Bagh-e-Jinnah, formerly Lawrence Garden, Lahore, Pakistan

Outside Qaid-e-Azam library September 2005
Outside Qaid-e-Azam library September 2005
Playground
Playground
Playground
Playground
Playground
Playground
Grasshopper on a flower
Grasshopper on a flower
Nastursiums and marigolds like in an English garden
Nastursiums and marigolds like in an English garden
Outside Qaid-e-Azam library October 2008
Outside Qaid-e-Azam library October 2008

My favourite park in Pakistan

Bagh-e-Jinnah is the first park I visited when I went to Pakistan in 2005. I visited also many times when I went for my second visit in 2008.

I will first tell some of the history of the park. From 1864 to 1869 John Lawrence was the Viceroy of India and he built the garden as a botanical garden which was modelled on Kew Gardens in England. It was originally named Lawrence Garden after him and his statue used to stand there but it is now at Foyle and Londonderry College in Northern Ireland where he went to school.

It originally covered 176 acres but some land was given for the Lahore Zoo and some of the roads nearby which are also planted with trees. Nowadays, Bagh-e-Jinnah (Jinnah's Garden) has a botanical garden, a mosque and a library which is housed in a large Victorian building which used to be for assembly rooms and theatrical performances in former years. It is now the Qaid-e-Azam Library named after Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

The botanical garden has many hundreds of varieties of trees and shrubs, there are also almost all varieties of flowers to be found in Pakistan in the park. Among the trees are 30 kinds of palm trees. Bagh-e-Jinnah was the first place to grow Chrysanthemums and flower shows are held regularly in the park. Unfortunately, there was no flower show at the times that I visited Pakistan. Hopefully, on one of my future visits it will coincide with one of the Chrysanthemum shows.

This park has a playground for the children too and man made hillocks to climb. It is a pleasant and peaceful park, perfect for a stroll or a picnic. It is a popular place with families.

I wrote about Shalimar Garden and how peaceful that is but that was a private park, meant only for the use of the King and his family. Bagh-e-Jinnah was intended as a park for the public and to show off the flora and fauna of the country, and imported plants. For me, this gives it more value and anyone who visits cannot fail to be charmed.

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lahorie 6 years ago

great lovely


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Thanks.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Brilliant work! I don't have to tell you just HOW MUCH i enjoyed this hub...Jinnah park is just so beautiful...and I have spent much of my childhood sitting under its shady trees. My father knows the names of all of them and can actually recognize them by their very scent! Wonderful hub! I plan to link your hubs to mine...will do so soon! Much love x


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your comments. They are very valuable to me because you know the places better than I do. You are right that this park is very beautiful. I could spend whole days there.

I have seen that people read my hubs on Pakistan more than my other hubs. I think there is a lot of interest in Pakistan even though people are nervous and think it is so dangerous. I am happy to write about Pakistan because I have had a pleasant time there. I intend eventually to write about Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque. Also, the mosque in Islamabad. You keep writing too, your work is very good.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

You certainly get around! Thank you for getting around! I'm so glad you took the pictures. Thank you.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

I am glad you like them. Thank you.


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nilum 6 years ago

nice


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you.


Lahoreee 6 years ago

I think this garden has different levels of intimacy. The trees watch you and talk to you every time you go near them. They have many stories to tell. I remember when I was a student at Lahore Medical College at Birdwood road Lahore in December of 1975. I used to sit in cool sun and prepare for my Anatomy stages.

I know that you need to have a proper reciever to receive the whispers of the trees and decipher them.

I am obliged.............


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you Lahoreee for your comments. You should write hubs too, your words are as flowery as the flowers in the park.


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Asad 6 years ago

What can I say about Bagh-e-Jinnah. I guess you have already told about it so much in words and pictures. Thanks for sharing these.

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Sara 6 years ago

Really Nice Sharing i like it and also

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Sameen 6 years ago

It’s a very good article, Flowers Provide you the best way to express your feelings to someone.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I loved the trip again! God bless you Dear Hummingbird!


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you for your many visits to my hubs. I am glad you like them.


rashid 5 years ago

love able article, i like it,,,

thanks for sharing,,,


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Thanks for reading.


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humayuniftikhar 5 years ago from Planet Earth

Beautiful pictures :) After the ban of motor rickshaws on the Mall (Shahra e Quaid e Azam), this garden is back to silence and serenity. I hope you must have visited Lahore zoo and Alhamra (Cultural Complex) that lie in the vicinity of Bagh-e-Jinnah.


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

I am glad you liked this hub. Yes, I have been to the Zoo and Alhamra. I particularly like the mosaic on the wall at Alhamra.


Naqi Hasan 5 years ago

It,s really a nice place to visit.I have visited this place twice.It,s beauty really inspired me.A real God gift it is.


Naqi Hasan 5 years ago

I m Naqi Hassan.I have done my M.Sc in Botany from University of Sargodha.Now doing M.Phil from the same university.I have visited the garden twice.It,s really a beautiful place.I want to offer my services as an employee if any post is vacant.My cell no is 03457601811


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

I am glad you liked reading my hub. I don't have any jobs to offer anyone if you are asking me. But good luck for the future.


Flowers to pakistan 4 years ago

This garden have great type of flowers i think you have to add some more images.

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Carrieann 23 months ago

An answer from an expert! Thanks for cotnbirunitg.


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Hummingbird5356 23 months ago Author

Thank you for reading.

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