Lahore the heart of Pakistan
Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan and the provincial capital of the Punjab. Historically, it is said to be about 2000 years old. In earliest times, it was a colony of Kangra hill Kingdoms and was a cut-off township on the trade route to Delhi It had hardly any reputation in the Pre-Muslim era. Lahore came to fame with Islam in South Asia, Known as the Gardens of the Mughals or City of Gardens, after the significant rich heritage of the Mughal Empire.
Lahore has always been a seat of learning and knowledge. Sufism and provisional spirituality became its major discipline. Schools were opened and scholars from Baghdad, Iran and other oriental and occidental regions came to this historical city and settled here. Lahore became famous for poetry. The city flourished academically during the four centuries of the Delhi Sultanate. It became the second imperial capital in 1580 under the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great.
The People Of Lahore
We all know that Lahoris are called zinda dilaan (lively) but how can you define this zinda dili? Ask a visitor and he’ll reduce it to hospitality. However, I have a different point of view on it. Here is an example.Once, while waiting at the traffic signal at Lakshmi Chowk, I asked my brother, who was on the driving seat, if he’d like to have some laddoos. He gave me a strange look because I didn’t have any with me. I asked him to wait a minute and then began looking at the fellows having laddoos in the car beside ours. The moment he saw me looking at those laddoos with wishful eyes, he immediately offered them to me saying:
“Paa ji lawwo”
(Hey brother, have some)
To me, this is zinda dili, with a twinge of humour. You can crack a joke with an absolute stranger, be it a shopkeeper, a rickshaw driver, a policeman or any passerby and enjoy the company of a hearty laugh! They will never disappoint you.
Lahore Major Attractions
• The Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) was built for the empress and her court and installed with screens to conceal them from prying eyes.
• Great Badshahi Mosque (Royal Mosque) was built in 1673 by the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir who ruled India from 1658 to 1707 AD.
• The Shalimar Garden was built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Construction began in 1641 A.D. and was completed in a year.
• The Lahore Museum, situated on the Mall, was established in 1895, and was for a while curated by Rudyard Kipling’s father. The museum contains a fine selection of paintings and weapons.
• Old City of Lahore which is also called “Andron-e-Shehr” in local language which means Inner City was fortified by a city wall during Mughal Period.
• Tomb of Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1569 – 1627) is one of the masterpieces of the Mughal Architecture. Mausoleum is located at Shahdara, Lahore in the “Dilkusha Garden”, situated on the North-West bank.
• The Lahore Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the South Asia after Calcutta and has been a source of amusement and recreation for families for more than 100 years. Lahore also has a Safari park spreading over more than 200 acres