Lahore is one of the most lively Pakistani cities. The city is home to a number of historic buildings dating back to the Mughal and the British ruling period. Here are some of the most famous buildings which you can visit on your historic tour to Lahore:
Quaid-e-Azam library is one of the biggest public libraries in Pakistan. Built in 1862 and 1866, it commemorates the first two British governors in Punjab and is located opposite Government house. The library stays open from 8am to 8pm.
Hiran Minar was built in 1606 to honor one of the pet deers of Emperor Jehangir. Built during the ruling period of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it contains a large square water-tank with an octagonal pavilion in its center. It is a causeway with its own gateway to connect pavilion with the mainland and a 100-foot high minar. There is a brick ramp located at the center of a tank’s side, offering access to royal animal and wildgame.
Everyone has heard of the famous love story of emperor saleem and his maid Anarkali. Anarkali was sentenced to death when Shah Jehan got to know about their brimming romance. She was buried alive between walls. Today, her tomb is located in the archives building of a complex, which is also home to several other office buildings. There is also a small museum in the archives building which displays interesting documents, dating back to 1857 revolt. Anarkali’s tomb is plain and simple. The small museum is also worth visiting.
Tomb of Jahangir
Tomb of Jahangir, is one of the most famous mausoleums in Lahore. It was built for Mughal Emperor Jahangir who ruled from 1605 to 1627. Shah Jahan, built mausoleum 10 years after the death of his father. The tomb resides in an attractive walled garden with 4 meter high minarets. The interior is decorated with pietra dura inlay, frescoes and colored marble. The mausoleum is also printed on the Pakistani 1000 Rupees note.
Mughal Period was followed by the British rule until 1947. Some of the renowned buildings of British period include Punjab Assembly Hall, GPO, Lahore Museum, Lahore High Court, Tollington Market, Punjab University and the Lahore Railway Station.
Jinnah Gardens are a treat for nature lovers. The gardens were established in 1862 and spread to an area of 140 acres. Hundreds of different species were brought from every corner of the world at the time of establishing the gardens. The very first tree was planted by the Lahore commissioner during January 1862.
Today, the garden is home to a number of entertainment and sports facilities, with cricket ground, Gulshan Fatima and Mughal garden as the point of main attention. A mosque and library is also present at the garden.
Chauburji is another outstanding structure of the Mughal era. It is a monument with four towers, giving the name chauburji to it in the local language. Four means char and tower means burj. Chauburji was built by Zeb-un-Nisa, daughter of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir, as the point of entrance to a Mughal garden. Today, the site is surrounded with some of the most busy roads in Lahore.
Noor is a travel enthusiast. She has a special love for Lahore and loves to write about it. She suggests rent a car in Lahore for an easy commutation around the city.