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Old June 9th, 2014, 05:33 AM   #101
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One of the main projects WCLA and AKCSP is working on right now is the Shahi Hammam. Created as bath house at the entry of Delhi Gate, it was later converted to a girls high school in 1901 by the British. The baths were filled in with dirt, which is now being excavated and artifacts like "Matkay" and "diye" are constantly found. The excavation is complete, the baths will be covered with glass to prevent further damage. After the hamman was turned into the girls high school, the walls and frescoes were covered with plaster, covering up all of the islamic miniature. The too is being taken off and the wall paintings and miniatures are in still a good condition luckily.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 03:36 AM   #104
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Walled City: Historical plaques installed along the Royal Trail



‘Visitors consider the initiative important and are keen to read about the sites’ history’.

LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has placed plaques describing the history of several sites along the Royal Trail, The Express Tribune has learnt.
The plaques have been placed at the Dehli Gate, Shahi Hammam, Gali Soorjan Singh, Haveli Mian Sultan, Haveli Bej Nath, Dina Nath Well, Wazir Khan Mosque and Kotwali Chowk.
WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari said, “I am glad that we are taking initiatives to facilitate tourists… We are placing plaques along the Royal Trail now. In the near future, we will have them all over the Walled City.”
Asif Zaheer, director of marketing and tourism, told The Express Tribune that the initiative was intended to promote tourism. He said the text on the plaques was in both Urdu and English.
Tania Qureshi, the marketing and media deputy director, said, “We are trying our best to promote tourism. Installing plaques on the history of these sites will disseminate information about them. In the future, we plan to put up plaques at houses of Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed, Allama Iqbal and Ustad Daman along Fort Road.
Samina Fazil, assistant director for historic research at the WCLA, told The Express Tribune: “We have consulted several resources for this activity, including Naqoosh’s Lahore Number, Tehqeeqat-i-Chishti and Tareekh-i-Lahore.”
She said the Walled City’s residents had also been consulted for authentication. Fazil said the plaques had been designed in accordance with international standards.
Muhammad Javed, a senior tourist guide, said “I am glad that visitors are appreciating the effort. They are keen to read the plaques and consider the initiative important.”
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what about the cables??
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what about the cables??
in many areas they are already underground....they are working to get rest of them underground
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Where royals tread: Bollards to bar traffic from Shahi Guzargah

The same path was once used by the Mughal emperors and royalty when they travelled from Delhi to Lahore.

LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has decided to install bollards on the road from Delhi Gate to Kotwali Chowk to keep vehicular traffic away from a route that the Mughals once used, The Express Tribune has learned. The installation, aimed at preserving the area’s heritage and to facilitate tourists, would begin on July 8.

WCLA is currently working on a project to restore the Shahi Guzargah (the royal trail) that leads from Delhi Gate to the Lahore Fort. The same path was once used by the Mughal emperors and royalty when they travelled from Delhi to Lahore.
Many important heritage monuments such as Shahi Hamam, Masjid Wazir Khan, Sonehri Masjid and Begum Shahi Masjid are located on the route.
The project is aimed at preserving the culture and heritage of Lahore and promote tourism in the Walled City areas.

In April 2012, the government passed the Walled City of Lahore Authority Act, creating WCLA as an autonomous body to administer conservation, planning, development, management and regulation of the Walled City.
The authority has taken the decision to install bollards on a one-kilometre stretch of the road keeping in view the expected influx of visitors and tourists to the royal trail. Each bollard would be three feet high. The bollards would be six feet apart and joined by chains. Around 36 bollards would be installed outside Delhi Gate.
According to the plan, bollards would also be erected at the streets linked to the royal trail. These streets include Huqqay Waali Gali, Gurr Mandi, Gali Surjan Singh, Pholon Wali Gali, Chohatta Qazi Allahdad, Chohatta Mufti Baqir, Kotwali Chowk and Akbari Mandi.
WCLA Public Relations Assistant Director Asghar Hussain told The Express Tribune that the authority had consulted the residents of the area who would be affected by the decision. “It was difficult to convince them at first. However, they have now understood the utility and importance of this step,” Hussain said.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Husnain Shah, a resident of Delhi Gate, said the bollards would help reduce the flow of heavy traffic in the area.
“They are doing a good job in trying to restore the Walled City areas. We support all such steps for the betterment of the historic heritage of the city,” Shah said.
Zaheeruddin Babar, another resident of the area, said the decision would create problems for the residents. “The bollards will make our lives difficult. We are not sure where we will park our cars and what route the residents’ vehicles will take,” he said.

