Travelling down Mall Road, Lahore, Pakistan

KFC that is run entirely by deaf people
KFC that is run entirely by deaf people
Communist Party Pakistan
Communist Party Pakistan
Advertising hoardings for politicians
Advertising hoardings for politicians
Lahore High Court
Lahore High Court
Boys who collect rubbish for a living, hoping to find something of value
Boys who collect rubbish for a living, hoping to find something of value
A tea stand
A tea stand
Anarkali
Anarkali
Anarkali Bazaar
Anarkali Bazaar
Tollington Market
Tollington Market
GPO
GPO
View of the road from the GPO
View of the road from the GPO
View from GPO
View from GPO
Punjab Public Library
Punjab Public Library
In the Punjab Public Library there are these Mughal style open reading rooms.  They are cool in the summer heat.
In the Punjab Public Library there are these Mughal style open reading rooms. They are cool in the summer heat.
Entrance to Lahore Museum
Entrance to Lahore Museum
Queen Victoria in the Lahore Museum
Queen Victoria in the Lahore Museum
Zamzama, or Kim's Gun, from Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Zamzama, or Kim's Gun, from Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Mall Road in Lahore is also known as Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Asam for Mohammed Ali Jinnah, one of the founders of Pakistan and its first prime minister.


This hub is only about a part of Mall Road which is one of the longest roads in Lahore. There are many buildings of historical and cultural value. Many are from Mughal and colonial times. Most of them were built in the time of the British Raj.


Like all other parts of the city, Mall Road has something of everything. There are the huge banks and commercial buildings, shops of all shapes and sizes, tea stands set up at the side of the road, boys carrying sacks picking up rubbish to see if they find something of value that they can sell to earn a living.


Normally, Lahore is alive with people, noise, traffic and smoke from vehicles. Many drivers seem to think their engine in not working right unless they see a plume of blue. It is very unusual to see an empty street but some of the photos in this hub are silent, there is a hush in Lahore. It is a holiday and that is why there is no traffic. The shops are closed except for small stands like the one shown which make tea and serve snacks.


There are many places in the Road, including:


Lahore Museum

Lahore Zoo

National College of Art

Government College

Zamzama, that is Kim's Gun, famous from Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Punjab Library

Punjab University

Lahore Stock Exchange

Punjab Assembly

Tollington Market

Wapda House

Lawrence Gardens

Awain-e-Iqbal


Quite a few of these places I visited when I was in the city. One place which was very interesting is somewhere that is normally quite ordinary, but in Mall Road there is a KFC restaurant which is run entirely by deaf people. On the walls are pictures of sign language. I am glad that I had a chance to go there because it was something I have never experienced anywhere else. It was another thing that I could add to my list that is good about Pakistan.You can read about it here:


http://www.workersforjesus.com/dfi/s-259.htm


Anarkali Bazaar is a place I like too. It is named after a slave girl who was said to have been buried alive behind a wall for having an affair with the king's son. You can read more about her here on this site:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarkali


The bazaar has almost everything anyone could need. But not all shops there will bargain. At the shoe shop I bought 2 pairs of shoes for 250 rupees each and the man there said they were cheap enough and he would not reduce them. He would not have bargained and I would have left without them if I had been determined. The same shoes sell in England for at least £20 so I would have been foolish to complain at paying £2.


The Communist Party of Pakistan has a huge hammer and sickle on the roof. They are only allowed to put up a sign in Urdu but it is unmistakable.


I visited the Punjab Public Library. It was built in 1884, they have thousands of books and over one thousand old manuscripts. I especially liked the open sided reading rooms. They are built in the Mughal style which favoured such constructions because they are cool in the summer heat.


It is near to the Lahore Museum which is really the wonder house Rudyard Kipling called it in his book Kim. His father John Lockwood Kipling was one of the curators at the museum.

http://www.thepotteries.org/did_you/002.htm

But no museum built in Victorian times would be complete without a statue of the Queen herself. The museum deserves a hub all its own and I plan to write one.


Tollington Market was built in 1864 to house exhibitions of arts and crafts of the Punjab. In the 1920s it was changed to a market. In 2005 when I first was in Lahore the building was being refurbished and is now a museum. Unfortunately, I did not visit it but on my next visit certainly I will.


As I have already said this is only a small portion of Mall Road, there is so much more. You can see the boy in the tree, the view from the GPO and the signs of wealth and also poverty. Even the poor people have a smile for a photographer as you can see on the faces of the boys with the sacks.


