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Brief Introduction Of The City Of Lahore
Lahore (Urdu: لاہور, Punjabi: لہور, pronounced [la.hor]) is the capital of the province of Punjab, and the second most dense city in Pakistan, also known as the Gardens of the Mughals or City of Gardens, after the significant rich heritage of the Mughal Empire. In most popular culture Lahore is known as the Heart of Pakistan. It is located near the river Ravi and the Indian border, Wagah.
Due to Lahore’s rich history, the Mughal and colonial architecture has still been preserved in all its splendour. Mughal architecture such as, the Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens and the mausoleums of Jehangir and Nur Jehan are very popular tourist spots in the city. Various colonial buildings originally built by the British, such as the Lahore High Court, General Post Office (GPO) and many of the older universities still retain their Mughal-Gothic style.
According to the 1998 census, Lahore’s population was nearly 6.8 million. Mid 2006 government estimates now put the population at somewhere around 10 million. It is the second largest city in Pakistan, after Karachi. Lahore is the 5th largest city in South Asia and 23rd of the largest cities of the world.
Ancient Lahore: According to legend, Lahore was named after King Lav (son of Hindu god Rama) who is believed to have ruled Lahore in ancient times; the town of Kasur to the south was named after his twin brother King Kush or Kusha.
The oldest written authentic document about Lahore was written by an anonymous writer in AD 982 and is called Hudud-i-Alam. It was translated by V. Minorsky into English and published in Lahore in 1927. In this document, Lahore is referred to as a small ‘shahr’ – Town – with “impressive temples, large markets and huge orchards”.
Culture: Lahore’s culture is unique due to it’s history. Known as the cultural capital or the Heart of Pakistan for the same reason, the city has been the seat to The Mughal Empire, the Sikh Empire and the capital of Punjab in the Mahmud Ghaznavi’s Empire (11th century) and the British Empire. In Pakistan’s History Lahore was the city where the declaration for Pakistan was Made. The city was the only known major city of the British Empire which would come into the new Muslims State and thus was very important. It was the largest City in the newly formed Pakistan at that time and provided the easiest access between two countries with it’s porous border with the city of Amritsar. There was a high proportion of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims living close in the city and thus it suffered the most revolts, demonstrations, bloodshed and mobs at the time of independence. Lahore was also wanted by the Sikhs as it used to be their Capital before the British. Lahore was also going to be made the Capital, but the idea was dropped as it was too close to India. All this mixes up to a culture which is not common in other parts of Pakistan. The history, institutions, food, clothing, films, music, fashion and a liberal community lifestyle attracts many from all over the country.
Lahore is a very festive city, the people of Lahore celebrate many traditions throughout the year, blending moghal, western and current trends. As Lahore has a large Muslim population, Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha are celebrated; many people decorate their houses and light candles to light up the streets and houses; roads and businesses are lit up for days during these public holidays.
Basant is a Punjab festival that marks the coming of spring. Basant celebrations in Pakistan are centered in Lahore and people from all over the country and abroad come to the city for the annual festivities. Kite flying competitions take place all over the city’s rooftops during Basant. During the last years, the event has been banned by the court because of the casualties and power installation losses it causes every year.
Places to Visit in Lahore
Lahore is the major tourist place and second largest city of Pakistan after Karachi. Lahore has plenty of attraction being a historical place and has a lot of places for the tourists and travelers. Lahore is home to many of the renowned universities of Pakistan. Places to be seen in Lahore includes: Minar e Pakistan which is also a symbol of Lahore, Hiran Minar, Wagha border which connects India & Pakistan, Sozo water park and etc.
Sozo Water Park , Lahore
Sozo Water Park is located in Jallo Park, Lahore, Pakistan. It is one of the few water themed amusement parks in the city that is a point of interest for people living in Lahore. The water park is equipped with all modern services and facilities for thousands of people come yearly from all over the world. Sozo Water Park has added a lot of the beauty in Lahore. It is a great amusement park for that one’s living outside the city or within the Lahore. One time visit of Sozo Water Park is a must for the outsiders of Lahore city. The park covers the area of 25 acres approx which contains al fresco swimming pools, water slides and rides.
As Safety comes first Sozo Water Park is handled by skilled and reputed team of individuals who take pride in being the pioneers in bringing water based craze and recreation for the people of Pakistan. It’s all rides are separately assured and certified by the top class engineers to ensure everyone who comes to Sozo Water Park is safe and secure for their fun day out. This place is packed with lifeguards and security guards who make sure everyone remains safe inside the Water Park. You can visit Sozo Water Park with your friends and family at anytime for an unforgettable and apparently never ending journey of fun and play time in this summer holiday.
