Lahore Fort or Shahi Qila and its attractions
Lahore is the 2nd largest city of the country, it contains many historical places and Royal Fort or Shahi Qila is one of them. This fort is also known as the Lahore fort and Badshahi Qila (Royal Fort). It is a very large fort which covers a big area of 20 hectares. Who built this mega structure is still a mystery. It is another masterpiece of King Akbar (a Mughal King); he took a special interest in its up gradation. It got some purgation in the Sikh’s era and then in the British era. Its entrance gate is right in front of the Badshahi Mosque. This entry gate is known as Alamgiri gate. Few nominal amounts are charged to enter in this area. These charges differ from local and international visitors.
A path which is surrounded by the great walls leads you to this fort. In the year 1981 it got the status of world heritage area. Few other attractions of this fort are the Sheesh Mehal, Moti Masjid, Naulakha pavilion and Alamgiri gate. Solid bricks are used during its construction, the condition of those bricks are not very good now. When you completely enter in its premises you find a beautiful garden in front of you. Cafeteria and car parking at your right side while an old well at your left side.
Dewan-e-khas was the place where King Akbar treat wits its V.I.P friends and V.I.P public. Residence was also provided to those Royal guests. Court of the King was held in it.
It is a palace which is decorated with thousands of mirrors. All sizes of mirrors were used in its construction. It is situated in the Shah Burj Block, left from the main garden. King Shah Jahan built this Sheesh Mehal in the year 1631 to 1632. White marble is used on its floor while the walls and roof is decorated with colorful mirrors. This crystal palace is a very lovely place to visit.
It is situated in the courtyard of the crystal palace. It is a chamber which was decorated with the white marble. Precious and expensive stones were also used for its decoration. It is said that King Akbar spent a huge amount of 900,000 in its construction and that is the reason it is known as Noulakha. It is a rectangular shaped structure with the curly roof on it. Expensive stones were used in its inside.
A Mosque with the pearls is the meanings of Moti Masjid. It was constructed in the 17th century for the holy purposes. It is also a white marble Mosque which was constructed by the Mughal King Shah Jahan. You can find it near to the Alamgiri gate and Dewan-e-Aam. Gemstones were used to decorate it. Later on when Sikh took the charge of this year they converted this Mosque into the Moti Mandir. A temple for the Sikh community and after them British rulers looted all its pearls and gemstones. At the end its genuine status was revived and it is known as Moti Masjid.
It is the main entrance of the Lahore fort which was built in the year 1637. Once upon a time these paths were used for the entrance of elephants.
It was the court for general public to put their problems in front of the King.
It was the specific place for the court of King for rich and V.I.P public.
Hazuri Bagh and the Tomb of Allama Iqbal are right in front of it, so as the Badshahi Mosque.