400-year-old tunnel discovered during restoration at Lahore Fort

05:42 PM | 18 Mar, 2021
400-year-old tunnel discovered during restoration at Lahore Fort

The most opulently designed Mughal architecture around the globe, Lahore Fort contains 21 notable monuments, some of which date to the era of Emperor Akbar.

In a shocking turn of events, a 400-year-old tunnel has been discovered during restoration work at the Fort.

Despite being buried in the heart of Lahore, this tunnel is still firmly in place. Well ventilated and lighted, the tunnel consists of niches that have been made for lighting the lamps. 

The most picturesque regions in Lahore has multiple hidden passages but the recent discovery was used as drainage and secret passage. 

Buried in the heart of Lahore, the walls of this tunnel are firmly in place. Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) Sub-engineer Hafiz Umran who was working on the project explained that a while ago when the rehabilitation and renovation work of Moti Masjid and Maktab Khana was started traces of the tunnel were found during excavation.

The 625-foot-long tunnel had been repaired to enable drainage and rainwater to flow out of the ancient tunnel. The water collected in the fort during the rainy season used to accumulate in the tunnels, which had damaged various parts of the fort.

While modern machinery and equipment are used for the restoration of historical monuments, but the team have done it successfully in the traditional fashion.

“Snakes and scorpions were also found during the excavation. We are happy that the tunnel is functional," they added.

Archaeology experts added that the fort had seven layers that emphasise the fact that it was demolished and rebuilt seven times.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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