VIDEO: Why a royal family in Pakistan spent only one night in this exotic palace
Noor Mahal Palace is located in Bahawalpur district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. With design influenced by Italian architecture it is also called as the hidden treasure of Bahawalpur.
According to local historians, British engineer, Mr. Hannon, designed it in 1875 and it was built at an estimated cost of Rs 1.2 million at the time.
Nawab Adnan Abbasi IV – who was also popularly known as the Shahjahan of Bahawalpur – built the palace for his wife.
But after spending one night in the palace, his wife discovered a graveyard nearby, and decided not to live in the palace. As a result, the entire royal family could only spend one night in this palace.
The palace’s 150-year-old furniture are still in good condition. Legends have it that lentil and rice paste was used in its construction.
A carriage and hajj van belonging to the Nawab stands outside the palace. The palace continues to be one of the major tourist attractions in Bahawalpur.