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Tonga is a carriage pulled by horse and once used to be famous transport in South Asia. Because of its slow pace, it is not allowed in Lahore but can be found on the outskirts of city. While visiting tomb of Mughal Emperor Jahangir located just outside Lahore, do experience a ride of Tonga for pleasure. It’s a fun ride.
Ride a Tonga for a Real Adventure
Riding across town on a donkey cart is Lahore's equivalent of the slow boat to China. Tongas are usually used to carry heavy and odd-shaped loads such as furniture, chunks of ice, or mounds of trash. They also transport people for the lowest fare of all modes of public transport. You'll be hard-pressed to find an English, or even Urdu speaking tonga driver, but if you're going somewhere that's not too far and can pronounce the name, you can probably get there. Some tongas ply regular routes to bring children or young adults to school. Of course, riding on a tonga offers no security from staring eyes or various other road hazards. I have never seen a foreigner riding on a tonga in Lahore, but hey there's a first for everything. Not recommended for women unless wearing a loose burka to cover yourself.
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This is a Must-Ride
As Lahore is becoming more and more advance and modern these type of mode of Transportation has been restricted to certain areas of Lahore only. It is a good experience for those who have not tried a Horse-pulled Ride. In Pakistan we call is a 'Tanga' in our language Urdu. So, whenever u are in Lahore, a Tanga ride is Must !
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