The Walled City of Lahore once had 13 gates. All survived until the 1857 Uprising, when in an effort to de-fortify the city, all but one of the gates were destroyed by the British. Three were rebuilt as simpler structures, while the Delhi Gate, Shah Alami Gate, and Lohari Gate were built in a more elaborate style. The Shah Alami Gate was destroyed during riots following the Partition of British India.
The entrance to the “Bhati Gate” is located on the western wall of the old city. The area inside the gate is well known throughout the city for its food. Just outside “Bhati Gate” is the Data Durbar, the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Ali Hajweri – widely considered to be Lahore’s patron saint.
The “Dehli Gate” was on the road that led from Lahore to Delhi. The gate was built during the Mughal era at the present date Chitta Gate. The present gate was built by the British in the 19th century, further east from the “old Delhi Gate”
The “Kashmiri Gate” faces the direction of Kashmir.
The “Lohari Gate” is very close to “Bhati Gate”. The gate is named Lohori because many lohar blacksmith workshops that were based just outside this gate.
The “Roshnai Gate”, also known as the “Gate of Lights”, is located between the Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. The gate was one of the main entrances into the city, and was constantly visited by Omerahs, courtiers, royal servants and retinues. In the evenings, the gate was lit up, hence its name. The gate was also referred to as the “Gate of Splendour”. It is the only gate that still largely remains in its original state
The “Shairanwala Gate” (“Lions Gate”), originally known as Khizri Gate, was made by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. After its completion, Singh placed two live lions (or Shers) in cages at the gate as a symbolic warning to potential enemies.
The “Akbari gate”, the most beautiful gate of lahore. The “Akbari Gate” is named after the great Mughal emperor Akbar, who rebuilt the town and citadel. Close to this gate the Emperor also founded a market, which is named after him, “Akbari Mandi”. (Akbari Market)
Just behind the Lahore Fort is the entrance to the “Masti Gate”, also known as the “Gate of Merriment”. This area is dominated by wholesale shoe sellers who sell both traditional- and Western-style shoes. Located further down the street is one of the city’s oldest Masjids, the Masjid of Mariyam Zamani Begum, named after the mother of Jahangir, Mariyam Zamani.
Located at the entrance to Mochi Bagh (garden) and amidst a bustling bazaar (market), the “Mochi Gate” is a historical gate built during the Mughal period. In Urdu, Mochi means cobbler, which may indicate that the bazaar was once a market for shoes and repair shops. Another theory is that according to legend the gate was named after Moti, a guard of the gate during the Mughal era, who guarded and looked after the gate all his life. Later on, the name was distorted and became Mochi. Today, the bazaar around the Mochi gate is renowned for its dry fruits, kites and fireworks. Mochi Gate is the entrance to the Mochi Bagh, where many renowned Pakistani leaders of past and present have delivered speeches.
The “Shah-Alami Gate” is named after one of the sons of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Shah Alam I. Before his death, the gate was called the “Bherwala Gate”. During the 1947 independence riots, the gate was burned. Today only the name survives. One of Lahore’s biggest commercial markets, “Shah Alam Market” or Shalmi as locals call it, exists near the site of the gate.
The “Taxali Gate”, also known as the Taxal (royal mint), was built during the Mughal reign. There is a shoe market located here known as Sheikupurian Bazar. There are a variety of foods available in and around this gate – one of the most beloved being Sri Pai from Fazal Din aka “Phajja”. Taj Mehal and Shahbudin Halwi are a couple of the more popular sweet stores.
The “Yakki Gate” was named after the martyr saint “Zakki”. Zakki fell while defending the city against the Mughal invaders from the north. Over time the name “Zakki” became distorted to what the gate is known as today: “Yakki”.
Located between the Lahori Gate and Bhati Gate, the “Mori Gate” is the smallest of the gates of the walled city. This gate was used to remove the waste and disposal material from the city. Mori Gate was never considered an official gate, but the residents of Lahore considered it to be the 13th gate.