Q: What is the coolest time to visit Lahore?
Ans: The coolest weather lasts from November to mid-April, with cool, fresh morning and evenings and dry, sunny days.
Q: I hear Lahories are a more conservative lot especially compared to people in Western countries. What kind of Clothes would be acceptable here?
Ans: Shorts, minis and tank tops are unadvisable. In small towns and villages near Lahore especially, people may tend to stare if you expose too much skin. Safe clothing would be trousers, peddle pushers, capris, skirts, tops and shirts.
Lahore has some good cotton which is trendy and affordable. Buy yourself some. Women could try wearing a Salwar Kameez which is very cool and comfortable and could even improve the attitude of people toward them.
Q: What is the best thing to do if pestered by beggars and street urchins?
Ans: Well, you can start by ignoring them completely and if they get too persistent give them a stern look. If you must give them something, let it not be more than 5 to 10 rupees only.
Q. What are the important Urdu words I should know when I'm in Lahore or Pakistan?
Ans. Well, there are many phrases and words in Urdu that could come in use. We would advise you to look at our “Useful Urdu Phrases” page in Useful Stuff.
Q. Can I hire a mobile phone in Lahore?
Ans. You can pick up a mobile phone connection from most departmental stores and often even at small roadside stores. The service provided by these private companies is on par with the best in the world. You could get SIM card by showing your Passport and visa.
Q. How safe is drinking water in Lahore?
Ans. If you are from a foreign country, you may not be used to drinking the water here. Hence we advise that you pick up a bottle of mineral/filtered water which is cheap and widely available and usually provided in flasks in hotel rooms. Order the same when you are at a restaurant. As far as possible, avoid drinking any kind of water or juices from roadside carts and vendors.
Q. How should I tip waiters at restaurants / hotels?
Ans. In tourist restaurants or hotels a 10% service charge is often added to bills, in which case there is no need to tip. In smaller places, where tipping is optional, you need only tip a few rupees, not a percentage of your bill. It is customary to tip waiters, porters, guides and drivers. (20 Rs, 50 Rs or Maximum 100 Rs)
Q. How best can I get the flavour of a particular destination I visit in Lahore - Pakistan?
Ans. We would love you to try using the local transport. But this is not advisable in crowded cities like Lahore. However, do take a ride or two in a state transport bus or van whenever you have the opportunity. It would be better to take a Pakistani friend along.
Try and interact more with the locals of the area. There will be a language problem but many people in small towns are quite fluent in English and a few other foreign languages.