The princely state during the British Raj which decided to merge with Pakistan afterword. We are talking about Bahawalpur home to many royal palaces and hidden gems. But due to lack of publicity and awareness it did not get the attention, it deserve.
Last year I decided to explore this princely state and on my four day trip, I was amazed to see the diversity Pakistan has to offer. In four day you can visit all the tourist attraction the city has to offer but to experience the real culture it has to offer I think that four day are not enough and definitely one blog cannot do justice, of what it has to offer so today we will only get into “Noor Mahal” and what impression it had on first glimpse.
As you start to walk on a long way towards the ‘mahal’ you see a brightly colored structure built in 1872, which for a moment takes your breath away. It’s Islamic style with a modern touch of architecture makes it unique. As it is declared “protected monument” in 2001 by the Department of archeology Pakistan it is very well maintained. Another fact about Noor Mahal, it was leased to Pakistan army in 1971, so everything is supervised by Pakistan army. And before your trip make sure that you check the palace is open to general public as it is also used as a state guest house for holding meetings with foreign delegations.
Only two rooms and a corridor is opened for the general public, and here you can find some of the furniture and glass vase of some fine quality as most of the furniture was imported from England and Italy at that time. Old stamps, hand drawn portraits of nawabs is also a delight to watch.
There are many legends about the Noor Mahal, that why has it constructed and what was the purpose behind. There is no prove but according to one legend Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan IV constructed this beautiful palace for his wife, however his wife only stayed there for only one night and she did not like it because from one of the ‘mahal’ windows she saw a graveyard of the community living by. So she refused to spend another night at the palace. so the palace known as Noor Mahal remained unused during the region of Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan IV.
There are around four palaces in Bahawalpur which we will get in detail in another blog. So if you have not been to this side of Pakistan I highly recommend you to visit these palaces and the things Bahawalpur has to offer, it is safe and people are very friendly. And do share your experience with funtarvel.co