Mall Road has many faces and it would take thousands of words to describe even just this one road in the huge city of Lahore. Lahore is a place that you must experience in person. You cannot learn about it from a few words on a page. I sit and think of it and hear it in my memory. I show these few pictures so you can get a taste of it but it is not enough. You must live and breathe it. The beauty, richness of buildings and landscapes, also the dirt and poverty, the history and modern buildings and life. It makes me homesick for it. I have only been there twice but it certainly had a profound effect. That is one thing about Pakistan. People who visit either love it or hate it. If you love it you want to keep going back.







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Comments 57 comments

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gulnazahmad 6 years ago from Pakistan

Its amazing to know somebody from abroad writing about Pakistan so well:)but you did not tell us that whether you wanted to come back here or not.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

I have been to Pakistan twice and I certainly want to visit again. I am glad you liked reading my hub. Thank you.


lahoreee 6 years ago

Amazing content, superb style, thoughtful lively and loving hub. My unconditional gratitude for your love and affection for Pakistan, the country at crossroads....


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you very much Lahoreee for your comments. They are always very much appreciated. I am happy you enjoyed the hub.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

This is great. I love the KFC run by the deaf! I love all your hubs. Your pictures are so wonderful! Thanks again Hummingbird!


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for reading Micky Dee. I really like the KFC run by the deaf too. I think it is a very good thing. I have never seen it anywhere else.

I am glad you like the photos.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I thoroughloy enjoyed this stroll down Mall Road. Such variety! And colour! It looks quite a bit like some streets in South Africa. Like Micky I love the idea of the KFC run by deaf people! Outstanding.

Love and peace

Tony


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you. Your comments are always welcome. The buildings on the road change all the way down.

Thanks again.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Hello humming, my real life has become so busy that I rarely find time for Hp now. There's just never enough time to read all the amazing hubs anymore! Still, I had to come and check this out, and needless to say, loved it!

Mall road is one amazing road, though I have to add sometimes it's impossible to see beyond all the din and traffic! Your pictures are great... i love the one of the rubbish boys too. Btw. I never knew about this KFc you talk about, wow, i must go and visit it! Yes, that's what I love about pakistan: you find amazing things in the most unknown of places! Your last paragraphs sums it up.... very nicely put! Take care friend....:)


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

I expected you would like it. There is still lots more of Mall Road, this is only a small part. Everyone seems to like the KFC. It is amazing.

You are right. It isn't always possible to see beyond the din and traffic, particularly if you travel in a rickshaw,then there seems to be even more din.

Thank you for reading and I am glad you enjoyed it as you know most of the places.


Shoaib 6 years ago

Nice Pics.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thanks for reading my hub.


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Karen Bell 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Your link to the KFC with the deaf employees was really interesting. Thanks for sharing.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you. Everyone likes the KFC. It is certainly something good. Thank you for reading my hub.


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PBR 6 years ago

I see you went there on a holiday. Otherwise the place is so packed with traffic. I hate going to the mall road due to the traffic but it is such an important road with so many offices that every now and then I have to play the good old Mall road a visit.

Those are some amazing pictures and you did a good job capturing some important buildings. There is a very old building there called the Gardee building(not in the pics above). Its near GPO and an office in that building brings me to Mall road and that to on the working days. :(

I love trees and the central green belt that is on many places of this road attracts me a lot. While driving I do tend to look towards the right hand side where the green belt is.

Thanks for this good hub!


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for reading it. I am glad you liked it. I like Lahore very much.


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hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

Nice article, quite informative. Having lived at Lahore for sometime, I agree with you in toto. Thanks for sharing.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for reading. It means more to have praise from someone who knows Lahore so well.


Travel Pakistan 6 years ago

Hello Humming,

Really nice written, no doubt Lahore is one of the best place to live in Pakistan, if you like Halla Gulla :) food, history and lot more!

Hope to see more soon from you :)


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for reading. I am glad you liked my article.


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K.Shahid 6 years ago from Dubai

hey hummingbird- loved you pictures and am so glad you enjoyed lahore:)- i see that you have put up a few pictures of the wazir khan baradari that you describe as the 'reading halls' next to the punjab library..the monument has a avery rich history- please do check out my hub page- http://hubpages.com/travel/Pakistans-Untapped-Trea... to read about it and tell me what you think:)


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

I am glad you liked my hub. I am going to read yours now.


