Noor Mahal- The classical solitaire of Bahawalpur

Asma Malik 11:43 AM | 12 May, 2018
Noor Mahal- The classical solitaire of Bahawalpur
BAHAWALPUR-  Punjab is region of history and centuries old traditions and lifestyle is linked with this precious land. 'Bahawalpur' one of the princely states in Southern Pakistan still conveys antiquated reminders of its gorgeous and rich past. From the mighty forts to magnificent places to the mystical shrines it is simply a land of majestically designed buildings.

Bahawalpur is known for magnificient palaces and havelies . One of the most famous Palace known worldwide is called 'Noor Mahal'. It is the jewel in crown and is the palace of lights.  Noor Mahal is the best and glowing monuments in Punjab and is an Italian styled palace established for the Bahawalpur ruler Nawab Sir Muhammad Sadiq.

Noor Mahal is listed among the most exquisite buildings and was specially designed for Nawabs. There are innumerable stories regarding the construction of the Mahal and according to one story it was designed for Nawab’s wife though, she never stayed for a single day because of the Basti Maluk Graveyard in proximity.

The building was supervised by Mr. Heenan a British Engineer and this palace was often used as a guest house for the nobilities of the state. Notable guests and Nawab also organized cabinet meetings here and for some time in the reigns of Nawab, Noor Mahal was used as a court where Nawab addresses the courtiers.  This magnificent palace is established in the middle of a lush green garden having splendid water tank and fountains. Walls of the palace are artistically decorated with beautiful and antique paintings and the ornaments designed by western artists. Verandahs of the Mahal are covered with elegant carpets adding a royal look to the palace.

Noor Mahal was built in 1872 covering 44,600 square feet area having 32 rooms 14 in basement, 5 domes and 6 verandas. Noor Mahal is a double storey building having tremendous furniture and exquisite fixtures such as chandeliers and cupboards. It is full of outstanding collection of arms, some of the swords and muskets are displayed on palace walls.

A wonderful mosque accurately like the Atichison College was added by the 5th  Nawab Muhammad Behawal Khan in 1909. This Mahal is under army possession currently and was used as a club for the army in 1999.

Design of the palace encompasses features of Islamic and Corinthian style architecture with an artistic amalgamation of sub-continental style. The Corinthian touch can be noticed easily in balustrade, columns, pediments and ceiling of the Durbar hall.  While the Islamic style architecture is evident in its 5 domes and the angular elongated shapes are the glimpses of sub-continent style. Be it the massive chandeliers, grand little piano, gilded furniture, hunted dungeons, chipped mosaic floors in short, every cranny and canny of the palace has a bit of splendid history attached to it making it a visitor hot spot.

Noor Mahal is a must visit place for all the art and history lovers. This glorified historical palace not only attracts locals but people from all over the world come to visit the masterpiece of Bahawalpur's history. Monuments like these reflect the great emperors and rulers of the past.

No doubt the palace shines like a jewel at night and one cannot resist gazing at the royal palace glowing in light.



KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 26, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.4 255.15
Euro EUR 274 276.6
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs190,900 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs163,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100


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