If you are a sucker for lush green acres, exotic wildlife or simply basking in the gentle warmth of the winter Sun, then here is a list you cannot resist! As the winter season approaches, it is time to pick your favorite picnic spot or the coziest hideout. Navigate through some of the most scenic landscapes and mesmerizing views of Lahore’s Top 7 Parks and Gardens:
If there is any park that could inspire you to become a flower enthusiast then it’s the Jilani Park. Formerly known as the infamous Race Course Park, the Jilani Park is defined by its exquisite floral arrangements and a breathtaking artificial waterfall. The park also offers a multitude of activities including the annual horse racing competitions and the opportunity to dine at the oh-so-boujee Polo Lounge.
While Lahore is home to many hidden gardens and green spots, the Botanical Gardens at the Jallo Park are the most picturesque of them all. A step into the expansive display of seasonal blooms, exotic variations of plants and grasses and artificially designed waterfalls will leave you bedazzled! One of the key attractions is the Butterfly House which is spread over 80-acres and is home to more than 60 different species of butterflies.
If you were born and raised in Lahore, chances are that you can recollect numerous memories of summertime family picnics at this 141-acres of historical magnificence. Originally established as a botanical garden and modelled on the Kew Gardens in London, the park today abounds a mosque, the grandiose Quaid-e-Azam Library and the Gymkhana Cricket Grounds.
Experience all of Lahore’s historical crescendos, as this contemporary 125-acre park offers a panoramic view of Minar-e-Pakistan, Badshahi Masjid, Lahore Fort and the tomb of Iqbal. Previously known as the Minto Park, it is a one-of-a-kind arrangement of botanical spaces, soft rails, an open-air gym and an artistic food court. The Park also holds immense political significance as it has hosted nearly every major political party in Punjab.
If Mughal architecture intrigues you, then Shalimar Gardens should be on your bucket list! An antique kaleidoscope of Persian influences and medieval Islamic culture, the Shalimar Gardens were built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jehan in 1642. The grandeur of this earthy utopia has stood the test of time as the richly decorated terraced structure, adorned with pavilions, minarets and fountains continues to attract both tourists and locals.
Both a family park and a golf course, the Model Town Park is one of the largest parks in one of the oldest towns in the city. Visitors are welcomed by the tranquility of the park’s centrally located pond and awe-struck by the gushing fountain accompanying the pond. With ample seating, well-maintained tracks and play areas and wheelchair accessibility, the Model Town Park is the perfect getaway for both children and adults, alike.
Established for public recreation, this dauntingly huge facility of over 247 acres is home to a stunning display of wildlife, birds and aquatic species. From Indian peafowls to Bengali tigers, silver pheasants to demoiselle cranes, the Lahore Safari’s extensive range of animals, the largest walk-through aviary and boating and fishing facilities make it a must-go destination!
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