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Shahi Qila Lahore Fort, Lahore
History lovers regard Shahi Qila as “Lahore fort” is located in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. The building structure of Shahi Qila is trapezoidal that spread over 20 hectares. It was built during the region of Mughal Emperor Akbar around 1556-1605 and also upgraded subsequently after Mughal by Sikhs and British rulers. The Lahore Fort contains two gates one is built by Aurangzeb is called Alamgiri gate and the older gate is built by Akbar is called Masjidi gate. Alamgiri gate is the main gate that use for the access of visitors and tourists.
This fort is rich in manifests of Mughal architectures and mirror work which was famous in Mughal times. You can treat yourself by the specialty of famous sites inside fort include Sheesh Mahal, Naulakha Pavilion, Dewan-e-Khas and Moti Masjid. Lahore Fort has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site along since 1981. Shahi Qila also contains beautiful decorated Farsi style gardens. It’s all gardens by passage of time enhanced to make the fort most attractive places to visit in Pakistan. Fort each room and corner is embellished with mirror work and fretwork and its floor is made up of fine marble. Shahi Qila consists of a superior broad hall with several rooms with a vast courtyard in front.
It is the best place for the ones who like historic buildings and work. You can get information about the Shahi Qila (The Lahore Fort) available online on HamariWeb Travel.
Lahore Zoo , Lahore
Lahore Zoo was recognized in 1872. It’s located on the Mall road Lahore it’s very popular in public, who often bring their children to enjoy the view of various animals. Its most famous resident is the elephant “Suzi”. Lahore zoo is biggest zoo of country it’s the main center of attention for thousands of kids living in Lahore and in different cites Pakistan.
Wagha Border, Lahore
Wagah Border is located on Grand Trunk Road which join the Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan. It’s a well known place all over Pakistan. Wagah is name of village which was divided in 1947 after partition. Today half part is in India and half is in Pakistan. Many people daily visit Wagah Border to watch soldiers parade and flag lowering ceremony on every evening between border security forces of India and Pakistan. Wagah Border ceremony having great heart touching moments and increase heart beats of everyone with love for their country.
Address: Located on Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan
Jallo park, Lahore
Lahore having some great picnic spots Like Jallo park which is one of the famous and beautiful place, located in Lahore District, Punjab, Pakistan. This park was build in 1978 contain number of birds, such as species of pheasants and parrots. Jallo Park gives great amusements and facilities for all family such as forest research centre, wildlife breeding center, sports complex, swimming pool, and boating lake.
Address: Lahore District, Punjab, Pakistan
Lahore Museum, Lahore
Lahore Museum is located on Mall Road and it was started in 1894. It’s one of the most famous museums in South Asia because of the immensity of his compilation. The museum houses the Indus civilization, Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa monuments. The components are ceramics, jewelry, weapons, and textiles. Lahore Museum is also conservative Mughal and Sikh rule and fragments of the period that led to the partition.
Address: The Mall, Lahore, Pakistan
Anarkali’s Tomb, Lahore
Anarkali whose real name was Nadira Begum is a legend myth, mystery and history. On the side of Mall Road inside the grounds of Punjab Secretariat lies Anarkali Tomb who was a lady love of Mughal emperor Prince Saleem (Jahangir). This tomb was altered into a Christian church after the British invasion in Indo-Pak, but at present the tomb is used as a library for the Punjab Records Office. For public and tourist Anarkali tomb is always open at certain timings. It’s a beautiful garden and near to Anarkali Bazaar (market). There is a famous ideology that many people say about the Anarkali who was buried alive on the order of Mughal emperor Akbar in between two walls.
The tomb is circular in shape and entrenched with a vast and supercilious dome supported from inside by eight massive arches 12 feet 3 inches thick that is surrounded by Anarkali garden. It is a masterpiece of solid masonry work of early Mughal period and is neatly and beautifully fitted up. Anarkali Tomb is a great place for history lovers to visit.
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Address: Lower Mall Road Punjab Secretrariat Lahore Pakistan
Hiran Minar, Lahore
Hiran Minar is a famous place located on distance of 43km northwest from Lahore and 9km from Sheikhupura. It’s a beautiful 100 foot high Tower named as Hiran Minar means (Deer Tower). The structure consists on large water tank with pavilion which is now main entrance. This minar (tower) was built by Emperor Jahangir in 1606 for a beloved antelope. Hiran Minar is also called a royal hunting ground. Many people daily visit this place for enjoying and boating.
