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Pakistan Culture - The Grand Picture

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How does Culture breathe through the fire and smoky haze of wars? How does Art live on against a backdrop of blood shed and misery when all else around it caves in? Why do grand monuments stand their ground when the very foundations grow shaky, towering over cities....mocking man and his foolish wars alike?


They do so because the spirit that infuses them is greater than any that sustains ordinary human form. It's ageless; the hands of time cannot contain it. In war torn countries, lofty towers and minarets lend the only sense of stability left there... their primal spirit undaunted still...enduring when everything else crumbles.


And so it is in Pakistan...a land of ancient memories, mughal heritage and rustic beauty.....standing tall in it's architectural grandeur against a dark and gloomy horizon. Despite the blood spilt on it's soil, one can still smell the land's richness, feel the warmth from it's red bricked buildings. The hardest of hearts melt at the life emanating from them; our own struggles shrink into nothingness before their majestic presence - those solitary keepers of peace.....silently looking on with their age-old wisdom, slave to neither man nor any religion.


View of the old city of Lahore, Pakistan.

View of the old city of Lahore, Pakistan.

Emperor's Mosque

'Badshahi Masjid' or Emperor's Mosque, Lahore, is the 5th largest mosque in the world. Was built in 1671 by the mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.

'Badshahi Masjid' or Emperor's Mosque, Lahore, is the 5th largest mosque in the world. Was built in 1671 by the mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.

Emperor's mosque lit at night.

Emperor's mosque lit at night.

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It's undoubtedly, one of the finest and most awe inspiring wonders of Mughal era.....

Main Entrance to the Mosque

Main Entrance to the Mosque

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Built with kiln bricks, it's red sandstone exterior has the most elaborate marble inlay work...mostly in floral patterns.





One of the hundreds of arches in the Mosque - so typical of Mughal architecture.

One of the hundreds of arches in the Mosque - so typical of Mughal architecture.

Despite my ordinary digital camera, you can still see the detailed patterns on the ceilings.

Despite my ordinary digital camera, you can still see the detailed patterns on the ceilings.

The original fortress - as old as 1025 - was destroyed but rebuilt around the city during mughal Akbar's reign, 1566.

The original fortress - as old as 1025 - was destroyed but rebuilt around the city during mughal Akbar's reign, 1566.

Lahore Fort

View of the Fort through one of it's huge doors.

View of the Fort through one of it's huge doors.

'Jharoka' or Royal Balcony

'Jharoka' or Royal Balcony

'Diwan-e-Khas' or Hall of Special Audience was added to the Fort by Shah Jahan.

'Diwan-e-Khas' or Hall of Special Audience was added to the Fort by Shah Jahan.


A Royal Balcony outside one of the halls of the Fort, whence the mughal emperor addressed his people and listened to their problems.










Also, situated within the grounds of the Fort, the Hall of Special Audience, was used for exclusive royal meetings.






Nauklaha Pavilion

This unusual marble monument was used by mughal ruler Shah Jahan as a summer house, and later became a source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling during his stay in Lahore.

This unusual marble monument was used by mughal ruler Shah Jahan as a summer house, and later became a source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling during his stay in Lahore.

Palace Of Mirrors

Built by mughal Shah Jehan, 1631.

Built by mughal Shah Jehan, 1631.

Elaborate mirror work inlaid in cream colored marble.

Elaborate mirror work inlaid in cream colored marble.

One of the walls of the bedroom.

One of the walls of the bedroom.



The famous 'Sheesh Mahal' or Palace of Mirrors was used by the King and his family for their personal use. Can you imagine living in a place as ornate as that?











A truly breathtaking sight though...!



Pearl Mosque

'Moti Masjid' or Pearl Mosque was built in white marble by Shah Jahan, next to the Fort.

'Moti Masjid' or Pearl Mosque was built in white marble by Shah Jahan, next to the Fort.

Interior of the Pearl Mosque - so pristine and beautiful!

Interior of the Pearl Mosque - so pristine and beautiful!

