Portal:Lahore

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Location in Punjab, Pakistan

About this sound Lahore  (Punjabi: لہور, Urdu: لاہورHindustani pronunciation: [lahor]) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and is the second largest city in Pakistan after Karachi. It is often called the Garden of Mughals because of the heritage of the Mughal Empire. It is located near the Ravi River, close to the Pakistan-India border. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, Ali Hujwiri, Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens and the mausoleums of Jehangir, and Nur Jehan are popular tourist spots in the city. Colonial British structures such as the Lahore High Court, General Post Office (GPO) and many of the older universities still retain their Mughal-Gothic style. Punjabi and Urdu are the native languages of the province and are the most widely spoken languages in Lahore and rural areas. Urdu and English, however, are becoming more popular with younger generations since they are officially supported, whereas Punjabi has no official patronage. Many people of Lahore who speak Punjabi are known as Lahori Punjabi due to their use of a mixture of Punjabi and colloquial Urdu. According to the 1998 census, Lahore's population was nearly 7 million. Mid-2006 government estimates now put the population at approximately 10 million.This makes Lahore the second largest city in Pakistan, fifth largest city in South Asia and the 26th largest city in the world.


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The Tomb of Allama Muhammad Iqbal is a simple but impressive structure located in Lahore, Pakistan in the Hazuri Bagh lawn between the Badshahi Mosque and the Lahore Fort where both the grand structures (the Mosque and the Fort) face each other. Official guard is maintained by Pakistan Rangers. The architecture reflects a combination of Afghan and Moorish styles and is entirely constructed of red sandstone. Hundreds of visitors come to the mausoleum every day to pay their respects to the poet-philosopher. The rectangular structure of the mausoleum has two gates at the eastern and southern side respectively, inlaid with marble. The grave is built of white marble. The tombstone is made of lapis lazuli and inscribed with Quranic verses in calligraphy. The tombstone was a gift from the people of Afghanistan. On the inside walls, six couplets of a ghazal are carved from Iqbal's peotical work Zabur-e-Ajam (Persian Psalms). Outside, there is a small garden, distributed into small plots. The mausoleum was designed by Hyderabad Deccan’s then Chief Architect, Nawab Zain Yar Jang Bahadur and took thirteen years to build at a cost of about one hundred thousand (Rs.100,000) Pakistani rupees. The major reason for delay was the stoppage of red-stone from Jaipur in post-independence India. (More...)

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The Shalamar Garden :Pavilion on the south wall of the Garden, near its entrance, on the first level. The Shalamar Gardens is a Persian garden and it was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in Lahore, modern day Pakistan.

Photo credit: Ali Imran

Administrative divisions of Lahore

Under the latest revision of Pakistan's administrative structure, promulgated in 2001, Lahore was tagged as a City District, and divided into nine towns. Each town in turn consists of a group of union councils (U.C.'s).

Administrative towns

  1. Ravi Town
  2. Shalimar Town
  3. Wagah Town
  4. Aziz Bhatti Town
  5. Data Gunj Bakhsh Town
  6. Gulberg Town
  7. Samanabad Town
  8. Iqbal Town
  9. A. Lahore Cantonment
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  1. ^ "Town Nazims & Naib Town Nazims in the City District of Lahore". National Reconstruction Bureau, Government of Pakistan. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
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