Lahore

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Lahore, situated in the Pakistani Province of Punjab can be called the Cultural and Artistic Hub of the country. Such is the antiquity of this place. Lahore was the thriving centre of arts, architecture and intellect during the Mughal Empire. Many Mughal gothic monuments can be seen even today. Adding to the indigenousness are the Victorian style buildings constructed during the British Raj.

In the Mughal days, the Old City was surrounded by a 9 meter high brick wall and had a rampart running around it which served as a protection for the city. A circular road around the rampart gave access to the city through thirteen gates. Some of the imposing structures of these gates are still preserved. Lahore is the perfect city in Pakistan to study its history and experience the true Lahori lifestyle.

This citys origin is shrouded in mystery but the region is definitely ancient. Historians & Art lovers are in for a treat in Lahore. The first thing that strikes you about Lahore is that everything is green. Willowing trees and lush grass line the streets. A comfortable breeze envelopes the city. The city today is bustling with activity and is the hometown for many world famous icons. Cricket is a very popular sport here and if there is an opportunity to witness a live match, do not miss it. The enthusiastic crowd can set your adrenaline pumping and it is also an easy way to break the ice with the natives.

Lahore is a highly literate area and the native language is Punjabi or Urdu. In the city regions it is easy to communicate with people in English as it is widely understood by the locals. There are many popular attractions in Lahore, the most important being Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Minar e Pakistan, Shalimar Gardens, the Lahore Museum and Jahangirs tomb.

Badshahi Masjid The Imperial or the Badshahi Mosque is across the courtyard from Alamgiri Gate of the Lahore Fort. The Mosque, which is made up entirely of red sandstone was built by Emperor Aurangzeb, the last of the great Mughals, in a record time of two and a half years. The Lahore Fort Built, damaged, demolished, rebuilt and restored several times before being given its current form by Emperor Akbar in 1566 (when he made Lahore his capital), the Lahore Fort is the star attraction of the Old City. The fort has an appealing abandoned atmosphere and although its not as elaborate as most of Indias premier forts, its still a fabulous place to simply wander around.

Minar e Pakistan Right in front of the Fort and Badshahi Mosque is a park with Minar e Pakistan or the Eiffel Tower of Pakistan. It was built on the site where in 1940 the creation of a separate state for Muslims was recognized.

Masterpieces of Mughal architecture are disseminated all through the city, even in neighbourhoods that todays seem a bit dilapidated, peripheral, and lackluster. Shalimar Gardens is a three-tiered formal garden built in the 1600s and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located along the GT Road towards Wagah.

Wagah is the only land border open between Pakistan and India. This check post is about 30 kms from Lahore and is the cross over point for travellers into India by the land route. There is a ceremony at the border every day and is a must see for all. For foreigners, crossing the Wagah border and visiting the Golden Temple is a lifetime experience.

There are numerous other sights in Lahore as there are options to shop at their markets and eat the Lahori cuisine. Pakistani hospitality is also to be mentioned as the people welcome everyone with warmth and give the visitors an immediate sense of belonging. Allama Iqbal International Airport is the second largest civil airport in Pakistan and situated around 15 km from the centre of the city. It is a major hub for Pakistan International Airlines. Allama Iqbal International Airport connects Lahore with 44 cities worldwide (including domestic destinations) by both passenger and cargo flights.

PIA has 3 direct flights a week to Lahore. The other airline that fly to Lahore from London Heathrow Airport are Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Turkish Airlines and Etihad Airways. All these airlines and more fly from all the major airports in UK to Lahore.