History Of Lahore | Heart of Pakistan | Oldest City
Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and is the country’s 2nd largest city after Karachi, as well as the 26th largest city in the world. Lahore is one of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities with an estimated GDP of $84 billion as of 2019
Lahore is the historic cultural center of the Punjab province of Pakistan. The city is full of beautiful architecture from back during colonial times, with interesting museums for you to get yourself acquainted with the country’s past and plenty of things to do for backpackers. Pakistan is not your usual travel destination.
Area: 1,772 km²
Elevation: 217 m
Population: 11.13 million (2017)
Area code: 042
VISIT IN LAHORE
There’s an old Punjabi saying that goes: “Anyone who hasn’t seen Lahore simply hasn’t lived.”
If you are planning to visit Pakistan, Lahore must be one of the city on your list. The country is one of the least traveled countries out there and you can go for weeks without seeing a single foreign tourist. That said, the country is opening up more and more and with such beautiful mountains, authentic culture and friendly people, there is no better time to visit the country than now.
1. Visit The Badshahi Mosque
For those visiting Lahore, the Badshahi Mosque is a real treat
Built in 1671, Badshahi Mosque is the crown jewel of Lahore, a symbol of the Mughal Empire (1526-1857),. This mosque is one of the most famous in the world and was built in the year 1674 by Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor.and one of the most beautiful places in Pakistan. Its architecture is characterized by carved red sandstones, which was typical of the Mughal era. For much of its history, Badshahi Mosque was used as a military base by the Sikhs, who ruled Lahore from 1799 to 1849. The courtyard of the mosque used to be a stable for army horses during that period.
2. Food Street and M M Alam Road
The M M Alam Road runs from the Main Market to Firdous Market. This major road was named after Muhammad Mahmood Alam, a very well-known figure of the Pakistan Air Force.
Less than a 5-minute walk from Badshahi Mosque is Fort Road – a really popular food street in Lahore lined up with vibrant and colorful buildings. Some buildings here have so much detail; you’ll notice something new each time you look at them again! What makes it even better is that there are numerous restaurants here that offer a spectacular view of Badshahi Mosque, such as Haveli Restaurant, Andaaz Restaurant, and Cooco’s Den.
The fact that some of the greatest restaurants in Lahore are located on this beautifully designed road is one of the major reasons for visiting this area. From Village Restaurant to Jammin Java Café to Pompei to Burger Hub, there are many restaurants to impress any foodie. Similarly, the gorgeously lit Food Street is also another place to enjoy the smell and taste of all the delicious dishes that Lahore has to offer.
The Lahore Fort, or the Shahi Qila, is a wonderful and one-of-a-kind Mughal structure. This must-visit historical palace was built by the legendary Mahmood of Ghazni in the 11th century and for the following 500 years, it was destroyed and rebuilt again and again as Mongols, Timur, and Pashtuns invaded the region. This massive compound is a treat for all art lovers who have the option to bask in the beauty of different gardens, palaces, halls, mosques and other such buildings and constructions that are located within the Lahore Fort. It measures 1400 feet by 1115 feet and the Palace of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal) is one of the most visited palaces in the Lahore Fort.
4.Anarkali Bazaar and Liberty Market
If you want to see more of Lahore’s local life, then head over to the Anarkali Bazaar. This bazaar has two sections: the ‘Old Anarkali Bazaar’ and the ‘New Anarkali Bazaar’. Among so many shops, the Liberty Market and Anarkali Baazar stand out, thus making them a must-visit. From jewelry to embroidered items to leather wear to silk to footwear, the best of Lahore can be found in these markets. For many, a great shopping experience is one of the best things that a tourist can look forward to when exploring a new city, and Lahore can quite easily provide that. In the Old section, you’ll find lots of traditional foods, while in the New section, there are tons of clothes, jewelry, embroidery and handicrafts
For those who love nature, the Shalamar Garden of Lahore should be the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of this city for a while.
If you’re looking for relaxing things to do in Lahore, then walking around the Shalimar Gardens — locally known as Shalimar Bagh — is a great option.
This garden is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as the Shalamar Garden, it was built in the year 1641 by Shah Jahan, the great Mughal emperor. This 80 acres of magnificent Garden is a great example of the famous architectural skills of the Mughal Empire.
This garden complex dates back to the Mughal era and was completed in 1642 under the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan, the same emperor who commissioned the Taj Mahal (he’s also one of Emperor Jahangir’s sons).
There’s also a big pool with fountains in the garden complex, and the vibe there is very chill, making it the perfect place to take a stroll.
6.The Minar e Pakistan
Minar-e-Pakistan is a monument well-known for being a prefect representation of the ideology of Pakistan. This monument is located in the famous Iqbal Park of Lahore which is one of the country’s largest urban parks. Built during the 1960s, it holds a special patriotic sentiment for the country as on this site the Lahore Resolution was passed by the All-India Muslim League on 23rd of March, 1940. Visitors flock to this tourist destination to witness the monument’s architecture, which is a blend of Islamic, Mughal and Modern styles.
7.Delhi gate market
The Walled City of Lahore (also known as the Old City) used to have 13 gates leading up to it. When the British conquered the region, almost all of them were destroyed. Six gates were rebuilt since then, and Delhi Gate is one of them.
Today, there’s a bustling market leading up to this gate, and the atmosphere there is superb and filled with life — I highly recommend taking a walk around! It’s also a great place to meet locals and get a glimpse of local life in Lahore.
8.Masjid Wazir Khan
From the market at Delhi Gate, you can see a yellow minaret standing in the distance. If you walk towards it, you’ll reach Masjid Wazir Khan — one of the most peaceful and serene places in Lahore.
The Qashani tile work of the Wazir Khan Mosque seems like a direct contrast to the majesty of the Lahore Fort.
For photographers, this place is a dream come true, as they can enjoy a kaleidoscopic dream by witnessing the glazed colorful tile mosaics. The floral motifs and blue and green calligraphy come together in a mesmerizing exhibition of beauty across the façade. Though it may look like it took centuries to build this mosque, it was in fact built in just seven years during the rule of Shah Jehan, the Mughal emperor.
The Lahore Museum is one of the best places to learn about the fascinating history of Pakistan. This museum was built in the 18th century, and contains artifacts from the times of the civilization of Mohenjodaro and Harappa to the present day. It has about 20 galleries which exhibit different priceless Qurans, paintings, Gandhara sculpture, carpets, manuscripts, Islamic artworks and many other such artifacts.
The famous “Fasting Buddha” statue from the ancient Gandhara Kingdom can also be found here, as well as collections from the Sikh, Mughal, and British empires.
10.Gurdwara Nankana Sahib
Lahore is Nankana Sahib, the most important religious site for Sikhs. This city was named after Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, and is home to 9 major Sikh gurdwaras. The main one — Gurdwara Nankana Sahib — is believed to be situated right at the birth site of Guru Nanak.
This sacred site is visited by millions of pilgrims every year, and is definitely worth seeing if you’re interested in wandering a bit outside of Lahore.
11.Lahore Wagah Border
A trip to Lahore would not be complete without an evening at the Wagah border. This place marks the border between Pakistan and its neighbor, India.
Every evening tourists come to this place to witness the Wagah border ceremony, which is a military practice performed by both Pakistan and India at the same time since 1959. The cheering crowd and the elaborate drill on both sides is something which every visitor should experience before leaving the city of Lahore.
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