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Mughals in Lahore

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A July 2005 trip to Lahore by baroudeur2004

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Quote: Four days in Lahore to have an introduction to Mughal architecture.

Mughals in Lahore

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Overview

Badshahi Mosque Photo, Lahore, Pakistan
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Lahore is visited mainly by overland backpackers and locals but is definitely worth a visit for its magnificent Mughal monuments, its atmospheric bazaars, its great restaurants, and so on. Lahore is the capital of Pakistani Punjab and the second largest city of Pakistan after Karachi (capital of Pakistan). If you liked Jama Masjid in Delhi, or the Mughal monuments of Agra (Taj Mahal, Imtad-ud-Daulin, etc.), here are the four monuments not to miss while in Lahore: - Badshahi Mosque: the most famous mosque of Pakistan, in red stone and white marble. - Lahore Fort: the buildings that you will see in Lahore Fort are all Mughal even though there were previous constructions i...Read More

Lahore Fort

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Attraction

Lahore Fort Photo, Lahore, Pakistan
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Just in front of the Red Mosque of Lahore (Badshahi Mosque), lies Lahore Fort, a magnificent Mughal fortification which has been partially renovated. There is a double tariff for the visit of the fort. Foreigners have to pay 200 rupees (3 euros) and locals 10 rupees. Several guides will propose their services just outside the fort. There is also a sound and light show on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The origin of Lahore Fort is obscure. Archaeological surveys reveal that habitation existed there long before the advent of Muslims in Lahore. There is evidence that a mud fort existed in the 11th Century. Destroyed and rebuilt several times between the 12th and 15th century, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2007

Lahore Fort

Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore Fort

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Attraction | "Badshahi Mosque"

Badshahi Mosque Photo, Lahore, Pakistan
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Badshahi Mosque is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mosques I have ever seen. It cannot be compared to Middle-East mosques and it is one of the most stunning examples of Mughal architecture with the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Lahore is worth the detour just for this mosque. Built in 1673 by the last famous Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, it is Lahore's main tourist attraction. It is the second largest mosque in Pakistan (after Islamabad's main mosque, Faisal Mosque). Entrance is free but like in any mosque, you have to remove your shoes at the entrance and leave them in a cloakroom for a small fee (2 rupees). Do not worry about burning your feet; when it is very hot, there are w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2007

Lahore Fort

Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore Fort

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Attraction | "Wazir Khan Mosque"

Wazir Khan Mosque Photo, Lahore, Pakistan
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As soon as I had arrived at Wazir Khan mosque, after having searched for it for forty-five minutes, the sky opened its taps and water started pouring down: the first monsoon rain... Soon after, the courtyard was under several inches of water. Wazir Khan mosque was built in 1634-35 under the reign of Shah Jahan (the one who built the Taj Mahal). The mosque was completed in about seven years. The best way to find it is to go around the city walls and enter the old city through Delhi Gate. The entrance of the mosque is about 200 yards on your left in a narrow street.Entrance is free but do not forget to remove your shoes like in any mosque! The entire mosque is built with sma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2007

Lahore Fort

Lahore, Pakistan

Tomb of Jehangir

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Attraction

Tomb of Jehangir Photo, Lahore, Pakistan
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To visit Jehangir’s tomb, you will need to take an auto-rickshaw from the Old City (100 rupees for the return drive). It is located in Shahdara, a poor suburb in Lahore North. After having paid 200 rupees for the visit of Jehangir’s tomb, I was shown a picture on the 1000 rupees denomination note: Jehangir’s Tomb was featured prominently on it! Since I had trouble explaining to my driver where I wanted to go, I suggest you to show him the 1000 rupee note and the picture on it. There are two parts to visit: The Akbar Caravanserai and Jehangir’s Tomb. If you are lucky, you will see the sun illuminating the park surrounding the Akbar caravanserai, built by Shah Jahan at the same t...Read More

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