Jallo Park is located on the outskirts of Lahore, though rapid city expansion has brought many housing societies close to this Park. If you want to feel relaxed from the bustling city life, go to this park during week days. A zoo, lake and a vast garden is located here. Right on the turning towards this park from the main road is Lahore’s another famous spot “Sozo Water Park”, the place that is crowded during scorching summer.
Joy Land is located in the vicinity of Fortress Stadium on the Mall Road. It is the best kids play land in the city. If you happen to visit Fortress Stadium at night, you can also experience nice dining and shopping experience. On weekends, this place gets too crowded but still worth visiting.
Lahore Wildlife Park or Safari Park is among the newest attractions of the city. It’s a nice place for picnic and its main attraction is jungle safari on the vehicles where you can spot tigers and lions freely roaming. The area is fenced for security and entrance is allowed starting 11 am. First entrance is for access to jungle earmarked for lions and the next entrance will give way to portion where tigers can be spotted.
There is yet another attraction outside the boundary of jungle safari and that is an area reserved for birds, this place is awesome but only families are allowed to go inside.
Picture showed a white tiger spotted from the window of my car. It’s not clear as the day was foggy and beast was quiet far away from the dedicated track for vehicles. Remember, inside the jungle folding of window glass is not allowed.
Another spacious park of Lahore city is Model Town Park. The park has a beautiful pond with fountains in the middle. Many benches surround the pond where people can sit and watch water fowl. The trees are well maintained and a path runs through the length of the park to a huge play area well equipped with monkey bars, slides, swings, tunnels, and swinging bridges.
Race Course Park once used to be a track for horse races, is a beautiful spacious park with many activities including jogging tracks, game tables, large pond for boating and children’s playground. It is a favorite place for picnics. Many events and festivals are held here.
The Cathedral Church is located on the Mall Road across Lahore High Court and State Bank Building. Built in 1887 by pink sandstone by architect John Oldrid Scott and its two towers were added in 1898.Church has six bells the largest bell weighs a ton and when in use used to vibrate the foundations.
The Baradari (pavilion inside a garden) is considered as earliest existing structure from the Mughal Era in Lahore. It is named after Mirza Kamran the first Mughal Governor of Lahore, stepbrother of Emperor Humayun and son of Babur who was the founder of the Mughal Empire. Kamran used to welcome his father, the Emperor Babur on his visits to Lahore and remained a recreational place for the Mughal Empire until 18th century.
The Baradari is located right in the middle of river Ravi and depicts exceptional engineering skills of Mughal builders. For centuries the river could not wash away its existence. The structure built of massive brick masonry, consists of an octagonal central chamber 24 feet wide, and four corner octagonal rooms 11 feet wide. The core is encircled by an 11 feet wide arcaded veranda.
To reach this place, you have to take a short boat ride from the banks of the river from Lahore side. Picture shown here is taken during extreme winter season when water level is low in the river. Rivers in Punjab are fed by Karakoram and Himalaya mountain ranges when glaciers melt during summer.
Place is on the way to Tomb of Emperor Jahangir and Queen Noor Jehan.
He was father of Queen Mumtaz Mahal whose tomb is the famed world’s seventh wonder “Taj Mahal” in Agra India; elder brother of Queen Noor Jehan and brother in law of Emperor Jahangir. Asif Khan died on 12 June, 1641 and his tomb was built in Lahore by Shah Jahan. The tomb is a typical Mughal construction with a graceful high-pointed dome set on an octagonal base. It is built to the west of Emperor Jahangir’s tomb.
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Photography is prohibited and entrance is not allowed to the tomb. Tomb is located adjacent to the wall of the Badshahi Mosque where Ranjit Singh's body was cremated with his alive four ranees (queens) and seven slave girls. Cremation process took two full days.
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Lahore Minar E Pakistan is a tall minaret in Iqbal Park Lahore, built in commemoration of the Lahore Resolution. The minaret reflects a blend of Mughal and modern architecture, and is constructed on the site where on March 23, 1940, seven years before the formation of Pakistan, the Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Lahore), demanding the creation of Pakistan. This was the first official declaration to establish a separate homeland for the Muslims living in the subcontinent. Pakistan now celebrates this day as a national holiday each year.
The monument attracts visitors from all over Pakistan, as well as the inhabitants of the Walled City of Lahore. The large public space around the monument is commonly used for political and public meetings, whereas Iqbal Park area is ever so popular among kite-flyers.
Wagah is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan, and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan.
Wagah itself is a village where the controversial Radcliffe Line was drawn. The village was unified before partition in 1947. Today, the eastern half of the village remains in India whilst the other half is in Pakistan.
The Wagah border is a ceremonial border where each evening, there is a ceremony called 'lowering of the flags'. At that time there is very energetic and thrilling parade done by Border Security Force (B.S.F), India and Pakistan Rangers soldiers. It may seem slightly aggressive to foreigners, but it really is just entertainment for the crowds from both sides. Border officers from the two countries sometimes walk over to the offices on the other side for day to day affairs. A bus service operating within the partitioned state of Punjab between Amritsar and Lahore was started in 2004, as relations between the two countries improve.
The Badshahi Mosque, or the 'Emperor's Mosque', was built in 1673 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Lahore, Pakistan. It is one of the city's best known landmarks, and a major tourist attraction epitomising the beauty and grandeur of the Mughal era.
Capable of accommodating over 55,000 worshipers, it is the second largest mosque in Pakistan, after the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. The architecture and design of the Badshahi Masjid is closely related to the Jama Masjid in Delhi, India, which was built in 1648 by Aurangzeb's father and predecessor, emperor Shah Jahan.
Badshahi Masjid is one of the locations where Qari' Abdul Basit recited the Qur'an. The Imam-e-Kaaba (Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Al-Sudais of Saudi Arabia) has also led prayers in this mosque in 2007.
Constructed in 1642 AD by Mughal Emepror Shah Jahan is declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1972. Shah Jahan is also known for building The Taj Mahal one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The word "Shalimar" means, the purest of human pleasures. Its triple-terraced gardens decorated with marble pavilions, ornamental pools, water falls and fountains, make it one of the world's finest Persian gardens.
Its 5 km east of Lahare (Baghbanpura) and easily accesable from all parts of the city and part of Lahore Fort Complex means other WH Sites are also nearby.
Situated just outside the badshahi mosque, Allama Muhammad Iqbal was undoubtedly Pakistan greatest poet. He is also remembered as a philosopher and politician. He unique gift for poetry means he had mass appeal across the age ranges. School Children start the day by reciting some of Iqbals poetry.
Why do people go and pay respects to this great sufi of the subcontinent. Hazrat Muinuddin Chishti explains:
Ganj Bakhsh-e faiz-e aalam, mazhar-e Nur-i Khuda
Naqisaan ra pir-e kaamil, kaamilaan ra rahnuma
Ganj Bakhsh is a manifestation of the Light of God for the people
A perfect guide unto the imperfect ones and a guide unto the perfect ones
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