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Lahore Travel Guide, Pakistan

Lahore is the capital of Punjab and the second largest city of Pakistan. Its central position has earned it the name of ‘The Heart of Pakistan’ while it being a city of gardens has given it the reputation of the ‘Green City’. It is also the centre of the film industry and a city of poets and artists.

The city has a population of more than six and a half million and an area of 461 acres, built in the form of a parallelogram. The two main seasons here are winter and summer while monsoons peak in July and August. The driest months are in the months of October and November with winter rains between December to February.

Educational institutions of Lahore

There are many educational institutions here like the famous Government College where Allama Iqbal, the founding father of Pakistan’s Independence is an alumnus.

The Aitcheson College is the most expensive educational institution in the country. The Punjab University is the largest education centre of Asia while King Edward Medical College is the country’s largest medical institution.

The elegance of the city

Lahore’s faded elegance, busy streets and bazaars and variable Islamic and British architecture has made the city one that is full of atmosphere, surprise, fascination and contrast. The people of Lahore are full of traditional hospitality.

The bazaars and market places in Lahore are legendary with the Kashmiri, Dabbi, Suha, Liberty and Gulberg being some of them offering everything that you could want or need. Their ware ranges from cloth to copper, watches and bangles to carpets, brass and silver-ware and chapatti and chai.

How to get to and around Lahore

Of course, the best option to reach Pakistan is by plane. There are numerous planes to the city from North American and Europe; it is up to you to choose your flight based on your travel plans and flight itinerary.

It is however also possible to reach Lahore by land, by bus or train. There are different train services and bus services from China, India and Iran.

Once you reach Lahore, the best mode of transportation from your hotel to the city hub is with auto rickshaws. Its fares are very cheap, and usually start at a flat rate of 50 rupees for foreigners for the first three kilometers. Rates for longer distances can be negotiated while not the shorter distances.

Once you reach the city center, you can visit the surrounding tourist attractions by foot as they are in the same vicinity. There are also public buses to use, but is not advisable if you are not well versed with its routes.

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