Lahore - a city of gardens (Punjab)
Lahore, the capital city of Punjab, is the most populous and second-largest city in the northeast part of Punjab province in Pakistan on the border with India at Wagha. It is located on the bank of River Ravi at a height of 213 meters above sea level. It is linked with the rest of Pakistan and accessed by all types of transportation. It is the major city to access all of the cities and towns of Punjab province. It has the largest railway station in Pakistan. Allam Iqbal International airport is used for all types of international and local flights.
Lahore is the historic cultural hub of the Punjab region and was served as the capital city for a number of years under the Mughal emperors, the Sikh Empire under the rule of Ranjit Singh, and provincial capital in British rule. It is famous for a number of historic buildings and parks, i.e. Shalimar garden, Shahi fort or Lahore fort, Badshah mosque, etc. These historical buildings are now managed by Unesco world heritage to preserve them for the next generation. Sheesh Mahal is one of the beautiful architectural Mughal construction with mirror and tile work, and it attracts a number of tourists from all over the world. Historical G.T. Road, constructed by Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century, was used to establish a link between Calcutta and Kabul. Lahore museum has a splendid collection of historical linkages of Lahore and the sub-continent. Minar-e-Pakistan was a beautifully constructed building in memory of the Pakistan Resolution on 23 March 1940. Allam Muhammad Iqbal, who gave the idea of Pakistan, was buried near Badshahi mosque.
It is also known as a walled city in the times of the Mughal Empire. Some remains of those walls and splendid gates still attract a number of tourists to Lahore, Pakistan. Shahi fort was served as the front-end defense of the city.
The City of Lahore also attracts a number of visitors from all over the country as well as foreign tourists to visit a number of beautiful parks and gardens in the city. Jallo Park, race-course park, and Jinnah garden are the most famous parks.
It is also famous for the largest number of educational institutes in Pakistan. The University of Punjab is one of the main universities there, which produces a number of graduates every year. A number of great leaders before the independence of Pakistan had studied in the Government College, Lahore.
Nowadays, Lahore is represented as a modern city, with organized towns, restaurants, and shopping centers, in Gulberg, Model Town, and other societies. People love to enjoy visiting these shopping centers and normally take dinner in restaurants late at night.
Lahori people are cooperative and polite in manner. They welcome outsiders with great hearts and enjoy offering them meals. They are not conservative and respect the opinion of others. Most of the people living there have belonged to the surrounding cities, so they are not actual residents of Lahore. The actual residents of Lahore are living inside the walled city or other old colonies around the walled city.
Ideal time to visit Lahore
Spring season is the ideal time to visit the city. At that time, visitors can enjoy thousands of various color flowers everywhere, especially in public parks. The fragrance of these flowers can be felt in the atmosphere, which attracts a number of local visitors too. Local tourists from the surrounding cities can arrange a one-day tour with their families. Fully luxurious hotels and restaurants are available for tourists from other cities as well as foreigners.
Lahore is famous for Schools, Colleges, and Universities
Lahore is hub of educational institute in Pakistan. There is a large number of schools, colleges, and universities in Lahore, providing education services in various discipline of medical, engineering, commerce, etc. A large number of students from other cities as well as from foreign countries are enrolled in these institutes to learn the skills.
Tour places in Lahore
Mirza Abul Hassan, known as Asif Khan, was brother of Noor Jahan and he was commander in-chief and later Governor of Lahore. He was died in 1641 and Emperer Shah Jahan constructed a Tomb for him near the Tomb of Jahangir.
Tourism in Asif Khan Tomb
Badshahi Mosque was constructed by Mughal Emperor, Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir, in April 1673 in front of Alamgiri Gate of Lahore Fort. Its work was supervised by Muzaffar Hussain, also known as Fadai Khan Koha, brother of Aurangzeb. It is the third-largest mosque in Pakistan and has a capacity of 60,000 people at a time.
