The heart of Pakistan, Lahore, is known as “the city of gardens” owing to the fact that it’s home to many parks and open, green spaces. Here, the focus shall be on Jilani Park, which is one of the most famous parks of Lahore. Jilani Park, formerly known as racecourse park, is located on Jail Road, opposite Services Hospital, in Lahore. It was previously known to lend itself to the holding of the horse show for a few days a year and continued to thrive as the country’s premier horse-racing track. Owing to the location, it's the most visited park in Lahore. It’s a popular entertainment and leisure spot for people from across the city, especially on weekends.
The park spans an area of 88 acres of land, which comprises a lot more than just green spaces. There’s a cricket ground, a waterfall, and several other facilities that make Jilani Park one of the most popular spots for people looking for interesting outdoor activities.
Facilities at Jilani Park
Visitors have access to the following facilities in Jilani Park:
Despite numerous parks in the vicinity of G.O.R.-I, local residents prefer this park for morning or evening jog because of its well-built track. The soothing scenery of flowers and trees along the jogging track creates an amazing experience for the visitors.
Those who are not fond of jogging need not worry. There’s a cricket ground as well where children and adults can be spotted playing.
One of the main attractions of Jilani Park is its lake. The availability of boats is a treat for the visitors. You can either ride in a motorboat or take a paddleboat for a spin.
Jilani Park has its own waterfall!. The cool, sparkling water of this waterfall is often a relief for sore eyes in the scorching heat of summers.
Polo lounge restaurant offers mouth-watering delicacies of Lahore. However, for fast food lovers, McDonald’s is situated next to Jilani Park.
This magnificent garden is home to over 80000 plants and flowers and 200 trees. Nearly 200 of these plants are very rare and expensive and are imported from abroad. Jilani Park arranges.
Festivals and Events at Jilani Park
The following events are arranged in Jilani park
Spring Festival is arranged every year in which plants and flowers are put to display. The festival is held in late February and continues till mid-March. Everyone and anyone can come and enjoy the beautiful display of vibrant colored flowers of all kinds. This festival is the highlight of spring in Lahore.
The Lahore Businessmen Association for the Rehabilitation of Disabled (LABARD) arranges a festival for the special children at Jilani Park, every year. A large number of disabled individuals participate in this event and enjoy all the entertainment like other healthy members of society.
Lahore EAT is an annual food festival built around the idea of creating a common platform in a Public Space for people who love food. From the most creative and talented chefs to the street vendors, the EAT is a festival that celebrates the full diversity of food that the cities have to offer. Concerts are also held at this event to make the experience all the better for visitors.