Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan. It is the capital of Punjab and is considered to be the cultural and food capital of the country. Lahore is known as the heart of Pakistan because it is the liveliest city of the country. There are a lot of things to do in Lahore. The city has many amazing landmarks and places to visit. Sites vary from historical to modern lifestyles. Lahore It is the city of gardens, historical places, convivial people, vibrancy, colors and vivaciousness. Being fifth Asian largest city, it has a huge variety of population. There are a lot of things said and told about the city like’ it is number one in hospitality and friendly environment. There is a unique amalgamation of culture in Lahore so a variety of festivals and events are celebrated here. There are a lot of things to do in the city that makes the trip more interesting and fun.
Lahore’s modern cityscape consists of the historic Walled City of Lahore in the northern part of the city, which contains several world and national heritage sites. Lahore’s urban planning was not based on geometric design, but was instead built piecemeal, with small cul-de-sacs, Katrahs and Galis developed in the context of neighbouring buildings. Lahore is home to numerous monuments from the Mughal Dynasty, Sikh Empire, and British Raj. The architectural style of the Walled City of Lahore has traditionally been influenced by Mughal and Sikh styles.
Lahore is one of the epicenters of architecture, culture and food particularly that belonging to the Mughal, Sikh and British period in which Historical buildings serve as visual reminders of the past. Lahore is one of the major city of sub-continent where Mughal era architecture is in abundance and starting point of different architectural fusions of Turkish, Central Asia and Oriental work. Some of the historical places to visit in Lahore are given below
Location: Fort Road, Lahore, Pakistan
The Lahore fort which mostly known as Shahi Qila Lahore was being constructed between 1556-1605 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Shahi Qila is located in Walled City and in front of another great historical building Badshahi Mosque. It is a really beautiful building of old era which attracts people throughout the world. It is an excellent place for those who love the heritage history of Lahore and has a keen interest in Mughal architecture. Daily hundreds of international and local visitors come here to know about this marvelous architecture.
Location: Mall Road, Lahore, Pakistan
The Museum contains some fine specimens of Mughal and Sikh doorways and wood-work and has a large collection of paintings dating back to the Mughal, Sikh and British periods. It includes a collection of musical instruments, ancient jewelry, textiles, pottery, and armory. There are important relics from the Indus Valley civilization, Gandhara and Graeco-Bactrian periods as well as some Tibetan and Nepalese work on display.
Tomb of Jahangir
Location: Shahdara, Lahore, Pakistan
Tomb of Jahangir Lahore is an eye-catching place. It was built for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. His son Shah Jahan built the mausoleum after the ten years of his father’s death. The Tomb contains four 30 meters high Minarets.
The white marble of the mausoleum of Jahangir is beautified with floral marble inlay and consists of an arcade platform or Takht-Gah that measures 84-square-meters in area. There is an octagonal minaret, rising in five segments, erected on each corner of the mausoleum. Chevrons of pink and white marble have been used to adorn the shaft of the minarets, each of which is crowned with a domed kiosk. It covers an area of 55 acres.
Location: Iqbal Park Lahore
The mosque is located adjacent to the Walled City of Lahore, Pakistan. The entrance to the mosque lies on the western side of the rectangular Hazuri Bagh, and faces the famous Alamgiri Gate of the Lahore Fort, which is located on the eastern side of the Hazuri Bagh. The mosque is also located next to the Roshnai Gate, one of the original thirteen gates of Lahore, which is located to the southern side of the Hazuri Bagh.
Location: Iqbal Park Lahore
Minar-e-Pakistan is a national monument located in Lahore, Pakistan. The tower was built between 1960 and 1968 on the site where the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution on 23 March 1940 – the first official call for a separate and independent homeland for the Muslims of British India, as espoused by the two-nation theory. The resolution eventually helped lead to the emergence of an independent Pakistani state in 1947.
Location: G.T Road Lahore
Shalimar Gardens, is a Mughal garden complex located in Lahore, capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab. The gardens date from the period when the Mughal Empire was at its artistic and aesthetic zenith, and are now one of Pakistan’s most popular tourist destinations.
Masjid Wazir Khan
Location: Shahi Guzar Gah’ Lahore
Considered to be the most ornately decorated Mughal-era mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque is renowned for its intricate faience tile work known as kashi-kari, as well as its interior surfaces that are almost entirely embellished with elaborate Mughal-era frescoes.
TRAVELING IN LAHORE
There are several modes of transport available in Lahore.
Rickshaw and taxi
Radio cab services Uber and Careem have been introduced by some private companies. However, these taxis need to be booked in advance by booking on apps and calling their number. Auto rickshaws play an important role in public transport in Lahore.
