|2012||Removed from Danger list||"Many of the siteís monuments have ... been restored. Better drainage and planning have also improved the preservation of the siteís external walls and solved problems of dampness."|
|2000||In Danger||Major operations are necessary to protect|
|1981||Inscribed||Reasons for inscription| ():
While visiting lahore I didn't want to miss any opportunity to go to Lahore Fort and fortunately, I did so. The fort is a masterpiece of art and architecture. The marble palaces inside the fort are exampolary. I have no words to describe the beauty and style of the architecture I experienced there.
Reuben Lachmansingh (Canada):
The Lahore Fort, I visited Nov./03, predates the Turkish ruler Mahmud of Ghazni in the 11th century. It was destroyed and rebuilt on several occasions until the great Moghul emperor Akbar replaced the mud walls with solid brick masonry in 1566 extending the structure northwards. Later his offspring Jehangir, Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb added modifications of massively fortified walls. I strolled over to the Diwan-e-Aam or Hall of Public Audience, built by Shah Jehan in 1631-the same year he started the Taj Mahal. From there, the emperors were able to look down on the common people and make their rulings. Wealthier citizens met their emperors on a level floor-Diwan-e-Khas. On the north side is Shish Mahal -Palace of Mirrors. Noble buildings, withstanding the test of time.
Reuben Lachmansingh (Canada):
I visited the Shalimar Gardens with locals, so I didn't pay the foreigner's fee late November/2003 and they were worth the visit. The walls and floors were hand carved and made of marble and sandstone. There is no support for the ceiling, made of huge blocks of sandstone. The construction was well planned for acoustics. An artificial waterfall operates during the tourist season.. Nearby is a marble enclosure with a seat where Shah jahan sat.
The guide spoke only Urdu so the locals translated for me. He charged too much for his fee and the locals told me I should not have paid him less the the Rs. 200 he demanded. I am 69 years of age and travelled there to visit some cricket friends and the old Indus Valley civilization sites.
Neil Bridger (Australia):
Located centrally in the city of Lahore, the Lahore Fort is a magnificent fortified palace complex. Dating from the 16th century, its elaborate Moghul architecture is straight out of a storybook of the Mysterious East. The impressive twin-domed entrance leads into elaborately decorated courtyards and pavilions with water features, some with still intact sumptuous wall decorations of inlaid semiprecious stones and painted designs. There's even a flight of stone steps specially built for ceremonial elephant processions. The Fort is directly opposite the beautiful Red Mosque which can easily be seen in the same visit.
The Shalimar Gardens are a separate attraction located several kilometres away in another part of Lahore.
Have you been to Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore ? Share your experiences!