Here at Allshore, we like to be as educated as possible when it comes to our Pakistani team members and their homes. One of the first surprising things I learned about Pakistan was how beautiful of a country is it. Given its geological location, not many people expect it to be home to such diverse natural and manmade wonders.
This week, we return to Lahore, to continue exploring this marvelous city.
One amazing architectural site is the Minar-e-Pakistan, a towering monument to Pakistani Independence. The foundation was laid in 1960, and construction was completed in 1968. The different platforms of the tower are symbolic of different times in Pakistan’s history. The first platform is made from rough stones from Taxila, the ancient city built in the first century BCE. Next are slightly smoother hammered stones, then chiseled stone, and finally a smooth white marble symbolizing the final transition into independence. You can climb the 324 stairs to the top of the tower, or take the elevator to see the amazing 360-degree view of the surrounding city.
Lahore also has a huge cricket stadium that hosted the 1996 Cricket World Cup. A popular place to kick back and enjoy sports, there are often more than 20,000 fans in the stands for larger matches. Below the stands there are shops, food stands, and offices, to keep you entertained even when there aren’t games. The Alhamra Cultural Complex houses an extensive art gallery filled with artwork by Pakistani artists. There are also two theaters, one indoor and one outdoor, where you can view musical and dramatic performances.
In Lahore’s old town, there is a tall intricate building that is known as the Shahi Hamam, or Royal Baths. Currently being renovated to undo damage that has occurred throughout the building’s 500 years of existence, the Royal Baths are slowly being restored to their former glory. If you’re looking for some modern thrill rides instead, you can always go to the famous amusement park Joyland, with its towering Ferris wheel, bright lights, delicious food. Or on a hot day you can instead go to the Sozo Water Park to enjoy and of the slides and pools that are a part of this 25-acre amusement park.
Lahore is a city steeped in history, exciting sights, and wonderful people. The modernity of the city blends with centuries of history, making Lahore a truly wonderful place to visit.
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