Tourism in Badshahi Mosque
Botanical is new modern style park near Jallo Forest Park. It has a collection of different kind of beautiful and colorful flowers and different kind of plants. There are many other attractions in the parks such as butterflies house, fish house, tree top walkway, tree house, etc. It is located opposite of Jallo Forest Park at the distance of 18 km from Lahore Railway Station.
Tourism in Botanical Park
BRB, Bambawali Ravi Bedian Canal, is started from Wazirabad Nandipur Canal and finally ends in the River Satluj for the purpose to irrigate the surrounding agricultural land. It also serves as a defense line for Pakistan against India. The famous Lahore Canal in Lahore is generated from it from Jallo.
Tourism in BRB Canal
Dai Anga Tomb is situated in Lahore near Begumpura on G. T. Road in Gulabi Bagh. She is the nurse of Shahjahan, the Mughal Emperor and she was died in 1671.
Tourism in Dai Anga Tomb
The Delhi Gate was built during the Mughal Empire and is one of the six remaining gates of thirteen gates of Walled City Lahore. In Mughal era, it was the main entry point to lahore from Delhi.
Tourism in Delhi Gate
Hazuri Bagh is the place between Badshahi mosque and Shahi Fort. It is a beautiful square garden with a baradari in the center with four rectangular parks with a line of fountains and water channels from the center of central baradari to all four sides. Every parks also have a crossed pathway inside it.
Tourism in Hazuri Bagh
Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, died in 1627 at the place of Rajauri coming from Kashmir to Lahore. He was buried in Bagh-e-Dil Kusha, a garden constructed by Empress Noor Jahan, at Shahdara on the bank of the River Ravi. His tomb was completed by Mughal Emperor, Shan Jahan.
Tourism in Jahangir Tomb
Jallo Forest Park is forest reserve area in Lahore and ideal location for one day picnic point at the distance of 25 km from Lahore Railway Station. It is number of playing grounds with lush green grass, plants of beautiful colors around them, and vast number of plants in forest reserves. There are also number of huts within the dense forest to enjoy the natural view of forest.
Tourism in Jallo Forest Park
Jallo Park Lake is an ideal location for one day picnic to boating. Paddle boats and streamers are available there. Inside the lake, there is a beautiful garden with rose flowers and many others. A line of huge trees around it gives one of the memorable evenings with a cool breeze touching the waters of the lake.
Tourism in Jallo Park Lake
Kamran ki Baradari was built by Kamran Mirza son of Mughal Emperor Babur, in 1540 on the island in the River Ravi near the Lahore Ravi Bridge at the distance of 9 km from Lahore Railway station on G. T. Road just before the Lahore Ravi Bridge.
Tourism in Kamran Baradari
On the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan, all of the major building in Lahore and other main cities, are decorated with lights. So Lahore Railway station is decorated with colorful lights and represents a fantastic view at night on Independence Day of Pakistan.
Tourism in Lahore Railway Station
Masjid-e-Shuhada is situated on Mall road near Regal Chowk and was constructed in the memory of martyr of 1965 war between Pakistan and India. The entire mosque is under a large size dome on the pillars and a cone shaped minaret on its back side.
Tourism in Masjid-e-Shuhada
Minar-e-Pakistan, an important building, was constructed in memory of the independence of Pakistan. The resolution of Pakistan on 23 March 1940 was passed in the same place. It was the first call for the independence of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent. It was an important event in the history of Pakistan when a separate Muslim state was demanded.
Tourism in Minar-e-Pakistan
Maher-un-Nisa, also known as Noor Jehan, was a beloved Queen of Emperor Jahangir. She died in 1645 and was buried in his own built mausoleum. The structure of the tomb is 134 feet square, covered with red sand marble with flowers of mosaic in white, black, and yellow marble. All of the marble was removed in the Sikh regime. The central chamber of the tomb contains two cenotaphs, having an engraving of ninety-nine names of Allah, on the same marble platform, one of Noor Jahan and the other one is of her daughter Ladli Begum.
