Photos of Lahore

Lahore Photos.

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Lahore dating back to 1860s are in the last portion of this post.

Photos of Lahore: Minar-e-Pakistan in Iqbal Park, LahoreBrief History of Lahore: Lahore, known as the City of Gardens and Colleges, is the capital of Punjab and the second largest city of Pakistan. It is the cultural heart of Pakistan and hosts most of the arts, festivals, film-making, music and intelligentsia of the country.
Lahore was called by different names throughout history. To date there is no conclusive evidence as to when it was founded. Some historians trace the history of the city as far back as 4000 years ago. However, historically, it has been proved that Lahore is at least 2,000 years old. Hieun-tsang, the famous Chinese pilgrim, has given a vivid description of Lahore which he visited in the early parts of the 7th century AD.
From 1524 to 1752, Lahore was part of the Mughal Empire. Then it was became a province of the Afghan Empire. It was then ruled by Sikhs from 1799 to 1849. Lahore came under British rule in 1849 and remained so till 1947.
Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the tombs of Jehangir and Nur Jehan are tourist attractions. Lahore is also home to many British colonial architecture, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum, Government College, University of the Punjab.
This post (Lahore Photos) displays the old and rare pics of Lahore. Some very old photos of Lahore and British Raj era buildings and colonial architecture on The Mall Road Lahore also appear here.

Main Market, Gulberg, Lahore in Hailstorm

Liberty Market, Lahore

Liberty Chowk (Roundabout), Lahore

Aerial View of Liberty Chowk, Lahore

Lahore in 1946. Historic footage of Lahore city. See here Rare Videos of Pakistan

Video of Lahore City-1978. See different places of Lahore with Punjabi song ‘Lahore Di Sair’ sung by Tarannum Naz & Sain Tufail as the background  music.

Lahore City-2012

Beautiful Lahore

Virtual Tour of Lahore Museum. See Lahore Museum here: Virtual Tour of Lahore Museum

Gates of Lahore. Walled City of Lahore had 13 gates (Akbari Gate, Bhati Gate, Delhi Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Lohari Gate, Masti Gate, Mochi Gate, Mori Gate, Roshnai Gate, Shahalmi Gate, Shairanwala Gate, Taxali Gate, and Yakki Gate). Today, out of 13, only Bhati Gate, Delhi Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Lohari Gate, Roshnai Gate, and Shairanwala Gate survive, yet many are in urgent need of repairs and restoration.

Gates of Lahore; Bhati GateThe entrance to the “Bhati Gate” is located on the western wall of the old city. Just outside of “Bhati Gate” is the Data Durbar, the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Ali Hajweri (also known as Data Sahib Ganjbaksh).

Pictures of Lahore: Gates of Lahore; Photo of Bhati Gate, Lahore - Photos, Images of Lahore

Gates of Lahore; Photo of Dehli GateThe “Dehli Gate” was once the main and only road that led from Lahore to Dehli. The gate was built during the Mughal era. Although the gate suffered greatly in the 1947 riots, it has since been renovated and today is in its former glory.

Pictures of Lahore: Gates of Lahore; Photo of Dehli Gate, Lahore - Photos, Images of Lahore

Gates of Lahore; Kashmiri GateThe “Kashmiri Gate” is so named because it faces the direction of Kashmir. Inside the gate, there is a shopping area called “Kashmiri Bazaar”.

Pictures of Lahore: Gates of Lahore; Photo of Kashmiri Gate, Lahore - Photos, Images of Lahore

Gates of Lahore; Lohari Gate, LahoreThe “Lohari Gate” is very close to “Bhati Gate.” In Urdu, loha means “iron,” and the gate is named Lohari because many lohars (blacksmiths) workshops were based just outside this gate.

Pictures of Lahore: Gates of Lahore; Photo of Lohari Gate, Lahore - Photos, Images of Lahore

Gates of Lahore; Roshnai GateThe “Roshnai Gate,” (the “Gate of Lights”), is located between the Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. In the evenings, the gate was lit up, hence its name. It is the only gate that is in good condition and still retains its original looks.

Pictures of Lahore: Gates of Lahore; Photo of Roshnai Gate, Lahore - Photos, Images of Lahore

Gates of Lahore; Shairanwala GateThe “Shairanwala Gate, (the “Gate of the Lions”) was made by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. After its completion, Singh placed two live lions (or Shers) in cages at the gate as a symbolic gesture to warn any invader.

Pictures of Lahore: Gates of Lahore; Photo of Shairanwala Gate, Lahore - Photos, Images of Lahore

Akbari Gate, Lahore – 1962.  The “Akbari Gate”, the most beautiful gate of Lahore, was named after the great Mughal emperor Akbar, who rebuilt the town and citadel. Close to this gate the Emperor also founded a market, which is named after him, “Akbari Mandi.” (Akbari Market). Akbari Gate was demolished for repairs but never built again.

Photos of Lahore - Akbari Gate, Lahore in 1962

Gates of Lahore: Masti Gate Lahore in 1950s. Photo by Rao Javed Iqbal (Loh Kot Society).

