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Pakistan has a long and complex colonial history stretching through centuries. Lahore is certainly no exception, as it served as an administrative hub for the Sikh, Mughal and British empires. Located close to the eastern border of Pakistan, Lahore boasts a wealth of attractions from days gone by, including the magnificent Badshahi Mosque and the Old City, which spans out from the foot of Lahore Fort.
The local currency here is the Pakistani rupee and you will tend to find that prices are affordable. Make sure you sample some culinary delights on your travels to Pakistan, including traditional snacks such as chaat or crispy fish with a hint of spice!
As with all travel plans, always check the Foreign Office's latest travel advice before you set off.
Lahore is best visited during the winter season since it is less hot, wet and humid. Plan your trip to coincide with the cooler months of December and January for a Christmas or New Year's adventure.
If you're looking for the quickest route to Lahore in Pakistan it will definitely be flying direct with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). They offer two direct flight routes from the UK, departing for Lahore from London Heathrow and Manchester. If you fly direct, flight duration is usually under eight and a half hours. However, direct flights are often a bit pricier than indirect routes, and if you're not able to get to Manchester or London easily it might work out quicker to pick up a connecting flight anyhow!
Although no other airlines are currently offering direct Lahore flights, there are lots of airlines offering competitively priced flights to Pakistan with one (or sometimes more) connections on the way. Middle East-based airlines are a good option. You could fly with Etihad Airlines via Abu Dhabi, Qatar via Doha or Turkish through Istanbul.
Increased competition between these airlines drives down flight prices, meaning a cheaper flight for you. Plus many of these airlines offer flights out of convenient regional UK airports like Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. However, having to connect in another airport will add a couple of hours onto your flight time - so do check how long your flight to Lahore will be.
Flights to Lahore arrive into Allama Iqbal International Airport. The airport is just 15 kilometres into the city centre by taxi, or you can rent a car if you want more freedom to explore neighbouring locations as well. Buses and minibuses run regularly around the city and you can often find the route you are looking for outside the Lahore Junction Railway Station.
A huge and sprawling city, it's a good idea to plan how you'll be getting around Lahore before you set off. The main tourist area is in the Old Town - just 1km square, your only options here are tuk-tuks and your own two feet, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes! If it's your first time visiting Lahore, get the lie of the land on the double-decker Lahore Sightseeing Bus, which will take you to all of the city's most popular attractions. The Metro Bus is cheap and clean, but be sure you know exactly where you are going, as Lahore can be very difficult to navigate. Tuk-tuks are one of the safest modes of transport, despite appearances. Taxis are quite rare, but Ubers are readily available.
Lahore is a wondrous maze of tranquil gardens and hectic streets, architectural delights and spiritual sights, all interspersed throughout the city. Head to the Old City to see the fort and visit some of the museums located there, or explore the Badshahi Mosque - one of the finest Mughal creations in the world, where marble domes and sandstone minarets stand as a testament to the past. Artworks also abound in Lahore and the Alhamra Art Gallery is home to the largest collection in the city.
Food and drink are real highlights in Lahore and you should check out some of the local Pakistani establishments located in the Old City or savour international flavours including mozzarella sticks!
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You need to apply for a visa to travel to Pakistan before you depart. Visit the High Commission in London's website for more info.