In the past, Lahore was the melting pot of different culture, art and craft. Centuries later, not much has changed. The second largest city in Pakistan, Lahore is the educational, cultural and artistic capital of Pakistan. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, Lahore bears the stamp of the Mughal architecture.

According to mythology Lahore traces its origin to the period of the Ramayana and to Loe, the son of Lord Rama, who believed to have founded the city, but history, traces the past of Lahore from the 8th century AD onwards. Lahore was under the rule of the Hindu ruler Lalitiditya in the 8th century, before the advent of the Muslim in the 11th century. In the 13th century, Lahore was completely destroyed when it became the target of Mongolian warriors, who were led by Genghis Khan. Lahore was at its peak during the Mughal rule in the medieval times and later; the city became an important political center during the fight for independence against the British.

Lahore opens vistas of cultural, architectural and scenic beauty to a traveler. There is so much to see and enjoy in Lahore that if you are the one who believes in touch and go, you may not be able to enjoy Lahore completely. Lahore is the place that welcomes you with its various historic sights, cultural centres, vibrant markets and great hospitality.

Lahore is the capital of the Punjab province and is home to some wonderful monuments. Most popular of them all is the Royal Fort or Shahi Quila that dates back to 1556 AD. The fort was built by the Mughal emperor Akabar and houses some fine buildings that include Diwan-e-Aam, Moti Masjid, Khwahbag-e-Jahangir and Diwan-e-Khas. The Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors is something that you should not miss on your visit to the Royal Fort.

Badshahi Mosque
Badshahi MosqueThe Imperial or the Badshahi Mosque is another marvel of architecture. The mosque was built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1647. Beautifully built in red stone, the Badshahi Mosque is the second largest mosque in Pakistan. Wazir Khan's Mosque is another beautiful mosque in Lahore that you can visit. This mosque was built in 1634 by Wazir Khan.

Shalimar Gardens
Shalimar GardensThe Mughals' gift to Lahore-the Shalimar Gardens is an exciting place to visit. Just five kilometres from the old city the gardens make a wonderful tourist spot for tourists to Pakistan. Built by the Mughal ruler Shah Jehan in 1642, the gardens reflect the typical Mughal style layout.

The other places that you can include in your itinerary include the Mall, Lahore Museum, Kim's Gun and the Minar-I-Pakistan. Aitchison College, that was once the studying place of Imran Khan is another beautiful spot that you check out. A walk through the bazaars in Lahore is a must on your tour to Lahore. No tour to Lahore is complete with enjoying the flavors of the local cuisine


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