Lahore Museum

Lahore Museum (Also called Central Museum) was established in 1894 in Lahore (Punjab), Pakistan and is one of the major museums of South Asia. It's located on The Mall Road. The Lahore museum was one of the places I really enjoyed during my visit to Lahore. In coming days, I will post pictures of antiques, I took at the museum.

Lahore Museum
Lahore Museum

Lahore Museum

Animals Models

The only thing I liked in Lahore zoo were the models of different animals.  The animals in the models were looking healthy and beautiful. Here are the pictures of different animals models I took at Lahore zoo.

Animals Models
Male Wild Sheep Model (Mouflon-Ovis Orientalis)
Model of Giraffe
Dolphin Model
Elephant Model
The Indus River Dolphin is a species of dolphin found in Pakistan. They are blind.
Indus River Dolphin Model

The Lahore Zoo

The Lahore zoo was established in 1872 and there was a time when it was considered as the largest zoo of Asia. I read and heard a lot about the beauty and variety of different species of animals in Lahore zoo. But my first visit to the zoo was very discouraging. I found the animals in very measurable conditions. The animal were kept in unnatural environment. The only thing I liked there were the models of different animals. Here are some pictures I took in the zoo.

Elephant (Suzi)
Lahore Zoo
Deer
Lahore Zoo
Giraffe
Lahore Zoo
Lama
Lahore Zoo
White Tiger
Lahore Zoo

Badshahi Mosque Lahore

The Badshahi Mosque (The Emperor's Mosque) was built in 1673, by the sixth Mughul emperor Aurangzeb. It's the second largest mosque in Pakistan, after the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. Its construction was completed in a record time of two and a half years. The mosque is entirely made of marble and red stand stone. Its main entrance measures 21.33 meters in length and a courtyard of 161.5 x 160.6 meters. The marble domes cover seven prayer chambers, surrounded by four minarets at the four corners of the mosque, each with an outer circumference of 20 meters, soaring up to 54 meters. The walls and roofs of the prayer halls have tastefully decorated with Islamic calligraphy, traditional Persian tile sheathing and fresco.


Badshahi Mosque Lahore
Badshahi Mosque Lahore
Badshahi Mosque Lahore
Badshahi Mosque Lahore
Badshahi Mosque Lahore
Badshahi Mosque Lahore

The Lahore Fort-Shahi Qila

The Lahore Fort- Shahi Qila (Royal Fort) is one of the most popular tourist spot of Lahore in Pakistan. It is located in the northwestern corner of the Walled City of Lahore. The trapezoidal composition is spread over 20 hectares. Origins of the Lahore fort and the city go back to 1200 BC , however, the existing base structure was built during the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar (1556-1605), and was regularly upgraded by subsequent rulers. Thus the fort manifests the rich traditions of the entire Mughal architecture. In 1981, the fort was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shahi Qila Lahore
Shahi Qila Lahore
Shahi Qila Lahore

Diwan-e-Aam or hall of public audience was constructed during the time of Shah Jehan in !631-32 A.D. It has 40 pillars and stands on a large raised rectangular platform, measuring 187x60 feets.

Shahi Qila Lahore
Diwan-e-Aam (hall of public audience) Lahore Fort
Shahi Qila Lahore
A view of a tree at Lahore Fort

Spiders With Prey

Spiders eat a variety of insects and bugs. Here are some pictures of different types of spiders with their prey. Hopefully it will clear the question, what do spider eat?

Spider With Prey
Spider With Prey
Spider With Prey
Spider With Prey
Spider With Prey
Spider With Prey

Tiger Moth

I shot these Yellow Spotted Tiger Moths (Arctiidae family) while feeding on thistle flowers in a large number. It has black color, with five orange-yellow spots on each forewings and red colored hindwings with black strips/margin. It has also three red rings on the abdomen.

Yellow Spotted Tiger Moth

Beggars

Here are some pictures of beggars, I took at general bus stand Swabi. The first two men are heroin addicts. The first man was a peon in Deputy Commissioner office Swabi. But after being a prey to the heroin, he left the job and started begging. The 2nd man is also a heroin addict. They get a large portion of their income from women, by deceiving them with their sad stories and prayers.

Pakistani Beggars
Pakistani Beggar
Pakistani Beggar
Pakistani Beggar
Pakistani Beggar

Stones at Ranighat

As I mentioned earlier in one of my post that Ranighat is an archeological site in district Buner at the top of mountain. Here are some pictures of stones taken at Ranighat.

Seat made in stone probably for king

Stone kitchen (in the rock) and stone walls

Broken stone articles

Stone made stairs

Vertical stone (Ranighat)

The Clouded Yellow Butterfly

The Clouded Yellow butterfly (Colias croceus) also called common clouded yellow or dark clouded yellow, is a small butterfly of the Pieridae family.

Common Clouded Yellow Butterfly
Clouded Yellow Butterfly Picture

Common Clouded Yellow Butterflies Mating Picture
Common Clouded Yellow Butterflies Mating

Red-Spotted Longhorn Beetle

Red-spotted longhorn beetle (Batocera rufomaculata) is also known as mango tree borer, mango stem-borer and tropical fig borer.

Red-Spotted Longhorn Beetle

Green Lacewings

Green lacewings are insects in the large family Chrysopidae of the order Neuroptera. It is interesting that lacewings are reared and sold as biological control agents of aphids, mites and scale insects in agriculture and gardens. The species found in our area is the Common Green Lacewing (Nothancyla verreauxi), which belong to subfamily Apochrysinae.

Common Green Lacewing (Nothancyla verreauxi)

African Wood Sorrel

African Wood Sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae) also known as Cape sorrel, Bermuda buttercup, is a species of tristylous flowering plant in the wood sorrel family Oxalidaceae. It is also know as sourgrass or soursob due to its pleasant sour flavor. Some time ago, I used to cultivate this plant as an ornamental plant in my home.

African Wood Sorrel Flowers
African Wood Sorrel Plant and Flowers