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Hiran Minar (Punjab)

 

Hiran Minar, also known as Royal hunting resort, was built by Mughal Emporer in memory of his pet Antelope, named Mans Raj, in 1607 in Skeikhupura, also known as Jahangirpura. It is located at the distance of 5 km from Sheikhupura Railway Station and accessed via Hafizabad Road. A 30-meter high tower was constructed on his grave, which is circular and tapers toward its top on the flat platform. There is a spiral staircase having 108 steps inside the tower that leads to the top of the top. There are 210 square holes in the outer surface of the tower to accommodate the birds living in the surrounding jungle.

In the front of the minaret, there is a two-story octagonal Baradari, also called Daulat Khana, in the center of a huge square-shaped water tank with a causeway, constructed by the order of Shah Jahan. There are square pavilions on each side of the water tank. In past, a channel was cut from the local canal to fill the water in the tank. On the four corners of the tank, there was a system to collect the rainwater from the surrounding area to fill the water tank.

Hiran Minar is also a popular fishing point, one can use fishing rode for fishing by having a license.

About Sheikhupura

Sheikhupura, also called The Rice Valley, is an industrial city at the distance of 38 Km from Lahore on the northwest side in Punjab on the old G. T. Road. Its old name was Jahangirpura developed by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1607, as it was a major area to stay at the time of the Mughal Empire while visiting the military headquarters in Lahore Fort.

Its name is also mentioned in the Tuzk-e-Jahangiri, an autobiography of the Jahangir. Its name was derived from a nickname of Jahangir, who was known as Sheikhu called by his mother, wife of Akbar the Great. Sheikhupura was also known as Virkgarh due to the large number of Virk Jatts living there.

There is a number of buildings constructed by the Jahangir during his reign. In which, Sheikhupura Fort and Hiran Minar are important historical places to visit. Hiran Miran was an area for royal hunting and its name was given due to his beloved pet deer.

After the Mughal Empire, the city was under the Bhatti tribe, who were defeated by the Sikh and then the city was governed by Lehna Singh, who was strong allies of Ranjit Singh. After that the British had captured the city in 1857 from the Sikh.

Sheikhupura Fort was built by the Emperor Jahangir in 1607. It was just use for the purpose of temporary stay while the Royal movements from Lahore to Dehli. It was used by the Emperor Jahangir, while he was on hunting in this region. It is located in the center of the old Sheikhupura city. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, fort was used by his wife and his mother. He had also constructed some of the buildings in fort and grant. Then it was used as house arrest of his last wife after the getting the control of sub-continent by the British. Fort is in ruin and not in good condition. Most of its inner buildings are converted into ruin except the outer walls. Now fort is not opened for public to visit.

Hiran Minar was also built by the Emperor Jahangir in 1620 as a monument for his beloved pet deer. The complex was build in the area reserved for the Royal hunting. Some part of that jungle is still part of the Hiran Minar, that is available for tourist to explore the history of the Mughal Empire. In the front of minaret, there is a pavilion inside the center of large sized water pool. It is a good place for one-day picnic and there are large number of families on holidays.

Number of popular industries are in operation in the city. Two major industrial areas, Rachna Industrial Park and Quaid-e-Azam Business Park Sheikhupura, are developed there to encourage the people to establish industries in the area.

The weather of Sheikhupura is hot and dry. Summer season is much hot and warm, whereas winter season is pleasant. So if you want to explore the historical buildings of the Mughal time, then you have to plan it in winter season.

Hiran Minar Map

Hiran Minar Photo Gallery

  • Hiran Minar Burial Place

    It is a 30 meter high tower, was constructed on the grave of antelope, a pet of Emporer Jahangir. It is circular and tapers toward its top on the flat platform. There is a spiral staircase having 108 steps inside the tower leads to the top of the tower. There are 210 square holes in outer surface of the tower to accommodate the birds living in the surrounding jungle.


  • Old Water Channel Hiran Minar

    The old water channel was used to fill the water tank from the canal and rain water in past, whereas now water pump is used to fill the water tank.


  • Staircase opening to Water Tank

    Staircase opening from the the Baradari in the water tank.


  • Beautiful Baradari View

    A beautiful view of the baradari from the corner pavilion arch.


  • Baradari Entrance Gate

    The double story entrace gate which has staircase on both side to move on second level, is used to access the Baradari through the pathway.


  • Baradari Causeway

    The casueway to the Baradari is structured with open arches floating on the water.


  • Baradari back view

    The Baradari standing in the centre of water tank, representing a spledid and charming veiw inside the water tank on the boat.


  • Baradari Front Hiran Minar

    The front view of The Baradari with a pathway to it from the main entrance gate.


  • Baradari Front Hiran Minar

    The front view of The Baradari with a pathway to it from the main entrance gate.


  • Habitant place of Antelope

    The jungle area around the Hiran Minar is reserved area. It was used once a habitant of the antelope of Jahangir. One can enjoy the historical jungle with its original structure but not as vast as previous past.