Historical places in Pakistan
Pakistan is a country which is absolutely a gem for the tourists. The main reason is that it has got flavor for all types of tourists and beautiful locations, mountains, landscapes, large cities and the historic places can be witnessed here. The historical places in Pakistan dominate the entire arena because of its rich history and one of the oldest civilizations of this world had lived where Pakistan stands today.
If you decide to roam around the world, your first and foremost destination should be historical and breathtaking places in Pakistan. People from all over the world come to Pakistan and enjoy themselves after visiting the beautiful places here.
List of Famous Historical Places in Pakistan
1. Hiran Minar, Sheikhupura
2. Noor Mahal, Bahawalpur
3. Wazir Khan Mosque
4. Mohenjo Daro, Sindh
5. Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore
6. Tomb of Jahangir, Lahore
7. Shalimar Gardens
8. Rohtas Fort
9. Makli Necropolis, Thatta
Hiran Minar, Sheikhupura
Hiran Minar is located in Sheikhupura, about 40 km (24.85 miles) away from the city of Lahore. This architectural piece was built by the 4th Mughal King Jahangir inside a beautiful lake. It is believed that the king built it as a monument of his deer pet and that’s why it is known as the deer tomb up to this day. The tomb towers over 30 meters (100 feet) into the sky and several years after its construction, it was used for tracing the hunting of wild animals. Its history and construction make visiting it a worthy endeavor.
Noor Mahal, Bahawalpur
Noor Mahal or Noor Palace is in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, which is one hundred and fifty years old. The history has many stuff to talk about this palace, where Nawab Subah Sadiq Muhammad Khan IV laid the foundation of this beautiful palace for his wife. This palace was made to be the home of Subah Sadiq and his family, but his wife refused to stay there and spent only one night because of the Basti Maluk Shah graveyard. Later on, this palace was used as the state guest house or for the meetings.
Its design is like an Italian chateau on neoclassical lines and covers an area of 44,600 square feet. The double story building has 32 rooms with 14 in basement. It also contains 6 verandas and 5 domes. Known as one of the beautiful places in Pakistan, where everyone wish to live in once.
Wazir Khan Mosque
The Wazir Khan mosque was built by Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari in 1634, who was Viceroy of Punjab under Shah Jahan. This mosque is located in Lahore, Pakistan and famous for its beautiful design. The Urdu meaning of Wazir is ‘minister’. The expanded and huge faience tile work there is the eye catching for all the tourists. This beautiful mosque is known as one of the famous historical places in Pakistan, which was built in seven years.
The most historical and architectural feature to distinguish this mosque from others is the efficient use of minarets. No doubt, this mosque depicts the real and clear picture of the historical era gone by.
Mohenjo Daro, Sindh
Mohenjo Daro is another beautiful yet one of the historical places in Pakistan you should see. This place was discovered in 1921, famous part of the Indus Valley Civilization and has similar nature like Harappa. For the tourists all around the world, Mohenjo Daro is the unique area to visit, especially for those who have a true sense of historical places. The ancient buildings and houses in Mohenjo Daro is made up of mud and baked bricks, which made the architecturally wonderful town.
The interesting fact about Mohenjo Daro is the 10.8 cm dancing girl, found from the house in 1926. This was the most famous statue of historian and archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler. Wheeler said, “There is her little Baluchi-style face with pouting lips and insolent look in the eye. She’s about fifteen years old I should think, not more, but she stands there with bangles all the way up her arm and nothing else on. A girl perfectly, for the moment, perfectly confident of herself and the world. There’s nothing like her, I think, in the world.”
After this I think, a tour to Mohenjo Daro is a must!
Located in Lahore, Minar-e-Pakistan is one of the historical places in Pakistan, where people come day and night to enjoy the site. It was built to celebrate the Lahore Resolution on 23rd March 1940 and to demand the separate homeland for Muslims. The best part about this fabulous place is it took eight years in its construction and its base is about 8 meters above the ground.
Minar e Pakistan shows the real beauty and a mixture of Mughal and modern architecture, just like other historical places in Pakistan. The artificial lake and the marble mountains are the breathtaking view to see. Tourists from all over the world come to Pakistan to view this amazing place, especially at night. One must visit this place once in order to feel the true culture.
Tomb of Jahangir, Lahore
When we talk about the historic buildings, landmarks and cultural heritage of Pakistan, we can’t forget the Tomb of Jahangir. It carries the special place in the list of beautiful and historical places in Pakistan. Its location is in the suburbs of Lahore in Shahdara. The place was specifically chosen for this tomb because Jahangir and his wife Nur Jahan liked it. Jahangir was buried in the Dilkushan Garden in the same tomb after his death and his son Shah Jahan constructed the tomb in honor of his father.
The entrance of this tomb has connected with the tall tower from all the four sides. These four corners of the tower are 100 feet high. With the passage of time, the beauty of the tomb is vanishing and it needs some extra care because visitors love to see this historical place.
Shalimar Garden was once a possession of a royal Pakistani family and its construction was completed in 1641. The uniqueness of the garden comes from its construction which features three descending terraces that have all been given poetic names such as Bestower of Life, Bestower of Goodness, and Bestower of Pleasure. Right in the middle of the terraces, there are large pools to receive water from more than 400 fountains. Currently, the garden is one of the UNESCO protected World Heritage Sites in the City of Lahore.
The masterpiece depicts the real traditions and cultural heritage is Rohtas Fort in Jhelum. In the 16th century, the Afghan king Farid Khan, also known as Sher Shah Suri built this fort. It was constructed in 8 years followed with architectural and historical style. It follows the style of Afghan-Persian architecture and you will be glad to see the great walls with gigantic gates.
The Rohtas Fort is consist of twelve gates names as Sohail Gate, Shah Chandwali Gate, Kabuli Gate, Shishi Gate, Langar Khani Gate, Talaqi Gate , Mori Gate, Khwas Khani Gate, Gatali Gate, Tulla Mori Gate, Pipawala Gate and Sar Gate. For those who wants to visit Qila Rohtas must know the famous attractions inside the fort like, Haveli Man Singh, Phansi Ghat, The museum near Sohail Gate, Rani Mahal, Royal Mosque, Talaqi, Shishi and Langar Khana gates.
Makli Necropolis, Thatta
Makli is actually a necropolis in the famous and the historic city of Thatta. The history of Makli dates back to the 14th century. People flock here from different parts of the country and even from outside Pakistan for witnessing the amazing mausoleums and the monuments in the country. The best thing about the place is that it is built with the use of some really top quality stone, glazed tiles and the bricks which represents the actual Sindh civilization of the time.
This archaeological site in Taxila provides evidence of how an ancient civilization branched out from the original Indus Valley civilization. Besides that, it depicts the stages of development influenced by Persia, Greece and Central Asia.
It has some Buddhist relics. Plus it served as the entry point of famous Macedonian invader, Alexander the Great.
Enjoy the history and the culture in Pakistan
The above historical places in Pakistan are but a small sample of what the region has to offer. Though few, they will give you a great perspective of the rich history and culture enjoyed by Pakistan and the region as a whole. If you find the time, you should strive to visit all of them so that you can appreciate and enjoy the history and the culture of Pakistan.
[Edited: 2020 Mar 20 21:02 - John and Sylvia:18619 - Please do not post URLs in the forums]