Lahore, Pakistan is the second most populous city in the country. It is also the capital city of Punjab. Out of all the cities in Pakistan, it is the most socially liberal. The city has a long history and has been a part of several different empires. Like Mumbai in India, Lahore is the cultural and entertainment center of Pakistan. That means that the area receives quite a few tourists and business people. If you are going to be one of them, we advise you use a VPN when connecting to the internet. We’ll tell you why shortly, right after we share our choices of the best VPNs for Lahore.
Unlike some of the more ancient cities, the first mention of Lahore did not appear until 982 CE. That said, there are very few other references to the town in ancient times. When Mahmud of Ghazni captured the city in the 11th century, references became more common. There are several theories about the naming of the city, but the true origins are not known.
Taking a look at the architecture of Lahore will give you an interesting perspective on the culture. There are also museums, ancient gardens, and several other things to see there. Lahore is a major destination for tourists and businesses thanks to a revised administrative structure in 2001. The current government of the city has divided Lahore into nine administrative districts.
Whether you are visiting the city as a tourist or business person, you will want to connect to the internet with a VPN. Only 19% of the population of Pakistan has internet access, but that percentage is higher in the city. That means there are cybercriminals just waiting to grab your confidential information. By using a VPN, you create a secure connection to an encrypted server. That means your data is better protected against theft.
The second reason to use a VPN while in Lahore is to help you deal with censorship. Though the country does not use specific blocking software (or firewall), it does block sites that are known for anti-Islamic, blasphemous, or national security threats. Those include sites like Blogspot, Youtube, and more. By connecting to a server in a different location, you can trick the software into thinking you are somewhere else. That way, you can gain access to the sites you want to view.
Those are two main reasons to use a VPN while in Lahore. However, you may discover other uses quickly. From accessing blocked sites because of content to protecting your privacy, you can reach your goals by using a VPN. Now, the question is what is the best protocol and service to use?
In the community, there are many different protocols available. That is what providers use to protect users. However, the best option to choose is OpenVPN. That is because it provides you with the best mix of safety and speed. Though all providers on our list offer it, there are some that have a UDP and a TCP version. UDP if faster, while TCP has error checking which is better for less stable connections.
Lahore is a major hub for business and the second largest trade area in Pakistan. However, there are no IPVanish servers in the country. That is why we’ll choose a server in the closest location, New Delhi, India. They have one of the best networks in the region and they are fast enough to do everything you would like to do. That makes them our favorite choice to use while visiting Lahore.
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IPVanish hosts servers on every continent other than Antarctica. The network has consistently been the fastest VPN in Asia in our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries all over Asia. You can select a location or an individual server.
IPVanish hosts 2 servers in New Delhi, India (the closest server in the region) and you can choose to connect to either one of them. We tested an IPVanish server in New Delhi, India, and found the speed to be 17.43 Mbps.
When it comes to value IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month on the annual plan. A 7-day money back guarantee covers all new members.
If you are traveling to Lahore, you will want to take advantage of ExpressVPN’s fast networks and their MediaStreamer feature. That is because the two together act as a Smart DNS service. In other words, it will help you get around the geo-restrictions you will encounter. Additionally, it will help you encrypt your internet traffic. Those are some of the advantages of using a VPN while in Lahore.
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Above, you can see that ExpressVPN has a massive VPN network. The ExpressVPN network many servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. That includes locations like Karachi (since it is the closest in the region). You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and enjoy the content you are used to seeing where you are from.
When using the ExpressVPN app, you can select a server location in the city you want to use. That said, you are not able to select a specific server there. That is because the software picks the best one for the chosen location. To pick a specific city, open the client and click “choose location”. You will want to select the “All” tab and type in Pakistan in the box that says “search country or city”. At this point, you can select the servers located there. As you can see, we tested a server in Karachi and the speed came out to 22.80 Mbps.
ExpressVPN may have a higher price point than others, but you can expect a great value based on their large network and list of features. You can connect a PC, handheld device, game console (SmartDNS), router, and more with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with an annual subscription.
HideMyAss was brought to life in 2005 when Jack Cator, a 16-year-old student in England, decided that he wanted to create a service to help people avoid censorship. Specifically, Jack was unable to access social media sites and online games because they were blocked on the school network. HMA added hundreds of thousands of users the first month and has since grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world with over 350 server locations. Privax, the parent company of HMA Pro VPN, joined the AVG team in 2015.
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If your goal is to find the VPN with the most server locations then HideMyAss is your best choice. Just keep in mind that HMA logs user activity which is a concern for some VPN users. HMA hosts many VPN servers all over Asia, including a few in Karachi (the closest location). To connect to a server there, you will want to go into the “Location Mode” and select “Change Location” to get started. Then click on the “Cities” tab and search for Karachi. From there you can select the Pakistan, Karachi server location. We connected to a server there to test and found the speed to be 3.45 Mbps.
In 2016 HMA and a few other leading VPN providers led the way in simplifying their custom client software. The result is a full set of custom apps that make it easy for any user to connect to the HMA network and encrypt your connection. They have software available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. You can also connect to HMA through your router. HMA offers unlimited VPN access from just $6.99 a month and offers all new users a 30-day risk-free money back guarantee.
In conclusion, we mentioned the best providers to use while in Lahore above. However, you can take a look at the top 10 VPN list we have for more options. You will want to make sure that whichever one you choose has servers near or in the area. We chose our above options based on speed, security, price, reliability, and even server locations. That way, you can get the best possible speeds while visiting Lahore. Of course, speed is important if you are going to be doing any streaming. By using our guide, we’ll help you make the right decision for you.