5 places you must visit in Lahore!
You must have heard the sentence “JDAY LAHORE NI WEKHEA O JAMIA NAI” which translates to ” anyone who has not seen Lahore simply has not lived.”
Lahore is referred to as the “heart of Pakistan”. Moreover, it is also called “cultural capital” of Pakistan because of its vibrant culture.
The city has great historical significance. The city was a seat of the Mughal Empire and the Sikh Empire as well as the capital of Punjab in Mahmud Ghaznavi’s 11th century empire and in the British Empire.
Tourists from all over the world come to Lahore to experience its vibrant culture, old bazaars, vintage aesthetics, and FOOD.
Here are the top 5 places you must visit in Lahore with your friends and families.
Badshahi Mosque, also known as Badshahi Masjid, is the second-largest mosque in Pakistan and the 8th largest mosque in the world in terms of its capacity. The mosque can accommodate roughly around 100,000 worshippers.
The red structure and extraordinary architecture make it majestic and an excellent visiting spot for tourists.
Lahore Fort is also known as Shahi Qila. It is an ancient fortress situated on the north side of the Walled City of Lahore.
It is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The fort also has some of the most famous historical sites of Lahore including Sheesh Mahal, Alamgiri Gate, Naulakha pavilion, and Moti Masjid.
Lahore Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Pakistan. It was established in 1965 under the British rule. The museum is the house of many renowned artifacts including collections from Gandhara, Buddhism, and Indo Greek civilizations. Apart from these collections, the Lahore Museum also has an extensive collection from the Mughal era. If you have a knack for artifacts and antique stuff, then you should definitely visit the Lahore Museum.
The Shalimar Gardens are a gorgeous Mughal Garden situated in Lahore.The architecture of the garden is inspired by Persian and Arabic culture. Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor laid the foundation of the garden for his beloved wife Noor Jahan in 1641.
There are 410 water fountains in the garden, made up of high-quality marble. The whole water system and architectural structure are so complex that even today architects are unable to fully understand the blueprint of the structure. Apart from fountains, there are five water cascades in the garden as well which give extra beauty to the place. If you are a fan of Mughal architecture then you should pay a visit to Shalimar Bagh.
Anarkali Bazaar is among the Lahore’s best places to visit. If you love shopping and that too on a budget then Anarkali Bazaar will save your day. It is one of the oldest and largest markets in South Asia. Some people believe that it is approximately 200 years old.
Anarkali bazar has a variety of products such as textiles, garments, decoration items, and jewelry. If you are looking for cheap and affordable goods then head towards Anarkali bazaar. Also, there is a huge selection of street food in Anarkali.