Lahore, Pakistan: Top Best Things To Do

 Badshahi MosqueFaqir Khana MuseumLahore FortLahore FortLahore MuseumPeacock in Lahore ZooShalimar GardensWazir Khan Mosque at Night

Lahore Fort

It is located at the Walled City of Lahore where it is one of the oldest cities in the world. The fort is built by Mughals. It is added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The fort was modified by Jehangir in 1618 and later Sikhs and the British damaged it later on. After that, it has been partially restored. For a better understanting of the fort’s story, it is possible to hire a guide for Rs 150. There is also a small museum that is dedicated to the Sikh period of the 18th century. The entrance fee to the Fort is Rs 200 for foreigners.

The Badshahi Mosque

It was built by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb and completed in 1674. It is located across the main gateway of the Lahore Fort. The Badshahi Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques. The rooms above the entrance gate are said to house hairs of the Prohpet Mohammed and other relics. The mosque is illuminated during the evenings. It was discovered that the mosque can hold around 40,000 people for worshipping in a single prayer session. What makes it unique is that it s made entirely of red sandstone. The entrance to the mosque is free but the ones who enter inside will be asked Rs 10 to the shoe keeper upon exit.

Faqir Khana  Museum

It is a large and interesting private museum which is located inside the Bhatti Gate. It houses different range of old paintings such as by great masters, original manuscripts in different languages and some artifacts from South East Asia and the Indo-Paki sub-continent. Items include relics of Prophet Mohammed, early Qurans, porcelain pieces, carvings and many more. Entrance is free but taking pictures is not allowed.

Gates of the Inner City

During the Mughal era, the Old City was surrounded by a 9 meter high brick wall and had a rampart running around it in order to protect the city. A circular road around the rampart gave access to the city through thirteen gates which are the Raushnai Gate called “Gate of Light” that is located between the royal mosque and the citadels, The Kashmiri Gate which faces teh direction of Kashmir, the Masti Gate, the Khizri or the Sheranwala Gate, the Yakki Gate, the Dehli Gate that is so called bacause it faces the direction of Delhi, the Akbari Gate, the Mochi Gate , the Shah ‘Almi Gate, the Lahori Gate which is named after the city of Lahore, the Mori Gate that is the smallest of the gateways, the Bhatti Gate and the Taxali Gate.

Lahore Zoo

It is a very important zoo and it is the biggest zoo in South Asia. It was established in 1872. The wild life department is taken highly care of by the government of Pakistan. It is also one of the oldest zoos on the subcontinent. It includes a variety of bird species along with lions, elephants, monkeys, leopars, giraffes and many more. There are wide range of plants and trees that some of them dates back to the 16th century. Lahore Zoo is one of the main attractions in Lahore and every year, it attracts a large crowd.

Shalimar Gardens

It is located 4 km from the main train station.  The gardens were created by Shah Jahan. It is a three-tiered formal garden which was built in the 1600s and it has been added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance is Rs 200 for foreigners. The gardens are now an attraction for locals and travellers.

Lahore Museum

It was established during the British Raj in 1864. It features a complete cross section of the Culture and History of the region with rare and best collection of Buddhist artworks from Gandhara Period, Islamic artifacts, Old manuscripts and many more. Lahore Museum is the most impressive museum in Pakistan with it displays. It has almost 20 galleries with items that dates from the Stone Age to the 20th century. It is open from Sundays to Thursdays from 09:00 to 17:00.

Minar-e Pakistan

It is regarded as the Eiffel Tower of Pakistan. It was built on the site in 1940 when the creation of a separate state for Muslims were recognized due to the Pakistan Resolution. There are a lift and stairs to go on top of the Minar for views of Lahore Fort but nowadays it has been closed.

Wazir Khan Mosque

The mosque is located near Delhi Gate and it was founded in the 17th century by Sheıkh Ilm-ud Din Ansari known as Wazir Khan. He was the royal physician and later governor of Punjab. It used to be an important centre for training Islamic Calligraphers.  

Wagah Border

It is the border between Pakistan and India which is an attraction for tourists. There is a ceremony at the border everyday and it is worth seeing. It is possible to cross the Wagah border and visit the Golden Temple.

Cricket

Cricket is the main passion in Pakistan like it is in India. The Gadaffi Stadium hosts international matches and it is comfortable to watch.