As I mentioned in earlier post of this series (click here to check first part), Zia, a good friend of mine, went on a trip to Lahore and Islamabad in last week of December 2015. Initially, he shared about 21 pictures with me.
But later, he gave me some more stunning pictures with same condition: mark them copyright under his name. That wasn’t so difficult to agree upon, so I spent some time and pasted his name on all the pictures he gave me.
This is the main hall of Mosque
A close view of main hall’s entrance. All that wall art is centuries old.
And now lets head towards Shahi Qila aka The Royal Fort. This fort is also located in Lahore, adjacent to Badshahi Mosque.
Constructed back in the 1550s, this citadel structure is complex and a mastery wonder of Mughal era art. The fort is very vast and all sections can’t be explored in a day. This fort is Lahore’s biggest tourist attraction and Pakistan’s national pride.
Some of the famous fort sites are Sheesh Mahal, Alamgiri Gate, Naulakha Pavilion, and Moti Masjid.
This is the Alamgiri Gate, the main entrance. Not entire fort is open for public viewing as few sections are closed but still you can check out most of the galleries, courtyards, hallways and much more.
This section is probably in the Akbari Gate area. The structure is decaying with the passage of time but it is still incredible to see how long it has survived
All these old structures were once filled with royal life. Now with just tourist. I wonder whether those who built these or those who lived in it, ever thought about these structures lasting this long.
Those hands that built these walls are unknown to us.
The kings, queen, princes and princesses of centuries long dynasty lived here, ruled over the commons.
Looking at all those pictures makes me think: What time has done to those who once rule the vastness of lands. They were supreme in their eras but now they are nothing but memories in our mind.
These 2 pictures are of Sheesh Mahal, palace of mirrors.
This looks so marvelous! Isn’t it?
And this concludes our Lahore trip.
Our next stop will be on some snow filled mountains, surrounded by giant trees. A place where you may want to stay forever.