Fly To Lahore, Pakistan
Lahore is the second largest city in Pakistan and home to more than 9 million people. It’s the capital of the Punjab Province and undoubtedly Pakistan’s cultural capital complete with a rich and exciting history.
The heart of the city is the Walled or Inner City which was founded during legendary times. From forts to mosques and gorgeous gardens, Lahore has something for every visitor.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do require a Visa to enter Pakistan. Ensure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from date of return. You’ll also need at least 2 pages free in your passport for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Pakistan is at 48 Khayabane-e-Iqbal, Sector F-8/2, 5120, Islamabad, Pakistan. Phone: +92 51 226 2354.
See and do
The Walled city is the oldest city and one of the most favoured attractions in Lahore. Sightseeing includes:
- The Lahore Fort – a massive structure where the imperial quarters of the Mughals were built. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there is a museum dedicated to the 18th Sikh period.
- The Badshahi Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. Remember to be mindful of clothing when visiting and women are required to cover their heads.
- In front of the fort is Minar-e-Pakistan also known as the Eiffel Tower of the country!
The gates of the Inner City served the purpose of protecting the city. The Raushnai Gate can be seen between the citadels and royal mosque. There is a famous street here known as Shahi Mahala where there are a number of food shops.
Lahore Zoo makes for a great family day out in the heart of the town. The zoo was originally founded in 1872 making it one of the oldest on the sub-continent.
Mughal architecture is something else worth taking in during your trip - the architecture is evident throughout the city. Sites and buildings worth visiting include Shalimar Gardens, Chauburji Gate and several tombs and museums.
Jallo Park is a large drive-in park complete with a man-made lake and zoo. There is also a children’s park, gift shop and museum as well as Sozo Water Park, Joy Land and Sky Land.
On a Thursday head to Shah Jamal where regular Sufi gatherings are held. A renowned drummer and his disciples perform on a gigantic dhol and devotees of the saint enter a trance-like state, dancing wildly.
When it comes to shopping in Lahore, try out the fresh meat dishes, grab some potpourri to take home or head to the Anarkali bazaar for local handicrafts, silks, cottons and printed materials.
Lahore is a massive city and getting around in the old town can be on foot or via tuk-tuk – they’re the only options there! The central Metro Bus runs from the north end of the city to the southern-most town and the buses are frequent and safe. Taxis are rare in the city and minivans are considered dangerous modes of transport.
Allama Iqbal International Airport – LHE
This is the second largest airport in Pakistan with three terminals. It is just 15 minutes from Lahore’s city centre.
Food and beverage: There are restaurants in both the international and domestic terminals including Pakistani Food Restaurant and Nirala Sweet Shop.
Currency Exchange: M/s Harat Management in the international arrivals lounge offers currency exchange services as does M.s P.B.S Money Converter and National Bank of Pakistan.
Lost Luggage: Contact the Airline Baggage Lost & Found services near the domestic arrival lounge.
Car Hire: Airport Tours AIIAP Lahore, M/s City Linkers Transport Service.
Airport Hub: Allama Iqbal International Airport (code LHE) is a hub for Pakistani Airlines.