Lahore Zafar Jang Kakaltash's Tomb


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To reach the tomb of Khan-e-Jahan Bahadur Zafar Jang Kokaltash, you should proceed south on Shalimar Link Road from G.T. Road. You will need to turn right (west) into Canal  Bank Road. As you drive along the pleasant bank of the canal, Nawab Bahadur Khan's tomb will appear on your right beyond the canal. Making a 'U' turn on the bridge you will need to travel east for a little distance along the opposite side of the canal, before you can take a sharp left turn on a road that slopes down from Khayaban-e -Anne Marie Schimmel (Canal Bank Road).

On your right stands one of  the earliest extant structures of the Mughal Period in Lahore—the magnificent brick tomb of Zafar Jang Kokaltash on a raised podium following the octagonal plan form of the tomb. Although bereft of its facing, its beautiful, well detailed brick masonry lends it a character entirely its own. The division of wall surface in a pattern of sunken panels would have lent itself admirably to treatment with fresco painting and possibly even tile mosaic.

Its 32' diameter dome, raised on a drum, is reminiscent more of the dome form utilized in the tomb of Anarkali, rather than those  of other nobles such as Ali Mardan Khan or Asaf Khan.

The tomb's eight sides are punctured with alcoves consisting of Timurid peshtac openings, roofed with kalib kari (stalactite  or muqarnas) squinches. A 5' high and 32' wide podium, encircles the tomb, and is in a fair state of preservation. Some of the original fine  brick paving laid in geometric patterns, which you might like to examine on the northeast portion of the podium, is still extant.

Writing at the end of the 19th century, historian Latif notes the existence of turrets with cupolas; however, those are no longer to be seen. The marble that once embellished the dome's surface has also been lost—possibly during Ranjit Singh's reign. In view  of the popularity of funerary gardens among the Mughals, no doubt the tomb once stood in a large garden, the extent of which is no longer possible to  determine.

In view of its easy accessibility from Mian Mir Cantonment, during the early British period the tomb was considered  eminently suitable for entertainment activities and served as a theatre! However, later when railway authorities took over the area, once part of a historic quarter known as Mohallah Ganj, the tomb was put to a debased function  of a railway storehouse.

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Mubarak Haveli

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