One day trip: Nankana Sahib Gurdwara and Inner-City Lahore (Musafiraat & Trippin’ Tours)
Tourism Management has been designed and developed as one of the most challenging and practically calibrated 4-month duration courses for SDSB LUMS by Mr Syed Hussain Haider. It aims to explore a diverse range of functional and management perspectives of the tourism industry, understanding how tourism has evolved as a business, how the tourism industry is structured, and how tourism businesses operate at a destination and in a national context through textual and practicum resources, cases and experiential learning (field visits). Two phenomenal classes of LUMS students have created 7 tourism start-up companies and arranged 10 commercially attuned trips across the different regions of Pakistan.
Two of those tour companies, Musafirat and Trippin’ Tours organized a trip on 27th October, 2019. The trip aimed to promote local tourism by incorporating a multitude of dimensions, namely: history, culture and religion. 27 participants departed from Lahore University of Management Sciences at 8:30 A.M. sharp on Sunday. The route taken to Nankana Sahib was Lahore-Abdul Hakeem Motorway. The first top of the journey was for traditional breakfast of Naan Chanay at Haq Baaho Sabzazar. The journey to Nankana Sahib resumed shortly thereafter at 9:45 A.M. Upon reaching the destination, the eye-catching whitewashed beauty of the Gurdwara stood out for miles. After a brief description of history, the participants took photographs and concluded the trip with an impromptu break.
The next stop was Lahore’s famous Haji Nihari where the group had lunch. The much anticipated second half of the trip then began at around 4 P.M. The participants entered the old city through Delhi Gate; diving into the profound heart of Lahore that extends beyond imagination. The surrounding busy streets and bazars were magnificent in their essence. The tour guide, Mr. Yousuf, accompanied the participants from Delhi gate to the first stop at the Shahi Hammam, beautifully articulating the history and the significance of the place. The efforts of the preservation department in regard to the artifacts at the site were worthy of praise. Mr. Yousuf further shared historical facts about the site, dating back to the era of the Mughals.
The next stop was Wazir Khan Mosque, an epitome of perfection and precision. Even though there was some renovation work going on, it did not overshadow the beauty of the mosque. Mr. Yousuf explained the importance and the cultural heritage of the location. Both these locations depicted the beauty and essence of Lahore. As the group made their way out, it was decided to stay in the surrounding areas and enjoy the heart of Lahore. The group then ventured to Lahore Food Street, and enjoyed the weather with traditional Kulfi.
The write-up and photographs have been shared by the students of the Tourism Management course.