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Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan

Updated on May 31, 2012
Alamgiri Gate
Alamgiri Gate
View of the gate from near Badshahi Mosque opposite
View of the gate from near Badshahi Mosque opposite
View of the Mosque from the Fort entrance
View of the Mosque from the Fort entrance
Divan-e-Aam
Divan-e-Aam
Seh Dara in Jahangir's Quadrangle
Seh Dara in Jahangir's Quadrangle
Jahangir's Quadrangle
Jahangir's Quadrangle
View of the road from the wall
View of the road from the wall
Jahangir's Quadrangle
Jahangir's Quadrangle
View of the Badshahi Mosque
View of the Badshahi Mosque
Ath Dara
Ath Dara
Shish Mahal
Shish Mahal
Shish Mahal
Shish Mahal
Shish Mahal
Shish Mahal
An ancient painting protected by glass
An ancient painting protected by glass
Elephant path
Elephant path
View of the Mosque and the Sikh Gurdwara from the Fort
View of the Mosque and the Sikh Gurdwara from the Fort
The way out of the Fort
The way out of the Fort
Vendors outside the Fort
Vendors outside the Fort

Lahore Fort also known as Shahi Qila (Royal Fort)


No one knows exactly when Lahore Fort was built but it was first mentioned around 1021 AD when Mahmud of Ghazna conquered it. Over the centuries Lahore was conquered many times. Lahore has also been an important city for a long time. The best time for Lahore was during the Mughal reign from 1525 to 1721. Jalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar (Akbar the Great) built the present structure as we know it today. Jahangir and Shah Jahan constructed palaces in the Fort and Emperor Auranzeb Alamgir built the Badshahi Mosque which is opposite the Alamgiri Gate of the Fort. This is the huge entrance which has two large pillars which resemble elephants feet.


I visited in November 2008 and at this time of the year the weather is very pleasant. As a result, hundreds of school children go on visits to museums and monuments. Not only schoolchildren but families too. During this time there was a Sikh gathering at the Gurdwara which is next to the Fort and Mosque and there were many Sikhs visiting too.


During the day I was stopped by quite a few people who wanted to talk to me and have their picture taken with me. Pakistanis are among the most friendly people I have ever met.


The journey to the Fort is through busy streets with speeding cars honking their horns every few seconds. There are rickshaws, motorbikes, donkey carts, hundreds of people and lots of noise, but on arrival at the area of the Fort, the noise disappears. Like every park I have visited in Lahore, there is a feeling of calm, tranquillity and peace. There is only the sound of the people talking and enjoying the pleasant weather and the visit to the Fort as I am.


I would have to visit again to fully appreciate the splendour and learn more of the history of the Fort and take more photographs. It is impossible to take it all in at once.


As you can see from the photographs, there is a lot to experience.


The Divan-e-Aam which is the Hall of Public Audience where the King received his subjects and held public gatherings was built by Shah Jahan during 1631 to 1632. Then there is the Ath Dara building with eight openings which was being restored while I was there.


One of the most spectacular parts of the Fort is Shish Mahal or the Hall of Mirrors. This is still very magnificent and one can imagine how much more so in the days when it was first built and lived in. The walls are covered with patterns made of thousands of mirrors. The museum attendant showed me how it used to look in the evening when the lamps were lit. How the lights reflected and shimmered in the dark. He lit a light and moved it around to show the effect of the reflection in the mirrors. Sadly, I did not take a video.


Naulakha Pavilion in Shish Mahal was so called because it cost 9 Lakh rupees to build. A Lakh is 100,000.


I particularly liked the Hathi Paer or Elephant Path. This is a huge stairway that was built large enough for the elephants to walk up to the Royal Quarters carrying the King.


It was a memorable visit and one which I hope to make again.

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      lahorei 7 years ago

      A great hub again. This tribute to Lahore is exceptional. People of Lahore are thankful. The aura of great moguls is evident. Nice Effort.....

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thanks. I am glad you enjoyed reading my hub.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      You can imagine how I must have enjoyed this too....Will include this as a link on my next hub which is on the 'grand' side of lahore. Lahore Fort and Badshahi mosques are so fascinating, aren't they, and one feels no amount of pics could do justice to their grandeur. Your pics are great though! thank you...:)

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thank you. You are right. The real atmosphere cannot come through on the pictures. When you are there you can imagine how it was for the people when they lived there. But I always find that the Alamgiri Gate looks very imposing. The space between the mosque and the fort is a very peaceful place to sit.

