Sunday, 31 January 2016

Friday, 22 January 2016

Interior of Great Musjid, Lahore Citadel.

Lahore was the capital city of the Mughal emperor Akbar from 1584 to 1598. Akbar built the massive Lahore Fort on the foundations of a previous fort and enclosed the city within a red brick wall boasting 12 gates. Jahangir and Shah Jahan extended the fort, built palaces and tombs, and laid out gardens. The great Badshahi Masjid and the Alamgiri gateway to the fort were built by the last of the great Mughals, Aurangzeb (1658-1707).

Samadh of Ranjit Singh - History of Lahore

Photographer: Saché, John Edward
Medium: Photographic print
Date: 1870

Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) was the famous Sikh leader who ruled the Punjab (modern Pakistan) from 1799 to 1839. His samadh or tomb is located in Lahore near the Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. The tomb was commenced by Ranjit Singh’s son, Kharak Singh on the spot where the Maharaja was cremated and was completed in 1848 during the reign of Dalip Singh. It is a fine example of Sikh architecture with gilded fluted domes, cupolas, kiosks and stone lanterns with an ornate balustrade on the square roof. Ranjit Singh’s ashes are contained in a marble urn in the shape of a lotus sheltered in a marble pavilion decorated with pietra dura in the centre of the tomb

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Mazar e Iqbal Lahore

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A beautiful view of food street on fort road

A beautiful view of food street on fort road 

Fort Road Food Street is a food street located on the Fort Road, Lahore. It was inaugurated on January 21, 2012 by Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, partly to replace the Gawalmandi Food Street and serve as a new food hub.It is run by the Provincial Government of the Punjab. It is equipped with 16 dustbins along with garbage bags which are given by Lahore Waste Management Company

Gulberg Galleria

Gulberg Galleria

The Mall is proposed to be built on a plot of land admeasuring about 15 Kanals, 5 Marlas; opposite to Siddique Trade Center and overlooking the Lahore Gymkhana Golf course.
The facility shall be linked through broad verandas, stairways, fast lift, and shall have all amenities of modern mall. Power out lights shall be linked to electrical generators.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Beautiful OLD Lahore 1946 Photos 01 - Lahore Jo Aik Sheher Tha

Indian soldiers driving two-wheeled carts drawn by mules through the street
Interior of sacred Sikh Shrine where people are gathered to worship around the Holy Guru Granth Sahib (C) covered silken cloth
Kshmari Bazar Lahore
Man carrying ornate box on his head in dehligate
Moslems gathered at pool in front of the beautiful wazirkhan Mosque

Pedestrian traffic on the street.Location-dehligate,Lahore
Lahore Jo Aik Sheher Tha 

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Lower Chattar , Muzaffarabad ‪ MY PAKISTAN - HEAVEN on EARTH

Lower Chattar , Muzaffarabad

Footprints: The ancient, the old and the new

WHILE seated at the Sightseeing Lahore bus station at the Punjab Stadium, still referred to as the Gaddafi Stadium by many, one overhears several people vocalising their relief at the sliver of sunshine on a particularly cold morning. The weather matters today, as the 50-odd people about to board the double-decker bus all have tickets for the upper deck, and the chill is worrisome.

As we begin to line up to board, another tour bus enters the premises. Patriotic songs are blaring from it and dozens scramble off, taking selfies in front of the festively decorated bright red bus, while others fill comment cards politely distributed at the end of the journey.

Yeh Lahore hai. A Lahore with different millennia having seeped into its very tangible and intangible framework. A Lahore that has seen progress at blinding speed which has delighted some while compelled many to raise issue with its loss of cultural stock. A Lahore full of contradictions.

And taking us onto a tour of this Lahore is Muneeb Shahid.

A well-spoken man in his early thirties, Shahid’s enthusiasm is unmatched by those who haven’t ever seen Lahore in all her splendour. He knows his facts from his legends, and gives just enough detail to pique one’s interest before moving on to the next monument where he begins another tale of battles fought and lost.

“This may be a bus in the province of Punjab, but it is for each and every Pakistani regardless of their origins. And, therefore, it is our responsibility to keep it clean at all times,” he announces at the onset of the journey. And thus begins a tour of the Walled City, of the ancient, the old as well as the new.

Strict instructions have been imparted to not stand during the course of the journey and to keep within the confines of the bus at all times to avoid injury. A few reckless souls do sneak out their hands only to have them slapped back in by the deciduous coverage of Lahore’s magnificent trees. Time is of essence as the tour has its usual historical sites to cover — from Anarkali, old and new, to Data Darbar, Lahore Canal, Government College and Minar-i-Pakistan, among others.

Shahid is proud to be part of the founding team at Sightseeing Lahore, launched on Nov 25, 2015. He recalled the painstaking efforts put in to qualify as a tour guide: “The training process was very gruelling as we had several presentations and trial runs in front of different ministers. I have always wanted to be part of the tourism industry and this was a dream opportunity for me.”

Multiple sources of information were used to prepare for the job. From history books, the internet, as well as personal trips to different historical sites, Shahid went all out looking for information, facts, figures, and folklores about the city. “We were even trained by guides of the Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab,” he said.

Shahid reveals several interesting snippets. “Lahore and Delhi are very similar cities as they have a shared history, and a thriving cultural heritage, and both have been razed to the ground many times. However, what sets them apart is that unlike Delhi, Lahore on multiple occasions has always been rebuilt on to its original base. Thus the city has an undying charm which will most likely never abate.”

On entering Androon Shehr, a silence descends on to the inhabitants of the bus, in contrast to the macrocosm of the city. Also known as the heart of the city, it is a true reflection of the spirit of Lahore. Gritty and honest, and eons away from the made-up facade of the rest of the city, it was by far the most favourite part of the tour for many on the bus.

And Shahid agrees. “Androon Shehr is the real Lahore, and it is heralded by buildings of different eras and diverse histories.”

An hour-long stop, scheduled at the Lahore Fort and Badshahi Masjid, is replete with us sampling piping hot doodh patti and samosas.

One the way back the mood is muted and the hustle and bustle of the city withdraws to the far recesses of one’s mind. This reflective mood is not surprising while taking in the soft elements of the city, the allusions and aspirations that can never be mapped but make the city whole almost as much as its tangible elements do. Is Lahore really named after Rama Krishna’s son? Is it really around 3,000 years old? Why has the city’s allure not waned? Why do tourists still aim to visit the city and does it have any more to offer than it did before?

It is only when you disembark from the bus that the answer to these questions is found visibly painted on the side of the bus.

“Lahore, Lahore aye!” And for a moment all is right with the world.

Saturday, 2 January 2016


Astola Island, also known as Jezira Haft Talar Satadip or 'Island of the Seven Hills', is a small uninhabited Pakistani island in the Arabian Sea approximately 25 km (16 mi) south of the nearest part of the coast and 39 km (24 mi) southeast of the fishing port of Pasni. Astola is Pakistan's largest offshore island at approximately 6.7 km (4.2 mi) long with a maximum width of 2.3 km (1.4 mi) and an area of approximately 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi). The highest point is 246 ft (75 m) above sea level. Administratively, the island is part of the Pasni subdistrict of Gwadar District in Balochistan province. The island can be accessed by motorized boats from Pasni, with a journey time of about 5 hours to reach the island.


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