Lahore- meri jaan!

by - January 05, 2015

What? I didn't write about Lahore! Well, here is to my hometown.
Lahore is the capital of Punjab and the second largest city in Pakistan, after Karachi. The city lies along the Ravi River, and a few kilometers from Amritsar, across the border.

Historically, and even today, Lahore has been center hub. It successively served as regional capital of many empires that came to the sub-continent. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the mausolea of Jehangir and Nur Jehan are popular tourist attractions for the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Mughal-Gothic style, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum and many older universities including the University of the Punjab. The Lahore Zoo, world's third oldest zoo, is also situated here. Lahore is also referred to as the cultural heart of Pakistan as it hosts most of the arts, cuisine, festivals, film making, music, gardening and intelligentsia of the country.

There is perhaps a lot of color to Lahore, in its people, places and food. It has everything that tourists love and those that locals love: Shah Almi, the shopping paradise, Pak Tea House (a left-wing liberal hangout spot turned semi tyre shop), Susie the elephant (incorrectly spelled as Sozie and perhaps represented by multiple elephants who are always named Susie), Urdu Bazaar, and the Wazir Khan Mosque.

However, Lahore is so vast and complicated that one post would probably never do justice to it. That's why I've written a number of posts for Lahore, highlighting various aspects of this culturally rich and perplex urban hub.

 Of course, there is a little bias here since I am a Lahori and live very close to the Inner City where all the action happens.

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