This mosque was built in 1634-35 A.D. during the reign of Mughal Emperor SHAH JEHAN by Hakim Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari, commonly known as Nawab Wazir Khan, who was Governor of Lahore till 1639 A.D. The mosque was completed in about 7 years. The mosque is inside the Inner City and is easiest accessed from Delhi Gate.
The entire mosque is built with small bricks laid in “Kanker lime” with a sprinkling of red sand-stone. Even the grills are in terracotta. The outstanding architectural features are its octagonal four corner minarets 107 feet high decorated with MOSAIC TILES. A bazar consisting of 22 shops forms an integral part of plan of the mosque which is the first ever provided in a mosque. The shops are in two parallel rows with a brick-paved passage in between.
Church at Gujranwala in Punjab from the Brandreth Collection, 1865. Gujranwala was an important city for Sikhs it was the birthplace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the home of his father, Mahan Singh and grandfather, Charan Singh. Ranjit Singh [1780-1839], known as the “Lion of the Punjab” was one of the most celebrated rulers in India, he persuaded rival Sikh chieftans to unite forming the first Sikh Kingdom of Punjab.
The bridge of boats across the Indus River and the Attock fort, seen from Khairabad, taken by John Burke in 1878. John Burke accompanied the Peshawar Valley Field Force, one of three British Anglo-Indian army columns deployed in the Second Afghan War [1878-80], despite being rejected for the role of official photographer.
At about 11 am we started moving towards the starting point of Mukshpuri trek. Its a 4 kilometer track starting from Shangrila Hotel Nathiagali; passing through thick pines forests it goes to 2800 meters high feet mushkpuri top. For details of our nathiagali stay, please see my other post A Trip to Nathiagali in December.
It is a very beautiful trek. There are two paths to reach at mukshpuri top, one from the nathiagali, and other from the dunga gali.