Pakistan by bus: all aboard Lahore’s sightseeing double-decker

The Guardian, January 2016

Creeping through Lahore’s notoriously bad traffic on Pakistan’s first-ever sightseeing bus, the air was as thick with pride as it was with pollution. “They say a year isn’t enough to explore Lahore,” ran the commentary – in English for my benefit but usually in Urdu (multilingual headphones aren’t available yet). As we passed the city’s 2,000-year-old monuments, seldom visited by international tourists, the snap-happy domestic travellers on board beamed. “Slow down so we can take selfies,” the tour guide instructed the driver to everyone’s delight. According to Sightseeing Lahore’s operations manager, Nayyar Mahmood, the response to the service, in bookings and feedback, has been “overwhelming”.

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