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The interior of the Haveli

The interior of the Haveli

Barood Khana Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in Lahore’s Walled City and the Haveli Barood Khana is located within the Bazaar. Built during the Sikh rule in the 1600s, it initially served as the corps commander’s residence and the city’s ammunition depot, which is how the Haveli and Bazaar got their name.

From an arsenal to art… The Haveli is an architectural masterpiece. Built in the Mughal style, it is embellished with carved wood and stained-glass windows, while a fountain stands in the courtyard. In 1870, the Haveli was purchased by the family of Mian Amiruddin, the first Muslim Lord Mayor of Lahore. Since then it has remained in the Amiruddin family and currently serves as the residence of Mian Yousuf Salahuddin (the grandson of Mian Amiruddin and Allama Iqbal). Portions of the Haveli are open for public viewing. 

Musical intruments for sale at Barood Khana Bazaar

Musical intruments for sale at Barood Khana Bazaar

From antique musical instruments to shoes… Barood Khana Bazaar’s main attractions include shops that deal in musical instruments, both old and new; old dusty gramophones can be found there next to electric guitars and violins. A wide range of shoes are also available at the Bazaar. In proximity are other well-known hotspots, including the Shah Alam Market, where embroidered clothes, crockery and perfume can be purchased. Go to Azam Cloth Market for reams and reams of fabric and Gumti Bazaar for bangles and artificial jewellery. 

Lahore's Food Street

Lahore’s Food Street

A walk down Food Street… Near the Haveli are some of Lahore’s most famous restaurants including Arif Chatkhara and Phajja Paay Restaurant. And best of all, Lahore’s Food Street is a short walk away, where restaurants such as Cooco’s Den, Jharoka Inn and Qasim Haveli are located as well as myriad eateries offering desi fare. 

The real estate take… Barood Khana Bazaar is completely built-up. Commercial property options include standalone shops and retail space in low-rise buildings. Property is in high demand; prices and rentals have increased by approximately 40% and 30% respectively in the last five years. 

In a nutshell… This part of Lahore’s Walled City has something for everyone – splendid buildings, numerous bazaars that are ideal for Eid shopping and, of course, some of Lahore’s best dining venues.barood map

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– Syed Wajeeh-ul-Hassan Naqvi

First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 20, 2014.