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.
Ptolemy, the celebrated astronomer and geographer, mentions in his Geographia a city called Labokla 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. 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.
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
|Ali Continental||1-Mozang Road, Behind Lahore High Court, Lahore-54000||Phone: 92-42-7351421
|Amer Hotel||46-Lower Mall, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-7115015
|Amin Sara Hotel||Main Boulevard, Defence Society, Opp. Adil Hospital, Lahore Cantt.||Phone: 92-42-5724601
|Avari Hotel||87-Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore||Phone: 92-42-6375805
|Baadees Hotel||35-Empress Road, Opp. Radio Station, Lahore||Phone: 92-42-6365378
|Bakhtawar Hotel & Restaurant||11-Abbot Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6316763
|Best Eastern Hotel||50-52, E III, Commercial Zone, Liberty Market, Gulberg III, Lahore-54660||Phone: 92-42-5751081
|CC Motel||105A Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Opp. Chief College, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6360346
|Canal View Motel||2 Upper Mall, Canal Bank, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-877153
|Citytrac Holiday Hotel||Room #6, Naqi Market, 75-The Mall, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6303990
|Country Comfort Motel||105A Mall Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6360346|
|Davis Hotel||8-Davis Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6364150
|Emperor’s Inn||32A Zafar Ali Road, Behind State Guest House, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-875577
|Executives Inn||7A Upper Mall, Canal Bank, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5753253
|Faletti’s Hotel||3-Egerton Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6363955
|Gino’s Pizza||Subs & Sandwiches, Ijaz Centre, Main Boulevard, Gulberg III, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5762971
|Herfa Inn Hotel||23/3, Race Course Road, Near Circuit House, China Chowk, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6376101
|Holiday Time Resorts||# 41, 42 and 43, 3rd Floor, Land Mark, Jail Road, Lahore.||Phone: 5711997
|Hotel Alpine||38M Model Town (Ext.) Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5168401
|Hotel Ambassador||7 Davis Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6316830
|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
|Hotel Kashmir Palace (Pvt.) Ltd||14-Empress Road, Lahore-54000||Phone: 92-42-6316703
|Hotel Liberty & Restaurant||44-Commercial Zone, Liberty Market, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-875233
|Hotel Rise||22 Liberty Market, Gulberg III, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-870338|
|Hotel Serene House||3S LCCHS, Defence, Lahore Cantt.||Phone: 92-42-5725565
|Hotel Services International||Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5750598
|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
|Kija Royal Suites||8J Gulberg III, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-851532
|Lahore Continental||70 Cavalry Ground, Lahore Cantt.||Phone: 92-42-6670830
|Lahore Hotel||Farooq Centre, McLeod Road, Lahore-54000||Phone: 92-42-7235964
|Magnum Hotel & Restaurant Co.||60 Street No. 2, Main Cavalry Ground, Lahore Cantt.||Phone: 92-42-6664665
|National Hotel||1 Abbot Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6363013
|Oriental Palace Hotel||104B-1 MM Alam Road, Gulberg III, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5755617
|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
|Ravi Lodge||12 Tufail Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6663968
|Regency Inn Hotel||5/G-1 Block H, Jail Road, Gulberg II, Near Sherpao Bridge, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5716030
|Safari Motel||98C Anand Road, Upper Mall, Near Gymkhana, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5750841
|Sara Continental Hotel||Khayaban-e-Jinnah, Cantt., Main Boulevard, Defence, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5732223
|Serenity Hotel||50B, Nagi Road, Lahore Cantt.||Phone: 6661238,
|Seven Stars Motel||323 Upper Mall, Lahore-54000||Phone: 92-42-5711098
|Shalimar Hotel & Restaurant||36-Liberty Market, Gulberg III, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-5758815
|Sheraton Hotel & Towers||172 Tufail Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6670400
|Shezan Hotels & Restaurants (Pvt.) Ltd.||7 Dyal Singh Mansion, Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-7244106
|Shobra Hotel||55 Nicholson Road, Lahore.||Phone: 92-42-6364961
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