Until recent years, Lahore’s spellbinding Walled City was a regular stop on the tourist trail between Europe and Asia. Hippies, backpackers and a whole bunch of other travellers would wander through the atmospheric bazaars and laneways on their way from Iran through to India. Since the turn of the millennium, Pakistan’s image on the world stage has taken a beating, and many would-be visitors are skipping the country altogether. Through this photo series, we open up the historic old city once again for all to see. Come and take a walk along the fabled streets, meet the people, and experience Lahore at its most vibrant.
The atmospheric Walled city oozes heavenly and squalid aromas from every corner
Timber is weighed the old-fashioned way
Hey there! Wanna invest in my business little guy?
Most Pakistanis love greeting guests!
Ghee (clarified butter) is an essential ingredient for many South Asian desserts
Lahore is the capital of Punjab, the region often referred to as Pakistan’s food bowl. This vendor proudly shows off his ears of corn.
Just enough space for this autorickshaw to squeeze through
Time is spent joining friends and neighbours at work, keeping them company while the long day passes by.
Steam rises off shards of thick rich caramel
Work doesn’t happen unless there’s an element of fun…
A rickshaw weighed down with its cargo of clean water
Freshly whipped lassi is the perfect cooler for a hot summer day
This man seems content with just watching the world go by
Age-old havelis in various states of charming disrepair make the Walled City a living and breathing museum
With a flash of colour, this peacock struts his way around the streets
“It’s not whisky – it’s petrol” I was assured!
Mutton Karahi, anyone?
Neighbourhood entertainment, Walled City-style
Meet Tim Blight
Writer, traveller, amateur photographer, teacher. Based in Melbourne and Lahore.