Lahore

Completed in 1642, this 17th-century mosque- which can be found in Lahore’s Walled City- is magnificent. It’s decked out in bright colors and boasts magnificent frescoes that have somehow been kept in pristine condition thanks to restoration efforts.

Wazir Khan Masjid was commissioned by  Shah Jahan- yup, that’s the exact same Mughal Emperor who had the Taj Mahal built. I guess that speaks to its magnificence!

No Entry Fees and Visit Time is 9 AM to 5 PM.

The Shalimar Gardens, constructed by Shah Jahan in 1641-2 is a Mughal garden, layering Persian influences over medieval Islamic garden traditions, and bearing witness to the apogee of Mughal artistic expression. The Mughal garden is characterized by enclosing walls, a rectilinear layout of paths and features, and large expanses of flowing water. The Shalimar Gardens cover 16 hectares, and is arranged in three terraces descending from the south to the north. The regular plan, enclosed by a crenellated wall of red sandstone, disposes square beds on the upper and lower terraces and elongated blocks on the narrower, intermediate terrace; within, elegant pavilions balance harmoniously arranged poplar and cypress trees, reflected in the vast basins of water.

This garden unfolds as one walks in next to a reflecting pond going from the Queen’s garden to the Royal one and down below the commoners’. The most magnificent is the Royal one with a marble tablet for a running waterfall when it’s working, a central place for Emperor Shah Jahan himself and places of musicians to play with their songs sliding over the surface of the reflecting pond on a warm summer’s evening. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site and built in 1641, it has a long history. Note the picture of our self-appointed guide who has some limited information to share but tends to be somewhat repetitive. Now Shalimar Gardens is rather neglected but worth seeing and walking anyway as one dreams of a time when it was in its fully glory.

PKR 20 Entry Fees and Visit Time is 6 AM to 6 PM.
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