Lahore Pictures: Masti Gate Lahore in 1950s- Images, Photos of Lahore

Badshahi Masjid at Night

Aerial View of Badshahi Mosque & Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore

Badshahi Masjid, Lahore

Badshahi Mosque, Lahore

Minar-e-Pakistan at Iqbal Park. Minar-e-Pakistan is a tall monumental minaret (Height: 92 metres) in Iqbal Park Lahore, built in commemoration of the Lahore Resolution. The minaret reflects a blend of Mughal and modern architecture, and is constructed on the site where on March 23, 1940, the Muslim League passed the Pakistan Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan), demanding the creation of Pakistan.
The tower was designed and supervised free of cost by Nasreddin Murat Khan,an architect/engineer hailing from Daghestan. Structural design was given by a civil engineer Abdur Rahman Khan Niazi from Lahore, who was working with Murat Khan. The foundation stone was laid on March 23, 1960 and was completed on 31 October 1968.

Photos of Lahore: Minar-e-Pakistan in Iqbal Park, Lahore

Kalma Chowk Flyover, Lahore. Kalma Chowk flyover at Ferozepur Road, Lahore.

View of Nawaz Sharif Park and Children Hospital, Ferozepur Road, Lahore. Photo taken from Afra Software Technology Park.

Photos of Lahore: Nawaz Sharif Park and Children Hospital, Ferozepur Road, Lahore

Lahore’s Canal in Summer

Sozo Water Park

Photos of Lahore: Sozo Water Park, Lahore

New Food Street, Lahore. Photo by Sarosh Farooque,27 February 2012.

Photos of Lahore - Photo of New Food street, Lahore

Allama Iqbal Airport, Lahore

Shalimar Garden, Lahore

Another view of Shalamar Garden, Lahore

Zamzama Gun, The Mall Road, Lahore

Zamzama Gun, 1946. (Photo Courtesy Life Magazine).  The Zamzama Gun is a large bore cannon. It is also known as Kim’s Gun or Bhangianwali Taop. It was cast in 1757 in Lahore. At that time Lahore was a part of the Durrani Empire. The gun was used by Ahmed Shah in the battle of Panipat in 1761. In 1802, Ranjit Singh got hold of the gun and used it in the battles of Daska, Kasur, Sujanpur, Wazirabad and Multan. In the siege of Multan, the gun was badly damaged. It is currently on display in front of the Lahore Museum at The Mall Road, Lahore.

Pictures of Lahore: Photo of "Zamzama Gun", also known as "Kim's Gun" or "Bhangianwali Toap", 1946 - Photos of Lahore, Images of Lahore

Government College Lahore (Now Government College University)Government College Lahore was opened on 1 January 1864 in a portion of the Palace of Raja Dhyan Singh Haveli. The institution was affiliated with the University of Calcutta for examination. Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner (professor of Arabic and Islamic Law at King’s College in London) was nominated as principal of college. He later was instrumental in the foundation of Punjab University, Lahore in 1882. In April 1871, the college moved to its present site. In 1996, it received autonomous status; on 9 September 2002, it became a university.

Pic of front view of Government College Lahore (Now Government College University)

Rare Photo of Government College Lahore-1880s

Rare pic of Government College Lahore-1880s

Fantastic Aerial View of Government College Lahore

Photos of Lahore: Fantastic aerial view of Government College (GC), Lahore

Forman Christian College (FC College). Forman Christian College was founded in 1864 by Dr Charles W Forman, a Presbyterian missionary from the USA. Initially known as the Lahore Mission College, the name was changed to Forman Christian College in 1894 in honor of the founder.

Rare pic of Forman Christain College (FC College) Lahore

King Edward Medical UniversityKing Edward Medical University was established in 1860 as the Lahore Medical School. It is the second oldest medical school in South Asia, after Medical College Kolkata (1835). On December 21, 1911, it was renamed as King Edward Medical College, and elevated to the status of an independent, degree-granting university on May 12, 2005, when it became King Edward Medical University. Mayo Hospital is attached as teaching hospital with this University.

Photos of Lahore: Photo of King Edward Medical University, Lahore

Old Campus Punjab University, Lahore

Pic of Punjab University Old Campus, Lahore- Photo of Punjab University Old Campus

Islamia College, Railway Road, Lahore. Islamia College, Railway Road, was established in 1892 by Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam.

Photos of Lahore: Islamia College, Railway Road, Lahore

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is a world class academic institution. The idea of establishing the university took root in the mind of Syed Babar Ali, Pro Chancellor, LUMS. With the support of ten of the leading public and private sector corporations of Pakistan, the National Management Foundation (NMF), the sponsoring body of the University, was incorporated on November 7, 1984. The NMF was granted a charter by the Government of Pakistan for establishing the University on March 8, 1985. The LUMS Business School, now known as the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) admitted the first batch of MBA students in 1986 who graduated in 1988. Later, BSc Honours, MSc and PhD programmes were also added. Photo by Prextexman.

