Lahore is known as Pakistan’s cultural capital. Influenced by many different cultures throughout history, a tourist can never get bored in Lahore. There is always something incredible to witness: the breathtaking architecture, rich cuisine, variety of shopping districts, and historical sites.
Here are the top 10 places to visit in Lahore!
MM Alam Road (Lahore Food Street)
Named after Muhammad Mahmood Alam, a hero in Pakistan’s Air Force, this food street has some of the greatest restaurants in Lahore. It’s designed beautifully and is a sight to see at night when all the lights shine like stars in the sky. Anyone who enjoys such an atmosphere with delicious food should certainly pay a visit to MM Alam Road.
A historically rich place, this mosque is one of the most famous mosques in the world. It was constructed in 1647 by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The mosque can hold over 40,000 people for prayer in a single praying session. The Badshahi Mosque is made entirely from red sandstone, making it a wonderful sight in the warm orange glow of the sunset.
The history of Pakistan is fascinating and the Lahore Museum offers visitors the opportunity to take a glimpse into the past. Constructed in the 18th century, this museum contains artifacts from Indus Valley civilizations such as Mohenjodaro and Harrapa. It also displays Islamic artifacts. It’s a must-visit for students who curious about the history of our country!
Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort)
This is a beautiful Mughal structure. It was built in the 11th century by Mahmood Ghaznavi. This fort is an ideal place for people who enjoy art, with all its different gardens, palaces, halls, and mosques. In fact, the places located within the Lahore Fort offer a spell-bounding ambiance, attracting thousands of tourists.
Liberty Market and Anarkali Bazaar
Anarkali Bazaar is the place to visit for people who love shopping. One of the best ways to delve into the culture of a city is to visit its marketplaces. In that aspect, Anarkali Bazaar truly provides you with the full experience. It has all kinds of stores, selling jewelry to clothing, and even major superstores. It’s definitely memorable place to visit!
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Shalimar Gardens is one of the best places to visit for those who love nature. Built by Shah Jehan in 1641, it’s famous for its Mughal architecture. Undoubtedly, students should visit this beautiful mark of history to understand the Mughal Era in the Subcontinent.
Mini Golf Club
Not exactly a representation of the culture of Pakistan, the Mini Golf Club is the odd one out on this list. However, this is one of the go-to spots for the youth of Lahore to have fun in the evenings. Aside from golf, this place offers some great hookah and food.
Masjid Wazir Khan
A contrast to the Lahore Fort, Masjid Wazir Khan has incredible Qashani tilework and its kaleidoscopic sights are enough to make everyone grab their cameras and phones. Surprisingly, it was built in a small amount of time (only 7 years!) by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan. The intricate architecture this mosque can fool anyone into thinking it took ages to get built!
Minar e Pakistan
The representation of Pakistan’s ideology, the Minar e Pakistan is one of the most famous monuments in Pakistan. The beautiful architecture of this monument is a perfect blend of Islamic, Mughal, and modern styles, making it a favorite tourist destination. The patriotic value of this place makes it famous all over Pakistan.
Lahore Wagah Border
And finally, the Wagah Border. This marks the border between Pakistan and its neighbor India. The ceremony held at the Wagah Border draws countless tourists each evening, a practice performed by both Pakistani and Indian soldiers since 1959. In fact, it’s so popular that everyone who visits Lahore goes to watch the ceremonial marches at least ones!
Although there are more charming places in Lahore than one can count, the above mentioned destinations will surely fascinate any student! Make sure that you invite your friends with you when you go to these places so you can learn more. Aside from Lahore, there are many great places in other cities that you should visit as well. From Karachi to Peshawar, Pakistani cities offer culture, beautiful sights, entertainment, and historical knowledge abundantly!