Lahore Travel Guide

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Lahore is fondly known as "The Heart of Pakistan." There is a popular saying, "He who has not seen Lahore, has not yet been born." Lahore is a charming and unique city with a rich culture and an abundance of artists, poets and films. There are many beautiful gardens to visit, as Lahore is situated on the banks of Riva and the land is fertile. People in Lahore are known for their hospitality and offer a warm welcome. Lahore is a vibrant city with an interesting history. It has been ruled by the Moguls, Sikhs and British before gaining independence. A variety of educational institutes, including the esteemed Government College, are located in Lahore.


There are many noteworthy attractions in Lahore and visitors should aim for at least two full days site seeing. Attractions include Lahore Fort, Shalamar gardens, Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Museum. Another activity of interest to visitors is attending a cricket game. The Gadaffi Stadium located in Lahore hosts international games. Cricket is a game that Pakastanis are passionate about and the games are attended by lively crowds. Shopping Bazaars are an exciting experience and there are many to chose from, such as Kashmiri, Suha, Anarkali, Ichra and Chatta. At the bazaars you can find all you could wish for, such as bracelets, clothes and tea. Go treasure hunting amongst the hustle and bustle of the crowds to find the perfect souvenir. There are shopping centers that are worth a visit, such as New Auriga Shopping Centre and Saliq trade Center.


There is a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Cheaper guest houses are the ideal way to meet other travelers. Dorm rooms are also available in budget lodgings, and middle range accommodation is available for visitors seeking something more comfortable. For visitors wanting to relax in luxury there are upmarket hotels in Lahore.


You can reach Lahore overland by bus or train. Located in Lahore is a busy International Airport, making traveling to Lahore by plane an option. Travel around the city by auto rickshaws, which have negotiable fares. It is best to travel to the city center by auto rickshaw and from there explore the tourist attractions by walking. There is a public bus system, but it can be difficult to negotiate if you are not familiar with the bus routes. Taxis are another option, but most of them do not have meters.


Punjabi and Urdu are the common languages spoken in Lahore, although Lahore has a high level of education and English is widely spoken. Visitors to Lahore should be able to get by speaking English, especially in tourist areas.


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