Experience Pakistani culture in Lahore
\n\nPakistan continues to face an image problem when it comes to attracting international tourists. Meaning that despite being a city of more than ten million people, Lahore has yet to share the full extent of its delights to the world. It is the cultural and artistic hub of Pakistan and has sufficient history, tradition and culture to sustain a lengthy stay, never mind a short holiday. Explore the Old Town to see evidence of British and Mughal rule and marvel at the imposing Lahore Fort. As the nation’s cultural capital, Lahore is home to Pakistan’s film industry, Lollywood, and attracts artists from all over the country. Stay at the Pearl Continental (www.pchotels.com
), one of a limited number of five-star hotels in the capital. From here you’ll be relatively close to such attractions as Liberty Market and the Unesco World Heritage Site Shalamar Gardens.
\n\nWhat to do: This being conservative Pakistan the notion of nightlife is very different to that which is found in other cities, but it does have vibrant streets busy with local businesspeople as well as tourists. The famous Food Street and M. M. Alam Road are districts packed with street vendors serving mutton curries, Punjabi breads and cups of refreshing sweet lassi. The food stalls are surrounded by simple shops selling everything from international branded T-shirts and sports goods to local handicrafts.
\n\nTop tip: Further proof, should it be needed, that Lahore is making inroads as a tourist destination is the fact that it now has an open-top sightseeing bus tour (www.sightseeinglahore.gop.pk
). Stops include the city zoo, canal, museum, markets, golf club, parks and more.
\n\nDetails: Emirates flies from Dubai to Lahore from Dhs1,870. Approx flight time 3 hours. www.emirates.com