Address: Loacated on Area Around Shiekhupura and About 19 Miles from Lahore, Pakistan
Shalimar Gardens, Lahore
Shalimar Garden is situated on 3km drive from walled city on Grand Trunk Road, Lahore, Pakistan. It’s a beautiful place created on acres of area for enjoyment and relaxation. Emperor Jehangir built this beautiful place for his wife Nur Jehan, thus showing their love forever and remembrance for future lovers. The garden name was “Shalimar” which means the purest of human pleasures. The gardens are an excellent place to avoid the noise of hassle bustle of Lahore city.
Address: 3 km from the walled city, Grand Trunk Road, Near University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
Badshahi Mosque, Lahore
Badshahi mosque is the biggest and most famous mosque in Pakistan (Lahore), with up to 100,000 space of prayers. It was built in 1671 by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the last of the Mughal rule. The mosque is close to Fort Royal. For information purposes only, Aurangzeb was the son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal (Agra). The mosque is truly breathtaking and there is the Mausoleum of famous poet and philosopher of Indo-Pak Allama Iqbal.
Address: Inner city
Masjid Wazir Khan, Lahore
Wazir Khan Masjid (Mosque) is a beautiful famous place for its decoration and tile work. This masjid (mosque) was built in 1634 by Hakim Ali-ud-din also known as Wazir Khan. This mosque was created with traditional Mughal floral design and their material is tile-like brick. It’s having great paintings inside and outside of majid (mosque), there minar(tower) height is about 100 feet. There are pigeons flying over the Masjid Wazir Khan which gives a great look.
Address: Located on Old Lahore City and Outside the Walls of the Lahore Fort, Pakistan
Lahore Art Gallery, Lahore
Lahore Art Gallery is placed at Alhamra Cultural Complex in Lahore. It’s a center place having true spirit of art and culture. It’s famous among tourist around the country and art lovers around the world. They having an amphitheater flooded Punjab arts and crafts Museum. Lahore Art Gallery is also famous for arts and cultural events or performing arts classes.
Address: Alhamra Cultural Complex, Gaddafi Stadium, Ferozepur Road, Lahore.
Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore
Shakir Ali Museum Lahore was created on the sudden death of Shakir Ali in 1975 by Pakistan National Council for the Arts. The Council has developed a plan to buy a house valued teacher and painter, Shakir Ali, and turn it into a museum and a place of dynamic learning for students, teachers, artists and all those who wish to join the museum. PNCA is responsible for Shakir Ali Museum, shows and other plans.
Address: Shakir Ali Lane, 93 Tipu Block, New Garden Town, Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: +92 42 9230213
Minar-e-Pakistan is a famous placed located in Iqbal Park Lahore, Pakistan. It’s created in memorial of the Pakistan Resolution. The minaret shows a combination of Mughal and modern architecture. Minar-e-Pakistan was built where in March 23, 1940 Pakistan Resolutions was passed by Muslim League. This was the first official statement giving for establish a separate homeland for Muslims living in Southeast Asia. It attracts all people living in Pakistan, as well as many people come around the Lahore city with their children’s and history students.
Address: Near the Inner city, in Iqbal Park, Lahore, Pakistan
Jehangir´s Tomb, Lahore
Jehangir´s Tomb is a famous place where the grave and the gardens surrounding of the Mughal emperor Jahangir (1605-1627) in Shahdara in the 1870’s. It’s a beautiful place which built as a mugal garden on right bank of the Ravi River. Jehangir´s Tomb is in one of the greatest Architectural Projects of Pakistan. The red sandstone is used in construction of this tomb. Anyone who visit Lahore city must see this beautiful place, there interior walls are covered with colorful murals floral mausoleum.
Address: Shahdara Lahore
Quaid-e-Azam libray, Lahore
Quaid-e-Azam library was established in 1862, it’s located on the most famous gardens of Lahore. It was created by britishers and given a name as “Lawrance Gardens”, but now their name is Bagh-e-Jinnah (Jinnah’s Garden) this named was given after creation of Pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam library is the biggest public library in Pakistan and their opening timing is 8am to 8pm.
Address: QUAID-E-AZAM LIBRARY, BAGH-E-JINNAH, THE MALL, LAHORE, PAKISTAN.
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