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The Shahi Hamaam, an epitome of architectural brilliance

Farooq Muhammad explores the past and present of the Shahi Hammam of Lahore Suppose you’re travelling from Lahore to Karachi in winters via train and the transportation authority gives you the facility of steam-bath. Wouldn’t you be delighted? If yes, then imagine your ancestors availing this facility four centuries ago. Doesn’t it amaze you? Such was the architectural magnificence of the ...

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Sheikhupura Fort

Sheikhupura Fort is a Mughal-era fort built in 1607 near the city of Sheikhupura in Punjab, Pakistan. The fort was designed by Sikander Moeen and built during the reign of Emperor Jahangir. The fort was drastically altered during the Sikh-era, with numerous buildings constructed – some with equisite Sikh-era frescoes. The fort is located near the Hiran Minar, built as ...

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Hiran Minar

Hiran Minar – The Hiran Minar is one of the best known and most beautiful of such sities. It used to be the favorite hunting spot of all Muslim rulers. Just North of Sheikhupura town lays a hunting complex known as the Hiran Minar. Mughal rulers were fond of hunting and such grounds were an important part of the physical ...

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Ramkot Fort

Ramkot Fort is an ancient fort situated in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan currently beside the Mangla Dam. It is accessible through boat, 13 kilometers away from Dina and 79 kilometers by road from Mirpur, Azad Kashmir to Dadyal town. The fort is accessible from Sikah village from Dadyal side and Mangla through boats which take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Three ...

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Katas Raj Temples

The Katas Raj Temples is a complex consisting of several Hindu temples surrounding a pond regarded as sacred by Hindus. The complex is located in the Potohar Plateau region of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The temples are located near the town of Kallar Kahar, and are near the M2 Motorway. The temples’ pond is said in the Puranas to have been ...

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Baoli Rohtas Fort

Baoli Rohtas Fort, Jhelum, Pakistan Baolis are deep level step wells constructed by building a staircase into the earth. There are two major baolis at Rohtas Fort, one near the Kabuli Gate and another near the Tulla Mori Gate. The Kabuli Gate Baoli contains 60 steps leading down to the water with small side chambers which may have been intended ...

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Rohtas Fort

Rohtas Fort Qila Rohtas) is a 16th century fortress located near the city of Jhelum in the Pakistani province of Punjab.The fortress was built during the reign of the Pashtun king Sher Shah Suri between 1541 and 1548 in order to help subdue the rebellious tribes of the Potohar region of northern Punjab that were loyal to the Mughal crown. ...

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Abdul Nabi Khan Tomb, Gujranwala

About a half kilometer northeast of the village of Kotli Maqbara, the Abdul Nabi Khan Tomb rises elegantly from the fields. It was likely constructed in the era of Shah Jehan, but no definitive historical evidence links it to any particular person. The Pakistani travel writer Salman Rashid notes that “Built as it is in the middle of a great ...

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Altit Fort

Altit Fort is an ancient fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza state who carried the title Mir, although they moved to the somewhat younger Baltit fort nearby three centuries later. Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, ...

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Omar Hayat Mahal, Chiniot

Omar Hayat Mahal Library (also spelled as Umer Hayat Mahal Library or known as Gulzar Manzil) is an early 20th-century wooden architectural wonder of Chiniot, Pakistan. Omar Hayat Palace is a five story building which stands in the heart of the city. Two upper stories were removed in 1993 due to heavy rainfall and storms which may have affected the ...

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