Talking to The Express Tribune, WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari said the decision was necessary to preserve the areas that had been restored by the authority.
“The area we have restored cannot sustain heavy traffic. We want to make it a tourist heritage trail,” he said. Lashari said the authority would make arrangements for rerouting the traffic. “We are planning to reroute vehicles so that residents and visitors do not face difficulty in parking,” he said. Marketing Director Asif Zaheer said the decision would reduce air and noise pollution in the area. “Residents will be happy to get rid of the traffic rush. We plan to replicate the same model in other parts of the Walled City,” Zaheer said.
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Walled City wonders: WCLA to open tourist info centre after Eid



LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) will open its first tourist information centre at Delhi Gate after Eidul Fitr, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Talking to The Express Tribune, WCLA Tourism Deputy Director Waqas Satti said, “The Delhi Gate has been restored and our office there will start functioning there after Eid.”
He said the authority planned to set up such information centres at gates of the city.
“These information centres will welcome and guide tourists. We will also provide brochures, booklets and maps,” he said.
Muhammad Javed, a tourist guide at the WCLA, said many people were visiting the places of historical significance in the Walled City.
“We have a great number of tourists visiting the Walled City. The Delhi Gate centre will be a great help in attracting domestic and foreign tourists,” Javed said.
WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari said the Walled City was the heart of Lahore. “The information centre will revive tourism and help people access the historical places located in the Walled City,” he said.
Asif Zaheer, the marketing and tourism director, said the WCLA had organised a two-month training course for its tourist guides. “The guides have been trained in conducting tours,” he said.
Zaheer said several private organisations had contacted the authority for participating in the tours.

Zaheer said there would be four tourist routes. “The first route will be from Delhi Gate to Fort Road. The tour will take around two to three hours. The main historical sites on the route will be the Delhi Gate, Shahi Hamam, Haveli Bejnath, Masjid Wazir Khan, Sonehri Masjid, Baoli Bagh, Pani Wala Talaab, Langa Mandi, Chowk Heera Mandi, Food Street and the Lahore Fort,” he said.
“The bazaars covered in this tour are: Delhi Gate Bazaar, Akbari Mandi, Dabbi Bazaar, Rang Mehal Chowk, Waan Market, Kasera Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Bangles Market, Moti Bazaar, Langa Mandi Bazaar, Heera Mandi Bazaar,” he said.

Zaheer said the second route would be from Mochi Gate to Fort Road and the duration of the tour would be two to four hours. “The main historical sites on this route will be Masjid Saleh Kamboh, Lal Khoo, Chowk Nawaab Sahib, Mohallah Shiaan, Mubarik Haveli, Haveli Wajid Ali Shah, Takia Sadhuaan, Haveli Mian Khan, Chohatta Mufti Baqar, Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed’s house, Sonehri Masjid, Baoli Bagh, Pani Wala Talaab, Langa Mandi, Chowk Heera Mandi, Food Street and the Lahore Fort. The bazaars the tourists will visit are: Dry Fruit Market, Mochi Gate Bazaar, Chohatta Mufti Baqar, Siriyaan Wala Bazaar, Kasera Bazaar, Waan Market, Kinari Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Bangles Market, Moti Bazaar, Langa Mandi Bazaar and Heera Mandi Bazaar,” he said. The third route will be from Lohari to Fort Road and it will cover Lohari Gate, Food Street, Chowk Bukhari, Chowk Jhanda, Mandir, Victoria School, Lal Haveli Square, Haveli Dhyan Singh, Langa Mandi and Chowk Heera Mandi.
The fourth route will be from Bhati Gate to Fort Road. The main sites will be Bhati Gate, Allama Iqbal’S house, Qamar Manzil, Faqir Khana Museum, Naqsh Art Gallery, Chowk Heera Mandi and Shekhupurian Bazaar. The tourists will also visit Bhati Gate Bazaar, Bazaar-i-Hakeeman, Tehsil Bazaar, Bazaar Judge Muhammad Latif, Tibbi Gali, Sheikhupurian Bazaar, Neecha Chaitraam, Fort Road and Food Street.

Zaheer said individual tours of gates, havelis, mosques, monuments and bazaars would also be arranged.
“The WCLA is also working on engaging private companies to organise the tours,” he said.
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beautyful, hope that all the cities of pakistan and the neighbor countries start to do the same
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yes!! I agree!! it would be a great cultural change!!
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