An old street-scene in Lahore.

A mythological legend, based on oral traditions, states that Lahore was named after Lava, son of the Hindu god Rama, who supposedly founded the city. Lahore Fort has a vacant temple dedicated in honour of Lava. Likewise, the Ravi River that flows through northern Lahore was said to be named in honour of the Hindu goddess Durga.[1]

Ptolemy, the celebrated astronomer and geographer, mentions in his Geographia a city called Labokla[2] situated on the route between the Indus river in a region described as extending along the rivers Bidastes or Vitasta (Jhelum), Sandabal or Chandra Bhaga (Chenab), and Adris or Iravati (Ravi).

The oldest authentic document about Lahore was written anonymously in 982 and is called Hudud-i-Alam.[3] It was translated into English by Vladimir Fedorovich Minorsky and published in Lahore in 1927. In this document, Lahore is referred to as a small shahr (city) with “impressive temples, large markets and huge orchards.” It refers to “two major markets around which dwellings exist,” and it also mentions “the mud walls that enclose these two dwellings to make it one.” The original document is currently held in the British Museum.[4]

ahore has been the capital of Punjab for about little above one thousand years; first from 1021 to 1186 under the Ghaznavid Dynasty, founded by Mahmud of Ghaznavi, then under Muhammad of Ghor followed by various Sultans of Delhi. It reached its full glory under Mughal rule from 1524 to 1752. The third Mughal emperor, Akbar, held his court in Lahore for 14 years from 1584 to 1598.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the Sikhs also had their capital at Lahore. When the British took over in 1849, they erected splendid Victorian public buildings in the style that has come to be called Mughal-Gothic.

Lahore is undoubtedly ancient. Legend has it that it was founded by Loh, son of Rama, the hero of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Some others think that the name means Loh-awar, meaning a “Fort as strong as Iron”.

Within the walled city you may come across old Havelis or the spacious houses of the rich, which give you an inkling of the style of the rich and notables in the Moghul reign. The British during their reign (1849 -1947) contributed towards the beautification of Lahore by harmoniously combining Mughal, Gothic and Victorian styles of architecture. They built some important buildings, like the High Court, Government College, the Museums, the National College of Arts, Montgomery Hall, Tollinton Market, the Punjab University (Old Campus) and the Provincial Assembly.

Lahore is Pakistan’s cultural, intellectual and artistic center. Its faded elegance, busy streets and bazaars, and wide variety of Islamic and British architecture make it a city full of atmosphere, contrast and surprise. Being the center of cultural and literary activities it may rightly be called the cultural capital of Pakistan

With the advent of spring Basant Festival is celebrated with pomp and show in mid February every year in Lahore. In other words this is the spring festival. The entire population participates in kite flying matches to herald the coming of spring. That is why this festival is also known as “Jashn-e-Baharan”. This festival is at its peak in the spirited city of Lahore. Lahoreis enthusiastically participate various fun activities while kite flying being the main attraction. Basant is not only a kite flying event, but also a cultural festival of traditional food, dresses, dances and music. Night time kite flying is another spectacular sight to witness. The entire sky is lit with heavy duty lights and in this illuminated sky one can see hundreds of white colored kites dancing and competing for supremacy over the other. This atmosphere is further enlightened with barbecues and loud tempting music coming from all corners of the city.

There are many hotels and restaurants in Lahore. Here is a listing of the hotels in Lahore which includes Hotel names their addresses phone numbers and fax numbers if any

Hotels and Addresses
Hotel Name Addresses Phone & Faxes
Adnan Hotel Main Boulevard, Defence, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6663142
Fax: 92-42-6671114
Ali Continental 1-Mozang Road, Behind Lahore High Court, Lahore-54000 Phone: 92-42-7351421
Fax: 92-42-7125097
Amer Hotel 46-Lower Mall, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-7115015
Fax: 92-42-7115013


