The Royal Fort

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The main entrance gate of the fort, constructed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1673AD and also named after him, Alamgiri gate. You can also see the restoration work going on.

My next destination in Lahore was the Royal Fort. This Fort has great historical significance & one of the prime tourist spot, not to be missed at any cost. And i was so delighted to see it after almost 15 or more years, that a lot of restoration work has been completed and still in process to give it the best original look.

As soon as you enter the place (or any such places) it feels as if you have gone back in time, and amazed to see the depth, skill, intelligence & hard work of the workers & engineers of that time. For me it was a perfect place to get a break from the routine artifical life of modern world & enjoy the moments of preserved silent history.

The foundation of Lahore & its Fort is attributed to Lauh, the son of RAMA of epic age (1200-800 BC). Till 1566AD, the Fort was conquered, destroyed & re-built many times by the successive rulers and around the mid 16th Century the Mughal king Akbar rebuilt the fort in solid brick masonary on its earlier foundations. Later successive Mughal rulers built palaces, tombs & extended gardens in the fort...From mid 18th to 19th century it was captured by the Sikh rulers and around 1846 it was occupied by the British, till the formation of Pakistan.

Most recently in early 21st century, around 2008, it was captured by me..:)

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The main entrance gate of the fort…
The main entrance gate of the for…
The shrine of Sikhs
The shrine of Sikhs
A Sikh temple just across the fort…
A Sikh temple just across the for…
This is outside the fort, a small …
This is outside the fort, a small…
The monument & garden behind me is…
The monument & garden behind me i…
Badshahi Mosque, just across the F…
Badshahi Mosque, just across the …
View just in front of the Alamgiri…
View just in front of the Alamgir…
Restoration workers
Restoration workers
Just inside the main entrance gate
Just inside the main entrance gate
A passage soon after entering the …
A passage soon after entering the…
Place to get off from elephant bac…
Place to get off from elephant ba…
How about little modeling!
A fami…
How about little modeling! A fam…
Why not me :) I really liked this …
Why not me :) I really liked this…
Behind the canon, you will see a l…
Behind the canon, you will see a …
Hall of Public audience.
Hall of Public audience.
In this hal the King used to recei…
In this hal the King used to rece…
skillful carving on red sand stone
skillful carving on red sand stone
a traditional Mughal style balkony…
a traditional Mughal style balkon…
A red sand stone pillar
A red sand stone pillar
A corridor of Public hall
A corridor of Public hall
A view from Public hall
A view from Public hall
carving on red sand stone
carving on red sand stone
Public hall from a distance
Public hall from a distance
A view from Crystal palace. This g…
A view from Crystal palace. This …
Forecourt of Jahangirs Palace
Forecourt of Jahangir's Palace
Fountain
Fountain
NAULAKHA PAVILION inside crystal p…
NAULAKHA PAVILION inside crystal …
Inside one of the rooms of Crystal…
Inside one of the rooms of Crysta…
a gold plated panel
a gold plated panel
Crystal palace
Crystal palace
Crystal palace. Workmanship is ext…
Crystal palace. Workmanship is ex…
teracota screen
teracota screen
Many tunnels like this were used t…
Many tunnels like this were used …
The holy book model
The holy book model
stairs going down to the basement
stairs going down to the basement
Badshahi Mosque
Badshahi Mosque
signs of war & time
signs of war & time
A security guard of one portion of…
A security guard of one portion o…
This is a very artistic wall
This is a very artistic wall
Going back :)
Going back :)
Lahore
photo by: Fakz