Lahore is an exquisite city that needs no introduction. The vibrant city is said to be the cultural capital of South East Asia and is often referred as “The Paris of the East.” And it’s easy to see the similarities between Lahore and Paris; both the cities have almost 2000 years of saga influenced by remarkable historical events, wars, and bloodshed. Both the cities have their eccentric cultures, both have some amazing food and music, and lastly, they both are romantic cities.
I understand that in a world where “everybody’s opinion counts equal”; comparing Paris with Lahore is still a delusional statement to make. I am blessed that I have got a chance to visit Paris, New York, Johannesburg and some of the other beautiful cities. Based on my experiences, I made that comparison on purpose and for anyone who has been to both the cities can easily relate to.
However, you may call it comparing apples to oranges but one thing you can’t deny is that Lahore has got a great story to tell. Every time I visit Lahore and the millennials, I get lost in the aura of that nostalgia and splendor.
They say “Jinnay Lahore wikhea oo jamay e nae” (Translation: If you haven’t been to Lahore, you need to get a life). If you haven’t been to Lahore and have no idea about the city, don’t worry we have got your back. This article will help to learn the whereabouts of the city and a perfect guide so that you don’t miss anything on your visit.
Planning a Trip
Let’s face it; summers in Lahore are pretty hard so its better you land there by the end of September.
Winters take over the city by December and till February you get that winter breeze. Here are few things you need to care about.
It’s good to spare some time and do proper budgeting before you land in the city. In seasonal days the prices of food and accommodation gets very high that’s why, save some money before leaving and always ensure to have a backup reserve for emergency cases.
The average cost per person for a trip of 4 days and three nights is around 10,000-15,000. The price may vary to the number of persons and the standard of hotel.
There are more than 3000 hotel rooms in the city ranging from price as low as 500Rs per night for an average room to a maximum of 8500Rs per night for luxury spacing. A directory of hotel rooms with their telephone numbers is available on internet, so book rooms prior to leaving.
From anywhere in Pakistan you can easily reach Lahore using any means of transport.
The city has a sophisticated system of local transport and all major cab services such as Uber and Careem run in the city all day long so you don’t have to worry about getting across the city.
Top Places to Visit
Here comes the best part. I am going to take you on a virtual trip around the city and get you to the best places orbiting the time line.
The Mughal Sites
In the 16th century after the arrival of the Moghul king, Babur Lahore came to a whole new glory, Moghuls made Lahore their winter capital to escape the extreme winters of Delhi. The Mughals were passionate builders, gave Lahore great importance and attention they built some of the finest architectural Millineals in early Lahore.
Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveri
The famous Sufi saint and the Author of a famous book on mysticism, the 11th-century Data Ganj Bakhsh, was one of the most respected Sufi preachers in the subcontinent history. The Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveri is located west of Bhatti Gate and is a source of mystical pleasure and spiritual celebration.
The Lahore Fort
Built, destroyed and Rebuilt in a loop. The Lahore Fort is the marvelous attraction of the Old City and a symbol of resilience.
The fort has an appealing atmosphere still is a fabulous place to simply wander around.Shah Jahan built the Palace of Mirrors referred as the Shish Mahal in the local language in 1631. Decorated with beautiful glass mirrors set into the stucco interior, the legends says it was built for the Empress glory and her court and installed with screens to conceal them from prying eyes.
There are three small museums on site. The first is the Armoury Gallery. It exhibits various arms including pistols, swords, spears, and arrows. The second is the Sikh Gallery. It predominantly houses rare oil paintings. The third one is the Mughal Gallery. Its exhibits old manuscripts, coins, and miniature paintings, as well as an ivory miniature model of India’s Taj Mahal.
The park is also another wonder of Mughal legacy translates to ‘the way of the Kings.’ It was built to be one of the gateways to the city and hosts a plethora of Mughal architectural sites.
While originally it was a grand garden, little remains of the original Mughal construction today.