Photos of Lahore: Photo of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) - Lahore Photos

Bradlaugh Hall, Rattigan Road, Lahore. Bradlaugh Hall is situated on the Rettigan Road, near the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. Charles Bradlaugh, an English Parliamentarian, advocate of Indian freedom from the British yoke, was a famous atheist who refused to take the oath on Bible when elected in the Parliament. He came to India and got some Railway contracts. He bought a piece of land at Rattigan Road. Because of his sympathy with the native Indians, he was forced to leave India. The Hall was built after his departure and inaugurated in 1900.
Lala Lajpat Rai (who established Gulab Devi Hospital), as part of Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement, founded the National College inside this Hall to impart quality education to Indians, who did not want to join British institutions. In 1928 when the Nationalists boycotted the Simon Commission there were speeches organized here hosted by Lala Lajpat Rai, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, and Syed Atta ullah Shah Bukhari. Bhagat Singh also studied in this college from 1922-26 and his political bearings were marked by his stay here. Inder Kumar Gujral a freedom fighter and former Prime Minister of India started his political journey from here by forming their first Student Union. They heard the revolutionary speeches of Jawaharlal Nehru and poetry of Josh Miliabadi here for the first time. They also heard here Haran Mukherjee, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Mian Ifthikharuddin and Dr. Saifuddin Kachlo.
After 1947 this Hall was used to store food stuff for a short duration, then till 1980s, it served as a steel mill. It reopened as a technical education centre, the Milli Technical Education Institute. Later it was rented out to private academies. Finally the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) took possession of the Hall and since 2009 it has been closed.
Photo by Jahane Rumi.

Lahore Pictures: Bradlaugh Hall, Rattigan Road, near the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore - Photos, Images of Lahore

Gulab Devi Chest Hospital, Ferozpur Road, Lahore. Lala Lajpat Rai was a well known figure in the political and social circles of pre- Independence India. His mother, Gulab Devi, died of TB in Lahore. In her mother’s memory, he established a Trust in 1927 to build and run a TB Hospital. Construction work was started in 1931 and the Hospital was inaugurated  by Mahatma Gandhi on 17 July in 1934. It was initially for female patients but later treatment of male TB patients was also allowed.

Lahore Pictures: Gulab Devi Chest Hospital, Lahore - Photos, Images of Lahore

Marble Plaque at Gulab Devi Chest Hospital, Lahore

Lahore Pictures: Marble Plaque at Gulab Devi Chest Hospital, Lahore, Opening of Hospital by Mahatma Gandhi on 17 July 1934 - Photos, Images of Lahore

Lahore During Rain. Photo by Umar Hassan Cheema, 23 Apr 2012.

Lahore, Pakistan, during rain. (Photo by Umar Hassan Cheema, 23 Apr 2012)

Aerial View of Cathedral Church and School, The Mall, Lahore. Photo by Jawad Zakariya.

Lahore Pictures: Aerial view of Cathedral Church and School on the Mall Road, Lahore - Images, Photos of Lahore

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lahore

Lahore Pictures: St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Lahore - Images, Photos of Lahore

The Mall Road, Lahore–1970

Old Photo of Regal Square (Chowk), Lahore. Pre-partition photo of Regal Chowk, Lahore.

Old Pic of Regal Square (Chowk), Lahore- Old Photo of Regal Square (Chowk), Lahore

Mall Road, Lahore

Old Picss of Lahore- Mall Road, Lahore- Old Photos of Lahore

Another Old Photo of The Mall, Lahore

Old Pic of The mall, Lahore- Old Photo of The mall, Lahore

Masjid-e-Shuhda, Regal Chowk, The Mall, Lahore

Governor House, Lahore

Pic of Governor House, Lahore - Photos of Lahore buildings

Nedous Hotel, The Mall, Lahore. This magnificent hotel was built at the turn of the last century by Harry Nedous, an Austro-Swiss hotelier. Now Avari Hotel, next to WAPDA House is built on this site.

Pic of Nedous Hotel, Lahore

GPO (General Post Office), The Mall, Lahore

Pic of GPO (General Post Office) Lahore - Photos of Lahore

Yaadgar-e-Shuhada, Garrison Golf Club, Lahore Cantt

Mian Mir Cantonment (Lahore Cantonment). When the British occupied Lahore in 1846, the British and ‘Native’ troops encamped outside of the walled city in the area known as Anarkali. It was an unhealthy area and there was a high rate of deaths from gastro intestinal diseases in the six years that the troops stayed here. Finally a decision was taken to construct a new cantonment away from the city. There are a few stories related to how Sir Charles Napier, the Army’s Commander In Chief selected the site for a new cantonment one of them being that he fell off his horse near the shrine of the Mian Mir and selected the site.

Pictures of Lahore; Photo of signpost of Mian Mir cantonment (Lahore Cantonment) - Photos of Lahore, Images of Lahore

Lahore Museum

‘Oasis & Aqua Resort’. An artificial beach 42 km from Lahore on Multan Road.

A Gate Between India and Pakistan, Wagah Border, Lahore

Pic of Gate between India and Pakistan, Wagah Border, Lahore. A man in green shirt waving Pakistni green flag.

Baab-e Azaadi, Wagah Border, Lahore

Photos of Lahore: Baab-e-Azaadi at Wagah Border, Lahore

Railway Mess, Mayo Gardens, LahorePhoto by Hassan Nazir Malhi.

