Lahore History Tour – Installment #17

So far, we have strolled through Diwan-e-Aam, Masti Gate, Jahangir and Shah Jehan’s Quads, and the Ladies Garden area of the fort and today we move towards the most important features of the fort, the Shish Mahal. I will start the tour from the entrance to the forecourt of the Shish Mahal. This is a open courtyard next to the Shish Mahal courtyard, where Ranjit Singh used to hold his court. There aren’t too many features in this forecourt except for a large well, a marble structure for holding oil lamps, as well this forecourt also serves as an entrance point to the Ladies’ Mosque and the Shish Mahal court yard.


Seen here is the entrance to the forecourt of Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). There was a foreigner taking a photograph of the excuisite artwork on the entrance way. I just hope that for those visiting the fort 5 to 10 years from now, these artworks would still be there for them to admire.


In the courtyard directly east of Shish Mahal is this marble structure with niches for oil-lamps. There is also a system for water to fall from the shelf above the niches and fall in front of the lighted oil lamps like a waterfall. There is a similar but much larger structure called ‘Sawan Bhadon’ in the Shalamar Garden.

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