Sheikhupura is the city where Hiran Minar sheikhupura is located. This city is named after Mughal Emperor Jahangir as ‘shiekhu’ was his nickname. Hiran Minar park complex was constructed in the 17th century in memory of his favorite pet antelope. This is what folklore says, as there are writings on the minaret eulogizing the antelope. Hiran Minar is 6 Kms from sheikhupura interchange on the M-1 motorway and 3.5 hrs from Rawalpindi. This minaret is sited in a royal game reserve and the complex comprising of a water pond, gardens, gangway leading into an octagonal pavilion (made in the Shahjahan’s era). Apparently, it is a Persian tradition to honor dead hunting pets, with monuments.
For years, we have been seeing the road sign for Hiran minar but we never had the time to venture into that place. But one day we decided to take the detour towards the site and it was worth it. The place is quite spread out, nearly 300 square meters or more.
Powerboat ride in the pond is nice, especially passing underneath the arched gangway that connects with the octagonal pavilion. This place attracts a lot of tourists.
The Mughal architecture is very interesting with single-piece chatri (umbrella) on top of the pavilion and airy terraces below for the royals to relax, surrounded by clear water.
To read about our visit to lahore fort, you can go to this link.