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My visit to Badshahi Mosque. Lahore, Pakistan

The main entrance to the Mosque

The main entrance to the Mosque

Inside the Mosque

Inside the Mosque

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Someone resting in the Mosque, behind him you can see someone praying

Someone resting in the Mosque, behind him you can see someone praying

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School children visiting the Mosque

School children visiting the Mosque

A Mogul lamp

A Mogul lamp

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Shamin, my guide on my first visit to the Mosque

Shamin, my guide on my first visit to the Mosque

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View of the Fort

View of the Fort

A section of the ornate decorations

A section of the ornate decorations

More decorations

More decorations

Allama Iqbal's Tomb outside Badshahi Mosque

Allama Iqbal's Tomb outside Badshahi Mosque

The guard outside the Mausoleum to Iqbal

The guard outside the Mausoleum to Iqbal

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In September 2005 I visited the Badshahi Mosque for the first time. It was September and for Pakistan the weather was cooler than summer, but for me newly arrived from England it was very hot. I travelled by rickshaw and on arrival gave my shoes to the man at the entrance to the Mosque who gave me a ticket with a number on it to reclaim them on coming out.

The sandstone floor of the Mosque was so hot I had to run into the shade and stay on the carpet that is laid across the ground, because my feet were burning. I noticed others were walking on the ground quite calmly as if it was cool. On going into the entrance an old man came up and offered his services as a guide. His name was Shamin and he said he spoke several languages. At first I did not want a guide but he kept following and was so persistent that we let him stay. He told the whole history of the Mosque but in a rambling sort of way. He said that the designs on the paintwork showed 5 leaves for the 5 prayers in the day. He also went into a corner and told me to stand with my ear to the wall on the opposite side and he whispered and the echo of his voice was heard.

Actually, I learned more of his history than that of the Mosque but he was an engaging old man. He acted as a bodyguard, if anyone got too close he sent them away. He was rather amusing but it was like a whistle stop tour. I suppose he was rushing around so he could go and find more people to guide around.

October 2008 I visited again and this time there was no sign of our old guide. I looked around but did not see him.

This time the ground was cool and the day was so pleasant and warm. Just like a summer day in England. Despite the fact that there were many more people this time, including lots of children, it was very peaceful. It is a beautiful place and I sat in the cool on the carpet and enjoyed the peace and tranquility.

As usual, in any place in Pakistan, it is not possible to be completely alone. A group of women passing who saw me sitting on the floor thought I must be a Muslim because I was wearing a shawl over my head. I had put this on to show respect for the Mosque. I posed for a photograph with them and with another group. So far all Pakistanis I have met want to have a photograph to show their friends that they have met a foreigner. This love for people for other countries is something I have not experienced anywhere else.

This mosque is directly opposite the Lahore Fort and was built during the reign of Emperor Aurengzeb in 1672 to 1674. He was one of the last great Mughal kings. The facade is similar to the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) in Delhi.

The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is capable of holding 5,000 people and it was the largest mosque in Pakistan until the Faisal Mosque was built in Islamabad which holds 10,000 in the prayer hall and can hold up to another 64,000 outside. This will possibly be the subject of another hub.

I have added a short video which shows the road on the way to the Mosque. You can see that there are many people also walking in the street, and beggars who wait for cars to stop. Then there is one which shows the road outside the Mosque, the Fort and the Sikh Gurdwara which are all in the same place. You can see from this the life and colour and hear the sounds of Lahore.

Another thing that is very important is the Tomb of Allama Iqbal outside the Mosque which is guarded day and night. He was one of the founding fathers of Pakistan and a great poet and philosopher. His poetry is exquisite.

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Comments

Hummingbird5356 (author) on January 29, 2020:

Thank you for reading and I am happy you enjoyed my hub.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on January 29, 2020:

Thank you for an entertaining read. I hope any time you spend in Pakistan is always pleasantly spent!

Hummingbird5356 (author) on December 21, 2019:

Thank you for reading my article. Lahore is one of my favourite places.

Fasih Ul Hassan from Lahore on December 21, 2019:

I read your this article. It's amazing and very informative. I am from Lahore and I've visited this place many times. In my point of view this place is crown of Lahore. I can spend my whole evening in courtyard with sunset and flying birds. Thank you

Hummingbird5356 (author) on November 25, 2019:

Thank you. I am happy you enjoyed the hub.

HAREEM MUHAMMED on November 25, 2019:

LOVE IT ..

Hummingbird5356 (author) on October 01, 2016:

Yes, I enjoyed my visits there and miss the people and country.

khalid on October 01, 2016:

paistan is always best.......:)

Salmanbaig901 on January 31, 2016:

Sir if u want to know anything about the place visit my magazine Famous places of the world on flipboard

Hummingbird5356 (author) on January 31, 2016:

I am sorry to say that I didn't have an opportunity to visit Mohenjodaro but it is a coincidence that I studied the history of the excavations there at University. It is definitely a place I would like to visit one day. It was a great city and the people lived in better conditions than many do in modern times.

