Monday, 11 October 2010

Pakistan: A country dear to my heart

My parents are from Bangladesh but my father was studying for his Medical degree in Pakistan so I was born in Lahore, Pakistan. Lahore is the capital of Pakistani province Punjab and it is also the second largest city after Karachi. The city lies along the Ravi River. It is called the Garden of Mughals due to it’s rich Moghul heritage.
It successively served as provincial capital of the empires of the Shahi kingdoms in the 11th century, the Ghaznavids in the 12th century, the Ghurid State in the 12th and 13th century, the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, the Sikh Empire in the early 19th century, and it was the capital of the Punjab region under the British Raj in the mid 19th and early 20th century. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the mausolea of Moghul emperor Jehangir and his queen Nur Jehan are popular tourist attractions for the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Mughal-Gothic style, such as the Lahore Museum and many older universities including the University of the Punjab. Lahore is often known as the cultural capital of Pakistan.
Lahore touched the zenith of its glory during the Mughal rule from 1524 to 1752. The Mughals, who were famous as builders, built some of its finest architectural monuments in Lahore . You can still visit these beautiful sites.
                      Lahore in photos

Badshahi mosque
The Lahore Fort: the hall of special audience

Moti masjid - the interior

Naulakha details

Shalamar garden : a Persian style garden

Shalamar garden

Tomb of Moghul emperor Jahangir

Tomb of Nurjahan

Lahore Museum

Lahore city

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