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    Silk Road: The Ancient City of Lahore-X

    Written by: Amna Javed - Posted on: May 22, 2015 | Post your comment here Comments | 中文 (Chinese)

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    Lahore: Second Largest City of Pakistan

    The Badshahi Mosque and Minar-e-Pakistan

    With a population of about 9 million people, Lahore is Pakistan’s second largest city after Karachi and is also the capital of Pakistan’s most populated province, Punjab. With a history spread over thousands of years, Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan that boasts a rich traditional identity. After Gujranwala, the route marked as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passes through this legendary city.

    Lahore: Second Largest City of Pakistan

    Old Lahore

    The city boasts numerous attractions for tourists and has enough sites to keep the visitors busy throughout their stay in the city. While the Mughal and Sikh legacy lives on in the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and the Gurdwara, the Mall Road is lined with colonial gothic-buildings reminiscent of the British Rule, and suburbs of Gulberg and Defense feature palatial mansions and modern shopping districts.

    Shrouded in the mists of antiquity, the ‘walled city’ of Lahore is the oldest part of the city and has dozens of places that are worth visiting, including the Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. Adjacent to these is the Minar-e-Pakistan, where the Pakistan Resolution was passed and the idea of a separate Muslim country took shape. Besides these prominent places, the inner city is filled with small shrines and palaces, out of which the Imperial baths and the Asif Jah Haveli (recently restored) are the most impressive. In addition to that, the Wazir Khan Mosque is also an exquisite structure of Mughal architecture located near the Delhi Gate. Masterpieces from the Mughal era have been disseminated all over the city. These sites include the Shalimar Gardens, a three-tiered formal garden built in 1600s, the Chauburji Gate at Chauburji Chowk and other tombs and mausoleums including those of Jahangir and Nur Jahan.

    Lahore: Second Largest City of Pakistan

    Majestic Lahore Fort

    The Changa Manga Park, located at a distance of about sixty-eight kilometers form the city, is a man-made forest park and is one of the most popular picnic spots near the city. It features a lake as well as a miniature railway that winds its way through the forest. The famous Daata Darbar, shrine to Lahore’s patron saint Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh, is also an important landmark in Lahore. The famous shrine is always busy with the hustle and bustle of people who reach the darbar to pray and collect blessings. A huge charity kitchen or ‘lungar’ is also arranged at the shrine everyday to feed the poor.

    On Thursdays, there is a regular gathering at the Shrine of Shah Jamal where the renowned drummer Pappu Saein and his disciples perform on the huge, two-sided dhol and enchant the devotees of the shrine who enter a trance and dance wildly as hundreds of people watch.

    Lahore: Second Largest City of Pakistan

    Shalimar Gardens

    Another reason for Lahore’s fame is its cuisine. This is reflected in the array of restaurants that the town hosts. These restaurants provide a variety of options to food enthusiasts who can choose anything from the rich, local cuisine to continental, Thai or Chinese etc. Besides food outlets, the visitors may also be interested in visiting the Lahore Museum situated on the Mall Road. The Museum was built in 1895 and was curated by Rudyard Kipling’s father for a while.

    On the economic front, Lahore is famous as the hub for hand-made carpet manufacturing in Pakistan. Currently, the hand-made carpets produced in and around Lahore constitute Pakistan’s leading export commodity and their industry forms the second-largest cottage industry in the country. Lahore has an immense contribution to the economy of Pakistan. The area provides multiple opportunities for growth as it is considered a safe place to invest in.

    Lahore: Second Largest City of Pakistan

    Liberty Market

    With its central location and easy access, Lahore will be at the heart of all trade once the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is completed. It will allow the locals to expand their businesses and also generate newer business opportunities for them in a vast number of areas.


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