Sufi Shrine

Shrine of Bibi Jawindi at Uch Sharif, Pakistan.

Shrine of Bibi Jawindi at Uch Sharif, Pakistan.

A close up of one of the tiles of the shrine.

A close up of one of the tiles of the shrine.



I just love the turquoise mosaic....

Sikh Mausoleum

Mausoleum of Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, situated in the old city of Lahore.

Mausoleum of Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, situated in the old city of Lahore.

Wazir Khan Mosque

Built under mughal Shah Jahan's rule, 1634, Lahore.

Built under mughal Shah Jahan's rule, 1634, Lahore.

Tiles on the walls of Wazir Khan Mosque

Tiles on the walls of Wazir Khan Mosque

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Some of the frescoes inside the mosque.

Some of the frescoes inside the mosque.






The entire Mosque is a stunning piece of Art, covered with elaborate glazed tiles and frescoes. Don't miss the detail in each tile...











Such vibrancy in ancient muslim culture! Wonder what the Taliban have to say about this...

Arabic calligraphy inscribed all over the walls.

Arabic calligraphy inscribed all over the walls.

Shalimar Gardens

Shalimar Gardens were laid out by mughal Shah Jahan. A beautiful place to go for a walk or simply to relax..

Shalimar Gardens were laid out by mughal Shah Jahan. A beautiful place to go for a walk or simply to relax..

Sacred Heart Church

'Sacred Heart' Cathedral, Lahore - one of the countless number of churches around the city!

'Sacred Heart' Cathedral, Lahore - one of the countless number of churches around the city!

'Minar e Pakistan' or Tower of Pakistan, Lahore.

'Minar e Pakistan' or Tower of Pakistan, Lahore.





Tower of Pakistan.... their little Eiffel Tower!

Lahore Museum

Lahore Museum, Pakistan.

Lahore Museum, Pakistan.

Sculpture of a Priest King, 2500 BC, National Museum, Karachi.

Sculpture of a Priest King, 2500 BC, National Museum, Karachi.

Ghandara Art, 5th B.C. Lahore Museum

Ghandara Art, 5th B.C. Lahore Museum

Ghandara Civilization again.

Ghandara Civilization again.

Fasting Buddha,  Lahore museum.

Fasting Buddha, Lahore museum.

Sculpture






Rock solid....as old as time itself, these sculptures have persevered in the face of invasions and wars... Defiant. Eternal....




















Each little figure in this one could stand on it's own merit.... unbelievable detail!










This is one of my favorite ones....









Buddha, Taxila Museum.

Buddha, Taxila Museum.




Lastly, these two statutes (right & below) in my eyes, represent the plight of nations caught in wars today.... humble resignation mixed with hope and longing.... embalmed in time forever.

Buddha figures, Taxila Museum, Pakistan.

Buddha figures, Taxila Museum, Pakistan.





* Disclaimer: Apart from the photographs with dates, most of the images have been taken from Google. My own camera could not do justice to these monuments.



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Comments

Tibmann on March 28, 2013:

Pakistan is beautiful with it's history and great civilization and can be made tourist destination for world at large and can also become famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites if only everything calms down for peaceful living. Radical minded people are making things worse there in Pakistan, if they open up their mind, and shed up their negative views and embrace peace for the well being of all. Pakistan has all the potential to become a peaceful and prosperous nation.

cheetah786 on September 23, 2012:

wonderful images.. you are really good photographer.. keep it up..

sohail khalid on February 17, 2012:

its very cute and and i appreciated you much

mahboob on October 25, 2011:

Beautiful our pakistan. Beautiful photos. good looking buildings and monuments.

jean2011 from Canada on September 11, 2011:

Thank you for such an amazing hub about Pakistan. I have always wondered what it is like to live there. You have certainly given me a beautiful description of some of Pakistan's historical sites. I have voted the hub to be beautiful

sumam khalid on August 22, 2011:

I LOVE PAKISTAN...

