The Tomb of Jahangir is a mausoleum from the 17th century built for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. It is situated in Shahdara Bagh in Lahore along the banks of the river Ravi. This ancient monument is beautifully crafted with paintings and marbles in the interior and richly decorated with pietra dura on the outside. The Jahangir tomb along with the Sarai of Akbar and the tomb of Asif Khan is yet to be entitled as the World Heritage Status by UNESCO.
The Mughal emperor died in the foothills of Kashmir near Rajouri on 28th October 1627. After the funeral, his body was transferred to Lahore and buried at his favourite place called the Dilkusha Garden. Later, his son Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, ordered the construction of a worthy tomb to be built in the honour of his father.
The tomb of Jahangir is highly influenced by the Persian style of architecture, introduced by Jahangir’s wife Nur Jahan. Jahangir was a keen follower of the Sunni tradition, therefore he didn’t allow the formation of a dome over his tomb. However, the tomb is covered with a roof. Each corner of the building consists of an octagonal pillar also called minaret. These minarets are divided into three sections and have a height of 100 feets.
The centre of the tomb contains an octagonal chamber where the remains of the emperor Jahangir rest in peace. The surrounding gardens are spread to a vast distance and are also called the paradise garden. The garden is divided into 4 square walkways known as khiyabans and two water channels that reflect the four rivers flowing in Jannat (the paradise). Each of the squares is further divided into smaller pathways, thus creating a total of 16 squares. The Jahangir Tomb is protected from damage by the Pakistani government which forbids the people to build homes within 200 feet of the site.