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Lahore

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Scams

Most travellers have nothing but praise for Lahorites. Indeed, it’s most likely that you’ll receive many invitations to chat over a hot cuppa. Unfortunately there are some less honourable souls who view travellers as an easy way of earning a quick buck. To avoid a prickly predicament make a mental note of the following scams encountered by fellow travellers.

A handful of crooked cops continue to tarnish the reputation of Lahore’s police force. Travellers have been approached, generally after dark, by policemen making all manner of allegations to intimidate them into paying a bribe. Stay cool, stand your ground, and insist that they take you to the Chief of City Police and contact your embassy.

By wary of deals offered by the cheap hotels around the main train station, especially on McLeod, Railway and Brandreth Rds. If a hotel offers you a deal that’s too good to be true, it’s probably precisely that. It may cost you a lot more in the long run if you end up having your gear stolen.

If you do encounter problems, immediately report the hotel to the Department of Tourist Services.

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While you're there

Medical services

The most reputable ambulance service is run by Edhi (115; 24hr). The charge is Rs 50 for the first 10km and Rs 5 for each additional kilometre (Rs 8 if ex-Lahore).

These hospitals have good reputations:

Mayo Hospital (9211101; Gowal Mandi)

Sheikh Zaid Hospital (5865731; Canal Bank Rd) Adjacent to Punjab University (New Campus).

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