Pakistan: Legends of Lahore; Bilal Hassan; Gulf News

Pakistan – Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore

The country s second city is a melting pot of history and culture with plenty of options for discerning foodies

Lahore is undoubtedly old. The earliest reliable mention of the city is in the historical texts and writings of Chinese traveller Xuanzang, who passed through the city in AD630.

Legend has it that the city’s original name was Loh, after the son of Ram, hero of the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Others think the city got its name from the word lohawar, meaning a fort as strong as iron. Muslim rule began in the city in 1206 when Qutub ud Din Aibak was crowned the first Muslim sultan of the subcontinent in Lahore. Nevertheless, it was later during the Mughal era that the city saw its greatest flowering and cultural growth. Scattered across town are numerous buildings and remnants from the reigns of all of the great Mughals.

However, during the 18th century Mughal rule and influence over the city started to decline when the city constantly at the risk of invasion.

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