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Noor Mahal Bahawalpur

The Noor Mahal (Urdu: نور محل‎) is a Pakistan Army-owned palace in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. It was built in 1872 like an Italian chateau on neoclassical lines, at a time when modernism had set in. It belonged to the Nawabs of Bahawalpur princely state, during British Raj.

There are various stories regarding its construction. According to one legend, Nawab Adnan Abbasi IV had the palace made for his wife; however, she was only there for one night, as she happened to see the adjoining graveyard from her balcony, and refused to spend another night there, and so it remained unused during his reign.

Noor Mehal is one of the hidden gems of Bahawalpur, due to the lack of publicity. The palace is open to public. It is currently in the possession of the Pakistan Army and is used as a state guest house for holding state durbars and meetings with foreign delegations.

Gulzar Mahal Bahawalpur

Gulzar Mahal is a palace in the city of Bahawalpur, Pakistan, that was built between 1906 and 1909. It was commissioned during the reign of Sadeq Mohammad Khan V, and was built to be the residence for women members of the royal household of the former princely state of Bahawalpur, aside from the Queen. The palace is surrounded by a large garden, and is located in the Bahawalgarh Palace Complex in close proximity to the palaces of Darbar Mahal, Farrukh Mahal, and Nishat Mahal.

The palace has been leased by the armed forces since 1966, and is currently not open to the general public.

Darbar Mahal Bahawalpur

Darbar Mahal is a place in the city of Bahawalpur, Pakistan. The building was built to hold courtly events and government offices of the former princely state of Bahawalpur. The palace was built by Bahawal Khan V, and initially named Mubarak Mahal. It was completed in 1905, and is near several other palaces within the Bahawalgarh Palace Complex, including the Nishat Mahal, Farrukh Mahal and Gulzar Mahal. The palace sits in a 75 acre garden. The entire palace complex was leased to the armed forces beginning in 1966, and houses government and military offices. It is not open to the general public.