My visit to Badshahi Mosque. Lahore, Pakistan

The main entrance to the Mosque
The main entrance to the Mosque
Inside the Mosque
Inside the Mosque
Someone resting in the Mosque, behind him you can see someone praying
Someone resting in the Mosque, behind him you can see someone praying
School children visiting the Mosque
School children visiting the Mosque
A Mogul lamp
A Mogul lamp
Shamin, my guide on my first visit to the Mosque
Shamin, my guide on my first visit to the Mosque
View of the Fort
View of the Fort
A section of the ornate decorations
A section of the ornate decorations
More decorations
More decorations
Allama Iqbal's Tomb outside Badshahi Mosque
Allama Iqbal's Tomb outside Badshahi Mosque
The guard outside the Mausoleum to Iqbal
The guard outside the Mausoleum to Iqbal

In September 2005 I visited the Badshahi Mosque for the first time. It was September and for Pakistan the weather was cooler than summer, but for me newly arrived from England it was very hot. I travelled by rickshaw and on arrival gave my shoes to the man at the entrance to the Mosque who gave me a ticket with a number on it to reclaim them on coming out.

The sandstone floor of the Mosque was so hot I had to run into the shade and stay on the carpet that is laid across the ground, because my feet were burning. I noticed others were walking on the ground quite calmly as if it was cool. On going into the entrance an old man came up and offered his services as a guide. His name was Shamin and he said he spoke several languages. At first I did not want a guide but he kept following and was so persistent that we let him stay. He told the whole history of the Mosque but in a rambling sort of way. He said that the designs on the paintwork showed 5 leaves for the 5 prayers in the day. He also went into a corner and told me to stand with my ear to the wall on the opposite side and he whispered and the echo of his voice was heard.

Actually, I learned more of his history than that of the Mosque but he was an engaging old man. He acted as a bodyguard, if anyone got too close he sent them away. He was rather amusing but it was like a whistle stop tour. I suppose he was rushing around so he could go and find more people to guide around.

October 2008 I visited again and this time there was no sign of our old guide. I looked around but did not see him.

This time the ground was cool and the day was so pleasant and warm. Just like a summer day in England. Despite the fact that there were many more people this time, including lots of children, it was very peaceful. It is a beautiful place and I sat in the cool on the carpet and enjoyed the peace and tranquility.

As usual, in any place in Pakistan, it is not possible to be completely alone. A group of women passing who saw me sitting on the floor thought I must be a Muslim because I was wearing a shawl over my head. I had put this on to show respect for the Mosque. I posed for a photograph with them and with another group. So far all Pakistanis I have met want to have a photograph to show their friends that they have met a foreigner. This love for people for other countries is something I have not experienced anywhere else.

This mosque is directly opposite the Lahore Fort and was built during the reign of Emperor Aurengzeb in 1672 to 1674. He was one of the last great Mughal kings. The facade is similar to the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) in Delhi.

The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is capable of holding 5,000 people and it was the largest mosque in Pakistan until the Faisal Mosque was built in Islamabad which holds 10,000 in the prayer hall and can hold up to another 64,000 outside. This will possibly be the subject of another hub.

I have added a short video which shows the road on the way to the Mosque. You can see that there are many people also walking in the street, and beggars who wait for cars to stop. Then there is one which shows the road outside the Mosque, the Fort and the Sikh Gurdwara which are all in the same place. You can see from this the life and colour and hear the sounds of Lahore.

Another thing that is very important is the Tomb of Allama Iqbal outside the Mosque which is guarded day and night. He was one of the founding fathers of Pakistan and a great poet and philosopher. His poetry is exquisite.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I really enjoyed this trip to the beautiful mosque. It is really a beautiful building. Thanks for being my guide!

