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Old September 20th, 2013, 06:17 PM   #61
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Old September 30th, 2013, 06:14 PM   #63
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Walled city of Lahore: Six degrees of restoration

http://tribune.com.pk/story/593043/w...f-restoration/

Six of the remaining 12 gates of the walled city of Lahore are being rescued. The Walled City of Lahore Authority is putting millions of rupees into the project with the help of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Experts will start with the Texali and Shah Alam gates. They will, however, be modeled on the Roshnai gate, which was built in the Mughal style, said a restorer. It appears that Sikh or British styles will be eschewed.

The old city of Lahore came to be known during the reign of Emperor Akbar (1584-1598) as the walled city because it was enclosed by a nine-metre high brick wall with a rampart. The walled city had 13 gates made of wood and iron. They continued to exist until the 19th century but the British are said to have demolished them in an attempt to weaken the defences. Almost all of the gates, except Roshnai Gate, were felled. Except for the Delhi and Lahori Gates, all of them were rebuilt but sadly today, only six continue to exist: Roshnai, Delhi, Shairanwalla, Bhati, Kashmiri and Lahori gates. Here is a bird’s-eye view:


A bird’s-eye view of the walled city of Lahore where two out of the 12 historic gates are being repaired.

Roshnai Gate

Roshnai Gate lies between the Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque and is still in its original condition. It was the main entrance from the fort to the city and was specifically used for courtiers, royal servants and their retinues. In the evenings the gate was lit up, giving it the name Roshnai or light. Next door is Hazuri Bagh, created by Maharajah Ranjit Singh in 1813 to celebrate the capture of the Koh-i-Noor diamond from Shah Shujah of Afghanistan. In the centre of the garden stands the Hazuri Bagh Baradari in marble. The mausoleum of poet Muhammad Iqbal and the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh are worth a visit here.

Masti Gate

Its name derives from the word Masjidi as the mosque of Mariam Makhani, the mother of Emperor Akbar, is located in its immediate locality. Some historians assert that the gate was named after Masti Baloch, who was appointed a guard. This area is primarily packed with shoe vendors today.

Texali Gate

The royal mint or Taxal was located near this gate, lending it its name. Today this area is renowned for its appetising range of food. The bazaar is also the place to go to for musical instruments that are made and sold here. The sacred places for the Sikhs, Pani-Wallah Talaab and Gurdwara Lal Khooh are also located here.

Bhati Gate



Named after the ancient Bhat Rajput tribe, Bhati gate is renowned for Lahori food. Its Bazaar-e-Hakiman was named after the hakims, who lived here. Poet Dr Allama Iqbal had a small place here where he used to study and hold daily meetings with his comrades; it still exists. Prominent pahalwans or wrestlers such as Kala Maro lived here.
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Mori Gate



Sandwiched between Lahori and Bhati gates was the small Mori gate, even though it wasn’t a gate as such. In Urdu, the word mori is used to referred to a small hole. In the evening, when all of the gates were closed, this particular opening gave access to the walled city. It was also used as an outlet for garbage disposal. The striking structures are still witnessing the glory and magnificence of the bygone empires; however, advertisement of different shops, banners of political parties, pollution and uncleanliness of the vicinity are heavily costing the splendor of the Mughal art.

Lahori Gate

The oldest of the gates of the walled city, Lahori Gate is colloquially known as Lohari Gate. During Hindu Raj, the neighbourhood of Ichra was supposed to be the actual Lahore. As this gate faced Ichra, it was thus named Lahori Gate. However, another group of historians claims that Lohari comes from Urdu word loha or iron. Lohars or blacksmiths used to run their business here. Just across this gate you will find Anarkali Bazaar and the tomb of Qutubuddin Aibak, first Muslim ruler of the subcontinent.

Kashmiri Darwaza



This gate opens towards the valley of Kashmir. Inside visit the Kashmiri Bazaar with narrow markets and alleyways. A pathway leads to the famed and impossibly tranquil Wazir Khan Mosque. A big market for children’s shoes spreads out from it.

