Jahangir’s Tomb: A 17th century mausoleum built for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir

Standing in a garden on the northern outskirts of Lahore, the elaborately decorated sandstone Jehangir’s Tomb is that of Emperor Jehangir. Built in 1637 by Jehangir’s son, Shah Jahan, it’s believed to have been designed by Jehangir’s widow, Nur Jahan. The tomb is made of marble with trellis decorations of pietra dura bearing the 99 attributes of Allah in Arabic calligraphy. These are inside a vaulted chamber, decorated with marble tracery and cornered with four minarets

Outside is a sunken passageway with one tunnel supposedly leading to Shalimar Gardens and another to Hiran Minar – both tunnels are now bricked up.

The entrance to the tomb courtyard lies on the right-hand side of Akbar’s Caravanserai, a 180-room resting place for pilgrims, travellers and their animals, built by Shah Jahan at the same time as Jehangir’s Tomb. The western gateway leads to the Tomb of Asif Khan. The brother-in-law of Jehangir and father to Mumtaz Mahal (the lady for whom India’s Taj Mahal was created), Khan died in 1641.

An autorickshaw/taxi from The Mall to Jehangir’s Tomb (or Nur Jahan’s Tomb, described below) costs about Rs350/Rs700.


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