Museum in Lahore

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Built, damaged, demolished, rebuilt and restored several times before being given its current form by Emperor Akbar in 1566 (when he made Lahore his capital), the Lahore Fort is the star attraction of the Old...

Fortress in Rohtas Fort

Rohtas Fort

Some 16km northwest of Jhelum, colossal Rohtas Fort is an extraordinary example of military architecture. It was started in 1543 by the Pashtun ruler Sher Shah Suri, to protect the strategic Peshawar to Calcutta...

Museum in Lahore

Faqir Khana Museum

About 500m inside Bhatti Gate on the right-hand side, a small mansion houses the Faqir Khana Museum. It houses the treasures of the Faqir family, who have lived in Lahore since the 18th century. It is said to be...

Architecture in Lahore

Badshahi Mosque

Badshahi Mosque

Completed in 1674 under Aurangzeb as the Mughals' final architectural fling, the sublime Badshahi Mosque, opposite the main gateway to the Lahore Fort, is one of the world's largest mosques. Replete with huge...

Monument in Lahore

Jehangir's Tomb

Jehangir's Tomb

Standing in a garden on the northern outskirts of Lahore, the elaborately decorated sandstone Jehangir's Tomb is that of Emperor Jehangir. Built in 1637 by Jehangir's son, Shah Jahan, it's believed to have been...

Gardens in Lahore

Shalimar Gardens

To the northeast of town, about 4km from the main train station, this was one of three gardens named Shalimar Gardens created by Shah Jahan in the 17th century. It's also the only surviving Mughal garden of...

Museum in Lahore

Lahore Museum

Try to set aside a couple of hours to make the most of a visit to the superb Lahore Museum, which has exhibits spanning the recorded history of the subcontinent. Part of the collection was removed to India after...

Monument in Lahore

Minar-i-Pakistan

Soaring into the sky in Iqbal Park, the 60m high Minar-i-Pakistan was built in 1960. It commemorates the signing of the Pakistan Resolution on 23 March 1940 by the All India Muslim League, which paved the way for...

Islamic Site in Lahore

Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveri

Author of a famous book on mysticism, the 11th-century Data Ganj Bakhsh, originally from Ghazni in Afghanistan, was one of the most successful Sufi preachers on the subcontinent and is today one of the most...

Monument in Lahore

Zamzama

Zamzama 'He sat in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher - The Wonder House, as the Natives call the Lahore Museum. Who hold Zam-Zammah hold...

Island in Lahore

Prince Kamran Baradari Park

The baradari (summer pavilion) of Prince Kamran, son of the first Mughal emperor Zahiruddin Babur, stands on a small island in the Ravi River (the river is on the northern outskirts of town). When it was...

Museum in Lahore

Chughtai Museum

Originally intended to be temporary but open since 1975, the year Muhammad Abdur Rahman Chughtai died, the Chughtai Museum is just northwest of the intersection of Ferozpur Rd and Gulberg Main Blvd. Recognised as...

Tomb in Lahore

Tomb of Nur Jahan

Just over the railway line from Jehangir's Tomb but not as well preserved is the Tomb of Nur Jahan. After the death of her first husband, an Afghan prince, Nur Jahan was carted off to Delhi, destined for...

Mosque in Lahore

Mosque of Wazir Khan

At the eastern end of the Old City, 250m inside Delhi Gate, is the deteriorating but beautifully tiled Mosque of Wazir Khan. It was founded in the 17th century by Sheikh Ilm-ud-Din Ansari (also known as Wazir...

Monument in Lahore

Royal Baths

Old Lahore sprawls at the foot of the fort. It comprises narrow snaking alleys surrounded by a 9m-high wall with 13 gates, with sections closely resembling the way they would have been back in Mughal times. It's...

Sikh Site in Lahore

Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Outside of the Lahore Fort, the Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh commemorates the founder of the short-lived Sikh empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The ashes of the maharaja lie in a lotus-shaped urn inside a small...

Zoo in Lahore

Lahore Zoo

Near Bagh-i-Jinnah, behind a large gateway adorned with a colourful animal mural, Lahore Zoo is one of the oldest zoos on the subcontinent. It was founded in 1872 and includes a variety of bird species along with...

Islamic Site in Lahore

Summit Minar

In a park at Charing Cross, commemorating the Islamic Summit Conference held in Lahore in 1974, is Summit Minar. Underneath the minar - a tall, slender marble column - is a vaulted cellar housing gifts from the...

Sikh Temple in Lahore

Gurdwara of Arjan Dev

The Gurdwara of Arjan Dev is dedicated to Sikhism's fifth guru. Created by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, this is Lahore's largest gurdwara (Sikh temple) and is an important pilgrimage site for Sikhs. Non-Sikhs are not...

Gallery in Lahore

Alhamra Art Gallery

This gallery, not to be confused with the Alhamra, houses Lahore's largest permanent collection of artwork. There are two floors exhibiting fine paintings by Pakistani artists. This gallery is part of the Alhamra...