Jahangir’s Tomb: The Inspirational Soul of Mughal’s Structure
The lovely Lahore with its particular state has the fortune as a great King, known for his justice is sleeping eternally. Across the River Ravi, Mahdi Qasim Khan, courtier of Emperor Akbar had built a beautiful garden that later dedicated to Noor Jahan, wife Of Emperor Jahangir. After taking custody of this garden, she increased the beauty of the garden with lush trees and elegant fountains and named it Dilkusha Garden. While returning from Kashmir, King Jahangir died at Jhelum city but his body brought Lahore and buried in Dilkusha Garden. After Jahangir, Emperor Shah Jahan bolstered the power and built a magnificent mausoleum at his father’s grave that manifests glory and the architectural sense of Mughals. The tomb has two elegant entrances from west and east of the Garden. Eastern door has been destroyed due to seepage of river water but the western door is still intact. The Western gate has festooned with beautiful stones, and marble. An elephant can pass through this gate. The arches of the tomb resembles skilful association of sunrise and stars. The structure of the tomb has created at 267 feet high platform from all direction and towers are made of red sandstone, decorated with marble motifs.
After Taj Mahal, Emperor Jahangir’s tomb is deemed the most beautiful piece of architecture. Tomb also has 5 floored and 100 feet high towers in four angels of the structure and adorned with zigzag marble and yellow stones. From these towers, a beautiful vista of the whole city can be seen. Cenotaph of Jahangir’s is located at the center of the building and surrounded by 40 rooms and their corridors. Each corridor has a beautiful and different design of floral fresco work. The floor of the tomb is superbly décor with colorful marble stones but walls are embellished with mosaic. Grave work is done with different stones and Ubri Marble and Verses of Quran are engraved on the head side. The pavilion of the tomb is known as Hazoori Bagh which has been destroyed by Sikh Rulers but then re-developed gradually. Akbari Sarai and Tomb of Asif Khan are also the ensemble part of this tomb and transitively listed in UNESCO World Heritage List. Today, Jahangir’s Tomb has viewed as a supreme legacy of Lahore architecture and a famous place to visit and see. There is a small fee to enter the tomb. Jahangir's tomb is easily accessible through taxi and local transport from every corner of the city.
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