Noor Mehal – the hidden gem of Bahawalpur
(I have not visited the place personally; I was requested by someone to write a piece on it)
|Night View of the Mehal|
Pakistan has the honour of being enriched with some of the most beautiful and wonderful architectural buildings in the world. There are many ancient buildings resting in the earth of Pakistan bearing stories within themselves and connecting the people of twentieth century with the generations of erstwhile hundred years back.
In one of those beautiful monuments is a beautiful palace built in the heart of Pakistan. It cannot be found easily because it is not accessible to general public but can be discovered on net. I have not visited this place personally I discovered it through someone who have actually visited that place and the way I was told about this place I was forced to take a look on this beautiful memory of some one’s true and heart touching love. What I observe from its view is the passion and feelings hidden behind the building that speak for itself loudly after taking a profound look on the architect and material of the building.
|Perfection speaks for itself|
The great piece of architecture was built during 1800 century when modernity was dabbing its feet in the soils of Pakistan. The charming Mahal was built by Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan IV who was also known as Shah Jahan of Bahawalpur, for his loving wife. He was known passionate for his love and interest in constructing beautiful buildings. The sign of love, marvelous architect and astonishing Mehal is known as Noor Mehal.
The foundation of the palace was laid in 1872 and was engineered and architect by an Englishman name Hennan. Most of the palace material was imported from Italy and England. It is also said that underneath the beautiful building is a map of coins of the state is buried as a good omen. Total cost of the palace was 1.2 million rupees and the Mahal consist 32 rooms, 6 verandas and 5 domes. The design speaks as an example of best Islamic architecture with a tinge of sub continental style. The construction of the palace was concluded in 1875. His wife stayed there for just one night and after that it was unused during his reign.
After Bahawalpur got merged into Pakistan, Army department of Pakistan purchased the Mehal at the price of 119 million rupees and since then this is not open to general public. It is now being open for student trips or general visitors. It is also used for state darbars and meetings for foreign delegates.
While watching the pictures of Noor Mehal on internet I was charmed and enchained by its beauty as it speaks of the hidden love of the Nawab for his begum. I wish, in my life time I once visit this Mehal and feel the magic and love hidden in those walls of the Mehal and that can only be felt by touching them with own bear hands.