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Lahore in a Day

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ImageViewing all of Lahore in one day is, as with any other city in the world, an impossible task. However, much of Lahore’s history, culture and lifestyle can be absorbed in one day by following the itinerary below:

Start off early in the morning; make the Lahore Museum on the famous Mall Road, your first stop. This museum opens at 9 A.M. Take a journey back in time through the ages to learn more about this region, its rulers, its people and its culture. Some beautiful exhibits are on display such as the fasting Buddha, Mughal regalia, jewelry and other artifacts dating back to the Stone Age.

 

Next, stop at Lahore’s most famous shopping district: Liberty. Hundreds of stalls sell everything from unstitched garments to kurtas, stoles, shawls, jewelery, henna and shoes. Pick up a pair of traditional ‘khussas’ or ‘chappals’ from the legendary Khussa Mahal, literally translated as the 'Palace of Shoes'.


Then make your way to MM Alam Road and stop at Aylanto for a fine dining experience. For those on a budget, head to Sichuan to experience some unforgettable Chinese cuisine. Both restaurants serve delicious food.

 

After this, go towards the Inner City, Lahore’s most famous and certainly its oldest district where Mughal Rule of the subcontinent is showcased at its best. Make Lahore Fort your first stop and allow the grandeur of this structure to sink in. Be sure to visit the dungeons below where prisoners were kept as recently as during General Zia’s rule in the 80s. After this, visit the Royal Baths or Shahi Hammams which though poorly maintained, reflects the luxury of that period. 

 

Next visit Wazir Khan Mosque and become bewitched by the beauty of the intricate tile work on the roof and walls.  Make Badshahi Mosque the last historical sight you visit. Built by yet another Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, this red sandstone structure is beautiful as are its minarets which soar high into the sky.


Stop for dinner at Cooco’s Den, also in the Inner City close to the red light area. Whilst the cuisine is traditional and not extraordinary, visitors will be enthralled by the ambience in this restaurant. Owned by an artist whose mother and sister worked as prostitutes in the red light area, the walls of this restaurant are dotted with beautiful paintings of these and other women. Sit on the roof and drink in the beauty of the illuminated Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque down below.
 

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