Click to Zoom.. Shahi Fort
Click to Zoom..

Shahi Fort (Punjab)

 

Lahore Fort, also known as Shahi Fort, was built in 1566 by Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, and is easily accessed by bus, wagon, or any conveyance from Lahore Railway Station. It is the largest historical construction in Lahore with a number of beautiful buildings inside it. It is located on the northern side of the walled city Lahore. Its most beautiful part is Sheesh Mehal, and other main areas are the Throne room, the Diwan-e-Aam, the Elephant Gate, Jehangir\'s Quadrangle, the Naulakha and Moti Masjid.

The main entrance, also know as Hathi Pul, was the private entrance for the royal families toward royal residency in Shahi Fort. The grand entrance Alamgiri Gate was constructed in front of the Badshahi mosque by Emperor Aurangzeb. All other buildings in the fort are located along the path.

With the fall of the Mughal Empire, the fort was captured by Sikh and used as the residency by Emperor Ranjit Singh. After the British victory in the Battle of Gujrat in 1849, the fort was under the control of the British Government.

The administrative section of the fort is connected with Diwan-e-Khas and gardens, whereas the private residential section includes courts and Sheesh Mahal.

Nowadays, tourists attract to view the historical buildings in Shahi Fort and enjoy a picnic day there. For the history lovers, there are museums in the fort to present the history of different periods in Indo-Pak from the Mughal empire to British Rule.

Sheesh Mehal is the most beautiful building in the Shahi fort, which is located within Jahangir\'s Shah Burj. It was constructed in the era of Emperor Shah Jahan. Its walls are decorated with frescoes with pietra dura and complex mirror-wok.

The Naulkha Pavillion is also another iconic building in the fort and was constructed in the era of Shah Jahan. It is made of white marble with a distinctive curvilinear roof.

Moti mosque is also constructed with white marble in the Shah Jahan period near Alamgiri gate.

About Lahore

Lahore, the capital city of Punjab, is the most populous and second-largest city in the northeast part of Punjab province in Pakistan on the border with India at Wagha. It is located on the bank of River Ravi at a height of 213 meters above sea level. It is linked with the rest of Pakistan and accessed by all types of transportation. It is the major city to access all of the cities and towns of Punjab province. It has the largest railway station in Pakistan. Allam Iqbal International airport is used for all types of international and local flights.

Lahore is the historic cultural hub of the Punjab region and was served as the capital city for a number of years under the Mughal emperors, the Sikh Empire under the rule of Ranjit Singh, and provincial capital in British rule. It is famous for a number of historic buildings and parks, i.e. Shalimar garden, Shahi fort or Lahore fort, Badshah mosque, etc. These historical buildings are now managed by Unesco world heritage to preserve them for the next generation. Sheesh Mahal is one of the beautiful architectural Mughal construction with mirror and tile work, and it attracts a number of tourists from all over the world. Historical G.T. Road, constructed by Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century, was used to establish a link between Calcutta and Kabul. Lahore museum has a splendid collection of historical linkages of Lahore and the sub-continent. Minar-e-Pakistan was a beautifully constructed building in memory of the Pakistan Resolution on 23 March 1940. Allam Muhammad Iqbal, who gave the idea of Pakistan, was buried near Badshahi mosque.

It is also known as a walled city in the times of the Mughal Empire. Some remains of those walls and splendid gates still attract a number of tourists to Lahore, Pakistan. Shahi fort was served as the front-end defense of the city.

The City of Lahore also attracts a number of visitors from all over the country as well as foreign tourists to visit a number of beautiful parks and gardens in the city. Jallo Park, race-course park, and Jinnah garden are the most famous parks.

It is also famous for the largest number of educational institutes in Pakistan. The University of Punjab is one of the main universities there, which produces a number of graduates every year. A number of great leaders before the independence of Pakistan had studied in the Government College, Lahore.

Nowadays, Lahore is represented as a modern city, with organized towns, restaurants, and shopping centers, in Gulberg, Model Town, and other societies. People love to enjoy visiting these shopping centers and normally take dinner in restaurants late at night.

