Here is a fun fact; Lahore is known to be amongst the oldest cities in the world. Isn’t that cool? Cool enough to visit it and have a look at its rich architecture? Lahore has never failed to attract tourists from around the world, and no, food is not the only factor responsible for this, but the numerous places to visit, architecture, the famous bazaars, basically you will have a very long list of “things to do”.
Don’t worry, this article will help figure out some of the most important places for you to visit. They are considered to be a must, while in the city. Lahore surely has a lot to offer, and people do enjoy the perks.
Places to visit:
Food Street is the oldest amongst the places, and has a history attached to its existence. The buildings in the area were made centuries ago, although there has always been room for a little bit of touch up. The food street is home for the most controversial place, known as “Heera Mandi” The food street is the go to place, when tourists are visiting the place and looking for typical Lahori food. It is open almost all night long.
The Shahi Qila is also known as the Lahore fort, and is a perfect example of the amazing Mughal architecture, which took place in their reign. There is no doubt that they had put in a lot of effort in the building of the city. This very fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Mahmood of Ghazni. It was completed in the 11th century. For those who are looking to explore the older parts of the city, and have love for art then this place is a must. It is full of palaces, gardens, mosques and halls. The measurement of the fort is almost 1400 feet by 1115 feet, and not just that, it is one of the most liked places by the tourists.
Anarkali Bazaar and Liberty Market:
Just like every other woman in the world, the women of Lahore have great love for shopping. While visiting a city or any place, shopping is on top of the list, it is one of the best ways to connect with the place and take a little something with them, which belongs to the city. The most famous markets in Lahore for the purpose of shopping are Anarkali and liberty market. If you are longing for such a shopping experience, where you would love shop till you can’t shop anymore, then you are at the right place. Lahore will not fail to live up to you expectations. Anarkali and liberty market is home for ethnic jewelry, traditional clothes, leather jackets etc.
Apart from other places there are various religious places in Lahore, which hold great importance in the hearts of its people. Daata Durbar is certainly one of them, as it is known to serve as a home for the remains of a Sufi saint, Abdul Hassan Ali Hajveri. It does not matter which day you are visiting this durbar, it is full of people day and night. People from all over the country come to Lahore, especially to visit Daata Durbar. The people who have a strong belief on Abdul Hassan Ali hajveri, come in large groups to pay their regards and collect blessings. Other than that the homeless and poor go there for the free Langar.
For people who have great regard for nature and its beauty, then Shalamar Gardens serve as a way to be free from the noisy and busy roads of Lahore. The shalamar gardens were built in the year 1641, by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who is known to be one of the most successful rulers in the history. The gardens cover an area of about 80 acres, and it shows the pure talent of the architects. The three terraces which are situated right in the middle of the gardens are known as Hayat Baksh, Faiz Baksh and Farah Baksh. The place is surrounded by marbled floor and walls.
Minar-e-Pakistan has made its place in the heart of every Pakistani. Due to its history, it is known to be the core and an amazing representation of the ideology of Pakistan, achieved under the guidance of a great leader, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is situated in a very famous park, called Iqbal Park. The reason behind all the love and regard which is offered to this monument is an announcement which changed everything. It is the very place where, Qaid-e-Azam passed the Lahore resolution on 23 march 1940. Whenever people come to Lahore, visiting this historical monument turns out to be a great joy, as one gets to have a look at the architecture.