The 1000-year-old capital of Punjab, Lahore is Pakistan's cultural, intellectual, academic, and artistic centre. Its cultural attraction alone would deserve it the honour of National Capital but it's not, and not worth a rupee less of attention for it.
Lahore is also the centre of the Mughal Empire, gratified by its palaces, monuments, gardens, and fort, that sit juxtaposed by British Empire architectural legacies that include the General Post Office, Punjab University, and High Court among a swathe of stunning buildings of this dynamic city.
Lahore spills south from the mighty Fort and Badshahi Mosque through the bustling old city bazaars, famous ‘Anarakali Food Street’, to the commercial centre along Mall Road to Gulberg, the high society district of restaurants & cafes.
Lahore comes to an exciting end in Gulberg at Gaddafi Stadium, the bastion of Pakistan Cricket and cauldron of disappointment where the Australia Cricket Team succumbed to Sri Lanka in the 1996 World Cup. Still hurts to talk of it.
What doesn’t hurt is talking of the Pakistan India border closing ceremony at Wagah. 20km from Lahore, you must witness the chest pumping, brow furling, and feather dusting of proud soldiers as the border gates are slammed shut between the two super-powers amid the chorus of national anthems, flag-waving, and jeers!
When Australia plays cricket in Lahore, we will meet and transfer you from the airport to our hotel in the Mall Road area. We have access to the hotel's 'executive lounge' that includes high-tea, dinner snacks, laundry & bottled water, among other generosities. We will get you to and from the cricket and spend as much spare time exploring the vast, fast, and lively Lahore.