Tomb of Mughal Emperor Jahangir

The Tomb of Jahangir is a mausoleum built for Jahangir, who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1605 to 1627. The mausoleum is located in Shahdara Bagh in Lahore, Pakistan, not far from the mausoleum of Jahangir’s wife Nur Jahan. The site also contains a mausoleum for Nur Jahan’s brother, Asif Khan, but my camera ran out of battery before I visited that part.

Above, road along the rampart of the tomb complex.

Above, I paid a guard to get access to the rampart and the gate leading to the mausoleum.

Above, the mausoleum of Jahangir. It was recently renovated.

Above, gate leading to the tomb of Asif Khan. The top of that tomb can be seen in the background.

Above, inside the gate leading to the mausoleum of Jahangir.

Above, view from the roof of the gate.

Above, back at the entrance gate, looking at the garden.

Above, shantytown near the entrance.

Above, the gate leading to the mausoleum of Jahangir.

Above, the mausoleum.

Above, the cenotaph of Emperor Jahangir inside the mausoleum.

Above, I paid another guard to give me access to one of the towers on the roof of the mausoleum.

Above, roof of the mausoleum.

Above, Ravi river seen from the top of the tower.

Above, back on the ground.

Below, I wasn’t able to take a picture this time, but here is a photo of the tomb of Asif Khan from the previous time I was there (10 years ago). There has been no restoration done on that part of the complex so it pretty much looks just like that now.


Tomb of Nur Jahan

The Tomb of Nur Jahan is a red sandstone mausoleum in Shahdara Bagh, a suburb of Lahore, Pakistan located north of the Ravi river. It was constructed for the Mughal empress Nur Jahan as her final resting place. It is very close to the tomb of her husband Mughal Emperor Jahangir and the tomb of her brother, Asif Khan. Nowadays, the two parts are separated by a railway.

Above, playing cricket in the garden surrounding the tomb.

Above, one of the many graffitis in the tomb.

Above, tomb of Asif Khan.

Above, buffalo herder.

Walk on The Mall, Lahore

The Mall in Lahore, Pakistan is Lahore’s primary and most famous road. It was constructed under the British Raj and was nostalgically named after The Mall in London. The Mall holds significant historical and cultural value, as most of the buildings lining the road are a collection of Mughal and colonial-era architecture, the majority of them built during the Raj era.

Above, WAPDA House, just after exiting the Lahore Zoo.

Above, walking along The Mall from the zoo to Jinnah Garden.

Above, walking in the other direction after exiting Jinnah Garden, towards the Lahore Museum.

Above, the pavement was closed for security so I had to walk on the road.

Above, Punjab Assemly Building.

Above, Lahore Court.

Above, General Post Office (GPO).

Above, YMCA building.

Above, University of the Punjab.

Above, Lahore Museum.

Above, Zamzama gun.

Above, plane at the Lahore City Hall.

Above, waiting for my driver in front of the Lahore Museum.

Jinnah Garden

Jinnah Garden (Bagh-e-Jinnah in Urdu) is a well-maintained park in Lahore, Pakistan, located on Mall Road next to the Lahore Zoo. It is named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. The park has many kinds of plants, walking trails and lawns where to rest. It also houses a number of sports and entertainment facilities, as well as the Quaid-e-Azam Library.

Above, at the entrance on Mall Road.

Above, the Quaid-e-Azam Library.

Above, steps on a hill in the park.

Above, a squirrel.

Lahore Zoo

The Lahore Zoo was established in 1872 and is one of the oldest zoos in the world. These days, the zoo houses a collection of about 1380 animals of 136 species, making it one of the largest zoos in South Asia.

Above, ape cage.

Above, hippopotamus.

Above, peacock.

Above, in the house for the hippopotamus, elephant and rhinoceros.

Above, rhinoceros.

Above, elephant.

Above, the elephant has been taught to extend its trunk to visitors and obtain donations.

Above, giraffe.

Above, camel.

Above, zebras.

Above, bird-shaped bird cage.

Above, lion enclosure.

Above, large aviary. There is a gate for visitors to walk inside but it was not open while I was there.

Above, wild pigs.

Above, white tiger.

Above, crocodiles.

Above, rhinoceros feeding.

Above, a weight teller.

Shalimar Gardens

The Shalimar Gardens (sometimes written as Shalamar Gardens) are a Mughal garden complex located in Lahore, Pakistan. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan (of Taj Mahal fame) in the mid-17th century. The gardens have been laid out from south to north in three levels of terraces. In the terraces, there are basins with 410 fountains in total. Unfortunately, none of them were working while I was there.

