as it is irregular in plan being about 500 yards east to west by some 400 yards north to south. Adding more in to your information it is girdled round by a fortification wall constructed in small brunt brick having considerable strength.
Well the popular buildings of the fort are Dault Khana-e-Khas-o-Am, Sleepimng Chamber of Emperor Jahangir, Shish Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khas, Moti Masjid, Alamgiri Gate, etc.
Another master piece of Mughal Era is Jahangir tomb. This had been a favorite spot of Jahangir and his wife Noor Jahan when they resided in Lahore, and the area was commonly used as a point of departure for travels to and from Kashmir and Lahore. Shah Jahan (Jahangir’s son) ordered that a mausoleum befitting an Emperor be built as a permanent memorial, after the death of Jahangir in 1627. But unfortunately, the current situation of the tomb is not that good. It needs to be preserved in its original condition.
So there are many other places where you can visit. Will try to explain those in my next post….
Stay Tuned Folks!