6 September 2016 By : admin
Lahore, the capital city of Punjab is famous for its rich culture and history. The city is Pakistan’s second-largest metropolitan area with a population of 10,052,000. This also makes it the 27th largest urban city in the world. The city reached the heights of glory under the Mughal Empire. The city then fell to the rule of the Sikh empire before becoming the capital of the Punjab province under the British rule. The 4 most historic places situated in the city of Lahore are shared below:
Badshahi Mosque was established in 1673 by the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. Aurangzeb ruled India from 1658 to 1707 AD. Covered in red stones, the construction of the Mosque is unique and eastern. For more than 300 years, it was titled as the largest mosques in the world. Today, it is the second largest mosque in Pakistan, with the Shah Faisal Mosque at the number 1 spot. Overall, it is the 5th largest Mosque worldwide. The mosque has the capacity to accommodate 100,000 worshipers at a time.
Situated near Minar-e-Pakistan and in front of Shahi Qila, the building design is inspired from the Islamic, Persian, Indian and Central Asian architecture. The mosque also bears resemblance with Jamia Masjid Delhi, built by another Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (Aurangzeb’s Father). The mosque holds a great historic and architectural importance for students and tourists alike. It also includes relics of Prophet Muhammad SAW, his son in Law Hazrat Ali RA and daughter Hazrat Fatima RA.
The Lahore Museum, established in 1895 is situated on the Mall road. The museum remained under the curatorship of Rudyard Kipling’s father for a while. Lahore museum is home to a number of historic paintings and weapons. It is especially known for its collection of artifacts from Gandhara civilization, including the famous “Fasting Buddha” monument.
Lahore, Minar-e-Pakistan is a tall historic minaret situated in Iqbal Park. The tower marks the Lahore resolution. The minaret reflects a mixture of modern and mughal architecture. It was constructed on 23rd March, 1940, seven years before the independence of Pakistan. Lahore Resolution was passed by Muslim League demanding the creation of Pakistan. The day is celebrated as a national holiday ever since the formation of Pakistan.
The minar receives a lot of tourists from Pakistan. It is also commonly used for political and public meetings.
Mughal Emperor Jehangir tomb is a masterpiece of Mughal Architecture. The tomb is situated at Shahdara, Lahore in “Dilkusha Garden,” on the North-West bank of River Ravi. The tomb is the reminder of the magnificent Mughal era and is the amongst the most popular attractions in Lahore.
Taking a period of 10 years for construction, Jehangir’s tomb is a single story square building, set in a luxuriant “Chahar Bagh.” The corners of the buildings are surmounted by an octagonal minaret structurally attached with a main building. The area stretches to 100 acres, out of which Jahangir tomb is 59 acres.
The tomb is approached through a spacious space known as Akbar Serai, which is a rectangular enclosure. Noor Jahan, Jahangir’s wife planned the “Dilkusha Garden.” Jehangir is buried in the garden as his last wish.
You can explore all the above-mentioned and many other historical places in Lahore. However, due to the ever crowded traffic culture in the city, it is best to opt for rent a car Lahore services. Car rental Lahore are experienced with all the routes of the city to get you from one historical place to another.