Salmanbaig901 on January 31, 2016:

Hummingbird sir can u upload anything about the ancient place Mohenjo Daro

Hummingbird5356 (author) on January 30, 2016:

Thank you, I am happy that you found it informative.

M.Salman on January 30, 2016:

Thank you I have gained a great information from it

Hummingbird5356 (author) on June 25, 2015:

Thank you.

adil on June 25, 2015:

Wow amazing

Hummingbird5356 (author) on June 14, 2015:

Thank you for reading and I did intend to visit Karachi but my friend's family invited us to their house instead. Maybe one day.

Hummingbird5356 (author) on December 10, 2014:

Thank you Saira

saira on December 10, 2014:

I like it

binish on October 11, 2013:

good

Hummingbird5356 (author) on September 11, 2013:

You are right, many people talk about how dangerous it is in Pakistan who have never visited. They believe what is in the media and they are afraid to go anywhere they think is not safe.

I would like to see more of Pakistan and maybe I will one day. I cannot say when.

Thank you for you wishes and I wish the same for you and all Pakistanis.

Muhammad Akbar on September 09, 2013:

Dear Humm, Thanks for your quick response, i have been going through Google search and found very ridiculous information which i am going to share with you bcoz you are the person who can justify much better rather than others who has not been to Lahore or Pakistan.

I read over the web pages that a lot of people who has not visited Lahore/Pakistan not a single time, These senseless people showing themselves as Travel Guide about Pakistan, They are saying Pakistan is not at all safe to travel, It is like i have never seen London and i am offering myself as travle Guide for London, so sham-full for those people,

Moreover, I would say western Media is the sole responsible of all such propaganda, I have not seen any western newspaper, channel have shown the bright picture of Pakistan, Whereas, As a Pakistani i do believe that Our life in pakistan is more cheerful rather than any person in west bcoz we have lot of ocessions to be celebrated, our life is filled with colors of relations, we have the sweetest fruits to eat but innocent people in west is misguided by their tv channels, newspapers,

In the meanwhile, let me suggest when next time you visit pakistan must go to nothern areas, like gillgit, naran kaghan and dont forget to see the K2 you will see what Nature has given us, So called terroriest state,

Anyways, dear Humm, i would like you to be in contact with me my email is ''''' muhammadakbar1983@gmail.com'''' if possible let me have your too,

Please take care of your self and wish you all the best about your future, people like you are the beauty of earth.

have good day

Regards

Muhammad akbar

Hummingbird5356 (author) on September 08, 2013:

Hello, I am afraid circumstances prevented me from visiting Pakistan earlier this year. I wanted to come, also I wanted to see how Lahore has changed in the last couple of years, with the new roads, etc.

That is why I have not written anything new for a while about Pakistan or Lahore. I have published a couple of books and have started on one about the Khewra Salt Mine. They are on Amazon but unfortunately, it is not available yet in Pakistan.

Thank you for remembering me.

Muhammad Akbar on September 08, 2013:

Hi dear Humm, how are you dear? i am missing your blogs about Lahore for a long time dear so have you been in Lahore recently?

Hummingbird5356 (author) on January 17, 2013:

Thank you. I visited twice for a month each time. I could have stayed for much longer.

Mohsin Ghafoor from Islamabad on January 17, 2013:

It looks like you have spent lots of time in Pakistan. Again, a very nice hub.

Hummingbird5356 (author) on May 27, 2012:

Thank you.

Saira Sheikh from London, United Kingdom on May 27, 2012:

Really amazing hub, liked it very much. I had a visit of this place too, its beautifully made inside. Voted interesting!

Hummingbird5356 (author) on April 17, 2012:

Thanks for reading and liking my article.

Lahori boy on April 17, 2012:

Thanks hummingbird. I like your photos. I like your articles. I have been in UK for last 6 years. Lahore is a wonderful,charming and fascinating city. I am going back to Lahore soon. Lahore is Lahore. Thanks for posting

Hummingbird5356 (author) on November 26, 2011:

Thank you for reading.

tjml on November 25, 2011:

enjoyable hub. thank you!

Hummingbird5356 (author) on June 06, 2011:

Thank you very much for your comments.

Jaspal Singh from India / Australia on June 06, 2011:

Very Informative and nicely written article. Beautiful pictures.

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 15, 2011:

Thank you for reading, I like this mosque too. I enjoyed my visit there very much.

siti on March 15, 2011:

i love this mousque very much

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 09, 2011:

Thank you once again for reading my hubs.

Kamran100 on March 09, 2011:

i just imagine...this is your great trip...and you share a great hub with us,,thank you soooooooooooo much. well done

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 08, 2011:

Thank you. I am happy that you liked my hub.

KHANZADA KHAN on March 07, 2011:

VEEEEEEEERRRRRRY BUETI FUL

Hummingbird5356 (author) on January 29, 2011:

Thank you. I will look at your hubs later.

MAAZ SHARIF from Pakistan on January 29, 2011:

really very nice work

Hummingbird5356 (author) on December 03, 2010:

Thank you for coming regularly to visit.

