A 2,000 years old city is not just about its people, it is about many things – the city of gardens, the city of art, the city of famous dead, the city of festivals, the city of educational institutes, the city of dynasties, the city of Moguls, the heart of Pakistan and of course the city of lively people is popularly and commonly known as Lahore. There is an old adage about Lahore that if you have never been to Lahore, you haven’t lived. The city is a classic blend of old and modern traditions, if you will find narrow streets, donkey carts and historical landmarks at one side of the city, you will also see the modern face of Lahore in the form of wide boulevards, modern restaurants, tall buildings and parks. In short, the city is worth a visit. The industrial design that weaves these two traditions together is astounding.
There is always a lot to see and to do in Lahore. A large number of famous tourist spots are dotted all over the city and few glimpses can be seen over here.
The city is popular for its gardens and there are many popular gardens about which you must know before visiting Lahore, i.e. Shalimar Garden, Hazuri Bagh, Bagh-e-Jinnah and Racecourse Park.
- Shalimar Garden
This is the garden that is considered Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan’s biggest gift to the city of Lahore. He is famous for his innate love for construction and laid this garden during the 16th century and was used as the royal pleasure garden till 19th century. Undoubtedly, Shalimar garden is one of the most beautiful of the Persian gardens.
- Hazuri Bagh
It is another beautiful garden that was constructed to beautify the Hazuri Bagh Baradari. It was laid by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to venerate his victory over Shah Shujah. If you want to see the historical icons of Lahore, you must not forget to visit the Hazuri Bagh.
Other than gardens there are a lot of other historical landmarks such as Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Museum, Mausoleums of Emperor Jehangir and Empress Noor Jehan, Chauburji and Wazir Khan’s Mosque.
- Lahore Fort
One of the masterpieces that Moguls have given the city is Lahore Fort. It also goes by the name of The Royal Fort. It is a true representation of Mogul’s reign and has so many attractions for tourists and the most notable and worth seeing place in Shahi Qila is the Sheesh Mahal. The mirror work is amazing and mesmerizes tourists.
- Jahangir’s Mausoleum
The most famous tourist attractions of the city is the Jahangir’s Mausoleum. Jahangir was a Mogul emperor who died in Rajauri while leaving for Kashmir from Lahore. This mausoleum is spread over 55 acres and laid out in a classical Charbagh pattern, consisting of bisecting perpendicular paths. The mausoleum is made of red sandstone on the outside and floral marble on the inside.
The modern attractions of Lahore!
On contrary to Old Lahore, the modern city consists of lavish housing societies, numerous restaurants, mega shopping malls, coffee shops and vibrant markets to buy anything, you want.
William King is the director of Pakistan real estate and mainly deals in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore real estate. Being an entrepreneur and passionate blogger he likes to share his knowledge and expertise with the industry people by writing for various related blogs.