Lahore Travel Guide

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    Streelife
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    Shalamar Garden
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Lahore Highlights

  • Pro
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     Rich in history, culture, food and festivals 

  • Con
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     It is a real BIG city with 3.5 to 4.0 Million people. Now you can imagine what could be the possible Con's for Lahore. 

  • In a nutshell
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     as the locals call it "if you havn't seen lahore, you've seen nothing" 

Lahore Things to Do

  • Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort)

    The Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) was built for the empress and her court and installed with screens to conceal them from prying eyes. It was constructed by Asif Khan the then governor of Lahore for Emperor Shah Jehan in 1631-32. Embellished with mirror work, stucco tracery, gilding and pietra dura and fretwork in marble, the palace consists of a...

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  • Badshahi Masjid (Mosque)

    Great Badshahi Mosque (Royal Mosque) was built in 1673 by the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir who ruled india from 1658 to 1707 AD. This mosque is built with Red Stone. Construction is very unique Eastern type. It remained the largest Mosques in the world for more than 300 years (Since its construction in 1673 till 1986) when Shah Faisal...

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  • Shalamar Garden (Mughal Garden)

    The Shalamar Garden, also written Shalimar Garden, was built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Construction began in 1641 A.D. and was completed in a year. Shalamar Garden is a great example of Mughal architecture. Covered area of garden is approx. 80 acres surrounded by a high wall of brick work. There are three successive terraces in the...

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Lahore Hotels

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Lahore Restaurants

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  • Coco's Cafe

    YUMMMMY - MOST EXOTIC RESTAURANT I HAVE EVER BEEN TO Andaaz is located right across the road from the grand Badshahi Masjid Is owned by a USA trained chef - AMAZING AMAZING food Surprisingly refreshing - low on the ahhh so spicy chili- FLAVORFUL And the view and ambiance is to die for - guy has a collection of artifacts/ crafts aging back to the...

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  • Salt 'n Pepper Village

    This restaurant is commonly known as Village or the village it offers a fantastic buffet and a rich experience of village life of Pakistan. the price of hi-tea is aprox 400 Rs and that of buffet is roughly between 700 to 900. The parking z at ur own risk but still it z safe.The food that u can enjoy their is local food. Food is good.their is a...

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  • Food Street

    If you are in Lahore as a guest or a tourist, you will definitely hear or read some where about "Food Street" in Gawalmandi Lahore. You will still see crowds inside Food Street at night. Don't be fooled; now only two types of people come here (a) tourists from smaller cities around Lahore who are not familiar with nice dining areas in Lahore or (b)...

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Lahore Nightlife

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  • Red Light Area (Heera Mandi)

    Heera Mandi (Diamond Market) is the ancient red light area of Lahore. This place is behind the famous restaurant “Coco’s Den” in the ancient walled city of Lahore. I have not visited this place during the peak “tukdinadin” hours but can share information exchange from gossips. People go there to see girls dancing (mujra) and singing for the...

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  • Market Life

    A list of some of the major shopping areas where you can find abundant street food as well: 1. Mall Road from Alfalah Building to Anarkali Bazar – Pricing: Medium to high 2. Anarkali Bazar (South Asia’s oldest Bazaar) - Pricing: Medium 3. Fortress Stadium – on the Mall Road towards Lahore Cant - Pricing: Medium to high 4. Liberty Market Gulberg...

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  • Cinema

    But there was still fun as usual, guys shouting like crazy passing comments on the sexy dances by the heroine. But the thing that I like most in these films is the dialogues by the villains that I take as comedy though dialogues are extremely harsh. “Hey Rogue, your dad has been murdered in a bloody encounter” Rogue who is behind the bars started...

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Lahore Transportation

  • Daewoo Bus

    SAMMI DAEWOO is operating world class air conditioned bus service between the major cities of Pakistan. They have Bus terminals over 15 major cities and several stopovers in other cities. Each Bus Terminal has air conditioned waiting area, multiple ticketing counters& several other world class facilities for passengers. They have every HALF HOUR...