Shoaib on July 13, 2011:

This is generally a wonderful hub i should say,I enjoyed reading your hubs. This is truly a great read for me.

pakadventures on June 13, 2011:

Nice post please do share your pics on our facebook fan page and also visit www.pakistanadventures.com for amazing pictures of pakistan

SEM Pro from North America on June 01, 2011:

Ahh Ayesha, this, my chosen first of your work, instills wonderment of beauty and the fortitude of man throughout history... Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing - to see the existing glory must surely explain the balance of that which we hear of in global news. There must always be a balance and your hub helps me understand the degree to which negative education has grown as well. Through the atrocities of war, we seek to rise above, finding solace in beauty until the state of gratitude can be reached so we know why we chose to return...

nabgha on May 23, 2011:

gr8 work ....well done ....u made us proud

noshabashfaq on April 05, 2011:

i love th images,thanks 4 providing us knowledg

vid beauty of hitory many pakistanies r not aware of it.

Kamran100 on March 09, 2011:

wow..amazing collection of pictures

shahzeb on December 07, 2010:

ilove natuer

aymun from LUMS on November 26, 2010:

beautiful pictures! i feel touched!

Teepu on November 20, 2010:

myownworld : Marvelous work! makes me feel so proud! Thank you for putting the life Pakistan needed so bad.

K.Shahid from Dubai on September 29, 2010:

hey myownworld:) its nice to meet another punjabi girl:) i loved all your pictures-they made me home sick..i just left lahore and have been missing it terribly..i myself just wrote something on the history of the wazir khan baradari- a monument that usually gets overlooked because of the more publicised wazir khan mosque-https://hubpages.com/travel/Pakistans-Untapped-Tre...

do check it out- my pictures are in no way as good but i hope ive captured a little of the history of this exquisite city of ours:)

soumyasrajan from Mumbai India and often in USA on September 25, 2010:

Hi! myownworld

so nice pictures and your exceptional comments. I saw it only now. Enjoyed tour of Lahore and other places with you, ancient and modern covering practically every era of civilization.

I also find interesting that you feel both Indian and Pakistani roots. There is not really much difference.

It reminds me of one of my friend who was born in India raised in Pakistan and now lives in Europe. Once we were walking together in Europe with some Euorpean friends just after some terror incident and some people who looked a bit rowdy asked us from where we are. I mentioned India and he also mentioned rightly at that time India. After wards he was telling me "sorry I said India" and I told him "Of course! you should have said the same, what is the use of getting with them unnecessary argument/trouble. Also you have all right to say India- after all you are born in India, even if that was not true, your parents any way would have been." He also agreed.

myownworld (author) from uk on August 19, 2010:

Thanks jay for your nice comment. I agree, the politicians have caused enough damage to the countries and I wish people would always live in peace, esp. when you think of the amazing similarities in culture, language and food. I myself have roots in both regions, my father being from Rajistan, mother from Punjab. So, I've often felt torn between the two! Take care old pal, hope all goes well with you.. x

jayb23 from India on August 17, 2010:

"the spirit that infuses them is greater than any that sustains ordinary human form" So true MOW. All the pics were simply amazing. India and pakistan have so much common. Wish our politicians had understood that!! keep the good work dear :-)

myownworld (author) from uk on August 09, 2010:

Thank you for stopping by Lahori, I hope you enjoyed it.

lahoriamplifier from Lahore on August 09, 2010:

Thanks for sharing the culture of Pakistan :)

myownworld (author) from uk on August 06, 2010:

Thank you Munabil for your wonderful comment. My prayers are with you and all the people suffering in the floods. It's heartbreaking. Take care... sending much love and hope your way...