Love and peace

Tony


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

You are welcome. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

wow!!! Fantastic pics and hub....! You're getting better and better, I have to say! Aren't those ornate carvings on the ceiling just gorgeous? I tried so hard to capture them on lens, but your pics are superb. One day Humming, we must make a plan together for a visit. We'll have so much fun! Anyway, thank you for this 'treat' early in the morning....! take care, and much love x


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you myownworld. I was waiting for you to read this because your comments are very welcome. The carvings on the ceiling are gorgeous as you say, I would have liked to record every one but there are so many. I am glad you liked this hub and that's not a bad idea, a visit together. You take care too. xxx


Lahoreee 6 years ago

A cool breeze I felt when I went through your hub, HUMMING BIRD JI. I visit the tomb of Allam Iqbal every now and then when I am upset and sad. The solitude I feel in this refuge is unique and relaxing. Iqbal, the sage poet gave a real road map for us the mortals to achieve happiness and goodness. Your Pictures have added to my whole concept of visiting the tomb of my Murshid Allama Iqbal. Thanks and take care ji


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you very much for these kind comments Lahoreee. I forgot to put a picture of Allama Iqbal's Tomb. You have reminded me. Thank you again.


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nilum 6 years ago

wow

such a great collection of pictures


Lahoreee 6 years ago

I am obliged and thank you. I like you way of writing. It is simple and effective.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you nilum

Lahoreee thank you again. I am glad you liked the additions.


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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

This is awesome, travel is one of my passions hope I get there one day!


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you. You should certainly go to Pakistan. It is a very good experience.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Thanks for taking me on a trip that I will never make. Awesome pictures and hub!!


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for making the trip. Hub pages stories of many places that we cannot visit. I am glad you enjoyed it.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I loved your pictures. I hope you keep traveling and taking pictures for everyone to see.I think you would like Turkey too.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for reading my hub and liking it. Have you been to Turkey? If so, why don't you write a hub about it and put photographs in. I would be interested to read it.


Muhammad Akbar 6 years ago

Hi dear friend,

I have read your article and found it very informative and realistic !

Well, I am glad that you liked the journey of Lahore as i am residing in Lahore you really reflected the light & charm of Lahore, Thanks for being

here !

Moreover, I do hope you would like to visit again to see the remaining Lahore and believe me, your every visit will give you ultimate pleasure !

God bless you


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your very kind comments. Yes, I do want to visit Lahore again. I think it is a wonderful city.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

You are so great with your photography! Thanks for the trip- as always!


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you. Photography is a fairly new hobby of mine. I am glad you like the picutes.


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imissukhan 6 years ago

I am Lahori. Thanks that u published beautiful picutres of Badshahi Mosque of Alamgir. Thanx once again.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

i am happy that you enjoyed the hub. It is certainly a beautiful place. Thank you.


aiesh ali 6 years ago

assalamualiku

to everybady kia baat hey hummray masjidon ki or jagawoon ki magar ya hummara wirsa ab bohat khasta haal ka shekar hey aawam or hukomate waqt ko chaheya k wo es per khososi tawaja dain kaun k zaid masjid abu dahbi uae may jo hey uos ko bhi design badshhi masjid ko dekh kar kia gaya hey tu muhmay bhi chheya k hum bhi apney warsay ka khayal rahkheian all of us such a great collection of pictures

thanks again

alishali@ymail.com 0300 2390660


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

aiesh ali, can you write your comment in English as I cannot understand enough Urdu to understand what you wrote?

Thanks for reading my hub, though.


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m paki 6 years ago from Pakistan

Amazing


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you.


Artocraft 6 years ago

fabolous piece of architecture...


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you. Glad you liked it.


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adil javed 5 years ago from my loving world

nice job and dats the name of life


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you.


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adil javed 5 years ago from my loving world

will u visit again pakistan


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Yes I will.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

You are so wonderful and I just love your work. I will always come back for another visit. God bless you Hummingbird!


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you for coming regularly to visit.


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MAAZ SHARIF 5 years ago from Pakistan

really very nice work


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you. I will look at your hubs later.


KHANZADA KHAN 5 years ago

VEEEEEEEERRRRRRY BUETI FUL


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you. I am happy that you liked my hub.


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Kamran100 5 years ago

i just imagine...this is your great trip...and you share a great hub with us,,thank you soooooooooooo much. well done


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you once again for reading my hubs.


siti 5 years ago

i love this mousque very much


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you for reading, I like this mosque too. I enjoyed my visit there very much.


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Jaspals 5 years ago from India / Australia

Very Informative and nicely written article. Beautiful pictures.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you very much for your comments.


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tjml 4 years ago

enjoyable hub. thank you!


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Hummingbird5356 4 years ago Author

Thank you for reading.


