Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore

Bagh-e-Jinnah (Punjabi, Urdu: باغ جناح‎) (or Jinnah's Garden) is a historical park in the city of Lahore, Pakistan.[1] It was formerly known as Lawrence Gardens. Today, the large green space contains a botanical garden, Masjid Dar-ul-Islam,[2][3] and Quaid-e-Azam Library[4] situated in a Victorian building.

Walking Trail in Bagh-e-Jinnah

There are also entertainment and sports facilities within the park: an open-air theatre, a restaurant, tennis courts and the Gymkhana Cricket Ground. It is located on Lawrence Road next to Lahore Zoo, directly across from the Governor's House on The Mall.

Past – Lawrence Gardens

Originally built as botanical garden modelled on Kew Gardens, it was named after John Lawrence, Viceroy of India from 1864 to 1869.[5] The place used to hold his statue, which was later moved to Foyle and Londonderry College in Northern Ireland.

A fountain in the Bagh-e-Jinnah park

Present – Bagh-e-Jinnah

Jinnah Garden Lahore that is situated on 141 acres (0.57 km2) at this time, earlier it was in 176 acres (0.71 km2), but the land was given to Lahore zoo, botanical garden govt. college university Lahore and to roads alongside the garden. Now it is almost the plant area except roads building is 121 acres (0.49 km2). It is a beautiful and well managed botanical garden in Pakistan.

It has almost 150 varieties of trees, 140 types of shrubs, 50 types of creepers, 30 palms, almost 100 succulent and about same indoor along with almost all varieties of annual flowers. The garden has a good name in Chrysanthemum shows, it was the first institute that started growing chrysanthemum and maximum no of varieties for it. It has 3 nurseries, 4 hilloaks in it.

Information and services

Cricket Ground

Bagh-e-Jinnah park is a famous cricket ground since 1885, built for the entertainment of government officers and civil servants.[6] Lahore Gymkhana Club had regular fixture here. The ground played host to friendly matches, competitive fixtures and host to Pakistan's first unofficial Test against the West Indies in 1948. A few more unofficial Tests later, Bagh-e-Jinnah became a Test venue when Pakistan took on India in 1954–55. New Zealand[7] and West Indies[8] also played a Test here before Bagh-e-Jinnah lost its Test status as it played second fiddle to Gaddafi Stadium but still hosts tour matches involving visiting nations, especially England.[9]

Images

Below are some pictures of Bagh-e-Jinnah:

Quaid-e-Azam Library
Quaid-e-Azam Library
Quaid-e-Azam Library
Cricket Ground Pavilion
Tennis courts
The mosque
Walking Trail
Walking Trail
Walking Trail
Side view of Library
Montgomery Hall 1890s taken by John Burke

See also

References

  1. ^ Google maps. "Location of Bagh-e-Jinnah". Google maps. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jamia Masjid Dar-ul-Islam (Bagh-e-Jinnah), Lahore, Punjab , Pakistan - Islamic Centers, Masjids Mosques, Muslim Owned Businesses, Islamic Schools and Colleges". Islamicfinder.org. 2004-06-27. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. 2006-01-11. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  4. ^ [1], Quaid-e-Azam Library.
  5. ^ Lawrence Gardens at Garden Visit website. (Retrieved 27 March 2007)
  6. ^ Imtiaz Sipra (2000), Bagh-e-Jinnah Cricket Ground: Where the twain shall always meet, Cricinfo, 24 November. (Retrieved 27 March 2007)
  7. ^ New Zealand tour of Pakistan, 1955/56 2nd Test Scorecard
  8. ^ West Indies tour of Pakistan, 1958/59 3rd Test Scorecard
  9. ^ "Lawrence Gardens". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 

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