Munabil on August 05, 2010:

I came across this by accident web-browsing in Karachi while Pakistan is feeling the pain of an aircrash and devastating flood, and cities are in strife. A soothing reminder of how people in this part of the world once strove to connect to the sacred and bring something soothingly celestial to our terrestrial tribulations. A salutary reminder. Thank you.

myownworld (author) from uk on August 02, 2010:

Thank you Paki for the appreciation :)

m paki from Pakistan on July 31, 2010:

So beautiful ...Amazing and gud work

myownworld (author) from uk on July 08, 2010:

Thank you GG for reading...and appreciating. Perhaps, those times were much safer, happier ones in that country; now it's culture is desperately struggling to survive these wars... let's hope it lives on. :)

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on July 07, 2010:

Outstanding Hub! I had a chance in college to visit and I didn't - I don't have many regrets but you confirmed it - I should have gone. I admire travels and look forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing a great journey.

myownworld (author) from uk on June 14, 2010:

Thank you habee for stopping by! take care friend x

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 13, 2010:

Gorgeous hub! You did a great job with this!

myownworld (author) from uk on June 01, 2010:

Thank you James for your kind words. It's nice to see you here :)

James A Watkins from Chicago on June 01, 2010:

You are a very expressive, creative poetic writer. The pictures you chose are exquisite. I enjoyed this journey with you.

myownworld (author) from uk on May 23, 2010:

Thank you Ayesha for reading and the appreciation...:)

Ayesha08 from Saudi Arabia on May 23, 2010:

Amazing ...Amazing....I loveee PAkistan and its culture..its full of beautiful places ....Great job!!!

myownworld (author) from uk on May 22, 2010:

@ Money: well said my friend! I really believe the spirit of culture is far more generous than that of human beings....and we can learn so much just contemplating, looking at these buildings and Art... take care, and thank you so much for reading and your great comments! x

@ Duchess: I'm just so happy to see you here... and thank you for your kind words... deeply appreciated, as always. Much love...x

Duchess OBlunt on May 22, 2010:

MOW, I always so enjoy your work. You have such a unique way of looking at the world. And such a wonderful ability to communicate that with your readers. The photos were absolutely beautiful. As I viewed them and read some of the details you gave us, I kept hoping that the Art continues to "live on against a backdrop of blood shed and misery when all else around it caves in."

Money Glitch from Texas on May 21, 2010:

WOW, MOW how beautiful! I'm always fascinated to see pictures of cultural things from other parts of the world. If only everyone could stop fighting over our differences and just take time to embrace and enjoy the beauty that every culture has to offer; maybe we could begin to find peace. Thanks for sharing! Thumbs up!:)

myownworld (author) from uk on May 21, 2010:

Sajid, I'm afraid I have only taken but a few of these pics; most of them are from other online sources. If interested, however, here are the pics I did shoot in pakistan:

https://discover.hubpages.com/travel/pakistan-pict Thanks anyway and take care :)

Sajid Bhai on May 21, 2010:

Wonderful ! How could a young girl like you shoot such magical photos.You really deserve appreciation.

myownworld (author) from uk on May 19, 2010:

What wonderful and kind words Ross....Beauty lies in the strangest of places and finding it in Pakistan is always such a wonder. I'm smiling here to think you've been to these places too. And of course, you have your little word here already...and your hubs do take us down those roads you've travelled. I find your compassion most inspiring! Take care friend, x

Chibuzo Melvin Mobis from Nigeria on May 19, 2010:

I know the Emperor Mosque,i know Shalimar's garden and i have been to the Lahore Museum but i never knew Lahore is this beautiful,i don't even have a pure picture of Pakistan except the one i carry in my mind.I enjoyed my stay here and it was fascinating reading the little but credible information you packed here.

Wish i could someday have a place,my own world where i will be able to create and construct my imaginary thoughts.

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece,on behalf of myself,my family and my brother/father Mickey Dee,i say more grease to your elbow.

myownworld (author) from uk on May 19, 2010:

Thank you Feline for the appreciation and for becoming a fan :)

Feline Prophet on May 19, 2010:

Thank you for this amazing peek into the monuments of Pakistan. Quite stunning! :)

myownworld (author) from uk on May 18, 2010:

lol...I know...have already been asked to delete two images, now let's see if the final version can measure up! Had to go through some heavy duty porn sites...to try to get into the psyche of men. You must tell me if I nailed it or not! ;) will email you soon x

Non-offensiveUser on May 18, 2010:

