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Top Places to visit in Lahore

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN LAHORE


Lahore is a provincial capital of Punjab and the second biggest city of Pakistan. It is a most developed city with modern infrastructure. Lahore has a rich history dating back over a millennium. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Lahore remains an economic, political, transportation, entertainment, and educational hub of Pakistan.

If you have never been to Lahore before and have plan to visit Lahore, following are the public places that you must visit to experience the essence of Lahore. This list includes modern as well as historical places of Lahore.

Minar-e-Pakistan

Minar-e-Pakistan constructed between 1960-1968 has an important historical importance that connects back to foundation of Pakistan located in Iqbal Park beside Badshahi Masjid.

Photo by: Shaheryar Khokhar

Badshahi Mosque

Badshahi Mosque (Masjid) is Pakistan’s second largest mosque and fifth largest mosque in the world, built by Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal Emperor, in 1673 It is part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993.

Photo by: Bilal Javeed

Lahore Fort (Shahi Qila) and Hazuri Bagh

Lahore Fort is also known as Shahi Qila, constructed by Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1556-1605. The fort manifests the rich traditions of Mughal architecture.
Some famous places such as Sheesh Mahal, Alamgiri Gate, Naulakha Pavilion, and Moti Masjid situted within the Shahi Qila.

Photo by: Abu Baker

Masjid Wazir Khan (Wazir Khan Mosque)

Masjid Wazir Khan was constructed between 1634–1635 in the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, famous for its extensive faience tile work, named after then-governor of Lahore who was commonly known as Wazir Khan.


Photo by: Moiz Ismail

Wazir Khan Hammam


Photo by: Abrar Naqvi

Grand Jamia Mosque

Grand Jamia Mosque, the 3rd largetst mosque, located in Bahria Town, Lahore. It is also a fifth largest mosque in the world, built in 2014. it is a beautiful combination of modern architectural style.


Photo by : Haroon Khan

Lahore Museum

It is a biggest museum of Pakistan, established in 1865. The current building of Lahore Museum was designed by the well-known architect Sir Ganga Ram.

Photo by: Waqas Akram

Lahore Zoo and Safari Zoo

Lahore Zoo is Established in 1872 one of the largest zoos in South Asia.
Lahore safari park, very famous between local habitants, includes Indian peafowl, Bengal tiger, common pheasant, emu, lion, among many others. You can enjoy boating and fishing at lake situated in Safari Zoo.


Photo by: Adnan Khan

Sozo Water Park

Sozo Water Park is one of the few water-themed amusement parks in the city. There are couple of pools and slides in this park.

Photo by: Waqas Akram

Jehangir’s Tomb


Photo by: Ali Nawaz

Eiffel Tower Replica

Anarkali’s Tomb

Governor House

Tomb of Muhammad Iqbal and Museum

Allama Iqbal Tomb Lahore

Chauburji

Chauburji Lahore

Gurudwara Dera Sahib

Gurudwara Dera Sahib

Mosque of Mariyam Zamani BegumMosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum

Akbari Sarai

Albari Sarai

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Sacred Heart Cathedral lahore

PIA Planetarium

PIA Planetarium

Shrine of Lahore

Lahore has a number of shrines such as shrine of Hazrat Baba Naugazah, shrine of Pir Balkhi Shaheed, Shrine of Pir Bhola, Shrine of Said Mitha Sarkar, Shrine of Syed Shams Shahzada, Shrine of Billian Wali Sarkar

Walled City of Lahore

The Walled city of Lahore, also known as the “old city”, or “Androon Shehr.
In the Mughal days, the old City was surrounded by a 9 meter high brick wall and had a rampart running around it which served as a protection for the city. A circular road around the rampart gave access to the city through thirteen gates. Some of the imposing structures of these gates are still preserved. The name os these gates are as follows

  • The Raushnai Gate, or the “Gate of Light” is between the royal mosque and the citadels.
  • The Kashmiri Gate is so called because it faces the direction of Kashmir.
  • The Masti Gate is not the actual name but is rather twisted and pronounced instead of “Masjidi,” which means a mosque.
  • The Khizri or the Sheranwala Gate. As already noted, the river in former times flowed by the city walls, and the ferry was near this spot. The gate was, therefore, named Khizri, after the name of Khizr Elias, the patron saint, according to the Mahomedan belief, of running waters and streams, and the discoverer of the water of immortality.
  • The Yakki Gate. The original name was “Zaki,” which was derived from the name of a martyr saint, who, according to tradition, fell fighting against the Moghal infidels from the north, while gallantly defending his city
  • The Dehli Gate is so called because of its opening on to the highway from Lahore to Delhi.
  • The Akbari Gate was named after Mahomed Jala-ud-din Akbar, who rebuilt the town and citadel.
  • The Mochi Gate is the name wrongly pronounced. It was name was actually Moti meaning a pearl. It was called so after the name of Moti Ram, an officer of Akbar, who resided here at that time.
  • The Shah ‘Almi Gate was named after Mohomed Mo’azzam Shah ‘Alam Bahadur Shah (the son and successor of Aurangzeb). He was a mild and generous Emperor, who died in Lahore on the 28th February 1712.
  • The Lahori Gate also known as the Lohari gate has been named after the city of Lahore.
  • The Mori Gate is the smallest of the gateways and as its name implies, was in old times used as an outlet for the refuse and sweepings of the city.
  • The Bhatti Gate was named after the Bhatis, an ancient Rajput tribe who inhabited these quarters in old times.
  • The Taxali Gate was named after the Taxal or royal mint, that used to be in its neighborhood during the period of the Mahomedan Emperors.

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