Known as Pakistan's 'City of Gardens', Lahore is the provincial capital of Punjab and the second largest city in the country. According to legend, Lahore was founded by Lao, son of Lord Rama of the Hindu epic Ramayana. Today, this lively city boasts of modern industries, magnificent Mughal architecture, beautiful landscape and colourful festivals. Although Lahore is one of Pakistan 's most modern cities and an important commercial centre, the city has not lost its traditional allure.
Lahore came under Muslim rule in the early 11th Century and one of its leaders, Qutb-ud-din Aybak, was the first Muslim Sultan of the Indian subcontinent. During this period, the city emerged as the nucleus of Islamic culture and trade. From 1524 to 1752 Lahore was part of the Mughal Empire, and this period saw the city reach its pinnacle. Some of the famous Lahore attractions of today - the massive Lahore Fort, the Badshahi Masjid and the Alamgiri Gate - were constructed during this time.
In the 18th and 19th Centuries Lahore was ruled by the Sikhs, making it the capital of Punjab . For many years Lahore was under the British rule and in 1947, British India was partitioned in to two states, India and Pakistan, and Lahore became a part of the latter.
Today, Lahore is an important finance and trade centre as well as the journalistic hub of Pakistan. Massive industrial sites are in operation throughout the day. The city is world famous for its multitude of popular Lahore attractions, including large forts, museums, mosques and shrines and colourful bazaars. After a busy, yet rewarding day of sightseeing, visitors can indulge in delectable cuisine served at some of the best Lahore restaurants.
Visit Lahore and soak up its cultural and historic wonders while enjoying this great city that offers something to everyone.
Lahore Population: 6,373,000 (Source: UN Population Division 2000 estimate)
Pakistan Population: 162,419,946 (July 2005 estimate)
Currency: Pakistani rupee
Time Zone: GMT plus five
Language: Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Lahore . English is also used as a secondary medium of communication.
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25-26 Sgerton Road LAHORE 54000 PAKISTAN
The Holiday Inn Lahore Hotel is located in the heart of Lahore and offers luxurious accommodations to suit the needs of all travellers. From this central Lahore location, guests staying at the Holiday Inn Lahore Hotel can discover the city’s unique cultural, tourism...