Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan with a population of around 8.5 million (a rough estimate). It has been the traditional capital of Punjab for more than thousand years and was the cultural centre of Northern India before partition. As per as legend and folklore are concerned, the city was founded 4,000 years ago by Loh, the son of Rama, the hero of Hindu epic, the Ramayana. After Islam came to South Asia, it became a pivotal centre of learning and attracted some of the regions greatest mystics, writers and artists. Lahore has been the city of poets along with artists and one of major hub for film industry. It is a large education centre in the country. For more than 200 years beginning about 1524 AD, Lahore was thriving cultural centre of the great Mughal empire.
Lahore has always been one of the friendly and socially liberal cities. There are umpteen numbers of locations to visit in the city of Lahore. Some of the major places of interest are as follows:
Shalimar gardens- It is a Persian garden complex located in Lahore which drew inspiration from Central Asia, Kashmir and Persia.
Badshahi Mosque- This is one of the Mosques from the Mughal era. The mosque is located west of Lahore fort along the outskirts of the Walled city of Lahore. Built during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb, it is the fifth largest mosque in the world.
Lahore fort-It is referred to as Shahi Qila is one of the citadels in the city of Lahore. It was being built by Emperor Akbar. In the 16th century, Lahore became Akbar’s capital. The Lahore fort has three major museums, the armory gallery allowing the visitors to enjoy tits original splendor.
Other major places of visit are Lahore museum, Sazo Water Park, Moti masjid and so on.