I was in Lahore a few days ago with my wife for the one-day cricket
between India and Pakistan.
Being there was a totally unexpected experience, and there were
surprises galore: people were every nice, hospitable, friendly and
We also spent a good amount of time at the Lahore Railway station,
and it was an experience I would like to share with you all. I was
also keen on contrasting Lahore railway station with stations in
Like most stations in India, this one
too has a loco outside, with the star and crescent being prominently
displayed in front.
We spoke to Coolies, who were very happy to have 'mehmaan' from
There is a 'Meeting Point' at the station as well, which is quite
similar to the one at Zurich train station.
The platform tickets cost Rs 5 (Pakistani Rs) apiece, and it is
handled by a private party (unlike in India).
A big photo of Md Ali Jinnah, and another one of Md Iqbal adorns the
entrance to the platform area.
Samjhauta Express, the train to India leaves from the far end of
Platform No. 1.
There is a McDonalds and Pizza Hut on Platform No. 1.
There are bookstalls on every platform, none of them, however, had a
copy of the Railway Time-table. The new timetable is supposed to be
released on 14th April. Magazines in the bookstall are very costly,
especially the English language magazines. Average cost if around Rs
70-80. Newspapers in English are costly as well, approx. Rs 10-12.
The Khyber Mail from Peshawar to Karachi was on Platform No. 5, and
we went inside it. There is a photo of a Economy AC coach from
inside, which I have uploaded and can be seen from the link below.
On the platform, the scene was quite like India; vendors selling all
kind of stuff; only, that vegetarian food was hard to find !
Ticket reservations are computerized, and the Karrakoram Express,
which is a fully AC train , is the most prestigious train from
Lahore. Like the traditional Rajdhanis in India (Mumbai and Howrah
ones), they make Lahore-Karachi an overnight travel, giving the
benefit of a working day at both ends. The highest class fare Lahore-
Karachi on that train is Rs 2495.
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