Greater Iqbal Park (formerly known as Minto Park) is the hallowed ground where the Pakistan Resolution was passed, in the summer of 1940. The park lies surrounded by the 13 historical gates of the city. The park is located at the fringes of Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque, houses the famous Minar-e-Pakistan, and holds some serious historical value. After its recent expansion, the park now spreads over an area of 125 acres and includes a lake, library, food court, an open-air gym, and an 800-feet high musical fountain.
Ambiance at Greater Iqbal Park
As you enter the park, the unmistakable sound of dhol outside a shrine in the park may grab your attention. The dancing fountains are exceptional, sitting in front of them is just as soothing as the breath of spring. There are golf cart rides, a Pakistan History museum, and massive gardens for families to just sit and unwind while they enjoy their picnics. Despite, numerous attractions most people who go there today are people inspired by the freedom movement and anti-colonial struggle and who wish to see the actual historical locale and follow the details and displays shown in the tower. You can also climb up if you feel up to it, to get a scenic view. There is also a plaque there to commemorate this event and a list of the actual 21 signatories, including all the famous political figures. The Greater Iqbal Park also features ample seating and artistic food courts like “The Poet” and shopping kiosks for visitors.
The park and monument are situated in rather crowded and insalubrious surroundings but those who are truly dedicated and keen on going there, as a form of 'historical pilgrimage' still get there. It is one of the greatest parks of history and serves as the perfect place for visitors to take a breather and hold picnics, enjoy the majestic fountain and waterfall.