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow, you've included some great pictures of the Lahore Fort in Pakistan.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thank you. It is a good place to go. I have many more pictures but they can't all go here.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Wow Hummingbird. This is so very nice. I'm really glad that so much restoring is being done. It's great to see that Norway has helped with some of that. This is all very, very nice. Thanks

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thank you Micky Dee. Yes, there is quite a lot of restoration of ancient monuments being done in Pakistan. Norway helps with a lot of these. I am glad you liked the hub.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Awesome hub with fabulous photos!!!

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thank you for reading my hub and thank you also for the fan mail. I am glad you like my writing.

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Great hub, very interesting, And amazing pictures, it seems to me that I've been there too. Very good hub, rated up.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thanks for the comments. Everyone seems to like the photos but the weather was perfect and so most of them were good.

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      Muhammad Ayub Khan 7 years ago

      Thanks for information. I need all this stuff for my studens.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      You are welcome to use it. Where do you teach?

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      Muhammad Akbar 7 years ago

      Dear friend,

      At first i am grateful to you that you did find the time to visit Lahore,

      I am residing in Lahore and now 25 years old, but still remember my schooling days, We enjoyed too much and still when i think about those wonderful days, i can't stop my tears, No doubt that it was the golden age in my life, many of my childhood friends have separated now and most of them are not in contact with me but still i am praying for them for their successful life.

      Moreover, your writing style is superb and quite impressive as well, which infect, reflects the real life of a Lahori, Now i am your FAN.

      Any ways, Keep writing and keep traveling as i can assure you that you will see everyday a new life in Lahore.

      Anything i can do for you dear writer, will be my pleasure ?

      Wish you all the best !

      B, Regards

      Muhammad Akbar

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thank you very much for reading my hub and for this wonderful praise.

      Lahore is one place that I would like to visit many times. I have written other hubs about Lahore and travelling in Pakistan. I will be shortly writing one about places in Lahore soon. Like Mall Road and all the different buildings on it.

      Thank you again.

      My best regards to you.

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      Muhammad Akbar 7 years ago

      Dear Hummingbird5356.

      Good Day to you !

      Thank you for your prompt reply !

      I will be anxiously waiting for your next travelling expreiments most importantly about Lahore,

      Anyways, Please take care of you and I would like you to keep in touch with me, if possible !

      B, Regards

      Muhammad Akbar

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      sharon paul 7 years ago

      you gave an awsome informaition about the beautiful lahore fort i must say this infnormation is understandable to anyone who read's it :)

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      I am glad you think so. Thanks for reading my hub.

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      Karen Bell 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Great Pics, thanks for sharing about Lahore, PK. I'll try to link to your hub from mine.

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      I am glad you liked it. Thanks for linking my hub. I will try to read some of yours later.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I've missed you and wanted to see these again. Your pictures are some of the best ever. I'd like seeing the "full" version with the option of enlarging them. They are so pretty!

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      Thanks for looking again.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Wht a very beautiful Hub - your descriptions and the photos are just great. I love historical places like this and so am grateful to be introduced to yet another wonderful work of humanity!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      Yes, this is a very beautiful place. I have been twice but there is still lots to see. I am glad you liked it. Thanks.

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      Lexe Charleston 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Wow, this is a beautiful hub. Great pics. Thanks for sharing. Historical sites like this always have the most gorgeous architecture.

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      Yes, you are so right. I am glad you enjoyed reading my hub.

      Thank you.

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      kritika singh 6 years ago

      it's nice need more information

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      Thanks for reading. What more information do you need? Maybe I can help.

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      MAAZ SHARIF 6 years ago from Pakistan

      i really like your efforts

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      Thank you very much.

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      Online shopping pakistan 6 years ago

      I just love Lahore.

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      Thanks for reading.

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      Pakistani music 6 years ago

      I just love the Lahore.

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      Thanks for reading.

