Heera mandi

Address: Lahore, Pakistan

Latitude: 31.5450500

Longitude: 74.3406830

Time Zone: Pakistan Standard Time

Categories: Activities

Tags: Cultural, Tourist-free

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'Heera Mandi چکلا (literally "Diamond Market"), also known as Shahi Mohalla (meaning: The Royal Neighbourhood), is a red-light district in Lahore. The women here offer traditional and classical dances and was originally the center of the city's tawaif culture in the Mughal era. Today, it is a centre of prostitution in Lahore under the veil of dances, such as mujra, a branch of classical South-Asian sensual dancing.[1] While many Hijras also frequent the area and are involved in this dance culture.
Heera mandi is located in the northwest corner of the Walled City of Lahore, next to Roshnai Gate, Badshahi Masjid, Lahore Fort, and Hazuri Bagh. During the day the place is much like other Pakistani bazars and is also known for its good food, Khussa (shoes) and the shops for musical instruments.

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