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Places to See in Lahore

Lahore is a city of may wonders it has breathtaking old architecture and busy bazaars and modern shopping malls and hotels. Lahore can not be fully seen in one visit. Following is a list of the places that can be seen while you are on a tour of Lahore.

Walled City

Lahore has always been a fortified city and the fortress that was in the Moghul times 15th to 19th century still exists and is well known as wall city of old Lahore.

The Lahore Fort was the residential fort of the Moghual Kings it was used as the winter residence for the royal families. The fort was late used by Sikh rulers who devasted the architectural beauty of the fort but later when English took over it was restored.

Lahore Fort is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The fort has many places to see Including the Diwan e Aaam (Court of commons) Diwane Khas (Court of Lords the bed room of Jehangeer where there is a museum also, the Shahi Himams (Royal Baths) and the magnificent Shahjehans qurter where one can see the Sheesh Mehal (Palace of Glasses) and No Lakha Mahal

There is also a small museum dedicated to the Sikh period of the 18th century. The tomb of Sikh ruler, Ranjit Singh, is also located in Lahore.

The Badshahi Mosque was built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and was long the largest mosque in the world. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore's most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

The Inner City is full of little shrines and palaces, of which the most impressive are the Imperial Baths and the Asif Jah Haveli (recently restored).

Right in front is a park with Minar-e-Pakistan or the Eiffel Tower of Pakistan. It was built on the site where in 1940 the creation of a separate state for Muslims was recognized.

Gates of Inner City

In the Mughal days, the Lahore's Old City was surrounded by a 9 meter high brick wall and had a rampart running around it which served as a protection for the city. A circular road around the rampart gave access to the city through thirteen Gates only 6 of these gates still remain.

The Raushnai Gate, or the "Gate of Light" is between the royal mosque and the citadels. There is a very famous gali / street commonly known as the shahi mahala. The name shahi has been given after the Shahi Qila. People living here are simple. There are various food shops located around the gate.
The Kashmiri Gate is so called because it faces the direction of Kashmir.

The Masti Gate is not the actual name but is rather twisted and pronounced instead of "Masjidi," which means a mosque. Itis located Just behind the Lahore Fort it is also known as the "Gate of Merriment". This area is dominated by wholesale shoe sellers who sell both traditional- and Western-style shoes. Located further down the street is one of the city's oldest Masjids, the Masjid of Mariyam Zamani Begum, named after the mother of Jahangir, Mariyam Zamani

The Khizri or the Sheranwala Gate. As already noted, the river in former times flowed by the city walls, and the ferry was near this spot. The gate was, therefore, named Khizri, after the name of Khizr Elias.

The Yakki Gate. The original name was "Zaki," which was derived from the name of a martyr saint, who, according to tradition, fell fighting against the Moghal infidels from the north, while gallantly defending his city

The Dehli Gate is so called because of its opening on to the highway from Lahore to Delhi. The gate was built during the Mughal era. Although the gate suffered greatly in the 1947 riots, it has since been renovated and today is in its former glory.

The Akbari Gate was named after Mahomed Jala-ud-din Akbar, who rebuilt the town and citadel.

The Mochi Gate is the name wrongly pronounced. It was name was actually Moti meaning a pearl. It was called so after the name of Moti Ram, an officer of Akbar, who resided here at that time.

The Shah 'Almi Gate was named after Mohomed Mo'azzam Shah 'Alam Bahadur Shah (the son and successor of Aurangzeb). He was a mild and generous Emperor, who died in Lahore on the 28th February 1712.

The Lahori Gate also known as the Lohari gate has been named after the city of Lahore.

The Mori Gate is the smallest of the gateways and as its name implies, was in old times used as an outlet for the refuse and sweepings of the city.

The Bhatti Gate was named after the Bhatis, an ancient Rajput tribe who inhabited these quarters in old times.

The Taxali Gate was named after the Taxal or royal mint, that used to be in its neighborhood during the period of the Mahomedan Emperors.

The Mall Road

Lahore Museum The largest museum of Pakistan it has many galleries the most important of the objects is Fasting Buddha of Gandhara

Toolinton market, now converted into a museum

Lahore Art Gallery. The Croweaters Gallery named after the famous semi-autobiographical novel by Bapsi Sidhwa is situated in the heart of The Mall road. It  offers a wide range of paintings from traditional to contemporary miniatures. From figurative to abstract works by Nahid Raza and Qudsia Nisar. Also available, classic to contemporary calligraphy by Gohar Qalam and Gulgee and mix media works by various local artists.

