Nightlife in Lahore: Red Light Area (Heera Mandi)
Literally meaning “Diamond Market,” Heera Mandi is a red light district in Lahore, Pakistan. The oldest red light district in Pakistan, the nightlife here starts at 11:00 p.m. every night and lasts until 1:00 a.m.
Tourism to the Red Light District
Many visitors to Heera Mandi go there to find prostitutes, which is illegal in Pakistan. Those who come simply to take in the sights and sounds, and partake in legal nightlife, may find it wise to wear clothing that covers the entire body when walking through streets.
One famous restaurant, Cuckoo’s Den, is located on the other side of the wall from Heera Mandi, and it might be convenient to eat here. Cuckoo’s offers a beautiful view of the Badshai Mosque lit up at night, especially when you’re seated on top of the restaurant. It is fine to wear short sleeves at Cuckoo’s, but full coverage is recommended when walking around the streets of the red light area, although a head covering is not required.
Brothels in Heera Mandi
Starting around 11:00 p.m. every night, customers line up at the doors of brothels in Heera Mandi. Most of these brothels are located on Shahi Mohalla, or Royal Street, and prostitution occurs under the guise of dancing lessons or sessions, which customers purchase before entering. The “dancers” are famous for sitting on sofas in full view of the street at the open doorways of each brothel. It’s inadvisable to enter any of the brothels.
Danger in Heera Mandi
Pay attention to your whereabouts within Heera Madi in the late evening so you don’t end up in a dangerous situation. It’s generally safe to look around from outside the brothels, but because prostitution in Heera Mandi is illegal, the police sometimes conduct raids and may arrest both dancers and clients.
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