Photos of Lahore: Railway Mess, Mayo Gardens, Lahore


Birthplace (Janam Asthan) of Sikh Guru Ram Das Ji. Located in interior Delhi Gate, Lahore.

Photos of Lahore: Birthplace of Sikh Guru Ram Das Ji, interior Delhi Gate, Lahore

Rare Photo of Lahore Railway Station in 1947 

Old Pictures of Lahore: Lahore Railway Station in 1947- Lahore Photos - Old Photos of Lahore

GPO Chowk, The Mall, Lahore, 1940s 

Old Pictures of Lahore: GPO Chowk, The Mall, Lahore, 1940s - Lahore Photos - Photos, Images of Lahore

Steam Engine at ‎Lahore‬ Railway Station in 1930s

Lahore Old Pictures: Steam Engine at ‎Lahore‬ Railway Station in 1930s - Lahore Photos - Old images, Photos of Lahore

Horse Mounted Troops Marching Out through the Gate of Lahore Governor House, 1936 

Old Pictures of Lahore: Horse mounted troops marching out through the gate of Lahore Governor House, 1936 - Old and rare Lahore Photos

The Troops are Ready to March on New Year’s Day Parade at Lahore,1936 

Old and rare Pictures of Lahore: The troops are ready to march on New Year's Day Parade at Lahore,1936 - Old and rare Photos of Lahore, Rare Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: The Royal Scots on New Year Day Parade at Lahore, 1936

Old Pics Lahore: The Royal Scots on New Year's Day Parade at Lahore,1936 - Lahore Photos - Rare Images of Lahore

6th Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers on New Year Day Parade at Lahore, 1936 

Old and rare Pictures of Lahore: 6th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers on New Year Day Parade at Lahore,1936 - Old and rare Photos of Lahore, Rare Images of Lahore

4th and 14th Punjabis Marching on New Year’s Day Parade at Lahore, 1936

Rare Pictures of Lahore: 4th and 14th Punjabis marching on New Year's Day Parade at Lahore, 1936 - Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: Guns of 5th Battalion Field Brigade on New Year’s Day Parade at Lahore, 1936 

Old Pictures of Lahore: Guns of 5th Battalion Field Brigade on New Year Day Parade at Lahore,1936 - Lahore Photos - Old and rare Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Light Tanks on New Year’s Day Parade at Lahore, 1936

Old Photos of Lahore: Light Tanks on New Year's Day Parade at Lahore, 1936 - Lahore Photos, Old and rare images

Lahore Photos: Air Show on New Year’s Day Parade at Lahore,1936 

Old and rare Pictures of Lahore: Air Show on New Year's Day Parade at Lahore,1936 - Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: Governor’s Cup at the Race Course at Lahore, January 1936

Old and rare Pictures of Lahore: Governor's Cup at the Race Course at Lahore, January 1936 - Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: Southern Gate of Lahore Fort, 1936. Now this car parking near Southern Gate of Lahore Fort has been converted into a Park. In the background, one can see the “Heera Mandi”, the famous red light area of Lahore.

Old Pictures of Lahore: Southern Gate of Lahore Fort, 1936 - Lahore Photos - Rare Photos of Lahore, old Images Lahore

Lahore Photos: Rare Aerial View of Lahore in 1933. GPO and State Bank of India can be seen in the foreground. King Edward Medical College is visible at the top.

Rare Photo of Lahore: Rare aerial view of Lahore in 1933 - Lahore Photos - Old rare Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: An Old Aerial Photo of Lahore, 1930 

Old Pictures of Lahore; A rare Aerial photo of Lahore,1930 - Lahore Photos - Old and rare Photos of Lahore

Smith & Campbell’s Pharmacy and Ghuam Rassol Building, Lahore- Photo taken in 1922. Smith & Campbell’s Pharmacy premises are seen at the left-hand corner of the building. ‘Ghulam Rasool Building’ is on the right. Ghulam Rasool Building was completed in 1916. Famous Ferozsons Book Store is located in this building. It is adjacent to Al-Falah Building near Charing Cross on The Mall.

Old Lahore Photos - Pic of Smith & Campbell's Pharmacy and Ghulam Rasool Building, The Mall,, Lahore - Rare images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Hazoori Bagh Pavillion and Alamgiri Gate of Lahore Fort, 1920s 

Old Pictures of Lahore: A view of Hazoori Bagh Pavillion and Alamgiri Gate of Lahore Fort, 1920s - Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: A Rare Photo of Lahore Canal, 1915 

Old and rare Pictures of Lahore; A rare photo of Lahore Canal, 1915 -Lahore Photos Old Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: The Chief’s College, Lahore, 1910

Rare Photos of Lahore: Rare photo of The Chief's College, Lahore, 1910 - Lahore Photos - Old Pics Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Approaching Lahore City from the West, 1908

Rare Photoss of Lahore: Approaching Lahore from the West, 1908 - Lahore Photos - Old and rare Images of Lahore

Ranjit Singh Tomb and Roshnai Gate of Lahore Fort, 1900s 

Rare Pictures of Lahore: Old photo of Ranjit Singh Tomb and Roshnai Gate of Lahore Fort, 1900s - Lahore Photos

