The Capital city of Punjab Province Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan with almost 9 million inhabitants. Lahore is one of the most cultured cities of Pakistan with a large number of places and sights with historical and spiritual backgrounds which attract the attentions of visitors from all over the world in general and from all over the Pakistan in particular. Every visiting point has its own importance and it is a hard task to choose some of them as more important and others less in importance.
Some of the famous places which can be considered as must to visit are;
Minaar -e- Pakistan: – in the commemoration of Pakistan resolution presented in 1940 this monument was built. This was the resolution in which a separate homeland for Muslims was demanded where they can practice their religion and spend life according to their religious teachings. With the passage of time this monument became one of the most important visiting points of Lahore. The Minaar -e- Pakistan is surrounded by a beautiful park which is called Allama Iqbal Park.
Shahi Qila (Fort): – Shahi Qila and Badshahi Mosque are situated in front of each other, and both are on the walking distances from Minaar – e- Pakistan. The original history of this fort goes almost 1000 years back. Admitting the historical importance of this fort UNESCO has included it in the list World heritage sites. The visit to Lahore will remain incomplete without visiting Shahi Qila.
Shalamar Bagh: – an amazing sample of Mughal architecture was built by Shah Jahan, the great Mughal emperor in 1641. The amazing thing in garden which is a so far a misery for many people is the operating system of fountains. The best time to enjoy the real beauty is when fountains are operative and it is at about 10 am. This garden is also included in UNESCO’s list of World heritage sites.
Badshahi Mosque: – one of the most famous places to visit in Lahore is Badshahi Mosque, like many others it is also a monument of Mughal era and a beautiful presentation of architectural expertise of that time. At time of its construction it was the largest mosque in the world and remained at this position for almost 300 years. At the moment it is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and Faisal Masjid Islamabad is on first.
Data Darbar (the shrine of Ali Hajvery): – without mentioning Data Darbar, the story of Lahore remains incomplete. This shrine is the oldest Muslim shrines in sub-continent. Because of its importance, sometimes Lahore is called as Data ki Nagri. Originally this tomb was built in the end of eleventh century and was expended many times by Muslim leaders. This tomb is one of the most visited places in Lahore because it has both historical and spiritual significance at once. For several years both people visited this shrine to seek the blessings irrespective of their religion and belief.
These are only a few places which must be included in any visit program to Lahore, but other than these, there are dozens of places which too have same importance historically and other wise too.
Hotels in Lahore:
PC Lahore, Avari, Mirage, Smart Hotel, Hotel One, Sunfort, Park Plaza, National Hotel