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  • By Train

    If you want to travel from Lahore to Karachi or vice versa by train then Karakoram Express & KARACHI EXPRESS are relatively fast & comfortable than others. They only stops on 6 stations in between Lahore-Karachi. All rail cars are new, imported from China. Seats are comfortable. It is recommended to carry Food/Water with you because food at...

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  • By Air

    I have a pleasant experience of flying with Air Blue. Plains are new & clean. Flights departed and arrived on time. The food was superb. All crew was cooperative. After making a very good reputition in domestic, now they are conqureing the international routes. For easier online booking facility Click http://www.airblue.com/index.asp....

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Lahore Shopping

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  • Anarkali Bazar

    Anarkali is the oldest bazaar of South Asia and is named after legendary girl “Anarkali” who was buried alive in 1599 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar for falling in love with the Prince Jahangir. See my travelogue on Lahore page. The bazaar is in front of Lahore Museum and on the side of Punjab University Old Campus. Spanning from Mall Road on one...

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  • Hafeez Center (Computer Market)

    This shopping mall is exclusively for computers, cell phones and related accessories. There is no place in Lahore comparable to this mall that can offer a large variety under one roof. Once you have selected a product, look around in other shops for comparing prices, other wise you may be ripped off. Bargaining is must.

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  • Fortress Stadium market

    This place is ideal for women and kids wear. There are also nice video centers where you can buy DVDs at a reasonable price. One can visit this place for shopping as well as for nice dining experience as a lot of fine dining restaurants are located here. If you are with kids, then Joyland is there for entertainment. Prices are reasonable.

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Lahore Local Customs

  • Culture

    Well, it pretty much a well-known fact that women in Pakistan many times are expected to cover their heads...especially in mosques! But...here I was walking around the Badshai Mosque in Lahore and I saw several Pakistani women not covering their heads! I felt very confused...otherwise I would say it is a must in mosques...

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  • Shaking Hands with women

    Pakistan is an Islamic state and men shaking hands with women is not apriciated however if the lady her self show her hand to greet than you may also shake hand but it is quite rare.It is better to say 'Salam' incase you cant say the complete greeting i.e, 'Aslam-u-aleakum' this act is considered as act of respect and honour towards women.

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  • Language Barrier

    You may encounter a bit of problem communicating with street food vendors and with drivers of vans and rickshaws. In this situation, just request for help of anybody around you, he will be more than happy to interpret for you. English is second language in Pakistan and is widely spoken in the cities only.

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Lahore Warnings and Dangers

  • Stomach Upset

    Lahore offers street food that is not only delicious but also extremely cheap. But in order to enjoy the food you must (I am saying MUST) have you own disposable plates and spoon in your daypack, and always drink bottled water. Do not ruin your vacations by having bad stomach.

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  • Traffic

    Driving is risky and confusing here if you are not local. Most road users do not abide by any traffic regulations and it can best be described as a free for all. The roads and particularly side streets are poorly maintained and have numerous pot holes. There has been some significant infrastructure investment in the road network but the increase in...

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  • hide your phone if you can

    If you have a smart phone avoid using it in public or if you do so do in a covert manner. Thieves operate on motorbikes and will snatch your phone before you know whats happening. I took to carrying 2 phones for just this scenario to minimise the risk. Although most people carry mobiles here smart phones are just as much in demand here as they are...

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Lahore Tourist Traps

  • Drug Addicts & Beggers

    I went to the Minar E Pakistan one day, and purchased an elevator ticket. Turns out the elevator was broken. Also turns out the guy who sold it to my cousin was high. So, make sure the elevator is working before you go in it, and make sure the guy isn't on drugs. had I been there alone I probably would have just left, but my cousin forced the man...

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  • Skip the Tour Guides at the Lahore...

    I have to first say that I totally understand why these guys are trying to be tour guides, but in this case it was depressing! A guy who was actually pretty sweet approached my friend and I to see if we wanted a guide. He made the hardest sell, first saying he spoke 20 languages, including English IN 4 DIFFERENT ACCENTS! Then, he said he could...

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  • Few Tourists, No Traps

    There is no as such Tourist Trap but just be careful and keep an eye on people around you. People are very friendly and hospitable. We do not get a chance to see huge number of tourist because Tourism industry here is not so well maintained. but try avoid places where there is any religious or private rally or gathering. Its surely safe but try to...