Lawrence Hall and Montgomery Hall, Lahore

Rare Pictures of Lahore: Lawrence Hall and Montgomery Hall, Lahore - Lahore Photos -Old Images of Lahor

Montgomery Hall (Now Quaid-e-Azam Library), The Mall, Lahore, 1890s

Old Pictures of Lahore: Rare photo of Montgomery Hall (Now Quaid-e-Azam Library), The Mall, Lahore, 1890s - Lahore Photos

A Rare Photo of Anarkali Bazar, Lahore

Old Pictures of Lahore; A rare photo of Anarkali Bazar, Lahore - Lahore Photos - Rare Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Lahori Gate, Lahore. Photo taken in 1900

Old and rare Photos of Lahore; Lahori Gate Lahore in 1990 - Lahore Photos , Rare images of Lahore

The Anglican Cathedral Church, The Mall, Lahore , Late 19th Century. The Anglican Cathedral Church of the Resurrection is an Anglican cathedral in the heart of Lahore, across the Lahore High Court on The Mall Road. It was built in 1887, however, the two towers were added in 1898.

Rare Pictures of Lahore: The Anglican Cathedral Church, The Mall, Lahore , Late 19th Century - Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: Rare Photo of Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, 1880s

Rare Photos of Lahore: Wazir Khan mosque, Lahore, 1880s - Lahore Photos - Rare Photos, Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Masjid Sardar Jahan, Lahore, 1880s

Old Pictures of Lahore: Rare photo of Masjid Sardar jahan, Lahore, 1880s - Lahore Photos - Rare Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Dining Room of Government House, Lahore, 1870s. Government House is now Governor House.

Rare Pictures of Lahore: Dining Room of Government House, Lahore, 1870s - Lahore Photos - Old and rare Photos, Images of Lah

Lahore Photos: An Old Bungalow in Lahore, 1870. In the background of the photograph one can see the cupolas of the Punjab Public Library.

Extremely rare Pictures of Lahore: An old bungalow in Lahore, 1870 - Lahore Photos old & rare

Lahore Photos: Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s Tomb at Shahdara, Lahore (Photo; 1870s)

Lahore Photos - Photo of Mughal Emperor Jahangir's Tomb at Shahdara, Lahore, 1870s - Old and rare photos of Lahore

 Lahore Photos: Lahore Rare Pictures: A Platform of Lahore Railway Station in 1886 

 Lahore Rare Pictures: A platform of Lahore Railway Station in 1886 - Rare Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: Rare Photo of Lahore Railway Station, 1886

Lahore rare Pictures - Lahore Railway Station, 1886 - Images of Lahore, Lahore Photos old

Lahore Railway Station, 1880

Extremely rare Pictures of Lahore: Lahore Railway Station, 1880 - Lahore Photos - Rare Images

Lahore Photos, Chauburji Gateway (the Gateway of Four Minarets)- Photo; 1880s. Chauburji (Four Minarets) Gateway was once the entrance of an old garden. Photo taken by an unknown photographer. This photo is from Bellow Collection of Architectural Views.

Old photos of Lahore- Chauburji Gateway (the Gateway of Four Minarets) Lahore - Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: Lahore High Court, The Mall, 1880s

Rare Lahore Photos - Old Pic of Lahore High Court, 1880s - Rarer Photos of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Tomb of Anarkali, 1870sAnarkali (pomegranate blossom) was a legendary slave girl from Lahore. She was supposedly ordered to be buried alive between two walls by Mughal emperor Akbar for having an illicit relationship with the Crown-Prince Salim, later to become Emperor Jahangir. Due to the lack of evidence and sources, the story of Anarkali is widely accepted to be either false or heavily embellished. This story was originally written by Indian writer Abdul Halim Sharar and on the first page of that book he had clearly mentioned it to be a work of fiction. Nevertheless, her story is cherished by many and has been adapted into literature, art and cinema.

The tomb, thought to be that of Anarkali, is situated on the premises of the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Lahore and now houses the Punjab Records Office. Previously, it had been transformed into a Christian church by the British rulers in 1851. The Cross is visible on the dome in this photo. Read More Details Here.

Rare photos of Lahore - Tomb of Anarkali in Lahore - Lahore Photos - Pics of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Dai Angah’s Tomb, Lahore – 1884. Photo by H H Cole. Dai Angah was wife of a magistrate in Bikaner in Rajisthan. She was wet nurse to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Her tomb was constructed in 671.

Rare photos of Lahore: Dai (Nurse) Angah's Tomb, Lahore, 1884 - Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: Recent Photo of Dai Angah’s Tomb

Pics of Lahore: Recent Photo of Dai (Nurse) Angah's Tomb, Lahore - Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: Samadhi (Tomb) of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Lahore, 1880s

Old photos of Lahore - Samadhi (Tomb) of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Lahore - Lahore Photos - Rare Images

Lahore Photos: Punjab Public Library, Photo; 1870s. Actually it was a Baradari built by the renowned Subedar of Lahore alias Wazeer Khan. It had all around a huge garden. In Sikha Shahi, it was allotted to the son of Ranjit Sigh viz Kharak Singh. Then it was converted into Taar Ghar and lastly housed the Punjab Public Library.

