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UNIQUE FLAG-LOWERING CEREMONY

This unique ceremony in the world is celebrated at Pak-India border Wagah near Lahore every afternoon before sunset. The thrill and excitement mounts in the presence of big crowds on both sides who raise slogans and chant patriotic songs in support of their respective soldiers throughout the colorful parade and flag-lowering at no-man’s land.

Mystic Shrine of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hajvery
The shrine of this renowned saint of Lahore (d. 1071 C.E.), is close to the junction of the Lower Mall and the Circular Road. Ali Hajveri was a great Sufi saint who spread the light of Islam in this region. His well-known work, "Kashf-ul-Mahjub"is a treatise on Sufism and has been translated from original Persian into several European languages and is considered a classic. His grave is surrounded by a beautiful mosque.

 

Gurdwara Nankana Sahib

The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak (1469 - 1539 AD) was born at Rai Bhoeki Talwandi now known as Nankana Sahib situated in Punjab province. Nankana is located about 85 kilometers west of Lahore and 39 km south-west of Sheikhupura. This is the second holiest place for Sikh followers after Golden Temple at Amritsar and thousands of yatrees (Sikh visitors) visit the place and surrounding Gurdwaras where their Guru spent his childhood.

Gurdwara Dera Sahib

Gurdwara Dehra Sahib symbolizes the Sikh tradition and marks the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (1563 – 1606 AD), the fifth Sikh Guru who compiled the Guru Granth, the principal part of Sikh scriptures. The site is located near Lahore Fort and is thronged by Sikh yatrees coming from other countries during annual celebrations

Ketas Hindu Temple

Located in the Salt Range, Ketas is the best preserved Hindu site in Punjab where, according to a legend, Hindu god Shiva wept at the death of his wife that resulted into forming a pond, sacred to Hindus. This was an important pilgrimage center for Hindu followers during pre-partition days.