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 number of beautiful buildings inside it. It is located at the northern side of 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 enterance Alamgiri Gate was constructed in front of 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 the Emperor Ranjit Singh. After the British victory in Battle of Gujrat in 1849, fort was under control of the British Government.
The administrative section of the fort is connected with Diwan-e-khas and gardens, whereas private residential section includes courts and Sheesh Mahal.
Now-a-days, tourists attract to view the historical buildings in Shahi Fort and enjoy a picnic day there. For history lover, there are museums in the fort to present history of different periods in Indo-Pak from Mughal empire to British Rule.
Sheesh mehal is 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 distinctive curvlinear roof.
Moti mosque is also constructed with white marble in the Shah Jahan period near Alamgiri gate.