Khiziri Gate (Shairanwala Gate)

It is said that this gate was named after a saint, Hazrat Khwaja Khizr Elias, who was known as Amer-ul-Bahar (commander of water). At the time it was built this gate opened onto the river front. Some historians assert that when Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh got hold of the city, he kept two domesticated lions in a cage for protection, which is why this gate was named Shairanwala or Lions gate.

Zakki Gate (Yaki Gate)

Zakki Gate has a bit of a surprising story. It was named after a saint, Zakki, who historians say was beheaded during a fight against the Tartars. It is said that even after his head was severed from his body, the body continued fighting for some time. His head and body are said to be buried at the spots where they fell. A number of temples are also located in and around this gate.

Delhi Gate:



This gate was built during the reign of Emperor Akbar and is named as such as it opens towards Delhi, which was the then capital of the Mughal dynasty. Just as you enter, to the left is the rehabilitated royal bath or Shahi Hamam built by Hakim Ilmuddin. A short walk up ahead will lead you to Wazir Khan Mosque with its intricate painted panels. The tomb of Hazrat Meran Badshah is located in the courtyard of the mosque. Hindus also revere the Shawala Baba Bhakar Guru site in this neighbourhood.

Akbari Gate:

Named after Jalalud Din Muhammad Akbar (1542-1605), Akbari Gate is located in the east. Akbari Mandi, the biggest wholesale and retail market of Lahore for grains and spices, was set up by the emperor and serves thousands even today.

Mochi Gate:

Morchi or trench soldier seems to be the word that led to Mochi Gate. This etymological origin is supported by the fact that some streets or mohallas in the area still bear names like Mohalla Teer-garan (arrow craftsmen), Mohalla Kaman-garan (bow craftsmen). Some historians feel that the name came from Moti or pearl after Pandit Moti Ram, a guard during the reign of Akbar who used to watch over this gate. The gate was the main route taken to some Havelis of the Mughal empire such as Mubarak Haveli, Nisar Haveli and Laal Haveli. To its immediate right is Mochi Bagh where political get-togethers take place. Find here dry fruit, kites and fireworks and don’t miss the kebabs and das Kulcha with lonchara for breakfast.

Shah Alam Gate



This gate was named after Aurangzeb’s son and successor, Muazzam Shah Alam Bahadur Shah. It was once called Bherwala Gate and was burnt to ashes in the 1947 rioting; only the name exists today. It opens into one of Lahore’s busiest bazaars, where you can get nearly everything from iron receptacles to wedding accessories. Rang Mahal and Soha Bazaar (the gold market) are also worth a visit. There are almost 400 shops, burning brightly with hundreds of gold and yellow bulbs, to browse. Kanari bazaar is a hot favourite for brides-to-be and Chata bazaar is known for the traditional leather khussa. Go to Gumtee and Dabi Bazars for bangles and Azam Cloth Market for textiles.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, August 25th, 2013.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/593043/w...f-restoration/
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WCLA gets charge of historical gates
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LAHORE, Oct 8: The City District Government of Lahore on Tuesday formally handed over the charge of historical gates to old city to the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA). According to a notification (498-DOSP/C) issued on Tuesday, Delhi Gate, Roshanai Gate, Akbari Gate, Yakki Gate, Bhaati Gate, Sheranwala Gate, Lohari Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Mori Gate, Masti Gate, Shah Alam Gate, Texali Gate and Mochi Gate were transferred to the WCLA.

Officials said the WCLA would restore the original architecture of these gates under the Sustainable Development of Walled City Lahore Project being executed by the authority with the funding and collaboration of the World Bank and the Punjab government.

“We have also sent a summary to the Punjab government for the transfer of the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Minar-e-Pakistan, Wazir Khan Mosque and Ranjeet Singh Ki Marhi,” a senior project official told Dawn.

He said the WCLA also planned to use the Circular Road strip for tourism purpose.

He said a plan to revive tongas within the walled city area was also being considered.

Meanwhile, according to a press release, the WCLA is issuing the plan for the restoration of the area from Delhi gate to Kotwali Chowk under package-1 of the project
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LEDs to replace halogen lights at five monuments
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LAHORE, Nov 14: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) is likely to replace the outdated halogen lights installed at five historical sites in the city with the latest Light Emitting Diode (LED).

