More Lahore from Above: Aerial Delights

Posted on April 12, 2010
Filed Under >Jawad Zakariya, Architecture, Travel
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Jawad Zakariya

(ATP Editor’s Note: After our recent post, Lahore from Above, featuring an aerial view of Lahore, we received a message from Jawad Zakriya sharing his own aerial photographs of Lahore. Jawad’s photographs have been featured at ATP from its earliest days, and these are another wonderful set that deserves to be shared.)

This photographic trip would never have happened if I’d been left to my own devices. I’d talked about taking photos of Lahore from the air many times but never actually seriously considered going the whole way and renting a plane. Last year in October, my wife, bless her, put my camera where my mouth was and gave me a surprise birthday gift to remember. She arranged the whole trip and all I had to do was show up.

In typical fashion, I complained all the way about having to get up and go out on a Sunday !

Interested readers can see the whole and uncroped set on my flickr page.

This one is quite interesting and was a bit of a surprise to me. Having lived 30+ years in Lahore I’ve actually never gone inside the walls of the Governor House and it took me a while to realize what it was.  The white building in the foreground is the Quaid-e-Azam Library, and still further in the foreground on the right can be seen the Dewan-e-Aam in the Lawrence Gardens. The Dewan-e-Aam used to fascinate me as a child because it had beautifully manicured gardens that looked very inviting but were cordoned off and one wasn’t allowed to go in. The Mall Road is almost completely invisible from this angle because of the abundance of big old trees in the garden and on the Mall road itself.

The National Hockey Stadium, with a match in progress. It is claimed to be the largest hockey stadium in the world. I have memories of it being filled to capacity with 50,000 or so people chanting for Pakistan to win, in the days when the team could actually put up a show. In the background is the LCCA Cricket Ground, with practice going on and next to the National Stadium is the practice Astroturf. At the top left of the photo just beyond the LCCA ground is the headquarters of the PCB and the National Cricket Academy.

Things do look different from up there.  This is Model Town Park.  The main car park and entrance can be seen towards the left of the photo, with parts of Model Town and the circular road also visible. The market on the left is the C-Block market Main market, I think.

Liberty Chowk or Bank Alfalah square, made infamous now by the shootings on the Sri Lankan cricket team. In the center is the elaborate fountain made by the same bank.

The newly built football stadium and athletics track, right next to the Gaddafi. On the right only half visible is the cycle track, often referred to as ‘piyala‘ by the locals, because the slanting walls give the little stadium the shape of a cup! Having played quite a few cricket matches in this ground, I don’t ever recall anybody ever cycling there, but on Sunday mornings there would be often motorcycling daredevils going full tilt around the track, and falling quite often too. Above the piyala is the deep excavation that took place for the construction of the Sheikh Zayed Complex (or Mubarak Center) or whatever you wanna call it. The construction seems to be halted now for some time.

Jail Road and its vicinity. The white building pretty much in the center is the EFU Building, which has the head quarters of Warid in it, amongst other offices. To the left of it, is the Landmark Tower on the cusp of Zafar Ali Road and Jail Road, and in the foreground of the EFU building the brown building under construction is some kind of hotel. Further in front of this and visible, but a much smaller building is Servis House. (I worked in EFU and Servis, so I’ve spent a long time in these two buildings). The green trees behind these tall buildings are part of the Lahore Gymkhana golf course, and in the background the club buildings are also visible. In the background on the right you can see all the way to Cantt. and the building visible is the newly built Hyperstar Supermarket, a small part of Fortress stadium is also visible.

Anybody who’s been to Lahore will recognize these buildings. WAPDA building is in the center. To its left is the Summit Minar which is in front of the Punjab Assembly. In front of the Summit Minar is the small building where Queen Victoria used to stand, but she’s been replaced for years now by a Quran. Behind WAPDA building are the PIA office, PTCL regional headquarters and the white Aiwan-e-Iqbal. In the background on the left is Holiday Inn, and in its foreground the famous Flatteis Hotel. The Nawa-i-Waqt offices, Avari Hotel etc are also visible. I’m sure your readers will have great fun finding things in this one !

A 100% crop, so not a great photo. But this is St. Anthony’s School and Church. Good memories for me, as I had my schooling here. The ‘other’ Sacred Heart School (the more famous Sacred Heart is in front of the GPO) is also visible.

So much here. The Badshahi, the Gurdwara, Ranjit Singh’s Samadhi, Alamgiri Gate, Hazoori Bagh and pretty much the whole of the Lahore Fort is visible in this one.

The exact opposite view from the previous one. Iqbal’s tomb is visible in this one.

The shrine of the Patron Saint of Lahore, Data Gunj Baksh. It’s a poor photo, my apologies.

Lahore’s planetarium and a grounded PIA Boeing 707 close to Chauburji Chowk on Lower Mall Road. The grounds next to it are the Punjab University hockey ground on the left and the PU Cricket ground on the right. In the background is the heavily populated Rewaz Garden area of Lahore.

Another poor quality photo, but an interesting one. Chauburji Chowk. The traffic from up here looks a lot calmer than it feels down there !

This is Model Town Bhaia Kebab market. I have been there a zillion times but I don’t even know which block it is in ! The market surrounds an old Hindu temple which can be seen right in the center. I’ll leave your readers to try to figure out where their particular favorite Bhaia shop is located !

29 responses to “More Lahore from Above: Aerial Delights”

  1. Junaid Chughtai says:

    wow.. i never knew the dirty dry lahore seem better from above

  2. Nabeel says:

    Bravo! A very wondrous work. Your kind of people remind that people still have a feel to enjoy life and do something in our part of the world.

    Btw, u might need to edit the GPO thing its not in there!!!!

  3. Xainab says:

    Welldone Jawad!

  4. YLH says:


    Brilliant work man… as a Lahori in exile concerned with environmental degradation …. I am heartened to see these pictures.

    Our little facebook feud is now firmly in history on my part.

  5. lahore says:

    i have visited to this site which is very interested and informative about the site.

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