Feb 21, 2009


Lahore (Punjabi: لہور, Urdu: لاہور pronounced [lahor]) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and is the second largest city in Pakistan after Karachi. It is often called the Garden of Mughals because of its Mughal heritage. It is located near the Ravi River, close to the Pakistan-India border. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Data Durbar Complex, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the mausolea of Jehangir and Nur Jehan are popular tourist spots in the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Indo-Gothic style, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office (GPO), and many older universities.
Punjabi and Urdu are the native languages of the province and are the most widely-spoken languages in Lahore and rural areas. Urdu and English, however, are becoming more popular with younger people since they are officially supported, whereas Punjabi has no official patronage. Many Punjabi speakers in Lahore are known as Lahori Punjabi due to their use of a mixture of Punjabi and colloquial Urdu. According to the 1998 census, Lahore's population was nearly 7 million. Mid-2006 government estimates now put the population at approximately 10 million.[2] This makes Lahore the second largest city in Pakistan, fifth largest city in South Asia and the 26th largest city in the world.

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