"the district of Old Anarkali – named, as you may be aware, after a courtesan immured for loving a prince"

Anarkali's Mausoleum in Lahore, Pakistan
Creative Commons AttributionAnarkali's Mausoleum in Lahore, Pakistan - Credit: Muhammed Imran Saeed

Anarkali Bazaar, situated in Lahore, Pakistan, is one of the oldest markets in South Asia. It was named after a nearby mausoleum, in which the courtesan Anarkali was, according to legend, buried alive by Emperor Akbar for having a relationship with his son Salim.

Anarkali Bazaar is divided into two sections – Old Anarkali is famous for its traditional food, whilst New Anarkali is renowed for traditional handicrafts, in particular embroidery.