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Historic Palaces in Pakistan

Updated: May 11, 2023

Modern-day Pakistan has cradled a multitude of empires and civilizations. Whilst the age of empires is long gone, the exquisite royal homes constructed over centuries have withstood the test of time and continue to live on, reminiscent of a glorious past.

Historic Palaces in Pakistan

Faiz Mahal

Location: Khairpur, Sindh

Built-in 1798 as the royal court for the ruling Talpur monarchs. This historic palace is currently used as a residence of the heirs to the Talpur Dynasty.

The White Palace

Location: Marghazar, Swat, KhyberPakhtunkhwa

Built in 1940 by the first king of Swat, Miangul Abdul Wadud (Badshah Sahib). It is built with white marble and thus the name White Palace. The White Palace now serves as a hotel.

Darbar Mahal

Location: Bahawalpur, Punjab

Built in 1905 by Nawab Bahawal Khan V., It is near several other palaces within the Bahawalgarh Palace Complex. The complex was leased to the Pakistan armed forces in 1966 and is currently not open to the general public.

Khaplu Palace

Location: Khaplu, Gilgit-Baltistan

Built in the mid-19th century to serve as a royal residence for the Raja of Khaplu. Serena Hotels currently operate the Khaplu Palace and also hosts a museum depicting the history and culture of Baltistan.

Mohatta Palace

Location: Karachi, Sindh

Built in 1927 as the summer home of a rich Hindu Businessman, Shivratan Mohatta. The owner belonged to Rajasthan, thus, it was built in Rajasthani style. After partition, Mohatta left for India & the building is currently used as a museum.


Courtesy: Faizan Fakhar

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