Bhati Gate

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Coordinates: 31°34′44″N 74°18′35″E / 31.5790°N 74.3096°E / 31.5790; 74.3096

Façade of Bhati Gate

The Bhati Gate is located within Walled City of Lahore in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is one of six remaining gates of the original thirteen that once allowed access into Lahore's walled city. The gate is similar in style to Lahore's Kashmiri Gate.

Background[edit]

Bhati Gate entrance is located on the Western wall of the Old City. It is one of the two oldest entry points into the Walled City which controlled the only major north-south thoroughfare during Ghaznavid period. The gate is said to be named after the Bhati Clan of Rajputs.[1]

History[edit]

When the Emperor Akbar expanded the city eastward and divided it into nine districts or guzars, Bhati Gate and its bazar marked the boundary between Guzar Mubarak Khan in the east, and Guzar Talwarra in the west.

The famed poet Alama Iqbal lived in a house near Bhati gate between 1901 and 1905.[2]

Environs[edit]

Bhati Gate is known historically as a centre for arts and literature in Old Lahore.[3] The area inside the gate is well known throughout the city for its food. Just outside Bhati Gate is Data Durbar, the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Ali Hajweri (also known as Data Sahib Ganjbaksh). Every Thursday evening musicians used to gather here to perform Qawwali music, though these are sometimes replaced with Naats and religious sermons.

The gate serves as the starting point for Lahore's Hakiman Bazaar, and is located near the Fakir Khana Museum. Near the gate is also located the Old City's Oonchi Mosque.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walled city of Lahore: Six degrees of restoration". Express Tribune. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Iqbal’s memories inside Bhatti Gate". Pakistan Today. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Dar, Nadeem (9 January 2016). "The Chelsea of Lahore Today". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 

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