There are a number of beautiful buildings that Lahore has inherited from the British during their rule. Punjab University (Old Campus), built in 1882, is the oldest university in Pakistan. Lahore High Court, built in 1874 is the oldest superior court in Pakistan and the General Post Office, built in 1892 is one of the oldest buildings erected during British Rule. Zamzama (Kim’s Gun) was cast in wax-technique in bronze in 1757. Government College, established in 1864, is the oldest higher education institution in Pakistan. Aitchison College established in 1886 stands over 186 acres.
Bazaars and marketplaces in Lahore are of course legendary- the Kashmiri, Suha, Chhatta, Dabbi, Anarkali are the famous ones of the old city. Liberty, Main market, Barkat Market and Fortress Stadium are included in modern Lahore. These markets supply everything that anyone could possibly want; from cloth to copper, brass and silverware; watches and bangles to carpets, chapattis and chai. Everything is colourful and available in large variety and abundance and displayed to entice.
Anarkali Bazaar is a treasure-trove, selling virtually everything from handicraft to transistor radio, tin saucepan to the refrigerator, a maze of lanes and alleys which stretch northwards from the Mall at the Central Museum end. The bazaars in the old city are the ones people dream about-tiny alleys, some of which will admit a rickshaw, a string of donkeys or carts- and pedestrians have to leap into doorways to give room. Some alleys are only possible single file.
For the ladies ready-made stylish suits, shops near the Liberty Market and Fortress Stadium are the best. For handicraft, The Mall is very popular, which sells shadow work embroidery at reasonable prices.
Ichra Bazaar has the best quality of unstitched silk, cotton and printed material of all sorts. On the other hand Mozang Bazaar sells some particularly interesting hand-block printed cloth, tablecloths and bedspreads.
Located in the heart of the town and set in modern style is the Lahore zoo founded in 1872. It is one of the oldest Zoos in the subcontinent. The material used in some of the construction even bears the marks of 1853. The Lahore zoo attracts a large crowd throughout the year. Driving along the Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, just ahead of the charring cross and opposite to the WAPDA House is the main gate of the Zoo.
Wagha is the only land border open between Pakistan and India (Lahore-Amritsar route). This check-post is about 30 km from Lahore and is the cross-over point for travellers into India by the land route. It is open daily to foreigners only (except Indian and Pakistani nationals) from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. PST. A daily Flag-lowering ceremony is simultaneously on Pakistan and India side at Sunset. This half an hour ceremony is attended by a large number of citizens and tourists. This two hours excursion from Lahore can be arranged with the assistance of the Tourist Information Centre.
The Wagha border post is open daily for foreigners; Summer (16 April to 15 October) 08:30 to 14:30 hrs and Winter (16 October to 15 April) 09:00 to 15:00 hrs. Minibus No.12 leaves from outside Lahore Railway Station for Wagha every 15 minutes, which costs approx. US$ 0.20 per person. Taxi shall charge around US$ 8 for this half an hour journey.
Nankana Sahib-Amritsar Bus Service (NABS)
The NABS starts from PTDC Terminal near the Main Gate, Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Railway Road, Nankana Sahib and terminates at the International Bus Terminal, G.T. Road Amritsar. The bus leaves from Nankana Sahib at 08:00 hours (Pakistan time) every Tuesday and Saturday and arrives at Amritsar at around 13:30 hours (India time). Departure from Amritsar is on every Wednesday and Friday.