Micky Dee on December 03, 2010:

You are so wonderful and I just love your work. I will always come back for another visit. God bless you Hummingbird!

Hummingbird5356 (author) on October 29, 2010:

Yes I will.

adil javed from my loving world on October 29, 2010:

will u visit again pakistan

Hummingbird5356 (author) on October 29, 2010:

Thank you.

adil javed from my loving world on October 28, 2010:

nice job and dats the name of life

Hummingbird5356 (author) on August 28, 2010:

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Artocraft on August 28, 2010:

fabolous piece of architecture...

Hummingbird5356 (author) on August 01, 2010:

Thank you.

m paki from Pakistan on July 31, 2010:

Amazing

Hummingbird5356 (author) on July 03, 2010:

aiesh ali, can you write your comment in English as I cannot understand enough Urdu to understand what you wrote?

Thanks for reading my hub, though.

aiesh ali on June 29, 2010:

assalamualiku

to everybady kia baat hey hummray masjidon ki or jagawoon ki magar ya hummara wirsa ab bohat khasta haal ka shekar hey aawam or hukomate waqt ko chaheya k wo es per khososi tawaja dain kaun k zaid masjid abu dahbi uae may jo hey uos ko bhi design badshhi masjid ko dekh kar kia gaya hey tu muhmay bhi chheya k hum bhi apney warsay ka khayal rahkheian all of us such a great collection of pictures

thanks again

alishali@ymail.com 0300 2390660

Hummingbird5356 (author) on June 20, 2010:

i am happy that you enjoyed the hub. It is certainly a beautiful place. Thank you.

imissukhan on June 20, 2010:

I am Lahori. Thanks that u published beautiful picutres of Badshahi Mosque of Alamgir. Thanx once again.

Hummingbird5356 (author) on April 10, 2010:

Thank you. Photography is a fairly new hobby of mine. I am glad you like the picutes.

Micky Dee on April 09, 2010:

You are so great with your photography! Thanks for the trip- as always!

Hummingbird5356 (author) on April 07, 2010:

Thank you for your very kind comments. Yes, I do want to visit Lahore again. I think it is a wonderful city.

Muhammad Akbar on April 07, 2010:

Hi dear friend,

I have read your article and found it very informative and realistic !

Well, I am glad that you liked the journey of Lahore as i am residing in Lahore you really reflected the light & charm of Lahore, Thanks for being

here !

Moreover, I do hope you would like to visit again to see the remaining Lahore and believe me, your every visit will give you ultimate pleasure !

God bless you

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 28, 2010:

Thank you for reading my hub and liking it. Have you been to Turkey? If so, why don't you write a hub about it and put photographs in. I would be interested to read it.

BJBenson from USA on March 28, 2010:

I loved your pictures. I hope you keep traveling and taking pictures for everyone to see.I think you would like Turkey too.

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 21, 2010:

Thank you for making the trip. Hub pages stories of many places that we cannot visit. I am glad you enjoyed it.

JG the IGNITER from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals on March 20, 2010:

Thanks for taking me on a trip that I will never make. Awesome pictures and hub!!

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 09, 2010:

Thank you. You should certainly go to Pakistan. It is a very good experience.

liswilliams from South Africa on March 09, 2010:

This is awesome, travel is one of my passions hope I get there one day!

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 07, 2010:

Thank you nilum

Lahoreee thank you again. I am glad you liked the additions.

Lahoreee on March 07, 2010:

I am obliged and thank you. I like you way of writing. It is simple and effective.

nilum on March 07, 2010:

wow

such a great collection of pictures

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 06, 2010:

Thank you very much for these kind comments Lahoreee. I forgot to put a picture of Allama Iqbal's Tomb. You have reminded me. Thank you again.

Lahoreee on March 06, 2010:

A cool breeze I felt when I went through your hub, HUMMING BIRD JI. I visit the tomb of Allam Iqbal every now and then when I am upset and sad. The solitude I feel in this refuge is unique and relaxing. Iqbal, the sage poet gave a real road map for us the mortals to achieve happiness and goodness. Your Pictures have added to my whole concept of visiting the tomb of my Murshid Allama Iqbal. Thanks and take care ji

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 06, 2010:

Thank you myownworld. I was waiting for you to read this because your comments are very welcome. The carvings on the ceiling are gorgeous as you say, I would have liked to record every one but there are so many. I am glad you liked this hub and that's not a bad idea, a visit together. You take care too. xxx

myownworld from uk on March 06, 2010:

wow!!! Fantastic pics and hub....! You're getting better and better, I have to say! Aren't those ornate carvings on the ceiling just gorgeous? I tried so hard to capture them on lens, but your pics are superb. One day Humming, we must make a plan together for a visit. We'll have so much fun! Anyway, thank you for this 'treat' early in the morning....! take care, and much love x

Hummingbird5356 (author) on March 05, 2010:

You are welcome. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on March 05, 2010:

I really enjoyed this trip to the beautiful mosque. It is really a beautiful building. Thanks for being my guide!

Love and peace

Tony