Traveling from Gujranwala to Lahore a small town is situated, before Ravi toll point, the entranceway of Lahore, with a lot of historical background of Mughal Empire. This is Shahdra, a town that like by the Mughal’s very well and they build many gardens, Bara daree (A garden that have twelve doors) and their own tombs.
Her real name was Mehar-Un-Nisa, and she was the daughter of an Iranian leader Ghayas Baig. He was ordered to leave the country with his family immediately by the King in 1577. Mehar-Un-Nisa who was born during that migration from Iran to India was later become the Queen of the Mughal Emperor Noor-Ud-Din Muhammad Jahangir with the name of Noor Jahan (The light of the universe) given by her husband Emperor Jahangir. She was not just a Queen, but also has a great influence on the Mughal Emperor and mostly her decisions were the final ones. The Emperor Jahangir loved her very much and accepts her suggestions to run the state affairs. One clear example of her influence and power is that her name was written on the coins with the Emperor’s name. Before becoming the queen of India, she got married with Sher Afghan that belongs from the Emperor’s palace.
Her era starts from 1577 to 1645. She died at age of 68 years and buried in a tomb in Shahdra Bagh,Lahore, near her husband, Jahangir and Asif Khan’s (her brother) tomb. Her sepulcher is not multi story, but simple and single story with no open ground. The powerful and beloved Queen of Jahangir is buried with her daughter Ladli Begum in her tomb. Her sepulcher was ruined by the Sikh during their rule in Punjab and they take mostly all the decorative accessories like marble, stones, tiles with them to India. She was a brave lady and herself designed her last resting place in her life.
The discovery of historical buildings of Lahore did not complete until you visit Shahdra town, and as a tourist if you want to complete the thirst of your eyes you should visit this historical area where the royal people of Mughal Empire were buried.