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      Lahori boy 5 years ago

      Nice photos. Lahore is cultural, architectural, educational, political capital of Pakistan. Heart of Pakistan. There are many more historic Places in Lahore which are worth a visit. Like tombs of King Jehangir, Noor jahan, Asif khan, Malik Ayaz and Bara dari of Kamran, Shalimar Gardens, Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore Museum, 12 gates of Lahore, Wagha Border, Oldest markets and Bazaars like Anarkali and Tolinton market, Cucoo's, Shah Alam market etc. Lahore is full of history and charm.

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      Hummingbird5356 5 years ago

      If you look you will see I have written articles about some of these places.

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      Bushra 5 years ago

      beauty of my Pakitan,i love so much these places.

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      Hummingbird5356 5 years ago

      Thank you. So do I.

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      wallec City 2 years ago

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      Hummingbird5356 2 years ago

      I am glad you liked my article. I will read your hubs.

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      Muhammad Akbar 2 years ago

      Hello dear how are you doing these days? Hopefully you are in the best of health

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      Muhammad Akbar 2 years ago

      I have been missing your articals about Pakistan most likely about city of garderns Lahore, during last 5 years lahore has changed so much, A massive construction plan took place and result has been beyond your imagination, please dear come soon and dont forgot to visit Nothern Areas of Pakistan,

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      Hummingbird5356 2 years ago

      Thank you for remembering me. I have not been able to come to Lahore in the last year or so but have written a couple of books about Pakistan which can be bought from Amazon. Unfortunately, you cannot buy from Amazon in Pakistan.

      I would like to come one day and ride on the Metro.

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      Muhammad Akbar 2 years ago

      Thank you very much indeed for your quick respose, well well well, metro is now past, an other massive plan has been execuated and this time it is not about Metro Bus, It is about Train and name has been decided which is quite unique as well it will be called as ORANGE LINE Train service which will cover most parts of Lahore,

      These days summer heat is unbearable therefore atleast half million people reached Lahore Canal today and this is what i have seen with my own eyes,

      In the End, its really unfortunate that i cant buy your books whereas i am your big admirer, anyways its pity for me but thus its part of life,

      Please take care your self and let me wish you a very healthy happy and long life with your loved ones

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      Mudassar Mahmood 2 years ago

      Dear Hummingbird (Silent Ambassadress of Pakistan's Beauty),

      First of all thanks for this nice hub.I really enjoyed almost all articles written on Pakistan.I am also very fond of travelling.Your writing method is also very attractive.

      I think God has given almost every place a unique thing.Every country have some unique thing.Despite of many thing we(Pakistan) have a hosted heart.

      Peoples of my homeland are very loving,peaceful and friendly.In past our region has seen a best time and we hope we shall soon see a best time in our life.

      Many transformational changes are occurring in Pakistan.It shall increase beauty of our country.

      As about Lahore,It has much much much changed from last round about 5 years.

      Transportation infrastructure,Park and Horticulture has much developed. Government is trying to swiftly transforms industrial, educational and some others commercial sectors to outside from Lahore.It shall make one of the best city of the world(Yes despite that we have some others problems).

      As about others part of Pakistan,Our nation has defeated terrorism and now almost our army is very close to eradicate it from grassroots level.

      I hope you will see much more beautiful Pakistan very soon.

      Again Thanks for this nice hub.You are silent ambassadress of beauty of Pakistan.May God gives you all pleasures of this world

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      Hummingbird5356 2 years ago

      Thank you for this very nice comment on my Hub. I also am interested in reading articles about Lahore and Pakistan in general. I felt at home there.

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      Mudassar Mahmood 2 years ago

      Thanks for reply,You are always welcome here in Pakistan.Your writing style is very attractive.Have you written your experience of others countries.If yes please give some link so that I can read yours experience for others countries because I am very fond of travelling.I hope you have already much knowledge about travel of Pakistan,by the way if you need any type of information about every type of amazing,historical and beautiful places of Pakistan please do not hesitate.It shall be pleasure for us as a Pakistani to provide you best information about our land.

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      TheMisterWriter 23 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Beautiful Place! I visited the fort but sadly couldn't find the sheesh Mahal and the Naulakha Pavilion. :( We made a grave mistake of not approaching a guide and so our visit was not so great. I will surely have to visit the place again InshAllah.

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      Hummingbird5356 23 months ago

      A guide showed us some of the places and the rest we found ourselves. Thank you for reading my hub.

      Lahore is a place to visit many times and still find something new.

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