Lahore, Pakistan, is popular for its array of tourist activities. From seeing priceless artifacts to historical sites to shopping places to a variety of restaurants, the options are endless. Here are the top 10 activities in Lahore.

Lahore Food Street | © Haseeb Khan/Flickr

Food Street and M M Alam Road

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Food Street and M M Alam Road

The M M Alam Road runs from the Main Market to Firdous Market. This major road was named after Muhammad Mahmood Alam, a very well-known figure of the Pakistan Air Force. The fact that some of the greatest restaurants in Lahore are located on this beautifully designed road is one of the major reasons for visiting this area. From Village Restaurant to Jammin Java Café to Pompei to Burger Hub, there are many restaurants to impress any foodie. Similarly, the gorgeously lit Food Street is also another place to enjoy the smell and taste of all the delicious dishes that Lahore has to offer.

Food Street, Gawalmandi, Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore Fort
Lahore Fort | © Shahbaz Hussain/Flickr

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Lahore Fort

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Lahore Fort

The Lahore Fort, or the Shahi Qila, is a wonderful and one-of-a-kind Mughal structure. This must-visit historical palace was built by the legendary Mahmood of Ghazni in the 11th century. This massive compound is a treat for all art lovers who have the option to bask in the beauty of different gardens, palaces, halls, mosques and other such buildings and constructions that are located within the Lahore Fort. It measures 1400 feet by 1115 feet and the Palace of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal) is one of the most visited palaces in the Lahore Fort.

Lahore Fort, Fort Rd, Lahore, Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque
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Badshahi Mosque

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Badshahi Mosque

For those visiting Lahore, the Badshahi Mosque is a real treat. This mosque is one of the most famous in the world and was built in the year 1674 by Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor. According to reports, it was discovered that this mosque can hold around 40,000 people for worshiping in a single prayer session. The interesting thing about it is that it is made entirely of red sandstone. Visitors will be able to witness relics which belonged to the prophet Muhammad, his daughter and his son-in-law.

Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Anarkali Bazaar
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Anarkali Bazaar and Liberty Market

For many, a great shopping experience is one of the best things that a tourist can look forward to when exploring a new city, and Lahore can quite easily provide that. This city has plenty of different shops and markets. From megastores like Metro, to Xinhua Mall, to Hyperstar, this city provides the best “shop ’til you drop” experience. Among so many shops, the Liberty Market and Anarkali Baazar stand out, thus making them a must-visit. From jewelry to embroidered items to leather wear to silk to footwear, the best of Lahore can be found in these markets.

Anarkali Bazaar, Mall Road, Lahore, Pakistan

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Masjid Wazir Khan

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Masjid Wazir Khan

The Qashani tile work of the Wazir Khan Mosque seems like a direct contrast to the majesty of the Lahore Fort. For photographers, this place is a dream come true, as they can enjoy a kaleidoscopic dream by witnessing the glazed colorful tile mosaics. The floral motifs and blue and green calligraphy come together in a mesmerizing exhibition of beauty across the façade. Though it may look like it took centuries to build this mosque, it was in fact built in just seven years during the rule of Shah Jehan, the Mughal emperor.

Shahi Guzargah, Lahore, Pakistan

Shalamar Gardens

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