Sounds good...Just be careful with your new hub though, not even my cute new non-offensive account was enough to squeak a hub past the sensors. Can't wait to read it though!

myownworld (author) from uk on May 18, 2010:

LOL...NU, you look so harmless now that each time I see your avatar I can't stop laughing! it's sooo cute...! (see, it's already working!) Anyway, thanks old pal for stopping by. Nearly done with a new hub, all on porn, but can't seem to get the images working. Have contacted HP team, and as soon as it's sorted out, should publish. Take care and see u soon x

Non-offensiveUser on May 18, 2010:

I wanted to offically tell you that you did a great job on this one. It looks like your vacation did you well!

myownworld (author) from uk on May 18, 2010:

Thank you Ral for stopping by! I am so happy to see you... hope you do well... don't forget to watch Society and remember the lines: "Happiness is only real when shared." Take care, always xx

ralwus on May 17, 2010:

I think art is as old as mankind. We've come a long ways and it still lives on. Great pictures MOW!

myownworld (author) from uk on May 17, 2010:

:) thank you Sab for your great comment! Complex is the word for this country, but the culture is universally beautiful....

Sab Oh on May 17, 2010:

A beautiful and complex country, beautifully described! Definitely one of the places I have not been that I intend to experience someday.

myownworld (author) from uk on May 15, 2010:

Though I was born in lahore, my father is from Rajistan, and so I'm very proud of my link to Indian soil. It's funny as I was growing up, if I even as much as cried at the sight of a spider, my father, a huge tall man, would say to me, 'you're a rajput baitee, act like one!" lol...! Anyway, cheers Sepia for stopping by... and your nice comment! :)

sepiaprince on May 15, 2010:

Again a very well written article.Pictures are beautiful.Lahore has its own special place in history starting from rule of Chandragupta Maurya to mughal empire.I live on the other side of the border and lahore is not very far..

myownworld (author) from uk on May 15, 2010:

Fantastic comment parrster, but then coming from a writer like you, it's no surprise. Yes, it's amazing isn't it what human beings are capable of achieving? The ability to create so much beauty - alongside war and suffering too! If only we could just focus on the former.... anyway, good to see you here, and do take care :)

Richard Parr from Australia on May 15, 2010:

Thank you for such an empiric reminder of how superficial and hasty our western society has become. Seeing the intricate artistry of an ancient world portrayed so vividly in your work, I marvelled at our ancestors patience, the years of artisan mastery and dedication to beauty and perfection. Truly, we have not come as far as we think, and may have fallen further than we care to perceive. We have much to re-learn. Beautiful hub.

myownworld (author) from uk on May 11, 2010:

thank you my dearest Maita...to you too! You're really one of my favorite people here..sending lots of love and prayers xx

prettydarkhorse from US on May 11, 2010:

Never too late to say happy Mothers day to a wondeful woman and a good mom, Maita

myownworld (author) from uk on May 10, 2010:

Thank you manthy for reading and your kind wishes... :)

Mark from Alabama,USA on May 10, 2010:

Very nice hub, I really love the pictures of Pakistan, we have nothing like that here in the USA, I am proud to see your hub and that you are proud to be from Pakistan, I hope you are blessed everyday for the rest of your life and beyond

myownworld (author) from uk on May 06, 2010:

Thank you Zac for the appreciation... :)

Zac828 from England on May 06, 2010:

Beautiful pictures and a wonderful hub. Look forward to more of your work.

myownworld (author) from uk on May 04, 2010:

:) thank you old friend... hope all goes well with you.... sending love your way!

Micky Dee on May 04, 2010:

Hey there MOW! Just checking by and getting another look at beautiful pictures! You know I love your work!

myownworld (author) from uk on May 03, 2010:

Nice to see you habee... glad you enjoyed! :)

Holle Abee from Georgia on May 03, 2010:

Fascinating, as always, and I love the pics!

myownworld (author) from uk on May 01, 2010:

lol... Dev thank you for your great comment!

