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“The Pakistani city of Lahore is one of the Indian subcontinent’s most brilliant gems, yet it remains relatively obscure outside the country – an unexpected pleasure for travelers. With Pakistan enjoying improved security, visitors are starting to rediscover the city’s treasures. As one of the most historically rich, and culturally important cities on the whole of the subcontinent — yet without the curse of mass tourism — it represents one of the most exciting and vibrant travel destinations in the region. .Pakistan finally seems to be emerging from the shadows, back onto the tourist map”

Johnny Bealby, Wild Frontiers CEO & Founder.

‘Anyone who hasn’t seen Lahore simply hasn’t lived.’

LAHORE: The Heart of Pakistan

Lahore is a stunning old city and is widely considered to be the cultural capital of Pakistan.

Lahore is Lahore and” A person should visit Lahore to get himself registered in the list of people who has been born”. Lahore the cultural capital of South Asia offers some of the most majestic spellbinding sites– a historic metropolis, a city of destiny and the cultural heart of Pakistan, it has been an important city during Ghaznavids rule, the Mughal, the Sikh and the colonial rule. These different rulers have left their mark on the city, leaving richness in the arts, culture and the architecture of the city. The stories of the walled city are endless and leave the visitors enthralled with their richness. See Lahore Map

Lahore is a stunning old city and is widely considered to be the cultural capital of Pakistan.

Lahore is Lahore and” A person should visit Lahore to get himself registered in the list of people who has been born”. Lahore the cultural capital of South Asia offers some of the most majestic spellbinding sites– a historic metropolis, a city of destiny and the cultural heart of Pakistan, it

has been an important city during Ghaznavids rule, the Mughal, the Sikh and the colonial rule. These different rulers have left their mark on the city, leaving richness in the arts, culture and the architecture of the city. The stories of the walled city are endless and leave the visitors enthralled with their richness. See Lahore Map

Data Darbar: Hazrat Ali Hujwiri Data Ganj Bakhsh R.A.

He propagated the religious, spiritual, moral and educational dimensions of Islam in South Asia.

Data Darbar is the tomb of Hazrat Syed Abul Hassan Bin Usman Bin Ali Al-Hajweri (Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh), the famous Sufi saint of Iran, where thousands of people come each year to pay their respects and to say their prayers. There are many books attributed to him including Kashaf ul Mahjoob, Kashaf ul Israr, Minhaj ud Din and Albiyan Lahil Ayan. However, the most popular books Kashful Mahjoob (The revelation of the Veiled). It is a masterpiece, originally written in Persian and later translated into many languages. 

 

He propagated the religious, spiritual, moral and educational dimensions of Islam in South Asia.

Data Darbar is the tomb of Hazrat Syed Abul Hassan Bin Usman Bin Ali Al-Hajweri (Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh), the famous Sufi saint of Iran, where thousands of people come each year to pay their respects and to say their prayers. There are many books attributed to him including Kashaf ul Mahjoob, Kashaf ul Israr, Minhaj ud Din and Albiyan Lahil Ayan.

However, the most popular books Kashful Mahjoob (The revelation of the Veiled). It is a masterpiece, originally written in Persian and later translated into many languages. 

The Tomb of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938), poet and philosopher known for his influential efforts to direct his fellow Muslims in British-administered.

Iqbal mausoleum is in Lahore where thousands of people arrive to pay their respects to the poet-philosopher. The tomb architecture has a blend of styles reflects mostly in the Mughal style. The structure is completely built of red Sandstone, which was brought from Jaipur, India, and building marble from, Rajputana. The mausoleum was designed by chief architect, Nawab Zain Yar Jang Bahadur. The tombstone was a gift from the people of Afghanistan, made of lapis lazuli and with the inscription of Quranic verses in calligraphy inscribed in Afghanistan.

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THE MAGICAL WALLED CITY OF LAHORE

The Walled City forms the historic core of Lahore was established around 1000 CE.

The fabled Walled City in Lahore, with its ancient mosques, fortifications, gardens and palaces, has long been one of Pakistan’s historical jewels. Most of the 2.6 square kilometre city’s encircling wall and 12 gates were built during the Mughal era. Akbar, during his stay in Lahore, built a brick wall around the old city for defensive purposes. These walls were badly ruined in 1849 when the British replaced with gardens which still exist today. The Walled City rose in prominence when Lahore Fort – was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The Walled City was bestowed with numerous monuments during the Mughal era, with some of Lahore’s most iconic structures being located in it.

 

Fort and Shalamar Gardens

 Heritage Sites of Universal Value

two masterpieces from the time of the brilliant Mughal civilization,

The two complexes – one characterized by monumental structures and the other by extensive water gardens - are outstanding examples of Mughal artistic expression at its height, as it evolved during the 16th and 17th centuries. Both of these distinct royal complexes were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981

The Lahore Fort, in the Walled City of Lahore
The Shalimar Gardens, constructed by Shah Jahan in 1641-2

Timeline of the History of Lahore

  • 1000BC-1043AD
  • 1039-1526AD
  • 1524AD-1712AD
  • 1739AD-1947AD
  • 1000 BC: Foundation of Lahore by Prince Loh, Son of Rama Chandra
  • 630 AD: A Great Brahman City according to Hieun Tsang
  • 800~900 AD: Under Brahman rule
  • 975 AD: Subuktagin, father of Mahmood Ghaznavid of Ghazni invades Lahore and defeats Raja Jaipal
  • 1021AD: Mahmood Ghaznavid captures the city
  • 1043 AD: Hindu Rajas of Northern India lay siege to Lahore for seven months
  • 1039~1099AD: Golden Rule of Ghaznavids under Zahir-ud-Din Ibrahim
  • 1157~1186AD: Capital of Ghaznavids under twelfth Ghaznavid Emperor
  • 1186~1206AD: Shahab-ud-Din Ghauri conquers Lahore
  • 1241~1310AD: The Mongols ransack Lahore several times
  • 1398AD: Timur Lenk “Temer Lane” plunders Lahore
  • 1236~1526AD: The “Khilji, Tughlaq, Syed and Lodhi dynasties” succeed one another in Delhi till Babur captures.