Amin Sara Hotel Main Boulevard, Defence Society, Opp. Adil Hospital, Lahore Cantt. Phone: 92-42-5724601
Fax: 92-42-5724629
Avari Hotel 87-Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore Phone: 92-42-6375805
Fax: 92-42-6365367
Baadees Hotel 35-Empress Road, Opp. Radio Station, Lahore Phone: 92-42-6365378
or 6365379
Bakhtawar Hotel & Restaurant 11-Abbot Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6316763
Fax: 6316762
Best Eastern Hotel 50-52, E III, Commercial Zone, Liberty Market, Gulberg III, Lahore-54660 Phone: 92-42-5751081
Fax: 92-42-5751085
CC Motel 105A Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Opp. Chief College, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6360346
or 6311361
Canal View Motel 2 Upper Mall, Canal Bank, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-877153
Fax: 5760987
Citytrac Holiday Hotel Room #6, Naqi Market, 75-The Mall, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6303990
or 6302990
Country Comfort Motel 105A Mall Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6360346
Davis Hotel 8-Davis Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6364150
Fax: 92-42-6372821
Emperor’s Inn 32A Zafar Ali Road, Behind State Guest House, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-875577
Fax: 92-42-5710349
Executives Inn 7A Upper Mall, Canal Bank, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5753253
Fax: 5753253
Faletti’s Hotel 3-Egerton Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6363955
Fax: 92-42-6364819
Gino’s Pizza Subs & Sandwiches, Ijaz Centre, Main Boulevard, Gulberg III, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5762971
or 5762973
Herfa Inn Hotel 23/3, Race Course Road, Near Circuit House, China Chowk, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6376101
Fax: 5713150
Holiday Time Resorts # 41, 42 and 43, 3rd Floor, Land Mark, Jail Road, Lahore. Phone: 5711997
Fax: 92-42-5713150


Hotel Alpine 38M Model Town (Ext.) Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5168401
Fax: 92-42-5168405
Hotel Ambassador 7 Davis Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6316830
Fax: 92-42-6301855
Hotel Dubai International 53-Shadman Market, Shadman, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-7576772
or 7591961, Fax: 7581003
Hotel Indus 56-Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore-54000, Phone: 92-42-6302858
Fax: 92-42-6311683


Hotel Kashmir Palace (Pvt.) Ltd 14-Empress Road, Lahore-54000 Phone: 92-42-6316703
Fax: 92-42-6316709
Hotel Liberty & Restaurant 44-Commercial Zone, Liberty Market, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-875233
or 875731
Hotel Rise 22 Liberty Market, Gulberg III, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-870338
Hotel Serene House 3S LCCHS, Defence, Lahore Cantt. Phone: 92-42-5725565
Fax: 92-42-892253
Hotel Services International Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5750598
Fax: 92-42-5712363
Hotel Shine Shadman 56 Shadman 1, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-7570600
Hotel Sunfort 72-D/1, Liberty Commercial Zone, Gulberg III, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5763810
Fax: 92-42-5754277
Kija Royal Suites 8J Gulberg III, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-851532
Fax: 92-42-5837586


Lahore Continental 70 Cavalry Ground, Lahore Cantt. Phone: 92-42-6670830
Fax: 92-42-6670828
Lahore Hotel Farooq Centre, McLeod Road, Lahore-54000 Phone: 92-42-7235964
Fax: 92-42-7227057
Magnum Hotel & Restaurant Co. 60 Street No. 2, Main Cavalry Ground, Lahore Cantt. Phone: 92-42-6664665
Fax: 92-42-6669091
National Hotel 1 Abbot Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6363013
Fax: 92-42-6363152
Oriental Palace Hotel 104B-1 MM Alam Road, Gulberg III, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5755617
Fax: 92-42-5760472
Panache Motel 6 Allaudin Road, Bridge Colony #2 Next to Sherpao Bridge, Lahore Cantt. Phone: 92-42-6672814
Pearl Continental Hotel Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore-54000 Phone: 92-42-6360560
Fax: 92-42-6362760
Ravi Lodge 12 Tufail Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6663968
Fax: 92-42-6663967
Regency Inn Hotel 5/G-1 Block H, Jail Road, Gulberg II, Near Sherpao Bridge, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5716030
Fax: 92-42-5710636
Safari Motel 98C Anand Road, Upper Mall, Near Gymkhana, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5750841
Fax: 92-42-6672744
Sara Continental Hotel Khayaban-e-Jinnah, Cantt., Main Boulevard, Defence, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5732223
Fax: 92-42-5724598
Serenity Hotel 50B, Nagi Road, Lahore Cantt. Phone: 6661238,
Fax: 92-42-6666584
Seven Stars Motel 323 Upper Mall, Lahore-54000 Phone: 92-42-5711098
Fax: 92-42-5710734


Shalimar Hotel & Restaurant 36-Liberty Market, Gulberg III, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-5758815
Fax: 92-42-5712800
Sheraton Hotel & Towers 172 Tufail Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6670400
Fax: 92-42-6670500
Shezan Hotels & Restaurants (Pvt.) Ltd. 7 Dyal Singh Mansion, Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-7244106
or 7320492
Shobra Hotel 55 Nicholson Road, Lahore. Phone: 92-42-6364961
Fax: 92-42-6374797


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