Category Archives: Mughal Sites

Mausoleum of Bahauddin Zakariya

The city of Multan in Pakistan, known as the city of Sufis or mystics, is where the mausoleum of the great Sufi saint, Bahauddin Zakariya, can be found.  Standing in the centre of the city, within the north-eastern corner of … Continue reading »

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Rukn-e-Alam Mausoleum

Lying just inside Multan Fort in Pakistan, on the south-west side, is the mausoleum of Sheikh Ruknuddin Abul Fath, commonly known by the title Rukn-i-Alam (pillar of the world). The elegant dome is prominent, instantly visible when approaching the city … Continue reading »

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Badshahi Mosque

Lahore’s Badshahi Mosque, amongst the largest in the world, is one of the few significant architectural edifices constructed during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb from 1658 to 1707 AD and was inspired by the Jamah Mosque in Delhi, built by Aurangzeb’s father Shah Jehan. Although built during the final stages of the Mughal period, the mosque is arguably unsurpassed in its beauty, its scale and elegance like no other monument in Lahore. Presently, it is the fifth largest mosque in the world and can be found in the north-west of Lahore, adjacent to Lahore fort on Fort Road. Continue reading »

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The tomb of the Empress Nur Jahan

The tomb of the Empress Nur Jehan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir, lies in Shahdara Bagh, on the north-west suburbs of Lahore, near the mausoleum of her husband. Although there are no reliable figures as to when the tomb … Continue reading »

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Pearl Mosque or Moti Masjid in the Lahore Fort

The Moti Masjid of Lahore is a beautiful edifice standing on the western edge of the Lahore Fort, near the Alamgiri Gate. Moti, meaning pearl in Urdu, emphasises the preciousness of the religious structure and the naming of mosques after … Continue reading »

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Sunehri Masjid

The Sunehri Masjid, or golden mosque, can be found in the old city of Lahore in the Chowk Kashmiri Bazar. A relative newcomer as compared with older monuments in the city, the mosque stands on a masonry platform a storey … Continue reading »

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Uch Sharif

The ancient town of Uch Sharif is steeped in history, some say pre-existing even before Alexander the Great’s travails in the Indian subcontinent. Located 75 kms from Bahawalpur in South Punjab, Pakistan, the town is positioned at the confluence of … Continue reading »

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Anarkali’s Tomb

On the lower Mall Road, inside the grounds of Punjab Secretrariat towards the south of the old city in Lahore, lies one of the more unexpected Mughal tombs, that of Anarkali, the former slave and lover of Prince Salim. According … Continue reading »

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Tomb of Asaf Khan

In the same complex as the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir near the Lahore suburb of Shahdara Bagh, lies the tomb of Asif Jah, also known as Asaf Khan. The brother of the Empress, Nur Jehan, and the father … Continue reading »

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Wazir Khan Mosque

A walk through the old city of Lahore in Pakistan has a number of fantastic and memorable historical sites.  The Wazir Khan Mosque is one of these. Described as a ‘mole on the cheek of Lahore’, the mosque was built … Continue reading »

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Shalimar Gardens

The magnificent and famous Shalamar Gardens are located 8 kms to the north-east of Lahore in Pakistan on the Grand Trunk Road. Commissioned by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1637, the gardens are known for their grandeur and exquisite landscaping. … Continue reading »

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Rohtas Fort

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Lahore Fort

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Malerkotla

The town of Malerkotla was divided into two parts – Maler and Kotla. Maler may have been named after an individual named Malher Singh who is said to have constructed a Kaccha fort here called Malhergarh. The town of Malher was founded by Sadr-u-din in 1466, an Afghan. A pious man and disciple of Peer Rukha Alam of Multan (Pakistan), he left the Peer and settled at Bhumsi in the remains of the Malhergarh fort. Behlol Lodhi stayed here on way to Delhi and was so impressed with him that on becoming King of Delhi, he married off his daughter Taj to Sadr-u-din and gave him 68 villages in dowry. Around the hut of Sadr-u-din emerged a Basti named Malher after the fort Malhergarh. Continue reading »

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Tomb of the Emperor Jehangir

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