Lahore Metro Bus System
The Lahore Metro Bus System (MBS) runs from Gajjumata to Shahdara down Lahore’s main artery, Ferozepur Road. The route has forty-five 18-metre-long articulated buses that run between twenty-seven stations along a 27 km corridor; nine stations are built on top of an overhead bridge.
The fleet of Trans Lahore has more than 650 buses which run throughout the city as well as sub-urban areas of the city. It travels under routes issued by the Government of Punjab.
FOOD PLACES IN LAHORE
M. M. Alam Road
M M. Alam Road is a major road in Lahore. It hosts a variety of flamboyant restaurants in modern Lahore. Some of the famous and expensive cafes are Cafe Aylanto, La Atrium, Burger Hub, Nando’s, Freddy’s Cafe, Ziafat, Salt n Pepper Village, BBQ Tonight,Jammin Java Cafe, Espresso, Butlers Chocolate Cafe, Cafe Costa, Cafe Barbera, Cafe Zouk, Arcadian Cafe, Dream Lounge and many More.
Gawal Mandi Food Street
Food Street in Gawal Mandi is a center of traditional Pakistani food. The site is surrounded by centuries-old buildings and places like Landa bazaar, Mayo Hospital and Baansan-Wala Bazaar. The food street is open to traffic in the morning but as the sun sets, the street is closed to motorized vehicles. Hungry visitors arrive and stay till very late at night, enjoying some of the best local food available in Lahore. It is one of the unique tourist attractions in Lahore. It is open 24/7, except during Ramadan where food is not served during the daytime. Food can be ordered from any shop while sitting at one place. One can enjoy B.B.Q, Haleem, Lassi, Gool Gapay, Fried Fish, Biryani even every desi or Chinese dish one can wish.
Fort Road Food Street
Fort Road Food Street is a food street located on Fort Road. It was inaugurated on January 21, 2012 by Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, partly to replace the Gawalmandi Food Street and serve as a new food hub. It is run by the Provincial Government of the Punjab. The food street is famous for its authentic Lahori cuisine. It is located near the Roshnai Gate in the Walled City of Lahore, from where views of the Badshahi Mosque and the historic district of Lahore can be seen. It is home to Coco’s Den.
Lakshmi Chowk, also known as Maulana Zafar Ali Chowk, is located at the juncture of Mall Road and Abbott Road. The chowk is named after the culturally significant Lakshmi Building that stands nearby. Before Gawalmandi and the New Food Street and much before the swanky restaurants and cafés on M. M. Alam Road, Lakshmi Chowk was Lahore’s ultimate foodie destination. Favorites include Butt Karahi, Lasani Restaurant, Murgh Chanay, Tabaq, Kashmiri Hareesa which have attracted generations of Lahoris thanks to the desi fare they serve, such as the Taka Tak, Liver, Gizzards,Halwa Puri, Amritsari Hareesa, Nihari, Lahori Charga, Fish, Falooda, Tawa Chicken , Naan khatai and haleem.
Mini Food Street Near Liberty Market
The market is situated right beside the Gulberg College for Women and the Gulberg Park. It opens up at dawn and keeps entertaining people until dusk. People from different classes visit the market mostly to eat paratha rolls or pans. However, a number of them also get a chance to eat other traditional dishes such as nihari, haleem, chaney, chicken etc. The market comprised only a few pan shops and a couple of small hotels that served the working class present in the Liberty Market and the nearby offices a few years back. This place has become so famous to enjoy paratha rolls and also it includes some of the restaurants such as Monal, Salt’n Pepper, Tree Lounge, Roasters etc.
DHA H Block Mini Market
A large market place, with fast food options and marts. It is best for those groups looking for Pakistani food. Even good for people not looking for food but just some drinks or snacks. Here you will find every item of food and multiple fast food restaurants available to choose from such as Lahore Chatkhara, LA Down Town, Banera Rooftop Restaurant, Beijing Town, McDonald’s, Tandoor Restaurant, The Chinese Express, Karachi BBQ, Chinese Dhaba. There will be hardly something which you will not find in this market.
Johar Town Food Options
Johar Town, a residential Society in Lahore that is located near to Motorway M2. Being the largest residential society, It offers the best of everything especially the food. You can find unlimited Food options whether its Desi or Fast Food. It has variety of high quality restaurants such as Pizza Hut, Jammin Java, Zee grill, Gloria Jeans, Howdy, Sarpino’s, Gusto Cafe and Restaurant, Ravi Restaurant, Chintallia, Caspian Sea, McDonald’s, Timmy’s Restaurant, Johny and Jugnu Restaurant, Muhammadi Nihari, Shahbaz Tikka, NY212, Gourmet Restaurant and many more.
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