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Shalimar Garden, Lahore, Pakistan

Updated on March 10, 2010
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Pamela has visited Shalimar Gardens in Lahore several times during travels in Pakistan.

Shalimar Garden, Lahore, Pakistan

There are three Shalimar Gardens, one in Kashmir, one in Delhi and one in Lahore. I have visited the garden in Lahore and although much of its former beauty is long gone, it is possible to imagine how it once was.

When you go through the door into Shalimar Garden in Lahore you seem to go from the loud hustle and bustle of the city into an oasis of calm. It is difficult to believe you are in the same city. When you are sitting in the garden in the peace of the evening as the sun goes down, listening to the city beyond the walls and hearing the birds as they settle for the night, you can feel the history.

In 1641, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan began to build the garden. Mughal gardens were built near rivers or canals to feed the fountains and water features that were a part of them. There are many fountains and water shutes (chadars) carved with intricate patterns to create the sound of mountain streams in Shalimar. There are open pavilions called Baradaris, these had 12 openings to allow the cool breezes and rain to enter.

In the garden there were trees for shade and many fruit trees, among them mango, orange and lemon. Flowers were also in abundance. Now the trees and flowers are mostly gone.

In the heat of the Lahore summer the Emperor used to retire with his wives and retinue to the peace and calm of his garden. With the pavilions, pools and fountains they were a place of ease and respite from the heat.

The gardens are now open to the public and they are a place to go to enjoy a little of the luxury of the Emperors. I visited the gardens twice and on the second occasion the gardener was there and he turned on the water on one of the chadars because I was a foreigner. It is how the Pakistani people are. They welcome anyone from another country and feel proud that we are interested in what they have to show us. I feel privileged that I have had the opportunity to visit and see for myself places we usually can only read about.

Shalimar Garden, Lahore, Pakistan

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    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      3 years ago

      Thank you. I am glad that I saw the gardens looking so good. I hope they are looking better if you make another visit.

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      TheMisterWriter 

      3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Great Hub! I see the water in the ponds was filled when u went. Sadly whe i visited it, there was none. The government is terribly managing this awesome place. My visit was such a quick one that we couldn't see the gardens properly! We didn't eevn see the baradari in red, perhaps we didn't find it.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      5 years ago

      I think it is a very good country to visit.

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      dickman 

      5 years ago

      i wonder what its like to go to pakistan

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      6 years ago

      Thank you.

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      RUHAMA GILL 

      6 years ago

      HI DID U REMEMBER ME MAY BE. IF U COME BACK IN PAKISTAN CAN U PLZZZZ COME IN MY HOME, AND EVEN IF U NEED CAR FOR RENT MY UNCLE IS DRIVER SO U CAN TELL HIM. I LOVE TO SEE U AND THEN WE CAN MAKE SOME PAKISTANI DISHES FOR U THNK U SO MUCH GOD BLESS U. IF U NEED MY UNCLE NUM I CAN GIVE U WHEN U COME BACK.

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      rizwa 

      6 years ago

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      6 years ago

      Thank you, I am definitely coming again to Pakistan. Very soon.

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      RUHAMA GILL. 

      6 years ago

      I AM LIVING IN LAHORE PAKISTAN THAT IS MY FAV COUNTRY BECAUSE I AM BORN IN IT THAT'S WHY AND EVEN IF I AM NOT BORN IN IT. BUT I STEAL LOVE IT.BCOZ IT IS A GREAT COUNTRY FOR VISIT SO PLZZZ COME AGAIN GOD BLESS U AND UR FAMILY.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      6 years ago

      You are so lucky to live near such a beautiful garden. Thank you for reading my hub.

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      qamar butt 

      6 years ago

      i m living near shalimar garden .what a beautiful .we r proud for this

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      6 years ago

      I am glad you liked this and learned something new. Who are you? Are you from Pakistan or somewhere else? I am interested.

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      it increases my knowledge about shalimar garden. 

      6 years ago

      it increases my knowledge about shalimar gardens.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for looking at my hub once more.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      You know I love you dear Hummingbird! God bless you!

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      7 years ago

      Thank you.

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      hassan 

      7 years ago

      Very good site and very nice.....

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      7 years ago

      Yes it certainly is. Thanks for reading.

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      Asad 

      7 years ago

      HummingBird, you really liked Pakistan. Didn't you? :) Well Pakistan is beautiful No doubt in that.

      Asad,

      http://pakistanstreets.blogspot.com/

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      It is a very inviting place to visit. So peaceful even when lots of people are there. Thanks for reading.

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      theherbivorehippi 

      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      wow...this place looks just amazing! Thanks for the wonderful pictures. It just looks like such an inviting place.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      You should go some day. You will enjoy it. I am glad you liked my hub.

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      Riviera Rose 

      8 years ago from South of France

      It just looks beautiful - I'm getting itchy feet looking at your hubs!

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      You are so lucky to live near so many beautiful parks. Thank you for reading my hub.

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      ahsan ayyub 

      8 years ago

      i live near it and i enjoy its beauty daily.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      You are welcome. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    • Moulik Mistry profile image

      Moulik Mistry 

      8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Wonderful photos - I heard so much about Shalimar Garden, thank you for sharing this...

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for reading my hub.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very nice. Thanks for sharing a place I've never seen.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      Ys, it is a very beautiful place. I am glad you enjoyed reading about it. Thank you.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      This is indeed a beautiful place. Thank you for the enlightenment.

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your comment. I will be writing some more historical hubs soon.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I love gardens like this and their histories. Thanks so much for writing this interesting Hub.

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      Thank you. Your comments are valuable because you know Lahore as well. I feel at home when I am there.

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      myownworld 

      8 years ago from uk

      Wonderful hub!!! Shalimar Gardens is one of my favorite places ever....and you've done true justice to it's beauty. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hummingbird5356 profile imageAUTHOR

      Hummingbird5356 

      8 years ago

      I have visited Bagh-e-Jinnah. It was the first park I visited on my first visit in 2005. As a result, it is my favourite park in Lahore.

      Thanks for your comment. If you look at my other hubs you will see one from Khewra Salt Mines. I want to write more Hubs about my visit to Pakistan. So keep looking.

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      Lahoreee 

      8 years ago

      I think this is a great hub. You are a friend of pakistan. I like it. You have the real taste of Lahore. The feeling of the city and the garden.... wow... Please do visit Lahore again and visit Bagh-i-Jinnah also...

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