Fly to Lahore, the cultural and artistic gem of Pakistan.
Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE)
Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE) is the second busiest airport in Pakistan, and services the greater region of Lahore and the province of Punjab. This is a very well equipped airport, and transiting passengers will find a range of facilities they can access. This includes ATMs, currency exchange and banking services, and medical services. There is also a variety of restaurants to dine in, and a shopping arcade to browse for gifts and souvenirs.
Airlines to Lahore
There are no airlines that fly direct from Australia to Lahore, and most flights will involve connecting in transport hubs that fly to this destination. These tend to be Abu Dhabi (AUH), Bangkok (BKK), Singapore (SIN) and Hong Kong (HKG).
Major carriers that operate flights to Lahore are Emirates, Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Air India, British Airways, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Ocean Airlines, Pakistan Int´l, Polet, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines.
Getting into Lahore
Passengers will find taxis just outside the airport, though it is strongly advised that you make sure the taxi is metered or that you organise the fare in advance of the journey. The ride should only take 20-30 minutes and will cost around 1000PKR ($13).
There are rental companies operating in LHE Airport, though we recommend if you want to hire a car for the duration of your stay you do this in advance using our car hire search tool.
What can you do in Lahore?
Lahore is one of the most populous cities in the world, and is considered to be the cultural heart of the rich and varied civilisation of Pakistan.
With a mixed legacy of the Mughal rulers of old, to the British Raj, and the thriving contemporary soul that is driving force now, Lahore is a fascinating city. Start with the old city, where you can see Mughal architecture in all its glory, the masterminds behind such buildings as the Taj Mahal in India. Step into Shahi Qila, a Royal Fort and UNESCO World Heritage site, where semi-precious jewels line the exquisite walls and ceilings of the Mirror Palace (Sheesh Mahal).
Stroll the impressive grounds at Emperor Jahangir’s Mausoleum, or wander around the gorgeous terraced pleasure gardens of Emperor Shah Jahan: Shalimar Garden. Or stand beneath the city’s iconic landmark minaret which has spiked above the city since the 1960s to commemorate the resolution that went on to cement Pakistan as a sovereign state.
However, you’d be doing yourself an injustice if you came to this city and didn’t indulge in one of its most celebrated arts: its cuisine. Spend an afternoon or an entire evening exploring the aptly named Food Street in Gawalmandi. You will find a plethora of restaurants and small eateries offering the best of Lahori cuisine.
When should you go?
Lahore is pretty warm for most of the year, but between June and September it is inundated with rain, and the humidity and temperatures soar. The shoulder seasons though (being March, April and October) tend to range between 20-30°C, with dry and sunny days for the most part. If you go between November and February, it’ll be even cooler and many people prefer coming at this time, expect temperatures in the late teens.
What do you need to know?
Currency: The Pakistani Rupee (PKR)
Visas: Most foreign nationals will require a visa to Pakistan. You can check your individual requirements on the government website,where you can download the Visa Fee Structure that lists all prices for application. Please note, you will not be allowed on the flight without a valid visa.
Please note all information is current as of December 2015.
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