Serai Nurmahal is an inn of historical importance. This beautiful inn is located at the fascinating small town of Nurmahal, which is nearly 13 km from Nakodar, in the state of Punjab. It was built by Nurjahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. It is a striking example of oriental architecture. This historical monument is looked after by the Archaeological Department. The whole structure of the sarai is in the form of quadrangle consisting of 140 cells, spread over the four sides of the structure.
The small town of Nurmahal is famous for Serai Nurmahal which was constructed for the travelers visiting the town. The filigree work and tiles decorated in beautiful patterns are the main attractions of the sarai. Nur Jahan ordered the construction of the Sarai and got it built by Governor of the Doab, Nawab Zakariya Khan between 1619 and 1621 A.D. The four delicate minarets of the sarai are worth mentioning.
The best way to reach Serai Nurmahal is to go to Nakodar Junction, which is the nearest railway station. The junction is served by the Northern Railways.
Serai Nurmahal is an architecture masterpiece with two storied towers, octagonal in shape, with three cells on the basement. Among the two gateways, the eastern one is simple while the western gateway is beautifully embellished. There is a huge entrance of the sarai is arched and its spandrels are beautified with lotus medallions. The domed balconies are supported on the four pillars. Serai Nurmahal also has a well and a mosque in its quadrangle.
Last Updated on 17th Dec 2012