We spent the last 4 days of our holidays in Lahore. It was a little bit of a culture shock again, after 2 weeks in the mountains, but it was so nice to see Maryam again, do some touristy things and eat good Lahore food together!
Let’s go the old city….just add the heat and a lot of different smells and sounds and you will get at least an impression of Lahore!
In the middle of all the dust and noise and smells of the narrow streets in the old city of Lahore, the shop keepers manage to create small quiet, cozy and clean oases.
A small mosque squeezed in between the buildings in the alleyways of the old city.
Maryam and Marco!
Visit to the beautiful Mosque of Wazir Khan.
View from the minaret.
Red brick buildings of the old Lahore.
Street views from the minaret.
At the Delhi Gate – one of the maaaany (12?) gates into the old city.
Old Lahore house.
Visit to the ancient royal baths.
Hmmmm….listen to me!
People working hard everywhere!
Visit to the herbal medicine shop.
Tobacco and water pipe shop.
The samosa shop.
The chapati shop.
Onions, garlic, ginger.
Sweet young boys at the vegetable shop.
Traffic in Lahore was different from Karachi – even more chaotic if possible! And with the occasional ox cart added to the donkey and horse carts.
Round-about with goats. No space gets wasted.
Petrol station in the bazaar for rickshaws and motorbikes.
Nice guys in the bazaar for “used rims”.
Visit to the big Badshahi Mosque – just next to Lahore Fort.
Preparing for the Friday prayer rush – a bit of shade from the hot-hot-hot sun!
Lahore Fort in the background.
Visit to the Lahore Fort – mostly in a state of disrepair.
We also went to the Wagah border between Pakistan and India for the closing-the-gates ceremony. It is exactly as crazy as everybody says it is! Go find a video on youtube to get an idea – the pictures below are not capturing this surrealistic experience properly!
Lots of faffing about and throwing gestures across the border + lots of shouting and cheering and blaring loud music on both sides. Pakistan in black – India in khaki.