Yes!!!! Today we will explore attractions of Lahore; the cultural center and heart of Pakistan. Lahore is among one of those cities which are blessed with both historical and modern attractions but Lahore is more famous for its historical landmarks as compared to modern travel destinations so today, we will also explore historical attractions and landmarks which are located in this city.
Shahi Qila (Royal Fort)
Royal Fort or Shahi Qila is one of the magnificent buildings and landmarks Mughal emperors ever made. Covering an area of 20 hectares, Shahi Qila is located in north western corner of this city. This fort is a masterpiece of architecture and Mughal grandeur. This fort is divided into two main sections named administrative section and private section. Former is well-connected to main entrance and is decorated with large and beautiful gardens. Here in this part, you will also see Diwan-e-Aam which was made for royal audiences. The private residential section of fort is further divided into courts. The attractions that you will find in this section of fort include Shish Mahal and spacious rooms and gardens. Shish Mahal is the most liked attraction of this fort and is capable of making a person thrilled with its beautiful mirror work. Other attractions of this fort are Alamgiri gate and Moti Masjid.
The most famous and monumental attraction of Lahore is the great Minar-e-Pakistan. It is a must visit place for all the tourists who visit Pakistan. Minar-e-Pakistan is 60 meter high concrete minaret that is located in the famous Iqbal Garden. Actually this minaret was made in commemoration of Pakistan Resolution that was passed in the same park on March 23, 1940. The structure of this minaret reflects a mixture of both Mughal and modern architecture attracting visitors from all over Pakistan. There is a large area around this minaret that is commonly used for political and public meetings as well as the park itself provides sufficient place to kite flyers.
Another famous historical attraction of Lahore is Shalimar Garden that was built in 16th century. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and was used as a royal pleasure garden. Shalimar Garden is an astonishing and amazing example of Mughal Garden consisting of three terraces named:
- Farah Baksh
- Faiz Baksh
- Hayat Baksh
The upper terrace is just splendid as it has 105 fountains while middle and lower terraces have 152 and 153 fountains respectively.
It is another tourist’s attraction in Lahore covering an area of 55 acres. This tomb was built by son of Jahangir named Shah Jahan ten years after his father’s death. It has been laid-out in pattern of classical Charbagh that consists of bisecting perpendicular paths. This mausoleum is made of red sandstone with floral marble. This building has 30 meters high four minarets which add to its grandeur and magnificence.
Built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, this mosque is the second largest mosque in Pakistan. It is a favorite attraction among tourists because of its worth-seeing architecture and design. Its designs are inspired by Persian, Islamic and Indian influences. Interior of the mosque is decorated with white marble floor while exterior is decorated with stone carvings.
Some of the most popular historical attractions in Lahore have been described in this post but this list is almost unlimited. So if you ever have a chance to visit Pakistan, come to Lahore and see theses attractions.