I was browsing over the internet to check whats worth visiting any historical place apart from the Shahi Qilla and Badshahi Masjid in Lahore. Google maps pinpointed a place which was 60km from Lahore if you drive by islamabad-Lahore motorway in “Sheikhupura” called “HIRAN MINAR”. Decidedly i thought to read about it before i could have a visit. In the errands, history has always explained the importance of architecture in Mughal Era, Hiran Minar turned out to be that well-constructed place which explains its artistry in one look.
- Roads are clear
- Safe place to go , no security issues
- There is also an alternative route apart from Isb-Lhr Motorway
- A small canteen is available for tea and snacks
- Ticket charges at the front gate only.
- Boating facility available so you can enjoy paddle boating in the river aswell
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Historically speaking, the mughals being found of hunting had the area (called Jahangeerabad at that time as Jahangeer (Akbar’s Son) was the first to discover it) declared as a royal hunting ground in 1607. The Minar (Tower) was constructed after the death of the kings favorite Deer, Mansraj. (Phew ! If a deer had such value. I am imagining the power of those persons who were liked by the king). Additionally, hunting also got prohibited after that.
The Baradari was later constructed in 1620 (By Jahangir’s Son, Shahjahan). You will first find a gateway to a causeway that will lead you to the Baradari. The baradari has water tanks at its corners and at the side of each water tank, right in the middle are brick ramps which slopes downward to the water, an access to the wild animals. What i loved most was the soothing silence of the place and I wondered ! How would it have felt to see this place if it were the Mughal Era instead of 2015.
A very nice description of further history regarding the mughal emporer’s construction of Hiran Minar has been explained in another blog written a senior writer. Click here to read it.