Lahore is the city of Pakistan, situated in Punjab province. It is the capital of Punjab and Pakistan’s second-largest city. It is the world’s 26th largest city. It spreads over an area of 1,772 km sq. and has a population of around 11.13 million. It is one of the world’s most historical cities. It is embedded with historical treasures and the most beautiful city with the most welcoming natives. There are many places to visit in Lahore.
Minar-e-Pakistan holds one of the most important places in the history of Pakistan. This is the place where All-India-Muslim League passed Lahore Resolution. A call for a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent was demanded in the light of the two-nation- theory in this area where all Muslims gathered at that time. It is the national monument of Pakistan and Minar-e-Pakistan is one of the places to visit in Lahore.
The Badshahi Mosque is a Mosque in Lahore which was built in the Mughal era. The mosque was constructed between 1971 and 1973 by Aurangzeb who was a Mughal emperor. This mosque is huge and so beautifully constructed that a person viewing it becomes starts struck. This is one of an important places to visit in Lahore.
Iqbal’s fort is in Hazuri bagh where the tomb of Iqbal is located. Daily thousands of people visit Iqbal’s tomb for praying for the country’s beloved poet and one of the greatest Islamic leaders. It is a must visiting place in Lahore.
Hazuri Bagh is one of the biggest and oldest gardens of Lahore. It was built by Ranjit Singh in 1818. Hazuri Bagh is a center of all the historical and great places of Lahore as it has Lahore Fort to its east, Badshahi Mosque to its west, the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh to the north, and the Roshni Gate to the south. It is all surrounded by historical places of great importance and this place should not be missed while you are visiting Lahore. It has Hazuri Bradari in it.
Shalimar Bagh is another Mughal era garden that is exactingly beautiful, grand, and carries great history. It cannot be explained in words. Every wall and every gate of that garden has its history. It is one of the best places to visit in Lahore.
Masjid Wazir Khan
Masjid Wazir Khan was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th Century. The mosque is extremely beautiful with art painted on walls that are thousands of years old yet so unique and amazing. It is considered one the most beautiful mosques of Lahore and Pakistan and so is made to our list.
Shahi Hammam is my favorite place in Lahore. No matter how much I write or you read or see in pictures, the experience cannot be explained in words. It was also built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1635 and is also known as Wazir Khan Hammam. It is a Mughal-era bath that was specially designed for the maintenance of the mosque. It is no longer used as a bath for a long time, it is just preserved for viewing as a historical treasure and I consider it as one of the most visiting places in Lahore. You got to see this, trust me.
Lahore Fort is so huge that it spreads over an area greater than 20 hectares. It is also a historical treasure. It explains and demonstrates the great architectural and artistic approach of the Mughal era. Its construction was started during the era of Mughal Emperor Akbar, and the later carried on by Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. Its beauty cannot be explained in words, from marble work to Persian floral designs and much more. It also has Sheesh Mahan in it. It is one of the historical places to visit in Lahore.
Data Darbar of Lahore is one of the largest Sufi shrines in South Asia. It was built surrounding the house and tomb of Data Ganj Baksh Ali Hujwiri. He was a Sufi Saint who lived in that place in the 11th Century. When you will visit this place, you won’t believe how many people visit it on daily basis. It has a little rush there every time.
Thousands of people visit the shrine for prayers, site seeing and just for the sake of calmness of mind and heart. Despite the rush, the place has calm in itself, a peace that can be felt within us. You should consider this among the places to visit in Lahore. Prefer the earliest morning time for visiting it.
Wagah Border is a famous border between Pakistan and India. It is famous for its daily ceremony of flags which happens in the afternoon. It is energetic and you will find everyone enthusiastic there. Everyone especially Pakistani nationals is extremely happy and patriotic there and the energy you will find on Wagah Border is incomprehensible.
Dehli Gate is one of the six historical gates of Lahore. It is a huge gate in the middle of a rush market area of Lahore. It is near Shahi Hammam and you cross this gate while visiting Shahi Hammam. Gate is beautiful and was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
Anarkali Bazar is one of the oldest markets of Lahore and South Asia. It is one of those areas of the country which you would never find empty. You can find all sorts of things to buy from there. It includes modern and historical crafts to clothes to legit everything. Its surroundings are also beautiful and worth seeing as the building of NCA National College of Arts. It is a proper representation of an old city.
Tombs of Anarkali, Jahangir, Nur Jahan
In Lahore, you will find a lot of tombs. But the tombs that you must visit in Lahore are of Queen Noor Jahan (It was built in the 17th Century for Queen Nur Jahan and the fort is a historical treasure and is extremely beautiful), Mughal Emperor Jahangir (It was built in the 17th century and famous for its beautiful historical construction) and the tomb of Anarkali (it was built in 16th Century and worth visiting). All these places are worth visiting in Lahore.
Food Streets Lahore
There are three food streets in Lahore. Every food street is amazing in its way with delicious cuisines variety you will ever find anywhere else. My favorite food street is the new food street of Lahore. It is colorful, extremely beautiful, and is behind Badshahi mosque. You can have the best view from there and don’t forget the most delicious and mouthwatering food. You should consider this one of the exciting places to visit in Lahore.
Things to consider:-
There are so many places where you can visit in Lahore. It is a historical city with lots of historical buildings but it also includes parks, zoos, Joy land, huge shopping malls, etc. Altogether there are so many places that are humanly impossible to explain and tell about each one of them. This is a shortlist of the places that you must visit and should never miss.
It is completely alright to unable to see all the places of Lahore in 1 visit. I have been to Lahore many times and each time I have been to different places of Lahore but still, there are many left to visit still now and that is completely alright. And that is the reason why we gave you the best ones to prefer from our personal experience.
The people of Lahore are really friendly, hospitable, and helpful. They treat their visitors with the utmost respect and enthusiasm.
If you are taking your car to Lahore, prefer keeping it at the hotel while visiting sites. That is because the city has immense traffic in public places. Prefer taking a “Rickshaw” or Taxi or Metro Bus when you are visiting from one to another in Lahore. You can take your car or uber while visiting fewer traffic places and to the malls.
Lahore is a relatively cheap place as compared to Rawalpindi and Islamabad especially in terms of food and cuisines. You will find many hotels in Lahore as it is a tourist city. Most of the information would be available at Google.
The best season to visit Lahore is autumn. Summers are a little hard and winters have fog but it’s alright. I prefer winter for visiting Lahore. However, the city is not as harsh in terms of weather, just take accessories according to weather and you will be good to go.
Lastly, just go ahead and enjoy your visit to Lahore, trust me it would be worth it.