Places to see in Lahore

Lahore is one of the most famous cities in Punjab not only because it is bursting with culture, but also because it has numerous sightseeing options. The best part is, each famous spot in Lahore has a story to tell. Here are a few sites that have a rich history.

The Minar-e-Pakistan

This monument is one of the most known places in Lahore because its photo is printed on the Pakistani currency. Minar-e-Pakistan is also popular because it represents the ideology of Pakistan in many ways. It was built on the site were the Lahore Lahore Resolution was passed by the All-India Muslim League on 23rd of March, 1940.

Shalimar Gardens

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shalimar Garden was built in the year 1641 by Shah Jahan, the great Mughal emperor. This 80 acres of magnificent Garden is a great example of the famous Mughal Empire and its unique architectural style that boasts of creativity and royalty.According to court historians trees and flowers were planted in Shalimar Gardens on August 31,1641. These included cypresses, chenars, flowers, bushes, fragrant herbs and fruit trees. These plants might not be spotted in the Mughal site today, but there are numerous other beautiful flowers present that will leave you in awe.

Lahore Wagah Border

Located in the Wagah village, Wagah border serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India. The border is located 24 kilometres from Lahore and 32 kilometres from Amritsar.

But why should you visit this place? Because a trip to Lahore would not be complete without viewing the famous Wagah border ceremony. Every evening tourists come to witness the ceremony where a military practice is performed by both Pakistan and India. Both the sides compete with each other by performing different marches in an attempt to see which side si stronger. The ceremony has been taking place since 1959.

Data darbar

Data Darbar in Lahore is the largest Sufi shrine in South Asia and was built on the remains of the Muslim mystic, Abul Hassan Ali Hujwiri. He was known popularly as Data Ganj Baksh. The site is considered to be one of the most sacred places in Lahore, and has visitors from all over the country.

The shrine came under Pakistani government control as part of the Auquf Ordinance of 1960, with the official aim of preventing shrine caretakers throughout the country from financially exploiting devotees. The shrine is also famous for Mehfil-e-Sama, a 2-day qawwali music festival.

Badshahi Mosque

Completed in 1674 under the Mughal emperor the Badshahi Mosque is one of the world’s largest mosques. With huge gateways, four tapering minarets of red sandstone, three vast marble domes and an open courtyard said to hold up to 100,000 people, the mosque is a must visit spot for all art lovers.

The place is also famous for wedding shoots.