Unique Spots for Photography in Lahore, Pakistan
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Unique Spots for Photography in Lahore, Pakistan

This article can help you visit and find unique spots for photography in Lahore. Unique photography spots around Lahore may be Mughal and colonial architecture, palaces, gardens, mosques, ancient bazaars, fabulous museums etc. For more than 200 years, Lahore was a thriving cultural center of the great Mughal Empire. Visiting the old city is one of the best ways to experience the ancient history of the city and you many find unique spots to take photographs.

This article can help you visit and find unique spots for photography in Lahore. Unique photography spots around Lahore may be Mughal and colonial architecture, palaces, gardens, mosques, ancient bazaars, fabulous museums etc. For more than 200 years, Lahore was a thriving cultural center of the great Mughal Empire. Visiting the old city is one of the best ways to experience the ancient history of the city and you many find unique spots to take photographs.

Lahore is the capital of the Punjab province and is considered the country's cultural capital. Lahore is the second largest city in Pakistan and is also referred to as "The Heart of Pakistan", Paris of the East, Gardens of the Mughals or City of Gardens, due to significant rich heritage of the Mughal Empire. For more than 200 years, Lahore was a thriving cultural center of the great Mughal Empire. 

Unique photography spots in Lahore, Pakistan:

Mughal Emperors beautified Lahore, with palaces, gardens and mosques. The Mughal and colonial architecture has still been preserved in its entire splendor. Mughal architecture such as, the Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens and the mausoleums of Jehangir and Nur Jehan are popular tourist spots in the city. You can visit various colonial buildings originally built by the British, such as the Lahore High Court, General Post Office (GPO) and many of the older universities still retaining their Mughal-Gothic style.

Shahi Qila (Royal Fort):  It is also called 'The Lahore Fort'. It is one of the masterpieces of the Mughals. In 1981, the fort was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Some of the famous sites within the fort are: Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), Alamgiri Gate, Naulakha (Nine gem) Pavilion and Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque). 

Royal Mosque or Badshai Masjid (Emperor's Mosque):  It is the most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction of Lahore. It is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. The mosque was built in 1673 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It is a breathtaking structure built of red sandstone and is an excellent example of the grandeur and intricate handiwork of Mughal architecture. 

The Minar-e-Pakistan: It is called the Eiffel Tower of Pakistan. It is a tall concrete unique minaret. The Minar-e-Pakistan is a national monement and is the landmark of the Lahore city.

Anaarkali (Pomegranate Blossom) Bazaar: Anaarkali Bazaar is an invitation to step into the hustle and bustle of an ancient era which is still alive & well! Anaarkali was the name of a renowned courtesan of Mughal Emperor Akbar’s time. The narrow alleys and lanes of this bazaar are full of traditional wares like leather articles, embroidered garments, glass bangles, beaten gold and silver jewelry, and creations in silk.

Chauburji or Char Minar (The Four Towers): Chauburji is the gateway to the Garden of Zeb-un-nisa which was known to have existed in the Mughal era. The garden is attributed to Mughal Princess Zeb-un-Nissa, the accomplished daughter of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, in 1646 AD. This appears in one of the inscriptions on the gateway. The gateway consists of four towers and contains much of the brilliant tile work with which the entire entrance was once covered. The architecture of Chauburji represents a strong blend of Mughal architecture with ancient Muslim style of building. 

Lahore is known as the City of Gardens. There were many gardens in Lahore during the Mughal era, and although some have since been destroyed, many still survive.

Shalimar Bagh (Shalimar Gardens):  These gorgeous gardens were built in 1641 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who later built the Taj Mahal in Agra (India) for his deceased wife. The Shalimar Gardens are famous for the detailed and intricate craftsmanship of its architecture. The gardens feature a total of 410 fountains/ In 1981, Shalimar Gardens were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Shalimar gardens are a popular picnic site.

The Lawrence Gardens: were established in 1862 and were originally named after Sir John Lawrence, late 19th century British Viceroy to India. The gardens were organized in an area covering 112 acres. Today it is known as Bagh-e-Jinnah.

There are also many other gardens and parks in the city, including: Hazuri Bagh, Iqbal Park, Mochi Bagh, Gulshan Iqbal Park, Model Town Park, Race Course Park, Nasir Bagh Lahore, Jallo Park, Wild Life Park, and Changa Manga (Artificial Forest Near Lahore in Kasur district).

Bagh-e-Jinnah (Jinnah's Garden): This is a historical park formerly known as Lawrence Gardens. The lush and large green space contains a botanical garden, a mosque, and a gorgeously constructed Jinnah library situated in a Victorian designed building.

Hazuri Bagh ( Hazuri Garden ): This is a historic garden which has the Lahore Fort’s Alamgiri Gate on its Eastern side, the Badshai Mosque on its Western side, the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh on its Northern side and the Roshnai Gate on its Southern side. The Hazuri Bagh Baradari (Huzuri Garden Pavilion), built by Ranjit Singh, stands in the center of all this architectural greatness. This garden was built by Maharajah Ranjit Singh in 1813 to celebrate the capture of the famous Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) Diamond from Shah Shujah of Afghanistan. 

The heart of Lahore is the Walled or Inner City, or "Anderoon Shehr" a very densely populated area. Founded in legendary times and a cultural centre for over a thousand years, Lahore has many attractions. The Mughal and Sikh legacy survives in the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and Gurdwara, the Mall is lined with colonial-gothic buildings from the British Raj, and the suburbs of Gulberg and Defence feature palatial mansions and trendy shopping districts.

The walled city has pages of history imprinted on its buildings, monuments, mosques and maize like network of streets. Colorful cultural life has shades of almost every ruling elite and generation like music, food, dance, political awareness, religious sentiments and poetic flair of common people.

The ancient and picturesque streets of the inner city remain almost intact. The Walled City has 13 gates. All of these gates survived till 19th Century when the British, to derfortify the city, demolished almost all of the gates except Roshnai Gate. Today only 6 out of 13 gates survive.

Gates of Inner City: In the Mughal days, the Old City was surrounded by a 9 meter high brick wall and had a rampart running around it which served as a protection for the city. A circular road around the rampart gave access to the city through thirteen Lahore Gates. Some of the imposing structures of these gates are still preserved.

The Inner City is full of little shrines and palaces, of which the most impressive are the 'Imperial Baths' and the 'Asif Jah Haveli'.

Jehangir's Mausoleum: Jehangir's Mausoleum is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city. Jehangir was a Mughal emperor who died in Rajauri, while leaving for kashmir from Lahore.

Reference:

http://anasshad.hubpages.com/hub/The-top-5-tourist-destinations-in-Lahore

http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/pakistan/lahore/index.php

http://www.epropertypk.com/gallery/v/pakistan-gallery/lahore/famous-places/

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/42780/index.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g295413-s410/Lahore:Pakistan:Museums.And.Attractions.html

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