Rare Photos of Lahore- Punjab Public Library, Lahore - 1870s - Lahore Photos - Rare Pics Lahore

Lahore Photos: Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, 1870, Rare Pic

Lahore Photos: Rare photo of Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, 1870 - Rare Photos of Lahore

Lahore Photos: Very Rare Photo of Lahore Fort, 1860s

Old Photos of Lahore: Lahore Fort, 1860s - Lahore Photos -Rare Images of Lahore

Lahore Photos: A Rare Photo of Tomb of Ranjit Singh, Lahore – 1863A high minaret of Badshahi Mosque is also visible on the left side.

Extremely rare Pictures of Lahore: Tomb of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, 1863 - Rare Images, Lahore Photos

Lahore Photos: A View near Lahore, Photo Taken Between 1860s to 1880s

Extremely rare Pic of Lahore: A view near Lahore, 1860s, 1880s - Lahore Photos, Rare Images of Lahore

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  1. Engr. Abdul Aziz says:

    Lahore is very close to my heart. In my conscious life, I was here in 1944 and we lived in Misry Shah. I recall my first Eid in Lahore that year saying prayer in Badshahi Mosque. I must have been 4 or 5 years old. There was a repair work going on roof top of the mosque and the workers seemed smaller than my height.
    Your page touched my memories. Thank you.

  2. Dear Mr. Javaid Iqbal,
    Congratulations for launching an excellent website. I need your permission to use an old aerial photograph of Lahore showing the Government College complex in the foreground and walled city in the background in my forthcoming book: “Evolution of Town Planning in Pakistan”. I will duly acknowledge it with thanks in my book. You may like to peruse my website for my brief introduction. Kindly acknowledge by e-mail:

  3. Wahhed Safdar says:

    Lahore is a garet city, I love Lahore.

  4. Aftab Shah says:

    Wow! I can’t explain my feelings at this time. Now I am 100 year back.
    Aftab Shah

  5. Fantastic. You have done a great service to the Punjabis spread all over world. Where ever they are, Punjabis love their Lahore.

  6. Muhammad Amjad Rafiq says:

    Amazing; cannot express my joy & pleasure. how beautiful these pictures are.

  7. J.S. Dugal says:

    Very very nostalgic pictures especially for one born at Lahore.

  8. Dear Editor,
    I would like to congratulate for having created “Native Pakistan” blog for the waking many ignorant people about the cultural heritage of Pakistan.
    I am writing a book, titled: “Evolution of Town Planning in Pakistan” The book is purely for educational purposes for town planning students with no profit motive. I want to use some of the photographs from “Native Pakistan”. I will duly acknowledge them with thanks; and need your permission to use them. I am in the USA these days and will be back to Lahore by Oct., 2016. Kindly give your brief introduction, e-mail and if possible your tel. #. Thanks.
    You may like to peruse my website fro my brief introduction: . Looking forward to your reply. Thanks.
    Cordially Anis ur Rahmaan

    • Dear Mr. Anis ur Rahmaan,
      Thanks for your appreciation. The photos added on this page have been picked up from the Internet. I have attributed the photos to the original photographers, where ever possible.
      Your website could not be opened, there seems to be some error.

  9. Tanvir Shah says:

    Wonderful effort to show the history of Lahore in words and pictures. Well done.

  10. Malik Musa Khan says:

    Lahore, Lahore hai (Lahore is Lahore)! It is a very nice post.

  11. Amteshwar says:

    Hi All,
    I am actually from India but my grandparents were from Pakistan and had to move to India during Partition. My paternal grandfather was from Lahore. He used to say “jinne Lahore nai wekheya usne kuchh nai wekheya”. I always wish to visit this place once. I always wonder why they had to partition India. I am a physician in Canada, here Indians and Pakistanis live together cheerfully. I wonder wasn’t this possible in 1947. Well, to cut long story short, I just wish in future, India and Pakistan develop best relations “taa kay saadha jo pichhay chhutt gya hai uss nu assi jaa kay vaikh sakiye”.

  12. Great effort and beautiful pictures.

  13. Ishtiaq Ahmad Alvi says:

    Marvelous attempt to show history of Lahore by visual aspects.

  14. Mohammad Naveed Arain says:

    لاھور تے لاھور اے ناں۔ ایویں نہی کہندے جنے لاھور نہیں ویکھیا او جمیا نہی۔ اللہ پاک ساڈے سارے ملک تے اپنی رحمت دا سایہ رکھے اور ساڈے لاھور نوں چار چند ہور لاوے۔ آمین۔ وسدا روے ساڈا پنجاب تے نال سارا پاکستان۔۔۔۔

  15. Lahore is great, proud to live in LAHORE.

  16. Imran Masood says:

    I’m in UK. I miss my homeland. Lahore, I love you.

  17. Hello,
    I am from India… but I want to visit Lahore once in my life. Can anyone from Lahore tell me will it be safe to visit Lahore, if anyone going from India ?

