Pakistan has a long and complex colonial history stretching through centuries and Lahore is certainly no exception since 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 such as the magnificent Badshahi Mosque and the Old City, which spans out from the foot of the 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!
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. Alternatively, November sees the World Performing Arts Festival come to Lahore, one of the most exciting events in the calendar and a must for culture enthusiasts.
Flights to Pakistan are readily available and you can easily get to Lahore via Doha, Abu Dhabi or Istanbul. You will arrive into Allama Iqbal International Airport and from there it 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 City Railway Station.
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!
Badshadi Mosque is one of the major attractions in Lahore
It's stunning inside too!
Lahore Fort was built by the Mughals and is typical of the Mughal/Islamic style
The Minar-e-Pakistan marks the spot where the country declared independence
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