The Fading Remnants of the Mughal Empire

How the tides of time wash away the last remains of a mighty empire

Sharika Hafeez
Globetrotters

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A glimpse of Badshahi Mosque | photo by my friend, Shahzaib Mumtaz

Lahore is a history lover’s dream.

From the ruins of old castles to remnants of ancient fortifications to tombs of mighty emperors to the crumbling havelis — Lahore is alive with the fragments of bygone eras, still carrying with it the memories of majestic empires and the whispers of fallen princes.

But, in the midst of all these fascinating pieces of history lies a bustling metropolis, home to nearly twelve million people. In Lahore, you will see a monolith of a city centre from the streets, looming above you with all its splendour… and as you go around the city centre, you will find yourself within the ruins of an ancient majestic empire and tombs of legendary emperors.

Here is a compilation of three Mughal architectural feats that survive to this day, in Lahore, and which I visited during my two brief visits to this legendary city.

The Tomb of Emperor Jahangir

March 14th, 2023

The rickshaw makes its way precariously through the heavy flow of traffic, squeezing in through the narrowest gaps between vehicles, as we — me and my two companions — jolt around within, consumed by laughter and…

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Sharika Hafeez
Globetrotters

Writer. Physics student. Under the inky-black sky, with a steaming cup of chai in my hands, I watch the stars and I write.