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Shahi qila- LAHORE FORT

Lahore fort is not only a place where one could amuse and entertain; rather it influences the traditional and cultural heritage of us and our fore fathers. While walking indoors of the fort, an individual feels himself in the age of the Mughal Empire.


Lahore fort is also commonly known as Shahi Qila. It is situated in frontage of Badshahi Mosque, on the north-west side of Lahore. It is spread on a giant locale of 20 hectare. It was built by Akbar who was a renowned Mughal monarch in the period of 1556 to 1605. Later on, Additional succeeding of the Mughaliya family put their effort in the preservation and renovation of the fort.

Basically, the Fort consists of two separate sections namely managerial section for the conduction and all the administrative aspects and Dewan-e-Aam which was supposed to be the auditory place for the royally members. Elephant gateway is there that leads to a confidential area reserved for the residency purpose. Other petite gardens and bedrooms can also be seen there. The fortifications on the outside are embellished by the means of blue colored Persian tiles. The innovative doorway leads to the Maryam Zamani Masjid while the Alamgiri Gate leads to Badshahi Mosque and the Hazuri Bagh. Other buildings in the fort include Sheesh Mahal, Jharoka’ – Royal Balcony, Old ‘Khangah’, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Roshnai Gate, Gateway Ramparts, Moti Masjid and Naulakha Pavilion.

It is so famous worldwide that a dummy of the Lahore fort was exhibited in the Expo 2010 arranged in Shinghai, China so as to represent the Pavilion of Pakistan.

Every year millions of the people including both the  local public as well the foreigners come to visit and admire the fort. One who is really fond of the traditional and ancient articles will definitely have a high regard for this spectacular fort.