Walled City Lahore Reviews
Lahore, the cultural hub Mar 06, 2011
Lahore is a good blend of historical as well as modern essence of this land. In some neighborhood, one will get to see the ancient Mogul architecture landmarks, in some, the post modern era, the developed new Lahore.
Most interesting face is the ancient one. Those narrow lanes of Walled city, under the shadow of Minar-e-Pakistan.
One should go see the Badshahi mosque (literally means the mosque of the King) built by Mogul emperor. Its made of red bricks and reflects the might of Mogul empire back in the centuries. A very interesting fact about it is that adjacent to Badshahi mosque is the red-light area of Lahore called Heera Mandi (The diamond market). The 'business hours', as per the permit and regulations by our government, are between 11 pm to 1 am. Its worth a trip, very old buildings pack the area and very interesting characters you'll find around you, a bit more colourful than the rest :)
You just have to cross the right gate of the mosque and voila!
Do go visit Lawrence garden, another old place perfect for evening-out.
Shalamar Garden (another Mogul left-over) is lovely and makes you feel back in times.
Red fort, another interesting place is all about the strategical side of the empire.
Food! Yes, Lahore offers perhaps the most delicious Pakistani meal ever! Rely on the food streets of Lahore for they have the variety and menu to meet everyone's expectation.
Try Cuckoo's cafe and Peeru's cafe. Peeru's (a brainchild of a very artistic family) offers many happenings like sufi music festival, cultural shows and theatre along with good food.
There are several small to medium scale hotels around Mall road. Reasonable, affordable and hospitable.
Visit M M Alam road for the modern food places, boutiques, salons famous designers and cafes. It has taken up the role of the fashion street of Lahore very quietly.
Oh, don't miss Wagah border. There, the Pakistan-India rivalry comes to life.
For more city centre, reasonable hotel rooms, try Best Western Hotel and Liberty hotel, both are located in Liberty market.
Plan a trip and I assure you, you will never forget Lahore. As this famous local saying goes "the one who has not seen Lahore hasn't been born'
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