    • This company based in India might give you some advice – they put together tailor-made tours and go to Lahore:

      I too hope to return one day and revisit places where my grandparents lived. I was last in this beautiful city in 1976 on an overland bus!

      • Samson Attaullah says:

        I see MacLeod as your middle name. There is a road with this name in Lahore. Any connection?

        • I don’t think it’s any relation! I believe the road was named after a former Governor of the Punjab – I also wonder if it is the same MacLeod which Macleodganj is named after, does anyone know? My relations in Lahore were called Gorrie and my grandfather worked for the forest service.

          • Saifuddin Tehami says:


            • Yes, my grandfather was Robert Maclagan Gorrie and my grandmother was called Sydney. They were from Scotland and were married in Lahore in 1923. My grandfather worked in the Punjab until 1950.

              • Mcleod Road in Lahore was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod (1810 –1872). He was a Lieutenant Governor of British Punjab from 10 January 1865 to 1 June 1870. He was one of the founders of Punjab University (the Lahore Oriental University) and is generally remembered as a philanthropic administrator and promoter of education.
                McLeod Ganj in India was also named after him.
                Spellings of Janet’s middle name are Macleod and that of Lahore’s road and Indian town are Mcleod.

    • Hi Jay Kumar,
      Lahore is actually a good place to explore and about people, they are peaceful, they will respect you even if you tell anyone that you are from India, good hotels are there to stay, food streets are famous all around, AnarKali Bazaar and Old gates of city will take you to back century, we in sub continent do not maintain our areas so street view will be similar like most part of India. Bottom line, you can have a nice trip. Tell me if any thing else I can do for you. 🙂

    • And there is Tourists Bus now (a double decker), which will give a tour of Lahore for few hundred Rupees.

  18. Khalid Saeed Virk says:

    Great photos of Lahore.

  19. Faizan Akbar says:

    Im also from LAHORE but nowadays im in Muscat i cant express my feelings that how much i missing my city, I just simply say that “LAHORE MERI JAAN HAI”

  20. Wow. Amazing! I enjoyed it

  21. JAMSHAID AFTAB says:

    Really a magnificent and passinate work.



  23. Ali Ghouri says:

    Its really amazing pic. i cant express my feeling through my words. these pictures brings tears in my eyes. I love my country and my home town lahore.

    Hatts off, the person who collect these pics and share.

  24. Khalid Ravian says:

    Outstanding and thrilling experience to lapse and lose one self into old Lahore. Hats off to this attempt.!!!!!!!

  25. Fazal Ahmad Pirzada says:

    Krishan Nager (now Islampura) Lahore is my birth place. I was born in January 1948 just day after Mr. Mahatma Ghandi was killed in India. Lahore really is a beautiful green city of gardens having River Ravi (now only seasonal river). I have seen all above photos which reminds me old golden days.

  26. Gian Chand Pannu says:

    Very nice photos of historical places of Lahore.

  27. Syed Ali Shah says:

    This is the best ever collection of photos of my city!!

  28. Hi,
    If any body has old Race Course photos from 1966 to 1970, please share with me.

  29. Lahore is the best and wonderful city in Pakistan. What beautiful places it has, I like it.

  30. Zafar Iqbal says:

    Fascinating and knowledgeable Post. Please keep adding more pics.

  31. Imran ul Hassan says:

    Studied at Lahore from 2002 to 2004, can’t forget memories which this city gave me. Love you Lahore….

  32. Fascinating collection. I am researching Rudyard Kipling and the old photographs give such a feeling of the atmosphere of those far off days. Now, his father was curator of the old museum. In one blog, it was mentioned that it had been turned into a library. Can you help at all?

  33. Imran Ismail says:

    I became much sad to see my old Lahore in pictures and think that people seeing in these pics where will be…. I feel them very close to me. I am 32 years old per patta nahi kioun jub bhi yeh pics dekhta hoon ajeeb ss halchal hoti hai jism may, sochta hoon abhi yeh kal ki baat hai, per Ankhain bheeg jaati hain…. Patta nahi kioun? I can’t describe myself to see all this, Koi hai jo batta sakay kay kioun hota hai aisa?

    Aap sub kay comments bohut achay luggay per sub say ziyada Muhammad Idrees Sb kay. Plz apni matti ko kabi nahi bhoolna, mein aap say bohut chota hoon per patta nahi kioun matti ki mohabat mein ankhain bheeg jaati hain.

    I love you all aur kabhi apnay Past ko mut bhoolna.

    • Imran Qadir says:

      Dear Imran Ismail,
      In fact, I feel so too. May be yeh hamaray unconcious ka khouf hai kay jub yeh uab loge waqt ki gard mein gum ho gaye hain tou jald hum aur hum say juri batain aur yadain bhi kahien kho jaaiyen gee.

  34. Pakistan is a beautiful country, and it’s loaded with the finest blessings of Nature.
    This website is very unique, here the pictures of different areas of Pakistan are rare and classic. I highly recommend this lovely site, it is enriched with the most blissful sights of Pakistan. It was a pleasure to be on this site. I hope people will visit this site more often, as it contains classic views of nature.. God bless Pakistan.

  35. Lovely collection of pics here. However, the first one labelled ‘Liberty Market, Lahore in Hailstorm’ is actually a picture of Main Market, Gulberg, Lahore.

