Lahore is undoubtedly ancient. The old city is a maze of bazaars and its famous Fort demonstrates the strenghts of Moghul architecture. The modern city of Lahore is built around this restored heart.
Legend has that Lahore was founded by two sons of king Rama about 4 000 years ago. Historically it has been proved that Lahore is about 2 000 years old. Hieun-tsang, the famous Chinese pilgrim, has given a vivid description of Lahore which he visited in the early part of the 7th century A.D.
Lahore – the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest city in Pakistan after Karachi. Lahore has successively served as the capital of the empires of the Shahi kingdoms during the 11th century, the Ghaznavids in the 12th century, the Ghurid State in the 12th and 13th century, the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, the Sikh Empire in the early 19th century, and it was the capital of the Punjab region under the British Raj during the mid 19th and early 20th centuries. It is often called the Garden of Mughals because of its rich Mughal heritage. Mughal Emperors beautified Lahore with palaces, gardens and mosques. During British rule many monuments sprang up which beautifully blended the Mughal, Gothic and Victorian styles of architecture. Due to its rich history & culture Lahore is often referred to as the “heart of Pakistan”.