Location B-11 south of the Railway Carriage Shop Lahore.
Police Station Mughalpura.
Owner (s) Directorate General of Archaeology, Punjab
Maintained by Directorate General of Archaeology, Punjab
History of Site/ Monument: - Nawab Bahadur Khan or Khan Bahadur Zafar Jang Kokaltash was one of the important nobles of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, died in 1678 A.D and the tomb was built about the same time. . During the British period the tomb was considered eminently suitable for entertainment activities and utilized as a theatre, popularly known as Naach Ghar (dancing hall).
Present Condition (Exterior & Interior): - Physically and structurally tomb and its associated elements are in a fair state of preservation. Some of the original fine brick paving laid in geometric patterns, still existing in the north east portion of the podium.
Decorative motives/ important features: -This is a magnificent cut brick tomb, on a raised platform following the octagonal plan. Although bereft of its facing, it’s beautiful, well detailed brick masonry lends it a character entirely its own. The division of wall surface in a pattern of sunken panels defined in Zanjira form and niches, would have lent itself admirably to treatment with fresco painting and possibly even tile mosaic.
The tomb eight sides are pierced with alcoves consisting lofty openings, roofed with qalib/ghalib kari squinches. A 5 feet high and 32 feet podium encircles the tomb. In view of the popularity of funerary gardens among the Mughals, no doubt that this tomb once stood in a large garden, the limits of which are no longer possible to trace.