Sunday, March 01, 2009

Nurmahal Sarai (Noor Mahal), Jalandhar District

Nurmahal Sarai (Noor Mahal), Jalandhar District, Punjab 2009-01-12The small town of Nurmahal is famous for Serai Nurmahal which was constructed for the travelers visiting the town. The filigree work and tiles decorated in beautiful patterns are the main attractions of the sarai. Nur Jahan ordered the construction of the Sarai and got it built by Governor of the Doab, Nawab Zakariya Khan between 1619 and 1621 A.D. The four delicate minarets of the sarai are worth mentioning.

The best way to reach Serai Nurmahal is to go to Nakodar Junction, which is the nearest railway station. The junction is served by the Northern Railways. Nurmahal has its own railway station and a huge grain market.

Nurmahal Sarai (Noor Mahal), Jalandhar District, Punjab 2009-01-12 (93)Serai Nurmahal is an architecture masterpiece with two storied towers, octagonal in shape, with three cells on the basement. Among the two gateways, the eastern one is simple while the western gateway is beautifully embellished. There is a huge entrance of the sarai is arched and its spandrels are beautified with lotus medallions. The domed balconies are supported on the four pillars. Serai Nurmahal also has a well and a mosque in its quadrangle.

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Check out the complete photo album on flickr here (copy at picasa web album)

Suggested Reading: Nurmahal (wikipedia)

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