Lahore Diaries: Becoming Mughals at Lahore Fort

I know I keep saying this for all the places I visit, but Lahore Fort is truly my favorite historic site in Lahore. We actually got the best pictures there, and the lighting was amazing

Built in 1575, Emperor Akbar was the first to use this fort (Shahi Qila) to guard his kingdom. It has two gates. One of the gates built by Aurangzeb called Alamgiri gate that opens towards Badshahi Masjid and another older gate built by Akbar is called Masjidi gate that opens towards the Walled City. The Masjidi gate is permanently closed. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Alamgiri Gate

 

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Elephant Gate, from where we entered

We got a tour guide who was really great, he spoke perfect English and explained the history of the Lahore fort in detail. Later when we were visiting Masjid Wazir Khan with the Rangeela Ricksha Tours , we decided to hire him again.

When we entered, we were asked to walk up a significant number of stairs originally made for elephants.

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After walking up a whole lot of stairs, we were greeted by a beautiful view of Badshahi Masjid.

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Views from below

We got to see the Naulakha Pavilion, which was built in 1633 during the reign of Shah Jahan.  It was used as a small summer house,

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Apparently, the area in front of the pavilion used to be a perfume fountain

To the west of the Naulakha Pavilion was the incredibly beautiful Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), also built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife.  Honestly, this place took by breath away (there is a ticket to go inside). You also have to go see this in the morning so you can get the best view of the mirrors.

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Outside the Sheesh Mahal
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This was my favorite place
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Completely made out of mirrors

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Original artwork with gold inlay

We spent most of our time here because we just couldn’t get enough!

We were taken to one room in the Sheesh Mahal, and the tour guide told us a story of Shah Jahan and his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Apparently, she asked him to bring the stars for her, and in a way, he did!

The tour guide then took a phone and used the flash on the ceiling and we saw this…

Later we saw the Diwan-i-Aam which was the Hall of Commons. It was built by Shah Jahan in 1628. The kings regularly had with the common people in this hall.

We also saw the Diwan-i-Khas which was also called the Hall of Private Audiences, it was where the Mughal emperor received courtiers and state guests.

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At the end of the tour, we got to see the unique gift shops dsc03467

Eventually, by the time we left, it was night time. I was kind of scary to go back down the elephant stairs in the dark

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While visiting, I found my inner Mughal princess and I loved it!

I would love to visit this place again sometime soon, I had an amazing time!

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