DevLin from Phoenix, Arizona on May 01, 2010:

Almost forgot to read some of it, due to the pictures. Great cultural work. It makes me ill as a Tradesman we can't make anything last anymore, or look as beautiful. Great job.

myownworld (author) from uk on April 29, 2010:

I simply loved your comment ilm....so insightful and deep. I know what you mean. Ironically enough, the place they call a 'threat' to the world hides within it some of the most beautiful architecture ever....and the most humble of all people I've met. But when war's wage, no one heeds the silent voice of art and culture... and perhaps, these steel and glass buildings just show we've stopped listening to it. Anyway, thank you for reading... and the great comment!

ilmdamaily from A forgotten corner of a dying empire. OK, it's Australia :-) on April 29, 2010:

Absolutely outstanding hub. As beautiful as the pictures are, your words in the introduction affected me most. I could feel the warmth you described radiating from the buildings!

Your observation about the spirit that infuses monuments being different from that which sustains human form also got me thinking - if monuments are a reflection of that which we collectively choose to value, then what does the existence of the countless empty, grey office towers in modern cities tell us about ourselves?

I think much of the world's future is tied up in Pakistan - I hope the values these pictures portray are strong enough to survive and guide us all.

Great work!

myownworld (author) from uk on April 29, 2010:

Thank you dreamreachout for the nice comment.... India has even more breathtaking Mughal architecture; I plan to do a hub on it soon too. cheers!

dreamreachout on April 29, 2010:

What a fabulous hub!! I can feel with each picture because being from India, we share the same history and culture!! We have always known about the monuments but its the first time that we saw such vibrant pictures of them!! Thanks to you for the same!!

myownworld (author) from uk on April 26, 2010:

:) did you feel the happy prayer I sent your way justine?

Justine76 on April 26, 2010:

Oh man, that sounds really nice MOW. Im sure you would be just fine at it, you have an incredible knack for seeing beauty.

myownworld (author) from uk on April 26, 2010:

I wish I had taken them all tony, but lol, I did spend hours searching for them! ;) Wonderful to see you here friend... thank you for your encouragement! you always make me smile... :)

tony0724 from san diego calif on April 25, 2010:

MYO what else can I say besides great job !? Those pics were just outstanding ! Great work. I particularly love that one from Lahore Fort with the half moon. Did I mention that I think you rock ?

myownworld (author) from uk on April 25, 2010:

Thank you Ann for the appreciation! Aren't they just beautiful? And so unknown to the world....

Justine, you make me smile, thank you for believing in me always, even my amateur attempts at photography! It's another one of my dreams...to go around the world just capturing beauty in the most remote, godforsaken of all places... you can join me if you like! ;)

Justine76 on April 25, 2010:

absolutely breathtaking MOW. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us. Its good to know these things live on. (Im sure your pictures would have been just fine btw. the ones you took are fantastic)

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on April 24, 2010:

These are some of the most beautiful edifices ever! I loved reading your work and viewing the pictures. Breathtaking. Rating it up and bookmarking it, My own world! Five stars!

myownworld (author) from uk on April 24, 2010:

A pleasure to be read by a hubber like you wren - someone i respect and admire so much! Take care...and thank you for your appreciation... :)

wrenfrost56 from U.K. on April 24, 2010:

Once again another great hub MOW! Amazing buildings and I liked how you described the riches through blood and through war, very deep.

myownworld (author) from uk on April 24, 2010:

Great to see you CJ, who cares if it's late or early? yes, I know what you mean, but these pics can at least keep all this art and monuments alive, it's all I hope. I love finding beauty in undiscovered little places... like beautiful children in slums... anyway, do take care and hope you had a nice holiday...x

charanjeet kaur from Delhi on April 23, 2010:

Awww with every passing hub I am at a loss of words when I have to comment. I was following for so long for another hub of yours and dang you write one whenI am off on a holiday. Sorry for the late comment.

