Noor Jehan's Tomb, Lahore
Noor Jahan (1577 - 1645) was the beloved / favorite Queen of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. She is buried at Shahdara, Lahore in a separate tomb built by herself near her husband's tomb.
After the death of her husband, Jahangir, she spent most of her time in building his mausoleum & growing its garden (Dilkusha Garden). She has also constructed a tomb over her father's grave in Agra near Taj Mahal. Later she built her own tomb in Shahdara.
The tomb is a single story structure with no domes or minarets. It has arched hallways. There are two graves in the centre of the tomb. One is the Queen Noor Jahan's and the other one of her daughter Ladli Begum.
This tomb once had a marble cenotaph which she had built herself during her life time. During the Sikh rule, like all other Mughal buildings, this tomb was also mercilessly plundered and looted of its decorative tiles, marble and red stones. In the British period it remained Coal Store for Railway.
The tomb once laid in ruins, but has been repaired & restored somehow, but couldn't be gathered back to its original state. Gardens surrounding her tomb & tomb of Jahangir were designed & personally laid out by herself. These gardens are attractive for both local & foreigner travelers.
Her real name was “Mehr-un-Nisaa”, In March 1611, luck knocked her door. She met the Emperor Jahangir at the palace “Meena Bazaar” during the spring festival. Jahangir was so fascinated by her beauty that he wasted no time in proposing her immediately and they were married after two months. After her marriage she was conferred the title “Noor Jehan” ("Light of the world"). For many years, she effectively exercised imperial power and was recognized as the real force behind the Mughal throne.
Noor Jahan lived in Lahore until her death in 1645 and is buried at Shahdara in Lahore in a tomb she had built for herself, near the tomb of her husband Emperor Jahangir. Her brother Asaf Khan's tomb is also located nearby.
A great fan of architecture, Noor Jehan erected impressive edifices and gardens utilizing the enormous wealth at her disposal from the revenues of her estates.
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The Empress Noor Jehan, "Light of the world" was the only Empress whose name appeared on the coins of the Mughal empire. She was buried in 1645 A.D. at Shahdara (Lahore) outside Jehangir’s mausoleum across the railway line.
Her tomb once had a marble cenotaph which she had built herself during her life time. After the decline of Mughal rule, the tomb suffered extensive damages along with her husband’s tomb at the hands of Sikh marauders when they gained power during the early part of nineteenth century. Both were stripped of most of its original beauty and splendour. All treasures and tiles, it is said, were carted off to decorate the Golden Temple at Amritsar India.