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The Taxali Gate is one of the 12 gates of the old medieval walled city of Lahore, now in Pakistan. It dates from Mughal times.[1]


The Royal Mint (where coins were made) of the Mughal Empire or Taxal, was here. The gate was named for that.[2]


Today, there is no mint here. There is a very famous shoe market, Sheikhupurian Bazaar.[3] People can go there and try Desi (local) foods like Siri Paya and many types of sweets.[4]

The world-famous Heera Mandi red light area is also in this area.[5] This was made famous in Rudyard Kipling's novel, Kim (published 1901).[6]


  1. B Gascoine, 'The Great Mughals', 1971.
  2. Gascoine, aa; also see M Shafiq, 'Old Lahore', pub Lahore 2001
  3. Isobel Shaw, Lahore section of 'Pakistan Handbook' 1988
  4. Shaw, aa
  5. Shaw, aa
  6. Shafiq, aa