Pakistani influencer takes a tour of today's Heeramandi in Lahore. Watch the viral video | Trending

A Pakistani influencer's video of today's Heeramandi in Lahore has gone viral on social media. The clip shows how this place, which recently made headlines for Sanjay Leela Bansali's eponymous OTT debut, is now a “food hub for lovers of local cuisine and history”.

The picture shows a puppet show in what is now Heeramandi in Lahore. It comes from a video by a Pakistani influencer. (Instagram/

The video was posted on The Orange Wall's Instagram page. “For those who can't visit in person, here's a virtual tour of modern-day Heeramandi in Lahore. Now known as Old Town and Androon Sheher, it still retains the grandeur and spaciousness of days gone by. Broken, worn in places, but still full of life. Today, it is a culinary hub for lovers of local cuisine and history,” reads the caption posted along with the video.

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The viral video begins with a beautiful performance by a singer and then takes viewers on a virtual tour of Heeramandi that includes puppet shows, a horse-drawn carriage ride and delicious food.

Watch the video of today’s Heeramandi:

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The video was shared earlier this month and has since garnered nearly 410,000 views. The video has also garnered nearly 47,000 likes. People have posted various comments and reacted to the shares.

What did Instagram users say about this video?

“What is the name of the area now?” asked an Instagram user. The influencer replied, “Food Street, Old Lahore, Androon Sheher.” The Instagram user then asked, “Are there still havelis there? Like shown in the show?” The influencer wrote, “Oh yes, there are countless havelis still preserved. Some have been converted into public offices, universities and cultural monuments. We will cover them all soon!”

Another added: “The puppet show was probably my favorite, the arts must be preserved!”

However, not everyone was happy with the video. Like this person who wrote: “Why are people advertising this place?”

Courtesans in Heeramandi were at the height of their power during the Mughal period (1500s – mid-19th century). During the British era, it was degraded to a red-light district. The place was closed after a police crackdown in 2009, which put an end to the town's brothels.

(With contributions from AFP)

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