From the corner of this court steps (Maktab khaa) lead Moti Masjid, the quiet and secluded Pearl Mosque built by Shah Jahan in 1644. Shah Jahan later built a similar mosque in the Agra Red Fort in 1654; Aurangzeb
built the most exquisite pearl mosque of all in 1662 in the Delhi Red Fort. During the rule of Shah Jahan the Mughal emperor, numerous architectural wonders were built. Most famous of them being the Taj Mahal. Moti Masjid earned the epithet Pearl Mosque for it shined like a pearl. It stands on ground that slopes from east to west to the north of Diwan-i-Aam complex in Agra Fort. The courtyard of the Moti Masjid has side arcades and arched recessions and the main sanctuary facade beyond. All three are faced in white marble, charmingly intimate, and noteworthy for their delicate proportions and purity of line. In Sikh times the mosque was used as a treasury, but in 19204 British Givernor-General Lord Curzon ordered its restoration.
What is Around:
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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Within the City
Taxi, Car, Mini Busses, Rikshaws
On Booked Transport
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Where to Shop
Food Street Fort Road, Thatti Mulahan Bazar, Bazaar Sheikhupurian, Tibbi Bazar,
Where to Eat / Stay
Hotels / Motels / Resorts / Restaurants
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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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