Let’s talk about The Badshahi Mosque which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Food street in Lahore. It is located at one of the best tourist place. Many picnic points and historical buildings , fort, tombs etc are adjacent to it. Badshahi Mosque is the city’s icon, its premier religious site, and a focal point for celebrations and festivities. It’s also a photographer’s paradise – one’s lens is drawn to the incredible ornate arches, the bulbous marble domes and the soaring red stone minarets. The glimpses of the city which peep over the high walls; the residential blocks, the gurdwara, the Shahi Fort opposite.
This place is safe for all. You can have English speaking tour guide here. Best season to visit this place is September to April otherwise it would be so hot here. You can enjoy in the evening only while most of these historical place is opened till 6 pm to 7 pm only.
The city of Lahore does not need any introduction to the people of sub-continent. Every child of Pakistan and India know about Lahore. Lahore is called as the heart of Punjab. There is an oft-quoted proverb “ jinney Lahore nahitakya o jamya he nahi”–(in English… the person who has not seen Lahore has not born yet).
Badshahi Mosque (transformation in English: Royal Mosque) is the second largest mosque of Punjab, Pakistan . It was built in 1673 A.D. by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. The mosque remained the largest mosque in the world from 1673 to 1986, when it was overtaken in capacity and size upon the completion of Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. It has a total area of 29,867.2 square meters (321, 488 square feet) and can accommodate up to 100,000 worshipers. Now it is 8th largest mosque in the world in terms of its capacity for accommodating worshipers and 10th largest in terms of total area. Badshahi Mosque with its beautiful Mughal architectural style and historical background is a major landmark and tourist attraction not only in Lahore but in whole Punjab.
Badshahi Mosque was constructed in Mughal era during the reign of sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. He ordered the construction of Badshahi Mosque in 1671 A.D. For this purpose, he appointed his foster brother Fiadi Khan Koka governor of Lahore, specifically to undertake supervision of the construction work of the mosque. The mosque was completed after two years in 1673 A.D. Fiadi Khan Koka remained the governor of Lahore until 1675 A.D.
Badshahi Mosque under Pakistan
After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Lahore became a part of Pakistan and so Badshahi Mosque with it. The restoration of the mosque started in 1939 by Badshahi Mosque Authority remained to continue, until the mosque was restored to its original condition in 1960 with a total cost of 5.8 million rupees.
Later Fakir Family of Lahore donated relics of Prophet Muhammad, his daughter Fatima and his cousin Ali to Badshahi Mosque. The Government of Pakistan used these relics to set up a museum inside main gateway entrance of Badshahi Mosque.
In 1993, the Government of Pakistan proposed the consideration of the Badshahi Mosque as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where it has been added to Pakistan’s Tentative List for possible nomination to the World Heritage List.
In 2000, repair work was done to the marble inlay of Badshahi Mosque.
In 2008, the red sandstone tiles of Badshahi Mosque’s large courtyard were replaced. The sandstone used for this replacement was imported from a place near Jaipur, Rajasthan in India which was the original source of the sandstone used when the mosque was constructed back in 1673.
Design and Architecture
The design and architecture of Badshahi Mosque were inspired by Islamic, Central Asian, Persian, and Indian architectural designs. The design of Badshahi Mosque is nearly similar to Jama Mosque of Delhi which was constructed by Aurangzeb Alamgir’s father Emperor Shah Jahanin1648 A.D.
Badshahi Mosque and its vast courtyard are built upon a platform which is accessed from the east using 22 three-sided steps and graceful gateway of traditional Mughal style.
Its interior is richly decorated with inlaid marble, fresco work, and stucco tracery. The exterior of Main Prayer Hall is embellished with stone carvings and marble inlay on red sandstone.
The mosque has four corner minarets; each has a height of 176 feet (53.75 meters) and 67 feet (20 meters) circumference.
The central dome has 70 feet 6 inches (21.49 meters) diameter at bugling and it is 49 feet (15 meters) high. The mosque has also two smaller domes, one on each side of the large dome. Each small dome has 54 feet (16.36 meter) diameter at bugling and a height of 32 feet (9.8 meters).
Badshahi Mosque is renowned for the carved marble and elaborate plasterwork that are used throughout the mosque’s interior
The mosque’s interior is embellished with Mughal frescoes and carved marble
The mosque features intricate Mughal frescoes 400-year-old still fresh
After passing through the massive gate, an expansive sandstone paved courtyard spreads over an area of 276,000 square feet, and which can accommodate 100,000 worshipers when functioning as an Idgah The courtyard is enclosed by single-aisled arcades.
The main edifice at the site was also built from red sandstone and is decorated with white marble inlay. The prayer chamber has a central arched niche with five niches flanking it which is about one-third the size of the central niche. The mosque has three marble domes, the largest of which is located in the center of the mosque, and which is flanked by two smaller domes.
At each of the four corners of the mosque, there are octagonal, three story minarets made of red sandstone that is 196 feet (60 m) tall, with an outer circumference of 67 feet and the inner circumference is eight and a half feet. Each minaret is topped by a marble canopy. The main building of the mosque also features an additional four smaller minarets at each corner of the building.
From hotel to complete one day plan is in 1000 Pak rupees or in 10 USD.
- Booked Air Conditioned Transport.
- Food as per plan.
- Services of a guide.
- All kind of tolls and taxes included.
Services not Included
- Personal insurances of clients.
- Medication, evacuation and rescue etc.
- Beverages & phone calls or other expenses of personal nature.
- Any item not mentioned above.
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Bridge Club Pakistan (BCP): Bridge Club Pakistan was established in 2010 with the aim of sharing cultures & reconnecting with Junior Ambassadors, Peace Ambassadors as well as BCP Volunteers & Supporters. It is active in activities including skill building workshops, career counseling, Relief Drives, common activities and Inter BC activities.
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Written by Hafsa Hira Khan
member of BRIDGE CLUB PAKISTAN
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