Lahori people are cooperative and polite in manner. They welcome outsiders with great hearts and enjoy offering them meals. They are not conservative and respect the opinion of others. Most of the people living there have belonged to the surrounding cities, so they are not actual residents of Lahore. The actual residents of Lahore are living inside the walled city or other old colonies around the walled city.

Ideal time to visit Lahore

Spring season is the ideal time to visit the city. At that time, visitors can enjoy thousands of various color flowers everywhere, especially in public parks. The fragrance of these flowers can be felt in the atmosphere, which attracts a number of local visitors too. Local tourists from the surrounding cities can arrange a one-day tour with their families. Fully luxurious hotels and restaurants are available for tourists from other cities as well as foreigners.

Shahi Fort Map

Shahi Fort Photo Gallery

  • Haveli Kharak Singh Shahi Fort

    Kharak Singh Haveli lies in the south-east of the Jahangir Quadrangle in Shahi Fort, is a residence place of Kharak Singh, son of Ranjit Singh. In the British Rule, it was used as quarters and godown.


  • Badshahi Mosque from Shahi Fort


  • Shaeesh Mehal Shahi Fort

    Shish Mahal is one of the most unique and decorated building in Shahi Fort. It was built by Asif Khan on the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in 1631-32. It contains one large hall in the front and small rooms on its back on both sides.


  • Shaeesh Mehal Interior Shahi Fort

    Shish Mahal is one of the most unique and decorated building in Shahi Fort. It was built by Asif Khan on the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in 1631-32. It contains one large hall in the front and small rooms on its back on both sides.


  • Khalwat Khana Shahi Fort


  • Shahi Fort Passage to Alamghir Gate

    Alamgiri Gate is the entrance to the Shahi Fort in front of Bashahi Mosque and Hazuri Bagh. It was constructed by Aurangzeb in 1674. It is most iconic symbol of historical places in Lahore. It has two semi circular bastions with lotus petal design on their bottom. Pakistani flag is hoisted at the top in the center of gate.


  • Khawabgah-e-Jahangir Shahi Fort Inside View


  • Khawabgah-e-Jahangir Shahi Fort


  • Dolat Khana-e-Khass-o-Aam Shahi Fort

    Dolat Khana-e-Khass-o-Aam is multi-storey building between Dewan-e-Aam and private residential apartments of the royal families. There are gallaries on the both side of takht-e-jharoka, to view the court proceedings by royal family members. Inside the building is Aiwan for meeting purposes with Khass-o-Aam.


  • Devan-e-Aam Shahi Fort

    Devan-e-Aam is in the centre of the garden adjoining with the Masti Gate side. This is splendid wooden 40 column hall with beautifully curved arches. Inside the Dewan-e-Aam, in the cenre of the hall, there is the takht jharoka or throne gallery few feet above the hall floor in Shahjahani structure. At the back of takht-e-jharoka, the Daulat Khana-e-Kass-o-Aam.


  • Devan-e-Khass Shahi Fort Inside View

    Devan-e-Khass is a very beautiful building in the Shahi Fort built with sangi-e-murmur, white marble in a square of 52 feet in splendid arched bays on all sides. This building was used by Shah Jahan as a meeting place with royal member of his empire.


  • Devan-e-Khass Shahi Fort

    Devan-e-Khass is a very beautiful building in the Shahi Fort built with sangi-e-murmur, white marble in a square of 52 feet in splendid arched bays on all sides. This building was used by Shah Jahan as a meeting place with royal member of his empire.


  • Defence wall of Shahi Fort

    The outer wall of Shahi Fort is built with small brinks laid in kankar around the shahi fort covering the area of 50 acres. Outer wall was for defensive purpose having the platform for the army camp and having the width of moving the troops on the wall. There are number of burjs on the wall for installing ammunitions and attacking channels on the fort wall.


  • Elephant Steps

    The Elephant Steps in Shahi Fort, Lahore were made for elephants, covered with stone, but in Sikh regime, those were removed by them.