Lahori boy 4 years ago

Thanks hummingbird. I like your photos. I like your articles. I have been in UK for last 6 years. Lahore is a wonderful,charming and fascinating city. I am going back to Lahore soon. Lahore is Lahore. Thanks for posting


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Hummingbird5356 4 years ago Author

Thanks for reading and liking my article.


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articlesocean 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Really amazing hub, liked it very much. I had a visit of this place too, its beautifully made inside. Voted interesting!


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Hummingbird5356 4 years ago Author

Thank you.


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MohsinGhafoor 3 years ago from Islamabad

It looks like you have spent lots of time in Pakistan. Again, a very nice hub.


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Hummingbird5356 3 years ago Author

Thank you. I visited twice for a month each time. I could have stayed for much longer.


Muhammad Akbar 3 years ago

Hi dear Humm, how are you dear? i am missing your blogs about Lahore for a long time dear so have you been in Lahore recently?


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Hummingbird5356 3 years ago Author

Hello, I am afraid circumstances prevented me from visiting Pakistan earlier this year. I wanted to come, also I wanted to see how Lahore has changed in the last couple of years, with the new roads, etc.

That is why I have not written anything new for a while about Pakistan or Lahore. I have published a couple of books and have started on one about the Khewra Salt Mine. They are on Amazon but unfortunately, it is not available yet in Pakistan.

Thank you for remembering me.


Muhammad Akbar 3 years ago

Dear Humm, Thanks for your quick response, i have been going through Google search and found very ridiculous information which i am going to share with you bcoz you are the person who can justify much better rather than others who has not been to Lahore or Pakistan.

I read over the web pages that a lot of people who has not visited Lahore/Pakistan not a single time, These senseless people showing themselves as Travel Guide about Pakistan, They are saying Pakistan is not at all safe to travel, It is like i have never seen London and i am offering myself as travle Guide for London, so sham-full for those people,

Moreover, I would say western Media is the sole responsible of all such propaganda, I have not seen any western newspaper, channel have shown the bright picture of Pakistan, Whereas, As a Pakistani i do believe that Our life in pakistan is more cheerful rather than any person in west bcoz we have lot of ocessions to be celebrated, our life is filled with colors of relations, we have the sweetest fruits to eat but innocent people in west is misguided by their tv channels, newspapers,

In the meanwhile, let me suggest when next time you visit pakistan must go to nothern areas, like gillgit, naran kaghan and dont forget to see the K2 you will see what Nature has given us, So called terroriest state,

Anyways, dear Humm, i would like you to be in contact with me my email is ''''' muhammadakbar1983@gmail.com'''' if possible let me have your too,

Please take care of your self and wish you all the best about your future, people like you are the beauty of earth.

have good day

Regards

Muhammad akbar


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Hummingbird5356 3 years ago Author

You are right, many people talk about how dangerous it is in Pakistan who have never visited. They believe what is in the media and they are afraid to go anywhere they think is not safe.

I would like to see more of Pakistan and maybe I will one day. I cannot say when.

Thank you for you wishes and I wish the same for you and all Pakistanis.


binish 2 years ago

good


saira 21 months ago

I like it


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Hummingbird5356 21 months ago Author

Thank you Saira


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Hummingbird5356 15 months ago Author

Thank you for reading and I did intend to visit Karachi but my friend's family invited us to their house instead. Maybe one day.


adil 15 months ago

Wow amazing


adil 15 months ago

Wow amazing


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Hummingbird5356 15 months ago Author

Thank you.


M.Salman 8 months ago

Thank you I have gained a great information from it


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Hummingbird5356 8 months ago Author

Thank you, I am happy that you found it informative.


Salmanbaig901 8 months ago

Hummingbird sir can u upload anything about the ancient place Mohenjo Daro


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Hummingbird5356 8 months ago Author

I am sorry to say that I didn't have an opportunity to visit Mohenjodaro but it is a coincidence that I studied the history of the excavations there at University. It is definitely a place I would like to visit one day. It was a great city and the people lived in better conditions than many do in modern times.


Salmanbaig901 8 months ago

Sir if u want to know anything about the place visit my magazine Famous places of the world on flipboard


shaheer proud to be pakistani 6 weeks ago

all people from the world except pakistani are most welcom

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