Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Visitors Information

The lavish abodes of royalty, Fakir Khana Museum offers a glimpse into the regal lifestyles where tourists are treated as guests of the Fakir family. The ambience, in keeping with their history, architecture and traditions add old world charm. Fakir Khana Museum's heritage is an insight in the varied facets of the country's history, religious and cultural contrasts, and its indigenous lifestyles still untouched by the trappings of modernity. Enjoy the Fakir Khana Collection experience by following the following links:

Museum Hours :
During the working days opening & closing times are as follows:

October 1st to April 15th
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

April 16th to September 30th
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Holidays: (museum will be closed on)
Fakir khana museum is open to public on all days except Saturdays and days corresponding to Juma tul wida (last Friday of Ramadan) Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Zoha, Miladun Nabi, 9th and 10th of the Holy month of Muharram, 1st may (May day), 11ty September (Quaids anniversary) & first Wednesday of each month for general cleanliness

Admission: There are no charges for admission into the museum however prior appointment is required to your visit through telephone, fax or email. In the event any visits are arranged to the museum without appointment, rights of admission to the Fakir Khana Museum are reserved by the Fakir Khana Trust and the Museum staff.

Photography: Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only in the Museum's Halls. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as "No Photography"; The use of a flash is prohibited. Movie and video cameras are prohibited. Tripods are allowed, and only with a permit of the Curator. The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection.

Location The museum is located (near kucha Pehalwanan) in Bazar Hakiman, off Bhatti gate, one of the 13 gates which once pierced the 30 feet high fortification wall surrounding the old city. Visitors can easily reach Bazar hakiman either through the western gate of Hazoori Bagh (after the visit of Badshai mosque and Lahore fort) or through Rang Mahal Chowk. Visitors using a taxi/private vehicle are advised to enter Bazar Hakiman either from the north (Taxali Gate or Masti Gate) or from south "Bhatti gate"; Visitors using urban transport or Omnibus service should get down to Bhatti gate or Taxali gate.

Other Facilities: There is no restaurant or canteen in the museum. However cool drinks as well as traditional scented sharbat, fruit juices, local edibles of good quality are available in shops close by. Milk & lassi (a drink made of yogurt) is available just at the main gate of the museum. For lunchtime a very delicious traditional food is available near the museum which include: nihari, phajja paye, Haleem, Murgh Chanay, Dal tikki, Keema walay nan, and a lot more.

Children: Children below the age of 12 are not allowed in the Museum Collection display area

Guide Facility: No regular guide service is available. However, for any additional information contact the Coordinator or the General Secretary Fakir Khana Museum.
Students or groups visiting Fakir khana are advised to take appointment first so that special arrangements can be made to facilitate them


gimmi said...


shafaat said...

How to contact i did not see any contact # on the site

scarlet screams said...

kids under 12 can't get to see much then ? i believe museums to be educational places, in fact not much different froma classroom...does this mean i can't bring a classful of 7yr olds over?
do u have virtual tour options? i'm in the beginning stages of my research in order to make museums a part of the classroom and curriculum...

Dr. Hasan said...

I went there on saturday from karachi but found a maid washing cloths with her three children half naked.....

She told me it will open it at about 2:00 p.m.

Later I discovered Naqsh miniature gallery beside Fakir Khana and ended up at NAqsh college.

The pricipal Mrs. Rabia was a decent nice lady who introduced and provided me info abt Naqsh school.

I wish to see Faakir khana in my next visit.

Muhammad Zubair said...

Plz Provide Contact Detail to fix a visit.


AS Dhillon said...

Esteemed Fakir Family, Aadab!

I have found your website from internet.

We live in Amritsar, India. My parents were doctors who ran a hospital in a nearby town of Fatehgarh Churian falling oin Amritsar-Dera Baba Nanak-Narowal Railway line. My father was Secretary of the local Municipal Committee and was very friendly with the local Thanedar who was from the Fakir family. Before the Partition, in 1946. my mother had become a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of United Punjab. She won 4 elections more and had also become Minister in the Indian Punjab.

During 1950s, my father had twice visited Lahore when border was opened for Cricket matches. I had accompanied him and we had stayed with his Thanedar friend from the Fakir family and had a great time. Both loved to share jokes and we laughed most of the time.

We, I, my wife and an aunt, met Thanedar uncle for the last time in 1971-72 when we had visited Lahore with a jatha of Sikh Pilgrims gone for attending a religious occasion in the Gurdwara Dera Sahib near the Fort and Jama Masjid. By that time Fakir Uncle had retired as at least a Superintendent of police, I think, and had suffered a stroke.

He had written a few letters to father expressing a desire to meet again once before the end. So father had instructed me to try to see uncle in Lahore, if possible. Luckily our was the first jatha which was allowed to go into the city. Father had given me the names and addresses of uncle and his brother who had a tyre agency on the Mall Road.

We traced the tyre agency where we were served lunch because it was lunch time already, before we were taken home to see uncle. We had tea there and refreshed some pleasant memories. Uncle and my parents are no more. Many years have passed. But often I remember my meetings with Fakir uncle and his brother. We often talk about them and our visits. But unfortunately I have lost their names and addresses.

For years, I have pined to obtain these. Would you be kind enough to help me get their names and help me come in touch with their children, if possible? I will be very grateful to you.


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