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Shahdara, (Urdu: شاہدره‎), is a northern suburb of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is situated on the northern side of the Ravi River. It is the first stop of Lahore Metrobus (BRT).

Shahdara can be translated as the door of kings and also known as "the way of kings". Shah translates as "king" and dara translates as the way. In the 15th century, Shahdara was the entrance gate of Lahore under the Mughal Empire. It hosts several historic Mughal architectural sites. These include the Akbari Sarai, the Tomb of Jahangir (who was the Emperor from 1605 to 1627), the tomb of his consort Nur Jahan, as well as the tomb of his brother-in-law Asif Khan. Shahdara Bagh is also home to Kamran's Baradari (Kamran Ki Baradari). Although this site was originally built on the Ravi River bank, the river changed course, covering the site near the Ravi Bridge. The small garden houses the tomb of Mughal Princess Dohita Un Nissa Begum (1651-1697). The daughter of Dara Shikoh is also buried here in another tomb.

Shahdara is divided into old and new towns.


Shahdara Bagh Railway Station and Shahdara Town Railway StationEdit

Shahdara Bagh Railway Station and Shahdara Town Railway Station are busy railway stations located in Shahdara. These urban stations of the Lahore city are served by commuter trains of Lahore. A large number of commuters use this station to get access to their cities.


Peoples from all walks of life and different casts live here. Shahdara has got the population of approximately 1 to 1.5 million people. The major casts living in Shahdara are Mughal, Rana, Malik, Arian etc. Mughal: Mughal probably are the major community living in Shahdara. They have migrated here from India. Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 people of Mughal cast are living in Shahdara. A large number of small industry dealing in metal products are set up in Shahdara by Mughal cast people. They are the major supplier of metal articles all over Pakistan.

Rana: They also live in Shahdara a large number in Shahdara. Rana (Sanskrit: राणा) is a historical title of Rajput origin, denoting an absolute monarch.[1] Today, it is used as a hereditary name in South Asia.


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