Thursday, 29 December 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
The pink structure with the tall tower and a playing field in front is Lahore 's famous Government College , now Government College Universtiy.
Established in 1864, 'GC' as it is popularly called soon became and continues to be one of the formemost centres of education in Pakistan .
The square structure next to the college is the Quadrangle, the male students' hostel. Other buildings within the grounds to the right and left were added later to house various academic faculties.
Under the takeoff path, from right, the famous Gaddafi cricket stadium; like a square layered cake the Alhamra Art Gallery; the Alhamra amphiteatre - also houses a small 300 seat theatre in the basement where I have spent many a good evening in amateur theatricals.
Foreground: Hockey and atheletics stadia. Background, left: grounds of Forman Christian College set up in 1865, named after Dr Charles Forman an American
Protestant missionary who settled in Lahore in 1849. The college was nationalised by the government of the late Prime Minister Z. A. Bhutto (father of
Benazir Bhutto) and stayed so for over 30 years before being returned to the mission which had run it since inception.
An older Lahore locality forming an interesting mosaic. The quaint, higgledy piggledy crowded construction and crooked streets show town planners clearly
passed this area by. A raging fire here would be more than a nightmare. Spiky towers are mosque minarets or mobile phone transmission antennae
Passing over the Dawood Hercules fertiliser plant on the way to Sheikhupura
Sheikhupura Fort, Sheikhupura. Built at the centre of a dense forest in 1607 on the orders of Jahangir, the Mughal emperor of India , father of Shah Jehan who built the Taj Mahal. Sheikhupura, initially called Jahangirpura, later Sheikhupura after Jahangir's nickname 'Sheikhu', was a hunting retreat for the emperor who came here frequently from Lahore to relax.
Interestingly, Alexander the Great fought one of his fiercest battles in the vicinity of Sheikhupura around 100 BC
Hiran Minar (' Deer Tower '), built by Emperor Jahangir as a monument to Mansraj his favourite pet deer. A remarkable structure with many features some being added after Jahangir's death by his son and successor the Emperor Shah Jehan. Google for details.
Between taking these photographs, Umar had a turn at BDY's controls - with the inevitable beginner's white-knuckled grip and frozen dropped jaw ! Actually for a first-timer he didn't do too badly after the initial few minutes of bobbing and weaving about the sky.
Close to sunset we flew past the jewel in the crown of mosques the world over, Lahore 's Badshahi (Kingly) Mosque. Clad in red sandstone this breathtakingly beautiful place of worship was built in 1673 by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir, grandson of Jahangir and son of Shah Jehan.
Opposite the mosque the white structure is Alamgiri Gate, the main entrance to Lahore 's historic Shahi Qila (Royal Fort). Structures behind the gate within the fort's massive walls were royal quarters for various Mughal emperors. According to excavations and historical references the origins of the Lahore Fort date back to before 1000 AD. Most of the existing structures were built in the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar ('Akbar the Great') between 1550-1600 AD.
The densely packed houses to the right of the Fort and Mosque form Lahore 's famous Walled City , the original Lahore dating back over 2000 years.
Google for details.
Welcome to the fabulous Pakistan!
Pakistan is situated in the west of India and china while Iran and Afghanistan share their border with Pakistan on western side. Pakistan although a very peaceful and very friendly nation has been very badly hit by the notorious war on terrorism by the countries who always envied the landscape and blessing of the country. The local mediate war on terror leaders have now destroyed peace and tranquility of some areas of Pakistan's in a game that no one understands. This game is not an old one similar games (Gilgit Game, Great game) were played on this soil many years ago by similar powers.
This land Pakistan (The pure Land) be it called Pakistan or be it (Sindu Sapta the real India ) has probably been the most sought after land in the history. From the King Darius of Persia, the Alexander of Macedonia and numerous others have marched here in quest of this land. There has been lot of culture changes in this soil.
Today India boasts to be "India of the past" while it was known as Deserta Incognita (Un Known Desert) in the past. Pakistan is the real old India that world should come to see. This is where Moen Jo Daro of Indus civilization is, This is where the mighty river Indus runs, This here where Buddhism was developed, this is where Sanskrit was born, and this is where the the Alexander came.
The spectacular views of the mountains the green planes, colorful deserts and the mighty Indus river are just a few things that this country has been blessed with. We are also blessed with the oldest history of the world. When we look at the civilizations like Egypt, Mesopotamia and others our Indus civilizations looks way too far well developed and well planned. We are the first urban civilization where city planning existed. We are the people who had binary system of the weights and the most accurate one 5000 yes five thousand years ago.
Today people talk of taxes and hygiene and organic food and saving nature we have had these ideas in 2500 BC we had a tax system democracy and even a system which was most eco friendly and well aware of nature and was protecting it.
This is an open invitation to every one come visit Pakistan don't listen to media don't listen to advisories this country is full of friendly folks flora and fauna. Nature smiles here and sun pays its first homage here in Pakistan.