 

  • 1524AD: Babur captures Lahore
  • 1554AD: “Babar’s son Humayun” returns in triumph after 14 years of exile
  • 1556-1605: Akbar the Great ascends the throne and ruled till death
  • 1606AD: Emperor Jahangir besieges Lahore
  • 1622AD: Jahangir fixes his court in Lahore
  • 1629 AD: Shahjahan proclaimed emperor at Lahore
  • 1629~1658AD: Lahore enjoys peace and prosperity under Ali Mardan and Wazir Khan, Governors of Emperor Shahjahan
  • 1659AD: Emperor Aurangzeb enters Lahore
  • 1712AD: Aurangzeb’s dies at Lahore
  • 1739AD: “Nadir Shah, the King of Persia” captures Lahore
  • 1748-1767AD: Nadir’s successor, Ahmad Shah Abdali invades Lahore eight times
  • 1764-1794AD: Three Sikh Chiefs,“Lahna Singh, Sobha Singh and Gujjar Singh”occupy Lahore
  • 1799-1839AD: Lahore under “Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Sikh ruler of the Punjab”
  • 1839-1848AD: Successors of Ranjit Singh
  • 1849AD: Annexation of the Punjab by the British brings Lahore under their control
  • 1857-1947AD: East India Company transfers its powers to the British crown and Lahore becomes part of the British Empire
  • 1947AD: Pakistan came into existence.

Lahore: HISTORICAL ASSETS

Hidden GEMS OF LAHORE

Lahore Heritage Virtual Tour | HD360.pk

Sightseeing Bus Tour!

Flag Lowering Ceremony Wagha Border

The Wagah-Attari border ceremony happens at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day. The flag ceremony is conducted by the Pakistan Rangers. A marching ceremony, known as the “Silly Walk ceremony”, is conducted each evening along with the flag ceremony. The ceremony started in 1986 as an agreement of peace. TDCP Sightseeing Bus conduct tour for this exciting and warm event.

Lahore Sightseeing Tours

Amazing ride in a magical bus

Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab proudly offers Sightseeing tours to see spectacular Lahore through open roof double-decker Bus. Once inside the bus, you will be enchanted by the city’s fascinating colours, busling bazars, rich history & culture, modern architecture, monuments and palaces. But don’t take our words for it, join us and experience the world-class services for yourself. Visit Sightseeing Bus website and Facebook.

Lahore New Architecture

Modern Lahore!

LAHORE IN ITS NEW SHAPE

After Independence, the architecture of Pakistan is a blend of historic Islamic and various modern styles. This reflects itself, particularly in modern structures. Skyscrapers built in the international style are becoming more prevalent in Lahore. Modern Lahore emerged with the addition of new buildings, shopping plazas, five-star hotels, and boulevards. Supermarkets is also an emerging trend in the modern Lahore.

‘Lahore’s beyond any definition, it can only be felt.’

VARIETY OF FOOD AND UNIQUE CULTURE

The main attraction of Punjab is its colourful culture and its yummy food. Lahoris love their food and their diverse culture . The Food Street in Lahore, is surrounded by buildings that are many centuries old and the beautiful Persian-Kashmiri architecture reflects the richness of the culture for tourists.

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‘Lahore’s beyond any definition, it can only be felt.’

VARIETY OF FOOD AND UNIQUE CULTURE

The main attraction of Punjab is its colourful culture and its yummy food. Lahoris love their food and their diverse culture . The Food Street in Lahore, is surrounded by buildings that are many centuries old and the beautiful Persian-Kashmiri architecture reflects the richness of the culture for tourists.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” is a famous saying that best illustrates a Tourism activity. Travel and Tourism provide health, knowledge and pleasure. TDCP’s Tour Promotion Wing has a lot to offer for a nature-lover, a history enthusiast, or an adventure seeker. Our well-planned and carefully designed Tour Itineraries will thrill and entertain you for memories of a lifetime.”

Come and join us…

Saeed Ahmed,

Manager-Tour Promotion Wing, TDCP (0333 – 4343877)      

What People Are Saying?

Testimonials

"Lahore is the historic cultural center of the Punjab province of Pakistan. The city is full of beautiful architectures from back during the colonial time, with interesting museums for you to get yourself acquainted with the country's past and plenty of things to do for backpackers. If you are planning to visit Pakistan, Lahore must be one of the city on your list.?
Pete R.
travel blogger, Thailand
“I have travelled around the world but there isn’t a city like Lahore. The old adage, ‘Lahore Lahore Hai,’ perfectly describes this city,”
Pran Nevile
AIndian Author
“It’s a big city, but the people are super friendly… and perhaps dangerously hospitable. Despite it being Ramazan, people showed us around every day, and stuffed us with more food than we’ve eaten in our entire lives. We made some great friends in the process, and really hope to head to Lahore again soon.”
Alex and Sebastiaan
Tourists