Tourism in Noor Jahan Tomb
Lahore Fort, also known as Shahi Fort, was built in 1566 by Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, and is easily accessed by bus, wagon, or any conveyance from Lahore Railway Station. It is the largest historical construction in Lahore with a number of beautiful buildings inside it. It is located on the northern side of the walled city Lahore. Its most beautiful part is Sheesh Mehal, and other main areas are the Throne room, the Diwan-e-Aam, the Elephant Gate, Jehangir\'s Quadrangle, the Naulakha and Moti Masjid.
Tourism in Shahi Fort
Shahi Qila Food Street is located on the Fort Road, Lahore at the distane of 4 km from Lahore Railway Station via Fort Road, just outside the Roshnai Gate in the Walled City Lahore with a beautiful view of Badshahi Mosque.
Tourism in Shahi Qila Food Street
Shalamar garden, also called Shalimar garden, was built by Shah Jehan, Mughal Emperor, in 1641. This garden is one of the most beautiful architects of the Mughal Empire. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. The design of the garden was influenced by the Shalimar Gardens in Kashmir that were built by Emperor Jahangir. It is spread on an area of 40 acres. It can be accessed by bus from Railway Station on G.T. Road.
Tourism in Shalimar Garden
The Sunehri Masjid, also known as Talai Mosque, is one of the late Mughal architecture in the walled city Lahore in Kashmiri Bazaar, in the reign of Muhammad Shah. It is located at the distance of 2 km from Lahore Railway station via Delhi Gate in Walled City Lahore
Tourism in Sunehri Mosque
Khan-e-Jahan Bahadur Zafar Jung Kokaltash was served as Mughal governor of Lahore. He was died in 1697 and buried here and his tomb was built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. It is located in Mohalla Ganj, Mughalpura, near Chubchcha Railway Crossing. His tomb was damaged by Ranjit Sign in his era.Tomb was constructed in octagonal platform by using bricks and marble, but marble was removed by Ranjit Singh.
Tourism in Tomb of Khan-e-Jahan Bahadur Kokaltash
Wazir Khan Hammam, also known as Shahi Hammam, was built by Ilmuddin Wazir Khan, Governor of Lahore in the year 1045, as part of the Wazir Khan Mosque. The building remained unattended or used for different purposes after the decline of the Mughal Empire.
Tourism in Wazir Khan Hammam
Wazir Khan mosque is one of the beautiful historical masterpieces in the walled city Lahore, is built in 1634-35 by Ilam-ud-Dinansari, known as Nawab Wazir Khan, Governor of Lahore in the reign of Emporer Shah Jahan.
Tourism in Wazir Khan Mosque
Lahore Photo Gallery
The Ravi River, a trans-boundary river between India and Pakistan, is major part of the indus River Basin. It originates in the Himalayas, from the Bara Bhangal, Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, India, and finally drain itself in the Chenab River in Punjab, Pakistan. Its water is allocated to India under the Indus Waters Treaty.
Dina Nath well was constructed in the reign of Ranjit Singh in 19th century by Raja Dina Nath. The uniqueness of well is the walled structure around the well with a dome of its top. There was no water in this well from its construction due to some curse of Sufi saint as construction was against the wishes of the Muslims, but it still remains as historical monuments in the Walled city Lahore.
A beautiful sunset view in a village on the Pakistan-India Border line near Wagha, Lahore.
To the west Akbari Sarai, there is a mosque with three domes in red sandstone. It is not in good condition at present, but its restoration work has been inprogress. There was different type of types of frescoes and ghalib kari work in its interior.
Just before Jahangir Tomb, Akbari Sarai is the courtyard between Tomb of Jahangir and Asif Khan, constructed by Emperer Shah Jahan for the accommodation for servants looking after the tomb. It contains a series of 180 rooms with front verandah. It has two Mughal style gateways on the north and the south. On the west side, in the middle of compartments, is a mosque with three domes with rend sand stone with inlay work.
During the Sikh, Sarai was used as contonment and during British period, it was just a coal depot for the Railway. In the period, intertiors and decoration of mosque and compartments were severely damaged.