The Tomb of Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1873-1938), the great poet-philosopher who conceived the idea of Pakistan as a separate Muslim State, in on the left of the gate to the Badshahi Mosque. Built n 1951,
the small red sandstone tome has marble doorframes and an interior completely faced with decorated white marble. The translucent marble headstone, a gift from Afghanistan, is inscribed with two of the poet’s couplets summing up his views against racial discrimination.
The Tomb of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, or Mazaar-e-Iqbal is a mausoleum located in Iqbal Park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, capital of Punjab province.
The committee suggested to innovate a new combination rather than following a specific school of architecture. The final design, thus, broke away from Mughal tradition and comprised a combination of Afghan and Moorish architecture.
The architecture reflects a combination of Afghan and Moorish styles. The structure is entirely constructed of red sandstone, which was brought from Jaipur, British India, and building marble from Makrana, Rajputana. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, construction was affected due to export restrictions of red stone from India. Six couplets of a Ghazal are carved from Iqbal's peotical work Zabur-e-Ajam (Persian Psalms) on the mausoleum's interior surfaces. Outside, there is a small garden, distributed into small plots. The mausoleum was designed by Hyderabad Deccan's then Chief Architect, Nawab Zain Yar Jang Bahadur and took thirteen years to build at a cost of about one hundred thousand (Rs. 100,000) Pakistani rupees. The major reason for delay was the stoppage of red-stone from Jaipur in post-independence India.
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When to Go:
October to April is the best time to visit Lahore. It is only 217 meters above sea level, so it is hotter than Islamabad, and can get very hot in summer.
How to Reach:
Lahore is connected by air, rail and road to the other cities of Pakistan, the airport is some five kilometres (three miles) out of the city centre. It is 292.9 kilometres (182 miles) from Islamabad on the Grand Trunk Road (Nation Highway G.T. Road) and 382.6 kilometres (287.7 miles) from Islamabad on the Motorway/AH1 (4 hrs 3 min) a driver of 4 to 6 hours or a train journey of 5 to 8 hours. The Indian border is 29 kilometres (18 miles) from Lahore along the Grand Trunk Road going east, but it is open only twice a month to foreigners, owing to Sikh unrest in the Indian Punjab. You can fly directly from Lahore to Delhi.
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Emergency Contact Number
Hospitals: General Hospital: Ferozpur Road, Near Camp Jail، Lahore. Tele: 042-99264092
Jinnah Hospital: Usamani Road. 042-99231400
Lady Wallington: Open 24 Hour 042-37659001
Ambulance: Rescue 1122: 0333 3331122
Edhi Foundation: (042) 37806661
Tourist Information Centre: 66-D/1, Gulberg III, Lahore. Tele: 042-35756737.
Director of Archaeology: Planning and Development Department, Civil Secretariat, Lahore. 042-99210480.
Passport Office: Abbott Road, Lahore. 0800 344 77
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