Anarkali Bazaar

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Anarkali Bazaar (Punjabi, Urdu: اناركلى بازار‎) is a major bazaar[1] in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Anarkali also serves as a neighbourhood and union council of Data Gunj Buksh Tehsil of Lahore.

Anarkali Bazaar

اناركلى بازار
Tomb of Anarkali
Tomb of Anarkali
Country Pakistan
Administrative townData Gunj Buksh
Union council72


The mausoleum of Sultan Qutb ud-din Aybak of Mamluk Sultanate, in Lahore, renovated in the early 1970s

Anarkali remains one of the oldest surviving markets in South Asia, dating back at least 200 years and derives its name from the nearby mausoleum thought to be that of a courtesan girl named Anārkalī, who was 'chased out of town' by order of the Mughal Emperor Akbar for having a love affair with his son, Prince Salīm, who would later become Emperor Jahāngīr.

Green patch near Anarkali Stop on Mall Road.


Anarkali mainly sells textiles, garments, jewellery, and many other items.[2] The bazaar is now divided into two sections: the 'Old Anarkali Bazaar' and the 'New Anarkali Bazaar'. The Old Anarkali Bazaar is noted for its traditional food items while the New Anarakli Bazaar is noted for its traditional handicraft and embroidery.[3] Within the New Anarkali Baazaar are markets known as Bano Bazaar, Dhoni Ram Lane and Paan Gali, the latter of which is famous for selling goods imported from India.[4][5]

The mausoleum of Sultan Qutb ud-Din Aibak of Mamluk Sultanate is also located at Anarkali Bazaar. In the early 1970s, the mausoleum was renovated at the orders of the then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Anarkali Bazaar. Maqbool Academy, Google Books. p. 508. Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  2. ^ Tikekar, Maneesha (2004). Across the Wagah: An Indian's Sojourn in Pakistan, Anarkali Bazaar. Bibliophile South Asia. p. 83. ISBN 978-81-85002-34-7. Retrieved 18 Jan 2017.
  3. ^ "Anarkali Bazaar". Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  4. ^ Ali, Syed Hamad (19 October 2016). "A walk through Lahore's historic Anarkali Bazaar". Gulf News. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  5. ^ Mir, Amir (3 December 2005). "Paan Gali, Lahore's very own Chandni Chowk". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 19 September 2019.

Coordinates: 31°34′0″N 74°18′58″E / 31.56667°N 74.31611°E / 31.56667; 74.31611