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As anyone who has ever been on a travel adventure in Pakistan will tell you, Lahore is not only home to some truly stunning architecture, but is the beating heart of Pakistan. Whether you are wandering the bazaars, enjoying a Rickshaw ride, or sampling some amazing fusion food, you will definitely not be disappointed. We thought we’d let you in on a few secrets of things you shouldn’t miss whilst on your travels.

Lahore Museum

A trip to Lahore wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the amazing Lahore Museum, the biggest and perhaps most impressive museum in Pakistan. The museum exhibits items spanning way back to the Stone Ages, and filling almost 20 galleries. It’s especially famous for the ‘Fasting Buddha’ sculpture, and other artifacts from the Gandharan civilisation, a collection of art from the Islamic period, incredible display of miniature paintings, and a magnificent collection of coins from the Achaemenian period onwards.

lahore museum

Badshahi Mosque

Nothing could prepare you for the scale of one of Lahore’s most impressive buildings, and one of the world’s largest mosques, the Badshahi Mosque. Through the huge gateways is an open courtyard of red sandstone, four tapering minarets of the same stone.

The mosque was completed by the emperor Aurangzeb in 1674 and is another incredible example of Mughal architecture. Clad in red sand stone with three vast marble domes, its grand and graceful dimensions made it the largest mosque in the world for over 300 years. Today, its courtyard still accommodates over 100,000 worshippers.

The three large marble domes which when illuminated at night looks magnificent, as if glowing from within.

badshahi mosque

Lowering of the Flags Ceremony

If you’d like to see something completely different, take an afternoon to witness the extraordinary lowering of the flags ceremony, which takes place at the Wagah border every evening before sunset. The frontier guards of Pakistan square up to the frontier guards of India in an act of great bravado, pomp and ceremony, closing the gate between the two countries. The ceremony starts with a parade from soldiers of both sides, and ends up in the two nations lowering their flags in perfect coordination.

This over-the-top spectacle of national pride has a genuine party atmosphere and brings out large crowds on both sides with one goal in mind: to prove which crowd can cheer the loudest. Better yet, this is just one of the huge number of cultural events those on Pakistan tours are likely to encounter during their travel adventures.

lowering of the flags ceremony

Jehangir´s Tomb

The elaborately decorated tomb of Jahangir is located in Shahdara, a suburb of Lahore on the northern outskirts of the city. The tomb is a mausoleum built for Jahangir who ruled the Mughal Empire from 1605 to 1627.

The exterior of the mausoleum is clad with red sandstone and decorated with marble motifs, similar to the interior of the mausoleum which is decorated with marble of various colours, delicate inlay work and floral frescoes. Outside is a sunken passageway with one tunnel supposedly leading to Shalimar Gardens and another to Hiran Minar – both tunnels are now bricked up.

Today, the tomb of Jahangir holds special significance for Pakistanis as it is the only Mughal tomb located in present-day Pakistan. Its image appears on the 1,000 rupee banknote and it remains one of Lahore’s most popular attractions.

 

If you’d like to experience some of these amazing attractions, then The Pakistan’s Cities – 5000 years of History and Culture Tour in October might be for you! See one of the many happy customers reviews below.

“Let me thank you for enabling my father and I to have such a deeply memorable and enjoyable stay in Lahore. We had some really great experiences that we did not expect to have. For example, listening to Javed sing in the walled city bath house was deeply atmospheric and moving, something we will not forget. Also, discussing the finer points of punjabi folk tales, with such a receptive audience, on the restaurant terraces above the mosque, was a real joy for my father.

Truly, we became very good friends at the end of 3 days. And our memories of Lahore, an enchanting city, were enhanced by the friendship.”

 

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