In association with the World Bank, a project is currently in progress to re-create the “Royal Trail” within the Walled City of Lahore. The objective of this project is to preserve the culture and heritage of the city along with providing modern living facilities to the residents of the Walled City of Lahore. The project also aims at promoting the tourism and economic potential of the Walled City of Lahore as well.
The early history of Lahore is obscure, inauthentic and attributed to myths and tales. Virtually no historical reference of the city is available in travelogues, history books and archeological excavations Historical chronicles do not provide any account of such a city when Alexander’s forces traversed Punjab in 4th century B.C. There could have been a small town or settlement of Hindu "Shahiya" dynasty at the place where modern day Lahore exists, and of which a little reference is available in the travelogue of Chinese traveler Hieun Triang who visited India in 630 A.D. However, within the next few hundred years, Lahore would blossom into a cultural capital of the Indian Subcontinent.