From Rawalpindi, Lahore can be reached by car on the Grand Trunk road, or by a three-quarters-of-an-hour plane flight. The excellent Pearl Continental, set near a public garden, has its own extensive grounds with large swimming-pool and nightly garden barbeques of local dishes – kebabs, teka tin, benzair kulfa and sugar-cane juice. After the heat and dust of city touring, the Pearl is a restful haven, but, being situated towards the cantonment area and Gulberg residential section, is rather cut off from main city life. It is a taxi-ride up the main artery avenue to the Avari (ex Hilton) hotel, more in the centre of shopping and city life. The tourist office, situated in the old-style Falettis hotel, runs daily three-and-a-half-hour tours for about £3.00, with collections from the main hotels. Hiring a car and chauffeurguide is not expensive.
A small non-air-conditioned car with driver costs £3.00 an hour from Avis, plus a small mileage charge. Two days, covering all the essential city sights, shopping and a country trip to Sheikapura, at an unhurried pace, should cost no more than £30.00. Lahore blends genuine Mogul buildings with the red brick Gothic Mogul’ of the British. Interior design office ideas Domes of the massive mosque rise like balloons in the morning mist over the high walls of the fort, which was built by Akbar in the 1560s and is on the world heritage list. It is an extensive complex of courts, pavilions, audience halls and gardens, with much marble added by Shah Jehan. At its side is the glorious Badshahi mosque, built in 1673-4 and restored by Lord Curzon in 1904, which can hold sixty thousand worshippers. The decoration of the halls is extremely elaborate, and the minarets afford stunning views of the old city.
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