The Darbar Mahal was originally built to accommodate the central offices of the state of Bahawalpur and after the creation of Pakistan served to hold the ministers offices and to conduct state assembly sessions. This palace is believed to be constructed in 1907 and is now under the possession of the military of Pakistan. The beautiful red brick palace stands out between the lush grassy lawns. Right next to the palace also stands the Darbar Mahal Mosque as well as a ‘bara dari’ or the summer pavilion.
Since the Pakistan Army took over the restoration project for these treasures, they have been beautifully taken back to their original glory. Wish they were more accessible to the general public so everyone could enjoy their majestic beauty though. You can get a pass if you know someone in the forces like our brother-in-law got for us, thankfully! We even got to enjoy a cup of tea in the courtyard as it neared sunset time. What a bonus:)
Check back next week for glimpses for the last palace we visited along with some interesting history about the Nawabs of Bahawalpur.
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