When to Go in Lahore

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Lahore does for Asia what Istanbul does for Europe- sprinkles it with sheer cultural grandiose and a conspicuous mystical appeal. This "When To Go" guide offers visitors information on the most beneficial time to visit this South Asian heritage hotspot.

Climate


A majority of the South East Asian region that houses Lahore is characterized by an extreme climate and the city is subjected to flaming summers from May-July. The temperature sometimes soars up to 48 °C and this is the time when the city is at its hot and humid worst. The best time to visit Lahore is during its pleasant winters (December-February) that don’t cascade beyond -6°C.

Events and Festivals

Lahore is a colorful festival bouquet that needs no reason to celebrate and is throbbing with an inspiring and positive spirit throughout the year. Religious celebrations and annual cultural events mark the festival profile of Lahore and visitors throng here every year to catch a glimpse of the city’s penchant for extravagance.

Ramadan

The best time to visit Lahore is undoubtedly in the holy month of Ramadan when the celebrations reach a thrilling crescendo of religious fervor and festival rituals. For an entire month the streets of Lahore are engulfed with an enticing aroma of the most flavorsome and delicious gastronomical delights. Visitors can gorge on succulent meat kebabs and breads along with some sinful local desserts. Eid-ul-Fitr signifies the culmination of the month long fasting and feasting and is a day of extreme religious significance that is characterized by locals visiting each other while sharing sweets and warm greetings. The entire city becomes a crown of jewels and bedazzles with lights and decorations. The exact time when the festival commences varies every year but generally falls between October-December. 

Urs Religious Festival

Another huge crowd puller is the ‘Urs’ religious festival held at the Ali Hujwiri Mausoleum every year. Tourists  also flock Lahore during Basant, a festival celebrated to mark the commencement of spring in January. Thrilling kite-flying competitions illuminate the traditional celebration rituals of the festival. The last Friday of March sees The Festival of Lamps being celebrated with great pomp and revelry outside Shalimar Gardens. Visitors can plan their trip during the famous annual National Horse and Cattle Show which brings together and displays the best livestock in the country and reiterates its rich cultural charisma with folk dances, camel performances, tent pegging and local music events. Don’t miss Lahore during the World Performing Arts Festival usually held in November every year. The Alhambra complex becomes a destination for spectacular musicals, dance performances, mime, theater and folk art like puppet shows. A large entourage of international artists grace the event  that sees an eclectic global audience.

Lahore is a cultural potpourri that is at its festival best from November to January and this is the best time to catch the true essence of the city.


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January 29, 2010 change by schitti

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