GPO General Post Office

University of Punjab (Old Campus)

National College of Arts of which Rudyard Kipling's father was the principal, and offers a thesis show every winter.
Kim's Gun is outside the National College of Arts and Museum

Lahore Zoo

Located in the heart of the town and set in modern style is the Lahore zoo founded in 1872. It is one of the oldest Zoos in the sub continent. The material used in some of the construction even bears the marks of 1853. The Lahore zoo attracts a large crowd throughout the year. Driving along the Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, just ahead of the charring cross and opposite to the WAPDA House is the main gate of the Zoo

Lawrence Gardens & Library, also known as the Bagh-e-Jinnah, It is opposite to Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It is amongst the biggest gardens of Lahore.
Chamman Ice Cream. A famous ice-cream parlour offers 20 different flavours. They also offer milk-shake of various kinds.

WAPDA house building the WAPDA House building is, an example of a modern office block, with a glass dome and a roof garden.

Summit Memorium is located in the locale more commonly known as Charing Cross. Few know the presence of a library / museum below the Charing Cross roundabout that is all about the OIC and Islamic Summit and is a treat to visit.

Punjab Provincial Assembly Building
Shahdin Manzil
Free Manson Hall
Al Hamra Arts council

Lahore Fortress the Fortress Stadium is an attempt to combine the architecture of a fort like Rohtas with a sports stadium. Many exhibitions held here. The Stadium is the site of the famous Horse and Cattle Show in March. Joyland amusement park is also located here.
Ferozsons Book Center
Masjid-e-Shohada
Lovers park
Saman Abad

Other Sights

Following the canal side road to the east of the city is Jallo Park. It is a large drive-in park with drive in zoo and a man made lake. Spread over an area of 450 acres it has expanses of lawns, a forest research center, a children's park, a small museum and a gift shop. Sozo Water Park is another attraction in this park. Also see Sindbad, Joy Land and Sky Land. The Park is 28 kms from Lahore. It can be visited by road and by rail. A rail car leaves for Jallo Railway Station every half hour.

Race Course Park Situated on Jail Road, Race Course Park deservedly attracts not only town dwellers but visitors as well.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in Allama Iqbal Town

Hiran Minar is set in peaceful environs near Lahore. Hiran means deer. It used to be favorite hunting sport of all Muslim kings, especially of Moghals. Jehangir erected this minaret to commemorate the death of his pet deer (Maans Raaj). It served a double purpose as from it top the hunters could locate the habitations of deers. It is a beautiful picnic as well as a historic spot. A high Bara Dari Ghat is constructed right in middle of a Talab. A man made big lake, boating facility is also available. A good garden lay out is surrounding the place.

Chhanga Manga is a man-made forest 68 kms from Lahore. There is a lake, and a miniature railway, which winds its way through its forest. Chhanga Manga has 12,510 acres of plantations. It is a popular picnic spot spread over 50 acres with a lake and rowboats, motorboats, children's park, swimming pool, cafeteria, canteen and rest houses

The Daata Darbar is the shrine to Lahore's patron saint, Hazrat Daata Ganj Bakhsh. This vast modern structure is always filled with people praying, collecting or bestowing alms, or eating at the huge charity 'langar' or soup kitchen.
Gawal mandi food street
Old Anarkali food street
Shalimar Gardens is a UN World Heritage sight.
Wagah Border The border between Pakistan and India is also an attraction for tourists.

Museums in Lahore

Lahore Museum established during the British Raj in 1864. It displays a complete cross-section of the Culture and History of the region with rare and best collection of the Buddhist art from the Gandhara Period, Islamic artifacts, Calligraphy, Old Manuscripts, Arms, Costumes and Jewelry
Shakir ali Museum ,this museum was actually Shakir's House at 93, Tipu Block, New Garder Town, Lahore, which he made for himself. After his death it was bought by Idara-I-Saqafat-e-Pakistan and formally turned into a museum on April 3rd, 1976. The idea behind it was not only to preserve the great artist's paintings and other masterpieces under one roof but also to open this combination of modern and traditional archietecture to the public.
Fakir Khana Museum a very large and interesting private Museum known as Faqirkhana lies inside the Bhatti Gate and is worth visiting. The museum houses a variety of old paintings, including some by great masters, original manuscripts in different languages and artifacts from South East Asia and the Indo-Pak sub-continent.

Mughal Museum situated at Poonch house, Multan Road, Lahore it was established in 1950. This is an Industrial and commercial Museum, which is meant to depict country's economic resources both in the form of raw products and worked objects. Its collection is arranged in one gallery and one large hall of the building. The main hall displays a range of variety of material such as well plated musical instruments, table lamps of camel skin from Multan and Bhawalpur, cotton, silken-woolen and embroidered textiles from all important cites of Pakistan.

Toolinton Market Museum at Mall Road.
Museum of Cricket is located inside Lahore Gymkhana, Mall road.

PIA Planetarium
National Science Museum at UET G.T. Road Lahore.


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