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Lahore What to Pack

  • Buy from Lahore

    As there are many cheap buyings in Lahore Plz dont load yourself with heavy load of extra luggage ans bags. When you arrive at lahore just relax for a while and make a shopping trip to a nice shopping mall and buy anything you like...every thing is so cheap.... Lahore's climate is very hot in Summer & the temprature goes bit high as well so it is...

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  • Must have

    Daypack for city tours. Going around with backpack may be uncomfortable from April to September when it is hot. Warm clothes during extreme winter (December to February).Light clothes from April to September when temperature can rise to 45 centigrade. Always cover your head with a cap or cloth. Always carry wet tissues as the city is dusty, you...

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  • Bring Feminine Products of Buy from...

    Tampons and panty-liners can only be found at large department stores in major cities. In Lahore, they can be bought at HKB (Liberty, Defence Y Block, Mall Road), Al Fatah (Liberty), Pace Super Markets (M.M.Alam Road, Model Town, Defence Y Block), Europa (Defence H Block), Tes-Mart (Defence Main Blvd), and Pot-Pourri (Defence Y Block)....

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Lahore Off The Beaten Path

  • Wagha Border

    Wagha border is at about one hour drive from Lahore towards East on Canal Road. Border Security Forces of India & Pakistan have been jointly following this practice of "Lowering Flags" every evening. The ceremony takes place around sunset. There is a nominal fee that you pay at the entrance. There are Separate sections for male & female sitting...

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  • Shrines in Lahore

    I was completely surprise by my experience at a Dohl event in Lahore. This is an event every Friday night, where about 1000 dudes cram into a courtyard outside a tomb, smoke, and watch a drumming and dancing spectacle from about 11pm to 4am. First, a space is cleared for the dancing (guys with sticks go around and threaten to hit peoples legs if...

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  • Basant Festival

    Okay, so Basant is a blast! but you really do have to be careful not to fall off the roof. It happens in tens on basant weekend, very sad really. Many people host BBQ's on their roof, play music and people just come and fly kites through the nite. It's nothing to go to several basant parties in one nite. make sure you buy PLENTY of kites. they are...

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Lahore Sports & Outdoors

  • Hockey

    Field Hockey is one of Pakistan's popular sports. Of course all sports in the subcontinent, exist in the shadow of Cricket, but even so, hockey has many takers. Pakistan is the 4th ranked team in the world today, with India coming in at 5th. Needless to say, that the rivalry on the field, between the two teams is big...

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  • Cricket

    Pakistan has been world champion of Cricket and has also hosted world championship once. Cricket is not only famous in Lahore but it is famous every where in Pakistan. I have even seen kids playing cricket in the remote mountains of Pakistan. You will see people of all ages from kids to adults playing this game in streets. On Sundays when traffic...

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  • Swimming

    A hot summer & you are wetting youself in cool, cold & fresh waters of a swimming pool there is no other great feeling than that if you are on your summer holidays.. In Lahore you will see all the young generation gathering them self around the bank of the famous Lahore canal waiting for a dive....A great experience of an outdoor bath but with...

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Lahore Favorites

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  • Visiting Lahore

    3 in one city. There is a rich history in Central Lahore, There is a 'British built Lahore' around Mall road with splendid architecture of the 19th century and a modern day Lahore with all the advanced infrastructure and facilities of life. Plus a beautiful canal passing through the city and River Ravi flowing along the eastern part of Lahore. The...

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  • People & Traditions

    I think it depends from Person to Person. Like, if u like old buildings and Forts. then you MUST visit the Lahore Fort (Castle) which was built by Mughal Emperors nearly 500 yrs old. If are interested in some Cultural activities then you must see 'National Industrial Exhibision' in Fortress Stadium. In this Exibision crafts men bring their goods...

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  • Money Exchanger

    Bonjour from Peshawar, I agree with besal, change a small amount at the airport and for rest better to go to open market, the rates are always better there. Bon voyage, Imran Schah Photos of Mountains,valleys,cities of Pakistan http://www.flickr.com/photos/imranthetrekker In Anarkali bazar..

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