Lahore is the cultural hub of Pakistan. It features a walled inner city, and a vast number of modern and historic attractions, including Lahore Fort, colonial-gothic buildings, the Badshahi Mosque and Shalimar Gardens.
Lahore may be visited at any time of the year. However, the hottest months are from May until August, during which time temperatures may reach 30 to 40 °C. In July and August there tend to be quite a lot of days with substantial rain - this is monsoon season. The months of October, November, March and April are considered to be the best time to visit Lahore due to comfortable temperatures and fewer rainy days.
For those visiting Lahore with a British passport, it is necessary to be in possession of a visa and a passport with a six month validity. If travelling to Lahore via another country, it may be necessary to have been vaccinated against yellow fever. It is recommended that precautions are exercised against the possibility of mosquito bites as there is a high risk of Dengue and Malaria - particularly during the monsoon season. It is advised that routine vaccinations against polio, hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria, typhoid and rabies be up to date. It is illegal to consume alcohol in public places and to know that some acts, such as blasphemy, adultery, and drug possession, carry a high penalty and possibly the death sentence. Costs in Lahore tend to be less expensive than in the UK. Expect to pay approximately 200Rs for a meal at an inexpensive restaurant, or around 1,000Rs for a three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant. For a 1.5 litre of bottled water expect to pay about 48Rs, and for a non-alcoholic bottle of wine approximately 1,200Rs.
Travel from Allama Iqbal International Airport to Lahore city centre takes about 25 minutes by taxi, and costs around 600Rs. It is cheaper to catch the B-08 bus to the central bus station. A single fare for this trip costs about 35Rs. Many hotels provide complimentary shuttle services to and from the airport. Expect to pay around 500Rs per person, per night for a cheap hostel room, and approximately 4,500Rs for 3-star hotel accommodation. Single trip bus fares within the city tend to cost about 18Rs. For those travelling by rickshaw, fares are generally negotiable.