, the capital of Punjab, is one of the wealthiest cities in Pakistan
. The city is second only to Karachi in population and is the largest city in Punjab. Lahore is home to the world's most beautiful antique pieces, and it has the most vibrant historical and cultural center in the whole of Punjab. Lahore has been through numerous eras and has been ruled by many different empires, and has grown to become the most progressive and socially liberal cities in its region. Apart from tourism, Lahore prides in being an active educational, commercial, cultural, and economic hub in the region.
Among the much attractive medieval architecture in the city, visitors like to visit the iconic Badshahi Mosque, the stunning Lahore Fort, the memorial spot of the Tomb of Jahangir, the unique work of the Shahi Hammam, and the ever-intricately decorated Wazir Khan Mosque, all from the Mughal era.
Blend all of the above with the modern architecture that is featured in structures like WAPDA House, the iconic Grand Jamia Mosque, the stunning tower of Minar-e-Pakistan, and the magnificent Islamic Summit Minar and the result is an even more attractive Lahore city.
When to visit Lahore
The city experiences a semi-arid climate that is Köppen classified as BSh, and the weather is mainly influenced by the monsoon season that usually kicks in from mid-June
and lasts through August
. The weather in Lahore is characteristic of oppressively hot, humid, and wet summers and mildly cold, moderately sunny, and mildly dry winters.
The hottest month in Lahore is June, with the average temperature highs of 41°C (105.8°F) during the day and 27.9°C (82.2°F) during the nights! On top of that, there are up to nine hours of sunshine per day on average. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January
. The month records the highest amount of fog in the year, and the temperature ranges from 20°C (68°F) on average during the day to 6°C (42.8°F) on average during the nights. The cold winter winds may make the nights chillier than registered, but the days have averagely seven and a half hours of sunshine to warm them up. The driest month in Lahore in the year in November
, as the rain gauge only collects 4.2mm (0.2") in precipitation on average for the whole month.
During summer, from mid-April
, Lahore remains hot and very humid with the highest temperature readings in the range of 33.3°C (91.9°F) and 41°C (105.8°F) and the low average readings between 20°C (68°F) and 27.9°C (82.2°F). The monsoons begin around the end of June and bring about the highest rainfall in the year in July
and August. July records as high as 202.1mm (8") in precipitation and August records 163.9mm (6.5") on average. The season comes with many weather-related hazards like flooding, thunderstorms, and possible cloudbursts.
Winter is mild and tolerable, but the nights feel so much colder. However, with ample sunshine during the day, the cold lowers considerably. Snowfall is rare, owing to the moderately cold temperature.
Autumn is warm and pleasant, with no high rains and no extreme heat as in summer, as is spring that warms up considerable as summer approaches. These two seasons are the peak of the travel period since there are minimal weather hazards and the weather registered is warm and pleasant.