Above, next to the entrance, on the upper level terrace, named Farah Baksh (Bestower of Pleasure).

Above, the large basin of the middle terrace: Faiz Baksh (Bestower of Goodness).

Above, on the lower level terrace: Hayat Baksh (Bestower of Life).

Above, back on the upper terrace.

Above, outside the entrance to the gardens.

Lowering of the flags at Wagah Border

The Wagah border closing ‘lowering of the flags’ ceremony, or The Beating Retreat ceremony, is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have jointly followed since 1959. The Wagah Border is only a short car ride from Lahore and the spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from Pakistan. The other side seemed packed as well.

Above, ticket booth.

Above, security checkpoint.

Above, the building for spectators.

Above, the VIP section close to the border gate. I decided to go instead to an area with some height next to the stadium gate.

Above, the men section. Men and women have separate benches.

Above, one of the crowd warmers.

Above, the women section.

Above, chanting about the glory of Pakistan or God.

Above, Pakistan Rangers.

Above, opening the gate to shake hands at the beginning of the ceremony.

Above, some theatrics.

Above, start of the lowering of the flags.

Above, coming back with the flag.

Above, closing the gate for good.

Above, after the ceremony, the visitors in the VIP area can go to the border gate. Unfortunately, the guard refused me access.

Above, a Ranger posing with a group of Chinese tourists.

Above, posing with a crowd warmer. His bushy beard made him the most popular.

Above, back in the amphitheatre, looking at a miniature Pakistan.

Above, sunset.

Above, miniature Pakistan.

Above, an antelope in a park near the entrance.

Above, decorated truck waiting for the next morning and the opening of the border.

Rohtas Fort

Rohtas Fort (Qila Rohtas) is a historical garrison fort located near the city of Jhelum in Punjab, Pakistan. It was built in the 16th century under the orders of Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, to subdue the rebellious tribes of the region. It was captured by Mughal emperor Humayun in 1555. Rohtas was also occasionally used for administrative purposes by the Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh after he captured it in 1825.

Above, on the road to the fort.

Above, mud brick factory.

Above, Khwas Khani Gate.

Above, inside the fort.

Above, Talaqi Gate.

Above, Sikh-era Man Singh Haveli.

Above, execution platform.

Above, Shahi Mosque.

Above, Kabuli Gate.

Above, view from the Man Singh Haveli.

Above, bee hive in the Haveli.

Above, Sohail Gate.

Above, on the other side of Sohail Gate.

Above, crossing a river on the way back from the fort.

Katasraj Mandir

Katasraj Mandir is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village, Punjab, Pakistan, in the Salt Range mountains. Since it is not very far from the Khewra Salt Mine, I went there after the mine, before going back to Lahore. Dedicated to Shiva, the Katasraj temple complex is believed to date back to the Mahabharata era. Many legends are associated with the temples: The five Pandava brothers, heroes of the Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata, stayed here for 4 of the 13 years they spent in exile. Another story goes: After the death of his wife Sati, Shiva cried so much and for so long that his tears created two holy ponds, one in Rajasthan, the other here at Katas. The temple complex was abandoned by local Hindus when they migrated to India during partition in 1947 and no one stayed back. However, it has remained a place of pilgrimage for Hindu worshippers (especially from Sindh).

Above, in the Salt Range, on the way to Katas.

Above, entrance of Katasraj Mandir.

Above, the pond.

Above, Hanuman Temple. It is normally not open to visitors but after my guide had a chat with the guardian, they let us through.

Above, one of the few remaining original frescos.

Above, view from the top of Hanuman Temple.

Above, remain of a Buddhist stupa.

Above, fertility ritual inside Shiva Temple. The guy is pouring milk on a stone representing Shiva’s penis (Shiv Ling).

Khewra Salt Mine

The Khewra Salt Mine is located in the Salt Range mountains in Punjab, Pakistan, between Lahore and Islamabad. It is Pakistan’s largest and oldest salt mine and the world’s second largest. It is said to have been discovered when horses in the army of Alexander the Great began licking the stones near the mine. It is now a major tourist attraction in the area.

Above, parking near the mine.

Above, entrance of the mine.

Above, I took a train to reach the main cavern. It is also possible to walk but the train is more practical.

Above, mosque made out of salt bricks.

Above, in the Salt Range near the mine.