The decision to install new lights will also help save electricity, officials told Dawn on Thursday.

They said the LEDs worth over Rs50 million will be installed at Hazoori Bagh, Badshahi Mosque, Minar-i-Pakistan, Lahore Fort and Wazir Khan Mosque.

Though the WCLA installed some LEDs at Hazoori Bagh as a sample a couple of days ago, the work to illuminate these historical places with LED technology would start by next month or so, they said.

“Since we are in the process of taking administrative control of these sites and the Shahi Hamam (royal bath) from the departments concerned in the light of the prime minister’s direction to the Punjab government, we have prepared feasibility and estimates of the (LED) project worth over Rs50 million. The project includes purchase and installation of 5,600 LEDs and generators,” a senior WCLA official told this reporter.

He said the project’s feasibility was prepared after the WCLA got conducted a detailed survey of the sites including the currently installed halogen lights, comparison of energy use, electricity bills, maintenance cost and life of the LEDs and halogen lights.

He said the halogen lights had been installed at these sites in 2001 but the departments concerned mostly kept them switched off keeping in view the energy crisis. These lights were also costing the government heavily in terms of maintenance cost and monthly bills, he said, adding a number of lights had also gone out of order.Quoting the survey results, the official said by switching over to LEDs the government would save about 80 per cent of energy, besides 70 per cent of (Rs500,000 to Rs600,000) the monthly electricity bills.

“The life of an LED is 50,000 hours whereas it comes with a two-year warranty. The LEDs are also much more durable than the halogen lights and give more light too,” he added.

Talking about other on-going WCLA activities, the official said the Aga Khan Trust had started work on project aimed at restoration of the Shahi Hamam to its original form. The restoration project is being funded by Norwegian government. The official said the project executing agency (the Aga Khan Trust) had succeeded in tracing the tubs of the Shahi Hamam.

He said the process to takeover the historical sites including the Shahi Hamam from the archeology and tourism departments and the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) was underway and soon the WCLA would take their administrative and functional control.
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The restoration of Shahi Hammam will be completed by September 2014. The Hammam will be open for tourists and public after restoration.













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Shahi Hamam also known as Wazir Khan Hamam was built by WazirKhanin 1633 A.D. who lived during the era of Shah Jehan. His real name was Sheikh Ilmmudin Ansari, and he belonged to Chiniot. The Hamam was built for Jahangir’s Queen so that she and her family could have steam and hot baths.


The Hamam had 21 rooms, eight with marble pools were used for fresh water baths, other eight were for hot water baths, while five rooms were steam baths which were built on the style of Turkish baths. The walls and roofs had exquisite floral paintings, while the roof centers had natural light openings. Along the sides water ran in cascading fashion in specially designed sitting areas. There were special rooms where the bathers would lavish themselves and servants would scrub and oil them to enhance their beauty. On one side the water would pass through a series of revolving brass pipes, under which log fires would heat them. A portion of the water also flowed towards another sets of brass pipes, under which fires would convert them into steam.

The Hamam had a special ‘female sections’ which also had similar facilities, managed by special female staff. The heating chambers and the water pumping section were destroyed in the initial days of Sikh rule. The British did not bother much to redeem them. Instead, they fitted in the bathing and swimming pools to convert them into living quarters. The Hamam was neglected and left to be ruined after the fall of the Mughal Empire.

In the initial rule of Nawaz Sharif year 1991, an attempt was made to restore the Hamam, but the damage had been so extensive, that unless a massive investment was made, there seemed no hope of it being restored. Since then many plans were prepared to restore Shahi Hamam. Much of Shahi Hamam’s exterior had been encroached upon. Many damages had been made to the interior such as the floor of Shahi Hamam had been repaired many times in an effort to equalize it with the outer side due to which original floor and fountains were buried beneath. Moreover the seepage had caused disaster to the walls and fresco work on the walls
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A great restoration project and much good work already done. I hope, Insha'alla, it all comes together as planned.
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