Hive Pakistan – April 20-22, 2018
The Ancient City of Lahore
With a population of about 11 million, Lahore is Pakistan’s second largest city after Karachi and is also the capital of Pakistan’s most populated province, Punjab. With a history spread over thousands of years, Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan that boasts a rich traditional identity. After Gujranwala, the route marked as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passes through this legendary city.
The city boasts numerous attractions for tourists and has enough sites to keep the visitors busy throughout their stay in the city. While the Mughal and Sikh legacy lives on in the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and the Gurdwara, the Mall Road is lined with colonial style buildings reminiscent of the British Rule, and suburbs of Gulberg and Defense feature palatial mansions and modern shopping districts.
Shrouded in the mists of antiquity, the ‘walled city’ of Lahore is the oldest part of the city and has dozens of places that are worth visiting, including the Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. Adjacent to these is the Minar-e-Pakistan, where the Pakistan Resolution was passed and the idea of a separate Muslim country took shape. Besides these prominent places, the inner city is filled with small shrines and palaces, out of which the Imperial baths and the Asif Jah Haveli (recently restored) are the most impressive. In addition to that, the Wazir Khan Mosque is also an exquisite structure of Mughal architecture located near the Delhi Gate. Masterpieces from the Mughal era have been disseminated all over the city. These sites include the Shalimar Gardens, a three-tiered formal garden built in 1600s, the Chauburji Gate at Chauburji Chowk and other tombs and mausoleums including those of Jahangir and Nur Jahan.
Another reason for Lahore’s fame is its cuisine. This is reflected in the array of restaurants that the town hosts. These restaurants provide a variety of options to food enthusiasts who can choose anything from the rich, local cuisine to continental, Thai or Chinese etc. Besides food outlets, the visitors may also be interested in visiting the Lahore Museum situated on the Mall Road. The Museum was built in 1895 and was curated by Rudyard Kipling’s father for a while.
The economy of Lahore has a diversified base spanning from telecommunication, information technology, manufacturing industry, engineering, pharmaceuticals, steel, chemicals and construction material. As a major urban center, the economy of Lahore has relatively prospered. Lahore is hailed as the industrial belt of Pakistan and is home to the largest IT park in Pakistan. It is the country’s second largest economic hub and the commercial capital of Punjab. With its central location and easy access, Lahore will be at the heart of all trade once the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is completed. It will allow the locals to expand their businesses and also generate newer business opportunities for them in a vast number of areas.