Jahangir’s Tomb, 1870s Pic.

This view shows the tomb and surrounding gardens of the Mughal emperor Jahangir (1605-1627) at Shahdara in the 1870s. Mughal royalty and their courtiers built pleasure gardens and palaces on the right bank of the River Ravi at Shahdara opposite the major city of Lahore. At the outset of the reign of Jahangir’s son, Shah Jahan, in 1627 the emphasis changed to funerary architectural projects of which this is one. Set in formal gardens originally built by Jahangir’s wife, Nur Jahan, the tomb is faced in red sandstone inlaid with coloured marbles whilst inside the mausoleum walls are covered in colourful floral murals. The surviving marble cenotaph of Jahangir is decorated with inlaid gemstones in floral motifs and calligraphic passages giving the ninety-nine names of Allah.

Posted by: Shiraz Hassan

10 responses to “Jahangir’s Tomb, 1870s Pic.

  1. H.V.Maaheshwary

    Poor maintenance of what was to be a Prelude to the ‘Taj Mahal”

  2. How beautiful it was before ugly British industrialization!

  3. Subhash Parihar

    The comments of Maaheshwary and Naveed are off the mark. The tomb of Jahangir stands in a class apart. It has nothing in common with the Taj Mahal. It is customary to the British for all the wrongs. For Naveed’s kind information it were the British who taught us the value of these monuments and other antiquities.

  4. My memories of Pakistan where I spent my firstt wo decades of life have been revived. I had very happy time in Various towns in Punjab where I had scholing and college education. The last I visited Pakistan was in 2004 & 2005. I have phopes I will visit Pakistan again some time soon, god willing.
    There is certainly tension between the two countries now but there is no reason , relations can not be normalised . We must take lessons from others. Germany unified some years back and Europeon Union came into existance recently. I am very hopefull of the dream of our two countries comming close to each other.

  5. Maheen Hassan

    Agreed with the industrialisation part! The advent of technology into this great city has truly devastated its beauty and the environment. And we haven’t stopped here – we’re totally intent upon trying to make this place even wore to live than it is now. In pursuit of a model that cities like New York and London are following, we’re destroying what belongs to us and to whom we belong!!

  6. I visited this place a long time back and i came to this blog that may be i can see how it looks like now, but i guess an old pic of golden times. The city of lahore is very beautiful but due to unfortunate events the city is loosing its identities. There is alot of pollution, health hazards and no one others to care, everyone through grabbed here and there, I wish people have more sense towards each other and for the country.

  7. There is a severe lack of urban planning and a severe dearth of motivation to preserve the REAL Lahore! The beautiful city, that is dear to the gradually-waning generation of those times. Highly unfortunate.

  8. Simply amazing stuff ! Please do check out Bun Kabab’s latest post on Doodh Soda !

  9. syed israr ahmad

    i am live in shahdara and i am visit this place every day 4 morning walk. this is big place and gud 4 us .i love it.4 visit this place contect me +923214732916,3134164261 its free than why wait just call me. i am syed israr ahmad

  10. VETWORLD animal health company :- Poultry In Pakistan the concept of commercial poultry rearing, hatching and feed milling was not known few decades ago. The back yard poultry was the only source of enriched animal protein. In back yard rearing we didn’t have the real growing or laying birds.’ In fact the birds were not kept for any kind of financial gains, rather to rear poultry was like rearing kids. I mean they were only reared and cared either they are profitable or not. It was the start of 6th decade of the 20th century, when the Government of Pakistan felt the need of intensive Poultry rearing program by keeping in view the increased demand of white meat due to heavy growth in our ‘population. So, it was in 1962 when Commercial Poultry was initially introduced in Pakistan by M/S Shaver’s of Canada with the help of PIA and that led to the formation of the PIA Shaver with’ the poultry sector.’ In its embryonic stages became a blue eyed to the government officials and the rearing or any kind of business relating poultry was announced to be Tax exempted. The first hatchery was then established in Karachi. Our government supported poultry industry in all aspects that helped the industry to develop rapidly. As the Poultry was new in the region, the disease problems were obviously expected also, therefore in early 90’s’ Gumboro hits Broiler & Layer flocks and parent stock suffered heavy mortality resulting in great economical losses. After that’ incidence the efforts were made to get things on track by addressing Vaccination and Bio-Security issues very religiously. The shock was yet fresh in the mind of the farmers and Poultry entrepreneurs when in mid 90’s the new disease caught the Parent Flocks in the Northern Areas (Abbotabad and Mansera), where the mortality rate went up to 80% and the industry again suffered grave losses .Again in very next year in 1996 due to increased number of parent stock, the prices of chicken products fell down even below the’ cost of its production and the farmers again suffered heavy losses. This down fall misery continued till 1997 and ban on marriage food was imposed which reduced the consumption of poultry products by 40%. Late 90s led to the phase of stability in the poultry industry and farmers got good profit margin. New investors rushed into the poultry farming by adopting the new techniques of environment control houses and industry shifted from traditional conventional open houses to Semi and completely closed automated houses where the intensive rearing is done under one roof. In this transformation the industry shared huge investments from multinationals and the poultry over all flourished till 2004. In 2004 Avian Influenza hit the South East Asia and Pakistan Poultry Industry suffered heavily due its rumours. Imposition of ban on imports of poultry products by middle east countries made things more miserable. This scary condition of the industry is yet prevailing. We experienced hike in the poultry market for a few months and then a long phase of depression due to selling our products below the cost of production. The Up’s and Down’s are with every industry but poultry industry of Pakistan witness that quite too often.


    i. Fixed Investment in poultry sector is over Rs.200 Billions.

    ii. Presently turnover of Pakistan Poultry Industry is about Rs.300 Billions.

    iii. There are about 25000 Poultry Farms in the Country.

    iv. Poultry sector generates employment and income for about fifteen hundred thousands people.

    v. Poultry sector is one of the most organized branches of the agro based sector of Pakistan. Its growth rate is 10-12% annually.

    vi. At present over 50 Billions’ of agriculture produce and Bio products of Agriculture are being used in poultry feeds.

    vii. 40% of the total meat consumption is being procured from poultry products.

    a.We are producing 7830 Million Table eggs.

    b.13,936 Metric Tons chicken meat annually.

    Viii. In our Country per capita consumption of meat is only 7 KG and 60-65 eggs annually.

    a. Whereas developed world is consuming 41 KG meat and over 300 Eggs per capita per year.

    b. No of Hatcheries 400

    c. No of Feed Mills 150

    d. No of People /dependant 1.5 Millions


    Broiler Breeder 8.5 Million Birds

    Layer Breeder 0.428 Million Birds

    Commercial Broiler ” 8 .6 x 105 = 900 Million Birds

    Layer Birds 29 Million Birds

    Feed Consumption 5.51 M.M.T

    1. BROILER
    a. Broiler Grand Parent 200,000
    b. Broiler Parent Stock 7.0 Millions
    Punjab 68%
    Sindh 2%
    N.W.F.P 30%
    c. Commercial Broiler 700 Millions

    Punjab 70%
    Sindh 23%
    N.W.F.P 5%
    Baluchistan 2%
    2 .LAYER
    d. Layer Grand Parent 4000
    Punjab 100%
    e. Layer Breeder 450,000
    Punjab 67%
    Sindh 25%
    N.W.F.P 8%
    f. Commercial Layer 32 Millions
    Punjab 61%
    Sindh 32%
    N.W.F.P 5%
    Baluchistan 2%
    3. FEED
    4. Feed 5.5 M.T.
    Punjab 82%
    Sindh 18%

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