By Olivia Curl, GIRLWITHABOOK Co-Founder
Of Old Lahore. Yep, not your typical walking tour. In all of Pakistan, there was very little walking for Jen, Lena, and me. In Karachi, our attempts to get B-roll of the city consisted largely of *get out of car* *stand near car filming for 45-60 seconds* *hop back in car and drive away*. This was mostly due to our commitment to be overly cautious as a trio of women, two of whom are white Americans who stick out like a couple of very sore white thumbs.
But, much to my outdoors-loving self's delight, we had some blissful moments of walking time. In Rabwah, we followed girls from home to school (as case studies, not in a creepy way) and in Muzaffarabad Lena and Jen got to inch across rickety bridges and scamper up mountainsides to informal schools (I was sick, but I acknowledge that they got to be outside).
By the time we got to Lahore, our final stop in Pakistan, we were still being quite careful but slightly less obsessive about being outside. On B-roll day (always a great day) we hit some of Lahore's most famous sites. We started at Lahore fort, a citadel inside the Walled City of Lahore, passing by a field of social cricket games in Iqbal Park (tragically the site of this year's attack on Easter), and about a dozen different groups of school girls on field trips. We then met up with some friends from Rabwah who accompanied us on a walking tour of Old Lahore.
Yep. A walking tour in Pakistan. Check that one off the bucket list.
Below are some shots of the Moghul-era narrow alleyways and mosques that make Old Lahore so special.
**Special thanks to our enthusiastic tour guide who insisted that if we walked quickly, we could hit everything important in the 45 minutes we had available for the walled city (he was totally right and returned us to our cars on time).
**Special thanks also to our wonderful driver who not only schlepped us around the whole time we were in Lahore, but who also insisted on accompanying us through the crowds of Iqbal Park and the Lahore Fort.