  36. Hamid Shafiq says:

    A great collection of good work.

  37. Aamir Sultan says:

    THIS!!! ….. you have provided me a time machine to look at this amazing city from a perspective I always wanted to explore ….. kudos to OP.

    if you have knowledge of similar work elsewhere or you decide to expand the collection sennd me an email please.

  38. Jasica Martin says:

    I always appreciate those who had done this all work in Lahore!!

  39. Shushpal Talreja says:

    There are so beautiful places. I liked many places especially: The Mall Road, India and Pakistan, Wagah Border, etc.

  40. Kaleem Rehman says:

    Lahore, Lahore aye!! Waqaye jinay Lahore ni waikhya oh jamaya e nahi!!

  41. Abdul Sami Samad says:

    Asslam O Allaikum!
    Wonderful Lahore. What a nice collection!! These are beautiful and historical pictures.

  42. My grandparents belonged to pre Partition Lahore. After seeing these pics I’m very excited to visit Lahore. Is it safe to do so?

  43. M. Iqbal says:

    Jazak Allah … nice pics & hard work.

  44. Iqbal Singh Lalpura says:

    Historical collection, very nice!!

  45. Sergiou says:

    Does anyone know of the posh areas from 1940s in Lahore. Please email me at

  46. Abbas Shah says:

    It is very nice album, containing some very rare pics, an antique collection.


    seen gone in history fell a grief and sorrow and some time an unknown satisfaction.its very valuable collection we can compare our yesterday and today very loving sensational,loving history of Lahore, Pakistan zindabad ALLAH PAK SUB KO ABAD RAKHE AMEEN.

  48. Sh. Imtiaz Hussain says:

    u have done a great job. i really impressed.

  49. Muhammad Idrees says:

    My father was born in Lahore. My grandfather worked in Lahore that must be the time of British. I am now 63 years old. I used to visit Lahore every year. It has been now 4 years I have not visited. Every night I see Lahore in my dreams. Like Pran Nevile Lahore is in my blood. These pictures made me restless and memories rush back in my mind.

  50. Rizwan Shaw says:

    Thanx a lot for such a nice and informative collection about Lahore.

  51. M Zubair Ch says:

    I am from Lahore but seen these pictures for the first time. Very nice.
    I love Lahore. Long live Pakistan!!!!

  52. Waqas Hussain says:

    Great knowledge about ancient Lahore. Thanks for the info.

  53. Javed Rashid says:

    It’s a beautiful collection of Lahore’s pics. Lahore, Lahore aye!!

  54. Prof. Alee says:

    The historical city Lahore is one of the beautiful cities of the world. I love it. May Allah bless Pakistan, Amen.

  55. This is a lovely collection of photos – reminding me of my trip to Lahore in 1976. It is also fascinating to me, as my grandfather was a forester in the Punjab in the 1920s-1940s and my grandparents lived in Lahore for part of that time. Many of the places mentioned in their diaries and letters are depicted in your collection. So thank you! I have given the site a mention in a blog post and on my Facebook Page.

  56. Muhammad Kashif Abbas says:

    You are great. You have good information about Lahore.

  57. Ansar Ejaz says:

    Lahore Lahore hai!!! I like it so much because here wonder of life too.

  58. Hafiz Shahid says:

    Wonderful old view of Lahore. I like all pictures & I am proud of my City Lahore.

  59. Iqtidar Alam says:

    These are beautiful and historical pictures. I really appreciate the collector.

  60. Riaz Haider Bukhari says:

    Lahore is my birthplace (1950). I love Lahore. I had seen President Ayub Khan along with Queen Elizabeth at Mall Road. I walked through undroon Lahore talking with historical houses. Lahore always stands spreading its hands widely, having a big PUG on its head, saying ” COome to me, I have food for you at Data Darbar and rest at green gardens”.
    Jinay Lahore nai waikhia, oh jamia e nahi!!

    • Lahore is my birthplace too (1955). I’ve lived in Shadbagh and Samanabad. Are you still living in Lahore? How could you be contacted? It’s really nice to see someone how values old Lahori things.

  61. Aftab Khan says:

    I saw Lahore when I was in Class 7. I am now 56 years old and still love Lahore.

  62. Humayun Khan says:

    I was born in Lahore on 25 December 1969. We lived near Race Course Park. I love my soil, my sweet place, no other city in the world can be compared with it.

  63. Muhammad Hashir says:

    Wow, amazing!! Do you have any collection of old photos of Gujranwala?

  64. Nasir Mahmood says:

    I have enjoyed a lot to see all the pics. Actually, it revives the history and we remember how our heroes/elders did their best and with strong efforts to keep & maintain the building’s decorum.

  65. Zeeshan Ahmed says:

    It’s really a nice collection.

  66. Tasawar Hussain Nasir says:

    Wonderful and amazing. Nice collection!!

  67. Tasawar Hussain Nasir says:

    Asslam O Allaikum! Mujhay 1734 ki picture chahiye.

  68. Abu Aamir Khan says:

    Wonderful and amazing. What a nice collection!!

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