KLeichester 5 years ago

This is promising. Thanks for sharing.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

I am always happy when people like my hubs. Thank you for reading.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Hummingbird! I love coming back to see you and your work. You are inspiring to me. God bless you Dear Hummingbird.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you Micky. I really must write something new soon, because you are always flitting in and out.


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MAAZ SHARIF 5 years ago from Pakistan

lahore is a great place, i always enjoyed my visits to lahore, must watch http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Desert-rohi


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you. I will look at that.


qamarfhjkcghk 5 years ago

Yeah we know that Indian and Pakistani people are not enemy to each other but this is all because of the political problems. Nobody wants to kill innocent people and curse them. We all pray for the peace of the whole world not just for our part of the world. I hope we will have a peaceful world one day. InshaAllah


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you for reading.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you for reading and liking my hub

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Kamran100 5 years ago

Amazing hub, i live in Lahore..i have see these place in real..i really happy after watch that you share with us..rate up up and very up of your hub!


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you. It means a lot for someone who lives in Lahore to like my hub and photos.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY

Hummingbird, I really enjoyed this.

I really learned a lot and I loved the pictures.

I was a bit jealous looking at you in some of the photos. LOL.

I would love to be able to travel there one day with my son.

Thanks for sharing.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

It is a good place to go and not as dangerous as people think. You just have to be properly organised and sensible. It helps to know someone there too, like I do.

Thanks for reading.


pakadventures 5 years ago

nice sharing and i am happy to see your interest in Pakistan. share your pictures of Pakistan on our facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pakistan-Adventures/...

And also visit us to explore beautiful places of Pakistan.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you. I am interested in Pakistan. I am writing a book about Pakistan which will be out on Kindle in a few months.


Pakistani 5 years ago

Lor Lor aay lovely city.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Yes, you are right. Thanks for reading.


Pakistani 5 years ago

i Love my lovely Lahore.


Lahoreee 5 years ago

Lor Lor Aay is the comment that you hear every now and then from many people. I came to Lahore from Faisalabad in 1975 and I chose Lahore to live in. I have gone to many countries of the world and worked in many but Lor Lor Aay means that Lahore is Lahore and no city matches its grace and beauty.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

That is quite true. That is exactly my opinion too. Thank you for reading my hub again.


gtariq 5 years ago

Yours is one of the most interesting hub I have come across.Having lived in Lahore for more than 20 years, raising both my sons ,working as a biology teacher I never looked at the Mall road with the lens that you have seen.Its so interesting to find out that a foreigner like you can relate to the sight and sounds of my country.Thanks for introducing it to us in the way that you have done.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you for reading my hub. It is often the case that visitors see more than residents. We do not always look at our home town with the interest that outsiders have.

To us it is normal and boring.

To me Pakistan was new and interesting. I hope to come again soon.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I just came by to say I love you and appreciate you. As always - God bless you dear heart.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you very much. God bless you too.


shahid 4 years ago

lahore is best for eating didderent meals from shahid 03004565656


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Hummingbird5356 4 years ago Author

Lahore is good for lots of things. Thanks for reading my hub.


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articlesocean 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Lahore has its special breakfast meals such as Paye, Nihari and kalay chanay (Black chickpeas) with Nan Breads. what was your favorite foods when you were visited Pakistan?

Great Hub!


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Hummingbird5356 4 years ago Author

I have eaten Pakistani food for several years so I have many favourites. But mutton karahi is one of them.


flights to pakistan 3 years ago

sounds like a great place poakistan


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Hummingbird5356 3 years ago Author

It is. Definitely.


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uzma shaheen 3 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

I live at almost 10 minutes distance from mall road and travelled on this road almost daily during my high school and university. Its an amazing road contains so many historical and important buildings. your pictures are so good. normally this road is full of people and traffic. loved your hub. GOD bless you.


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Hummingbird5356 3 years ago Author

Thank you for reading my hub. Pakistan is one of the few places that I felt immediately at home in. God bless you too.


MisterMustard 14 months ago

Amazing Hub! Just visited Lahoremand if u like i could post a hub on it. Lahore has changed immensely, and with the metro it is even more pretty. I visited it for 3 days and luckily it rained so it was greenest and cleanest at the time.


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TheMisterWriter 14 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

Amazing Hub Humm! The Mall has transformed greatly now. It has gotten greener and a lot more prettier. I made a video on it but unfortunately can't post it on my hub. Anyways i have posted my first hub on part of my first day! Do read.


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Hummingbird5356 14 months ago Author

I will definitely read your hub on Lahore.

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