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City Lahore in Pakistan – Explore the Timeless Old World Charm

The second largest city of Pakistan, Lahore is famous for at least a million reasons including historic edifices, forts, palaces, gardens and a rich Mughal legacy that linger on still. It is rated as the second most popular tourist destination in Pakistan. Explore the old world charm of the yore that is juxtaposed with the upbeat and modern structures and the exquisite British monuments to complete the mosaic of this city.

Accommodation Options
There are many types of accommodation options including star hotels, B & B, guesthouse, lodges, apartments and motels to cater to all types of budgets. Lahore is comparatively safe than many other cities in Pakistan. Choose low profile budget hotels that are in the suburbs to ensure the best safety.

History
The history of this city dates back to over 4000 years aback and it is believed that this city was set up by Lava, the son of Rama, the hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana. From 1524 to 1752, Lahore became part of the Mughal Empire, and was the capital during the reign of the emperors Akbar and Jahangir. After the decline of the Mughals, Sikh rulers made this city their abode before the British conquered it

Popular Places
Lahore is more famously called as the walled city and it has many ornate and imposing gates including Masti Gate, The Khizri or the Sheranwala Gate and The Yakki Gate among others. There are exciting shopping options including clothes, carpets and handicrafts and lots of Chinese food joints in this city. The deer park of  Hiran Minar, which was built in memory of the pet deer of the Mughal ruler, Jahangir and the man made forest of Chhanga Manga are the must see spots.

Getting Around
The Lahore travel guide is diverse and offers many choices for the visitors. Exploring the city of foot is fine if you can cope up with the milling crowd and the extreme heat conditions. Auto-rickshaws are the cheapest and the most economical means of transport but make sure to negotiate the price as there are no fixed rates. Taxis, minivans and buses are the other popular travel options in this city.

Places of Entertainment
From teeming food streets and cinema halls and local music bands, Lahore has a lively night life. The city that never sleeps there are concerts, adult entertainment programs to pop concerts and local cultural activities, Lahore is excitingly different from the other cities in Pakistan.

Currency
Pakistani Rupee (PKR) is the currency in Lahore and one PKR comprises of 100 Paise. Currency exchange facilities are available in bank and foreign exchange counters and the values are available from financial news papers and internet.

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