Allama Iqbal, Allama Iqbal Campus, Bano Bazaar, College of Pharmacy, Indo-Saracenic style, Khan Baba Restaurant, Malik Nihari, Mall Road, Mohan Lal Road, Moneeza Burney, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan’s national poet, Panorama Shopping Centre, University of Punjab, Urdu Bazaar, Waris Nihari
In the midst of the historic landmarks and bazaars that define Lahore’s Mall Road, stands the Allama Iqbal Campus of the University of Punjab. It is named after Pakistan’s national poet, a close friend of Mr Jinnah who envisioned Pakistan’s creation; he was born on this day, 137 years ago.
The Allama Iqbal Campus of the University of Punjab
Remembering Allama Iqbal… Established in 1882, the University of Punjab is considered one of Pakistan’s leading public research universities. The campus houses several buildings built in the Indo-Saracenic style – resplendent with domes, arches and intricate brick work. Inside the College of Pharmacy building there is a gallery dedicated to Allama Iqbal; you can view portraits and photographs of the great man there, as well as paintings based on his poetry.
Fabric, carpets – and books… Near the Iqbal Campus are several well-known commercial pockets. At Bano Bazaar, you will find a wide variety of high quality fabric and off the peg clothes (primarily for women), while Panorama Shopping Centre is the go to place if you are looking for leather goods, carpets or men’s clothes – at bargain prices. At Urdu Bazaar (known as Mohan Lal Road before Partition), you can buy – or sell – every kind of imaginable book. Incidentally, Allama Iqbal lived there in the early 1900s; his works can be found at the Bazaar.
Nihari and chai… While several dhaabas line the streets, Khan Baba Restaurant, Malik Nihari and Waris Nihari are considered to be among Lahore’s best desi restaurants. Remember to stop at the Pak Tea House for a steaming cup of tea.
The real estate take… This part of Mall Road is completely built-up; commercial property options include office and retail space in low rise and high-rise buildings, as well as standalone shops. Property is in high demand; prices and rentals have increased by 25% in the last three years, and are considered among the highest in Lahore.
In a nutshell… The Allama Iqbal Campus of the University of Punjab is not just one of Pakistan’s leading higher education institutions, but one of Lahore’s most iconic landmarks, reminding us of Allama Iqbal’s contribution in the creation of Pakistan.
– Moneeza Burney
First published in the Real Estate section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on November 9, 2014.