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Noor Mahal is one of the monuments in Punjab and is the Italian style palace of Nawab Sir Muhammad Sadiq who was the 5th ruler of Bahawalpur State. It is among the most exquisite buildings of Pakistan and was specifically meant for Nawab. Though, he never lived for a single day in Noor Mahal because of the proximity to Basti Maluk Graveyard.
Noor Mahal was supervised by a British Engineer Mr. Heenan and this palace was used as a guest house for state nobilities. Cabinet meetings were also organized here by Nawab and the notable guests were allowed for a visit. For some time in Nawab reigns the palace was used as state court where Nawab used to address the courtiers. This stunning palace was built in the middle of a beautiful garden having a fountain and water tank. Elegant carpets are covering its verandahs and Noor Mahal walls are decorated with beautiful paintings and ornaments most of which are made by western artists.
It is a two storey palace having exquisite furniture’s and tremendous fixtures like cupboards and chandeliers. It is rich with beautiful collection of arms few of the muskets and swords were displayed on walls. A beautiful mosque exactly like the Atichison College was also added. In 1999 this palace was used as an army club and is still in army’s possession. It is a hotel, a park and a museum attracting millions of visitors each year. School, colleges and university trips are arranged to this historical palace every year.