Naurin Ahmad-Zaki

Naurin Ahmad-Zaki
Head of Institute, AnnieMarie Haus Schimmel, German Cultural Center

“We, thoroughly walking through the roads, taking in the colors, smells and sounds, be it on the roof of the beautifully restored Shahi Hamam, in the narrow and yet so vibrant streets of the spice bazar or inside the spacious courtyard of the most gorgeous gem of the Walled City, the Wazir Khan Mosque.”

Walled City Guided Tour for the German Centre Youth Camp Group in December 2016

The Goethe-Institut Pakistan and the Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus Lahore (the German Centers in Karachi and Lahore) had organized a youth camp during the winter holidays 2016 for young students from our partner schools in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

We, the organizing team, decided to take this group of around 50 teenagers to the Walled City since many students were visiting Lahore for the first time and to our surprise we discovered that many of the Lahori kids had never in their lives been inside the Walled City.

We asked the WCLA to organize the tour for us as most of us organizers were a bit nervous at the prospect of taking kids into the crowded gullies. And I am so happy we did as the tour couldn’t have been more fun and at the same time run smoother.

The team from WCLA was already waiting for us at Delhi Gate when we arrived and from that moment on the teenage group was in the best hands possible. Not only did we get the best background info about facts and stories which you don’t find in tour guides, but the group also thoroughly walking through the roads, taking in the colors, smells and sounds, be it on the roof of the beautifully restored Shahi Hamam, in the narrow and yet so vibrant streets of the spice bazar or inside the spacious courtyard of the most gorgeous gem of the Walled City, the Wazir Khan Mosque.

Lots of selfies were taken, many Instagram and Twitter posts send and I think the kids went back feeling very proud of their history and their country… and let me end this by saying, it’s really not easy to capture the interest of our younger generation, but the WCLA team captured their (and our) hearts with their warm and genuine personalities and their dedication to their work.

Head of Institute, AnnieMarie Haus Schimmel, German Cultural Center

“We, thoroughly walking through the roads, taking in the colors, smells and sounds, be it on the roof of the beautifully restored Shahi Hamam, in the narrow and yet so vibrant streets of the spice bazar or inside the spacious courtyard of the most gorgeous gem of the Walled City, the Wazir Khan Mosque.”

Walled City Guided Tour for the German Centre Youth Camp Group in December 2016

The Goethe-Institut Pakistan and the Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus Lahore (the German Centers in Karachi and Lahore) had organized a youth camp during the winter holidays 2016 for young students from our partner schools in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

We, the organizing team, decided to take this group of around 50 teenagers to the Walled City since many students were visiting Lahore for the first time and to our surprise we discovered that many of the Lahori kids had never in their lives been inside the Walled City.

We asked the WCLA to organize the tour for us as most of us organizers were a bit nervous at the prospect of taking kids into the crowded gullies. And I am so happy we did as the tour couldn’t have been more fun and at the same time run smoother.

The team from WCLA was already waiting for us at Delhi Gate when we arrived and from that moment on the teenage group was in the best hands possible. Not only did we get the best background info about facts and stories which you don’t find in tour guides, but the group also thoroughly walking through the roads, taking in the colors, smells and sounds, be it on the roof of the beautifully restored Shahi Hamam, in the narrow and yet so vibrant streets of the spice bazar or inside the spacious courtyard of the most gorgeous gem of the Walled City, the Wazir Khan Mosque.

Lots of selfies were taken, many Instagram and Twitter posts send and I think the kids went back feeling very proud of their history and their country… and let me end this by saying, it’s really not easy to capture the interest of our younger generation, but the WCLA team captured their (and our) hearts with their warm and genuine personalities and their dedication to their work.

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