As Pakistan’s unparalleled cultural capital, Lahore is full of forts, tombs and mosques – and holds history at every turn. You can easily lose yourself in the Walled City and watch the present melt away.
Once the capital of Punjab, myths and legends surround this ancient destination. From the moment your flight to Lahore arrives, you’ll be enthralled as you weave in and out of tiny alleyways and discover the many gates that still guard the historical centre.
A visit to the 16th century Lahore Fort is essential – it’s a sophisticated complex of grand pavilions, halls and gardens. Mughal architecture mixes with colonial remains whilst the daily life of the locals ebbs and flows.
Badshahi Mosque, one of the world’s largest, is awe-inspiring and is another great introduction to the majesty of this grand old city.
Lahore’s culinary delights are also remarkable. Indulge rumbling stomachs at Food Street in Gawalmandi, where the smells of delicious curries can be inhaled during all hours of the day. You can take in the vibrant atmosphere with a cold lassi at one of the many street-side cafes. Then pick up trinkets, pashminas, gold and silver at the famous Anarkali Bazar or have an entire wardrobe made to fit at one of the city’s many tailors.
As with most Pakistani cities, auto-rickshaws are the easiest way to navigate the chaotic streets. Accommodation in Lahore is diverse – you’ll find a collection of international hotels on The Mall road and there has been a spate of new openings around Johar Town and Defence Area.
Lahore’s famous buzz doesn’t dip at dusk. Visit the Liberty Market or Fortress Stadium for a chance to socialise once the sun goes down.