This is splendid needless to say, the words are powerful and the snaps breathtaking. I wish people would realize the beauty of the country despite the negativity. T

myownworld (author) from uk on April 22, 2010:

:) :)

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on April 22, 2010:

Aaaaw, you make me smile here now! Heh! Thank you moi friend! : )

myownworld (author) from uk on April 22, 2010:

Cheeky, I feel such a connection with you.... always have. You're just such a warm and wonderful person...take care and thank you for enjoying this. The statutes are one of the most inspirational pieces of art I've ever seen...

Thank you Blazing for the encouragement!

Micky, I'm planning to do one on the north; you would love the mountains! Just the place to lose oneself biking...except, the wars have made it all so unsafe :( anyway, thank you friend for stopping by... :)

Micky Dee on April 22, 2010:

Incredibly beautiful. Oh I wish I could be there a while. Thank you Myownworld!

Blazing Blogs from London on April 21, 2010:

nice hub, Keepup the good work

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on April 21, 2010:

Hy MOW, this is amazing! I really loved the way you made this hub! You are a great writer. But the pictures speak so much. There is so much beauty here in these places. I so want to go and be there and visit them all. The statues and stone work is just stunning. Boy, I want to get all poetic just looking at this! It is hard not to be impressed! Very glad I read this hub! : )

myownworld (author) from uk on April 21, 2010:

Thank you Daniyal and DeBrown for stopping by.. :)

BeBrown on April 21, 2010:

Nice pictures, some of those sites are ruinded by graffiti

Daniyal1991 from Lahore on April 20, 2010:

Thanks For Represent My Pakistan

myownworld (author) from uk on April 20, 2010:

Yes Origin, it's mostly Mughal architecture and I find it fascinating too! You could always design a simpler version of the Shalimar gardens for your home, it's a nice idea! Thank you for reading... :)

Origin from Minneapolis on April 20, 2010:

I really like the architecture there, it must take quite some time to do some of it seeing at how much is involved. I really liked the Shalimar Gardens picture, it would be fun to have something of that style for the yard of my home, it's relaxing looking!

myownworld (author) from uk on April 20, 2010:

dohn, my friend, great seeing you...your comments are always so wonderful! Yes, my favorite ones are the sculptures too, all of them. I can't stop admiring them... :)

Polly, your comment is very humbling... really. I do pour my heart and soul into my writing...each and every hub of mine, so it means the world to me when someone values it. Thank you...

Sord, you said it: it's more than pictures, it's beauty captured in art. Thank you for the nice comment and for appreciating...

DX, cheers for stopping by! Irony is that people in pakistan themselves have forgotten what beauty their country has, thanks to the political and social worries. Do take care... :)

Thank you Rismayanti for the appreciation! Nice to see you... :)

Rismayanti from Tropical Island on April 20, 2010:

amazing..arcitecture.. thanks for share

DXmusic on April 20, 2010:

"Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable;

what it is or what it means can never be said"

The pictures you present here are marvellous, being in pakistan i haven't seen such beautiful pictures...Thanks

sord87 on April 20, 2010:

It is an incredible art ,it is more than just a pictures.You are giving Pakistan a beauty through art.I am proud to live in Asia region,Great for sharing this with us, ancient beauty from Pakistan!

Polly C from UK on April 20, 2010:

I love this, the pictures are amazing and capture the true essence of Pakistan. However, though the pictures are great it is your writing at the beginning that is truly incredible. The description and feeling you put into your writing is just awesome, you are easily the best writer I have come across on hubpages.

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on April 19, 2010:

These are some jaw-dropping pics you shared with us myownworld! I enjoyed every single picture and gravitated more so to the Buddha pics overall. Absolutely incredible writing and with excellent accompanying photos. Thank you!

myownworld (author) from uk on April 19, 2010:

onequiet, you always overwhelm me with your words...your love and support means the world to me...just keep believing in me...thank you..always...xx

onequietnight on April 19, 2010:

MOW, you have yet again created a brilliant hub! Just when I was thinking that there is nothing more you can possibly write about Pakistan, you come up with another wonderfully researched piece. I simply loved your introduction ... it is so powerful and yet it seems to effortless. Thanks for giving us this little guided tour through the Mughal history and keep up the great work!

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