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Shahdara means Shah (King) and dara means the way of kings. In the 15th century it was the gate entrance of the Lahore and Mughal Emperor. It is famous for two historic Mughal architectural sites, Akbari Sarai, and Tomb of Jahangir, the Mughal Emperor, and tomb of Nur Jahan, his consort, and his brother-in-law's Tomb of Asif Khan. One other famous spot is Kamran's Baradari (Kamran Ki Baradari), which is situated in the middle of the Ravi river current, near Ravi Bridge. It is said that in the beginning, it was built at the edge of river, but due to the change of passage of river, it has now come in the center of river.
Present day Shahdara is a busy town with a major market and stalls. It has two parts, an old town and a new town. It has its own railway station that links it to other cities. The M-2 Motorway, and N-5 GT Road pass through it, linking Lahore to northern Pakistan. The most famous area in Shahdara Bagh is Mahmood Shaheed Road (Lajpat Road) which is located near the Shadara Bagh Railway Station. In Shahdara, 'Al-Miraj Free Eye Hospital' is the only hospital providing free eye treatment. There are more than three sports grounds. It is an emerging hub of private educational institutions (Recently, two top positions holders in Punjab University B.A Examination are from Shahdara) and so many others development projects like Great Government Hospitals are underway.
The largest business community staying in Shahdara are Mughals who have migrated here from India during independence. They are living in locality of Lajpat Road. Most of Mughals are engaged in small business related to iron. Accessories made of metals are manufactured and supplied all over Pakistan from here. Mughals are technically very sound and educated people.
Shahdra also has a power generation house of 50 megawatts and a natural gas distribution center. Millat tractors, biggest tractor manufacturer[clarification needed], is also situated there.
Courtyard of the Akbari Sarai
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