Top 5 Must Do's in Lahore

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Lahore is the second biggest city in Pakistan, and it is considered the cultural center of the country. The city has numerous historic sites that date back to several centuries ago as well as cultural sites that display extensive collections of priceless artifacts from the past. It also offers excellent shopping places and other attractions. Here are 5 Lahore must do’s for tourists.

Take a Stroll at the Shalimar Garden

The Shalimar Garden is also referred to as the Shalamar Garden. This magnificent garden was constructed in 1641 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, and it displays Mughal architecture at its finest. The total covered area within the garden is about 80 acres, and the middle of the garden features 3 terraces--the Farah Baksh, Faiz Baksh and Hayat Baksh. There are splendid white marble buildings as well as hundreds of fountains throughout the garden. The Shalimar Garden is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it offers a great place for cultural education as well as relaxation.

Visiting the Lahore Fort

Also known as the Shahi Qila, the Lahore Fort is a majestic Mughal structure that was built in the 11th century by Mahmood of Ghazni. It is a massive compound that measures 1,400 feet by 1,115 feet, and it houses palaces, mosques, gardens, halls and other buildings. The most impressive palace in the fort is the Sheesh Mahal, or the Palace of Mirrors.

Exploring the Lahore Museum

The Lahore Museum is widely regarded as the finest museum in Pakistan, and it provides an interesting account of the history of Pakistan from the times of the Mohenjodaro and Harrapa civilizations to the modern times. There are 20 galleries in the museum that display artifacts from different eras, and the exhibits include Gandharan sculpture, Qurans, Islamic artworks, manuscripts, paintings, carpets and more.

Going to the Badshahi Mosque

The Badshahi Mosque is one of the most famous mosques in the world. It was constructed in 1674 by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, and it was made entirely of red sandstone. The mosque is home to a number of relics that formerly belonged to the Prophet Muhammad and his daughter and son-in-law. It is said that the Badshahi Mosque can accommodate up to 40,000 worshippers in a single prayer session.

Shopping at the Anarkali Bazaar

If you are looking for a great place to shop in Lahore, you should go to the Anarkali Bazaar. You will find lots of fascinating items in this place, ranging from leather wear and embroidered items to jewelry and silk. You need to bargain with the vendors if you want to get the best deals.  

 

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January 19, 2010 change by sequoia maner

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