The capital of Punjab is Pakistan's cultural, educational and artistic
centre and easily the most visited city
in the country.
With its refuge of shady parks and gardens, its clash of Moghul
and colonial architecture, and the exotic thrill of its congested
streets and bazaars, it's not hard to see why. A collection of some
of the city's attractions include: The Mall, an area of parks and
buildings with a decidedly British bent; Lahore Museum, the best
and biggest museum in the country; Kim's Gun, the cannon immortalized
in Kipling's classic Kim; Aitchison College, an achingly beautiful
public school that boasts Imran Khan as a former pupil; Lahore Fort,
filled with stately palaces, halls and gardens; and the Old City,
where a procession of rickshaws, pony carts, hawkers and veiled
women fill the narrow lanes. The city has too many tombs, mosques
and mausoleums to mention.
Lahore, 250 km (155 mi) south of Islamabad, is serviced by a plethora
of international and domestic carriers. Long hauls overland can
be done in the comfort of reliable, air conditioned buses, and smaller
trips in the ubiquitous minibuses. Lahore lies on the main national
line between Peshawar and Karachi and there are frequent direct
services to all major destinations.