Changa Manga Park, A Must Visit Wild Life Destination in Pakistan

Located in the Kasur District, Changa Manga is the largest man-made forest in the world.

Currently, it is maintained by the Punjab Forest Department. Over the years it has become one of the most visited recreational spot for people of all walks of life.  It provides a wide range of facilities ranging from Lanar Lake for boating to picnic lawns. It also hosts pagoda, suspensions and cantilever bridges, swimming pools, mini zoo and other wild-life parks.

In addition to these, it also provides accommodation facilities in the forms of four-bed room motel and five room public rest houses.

For the convenience of visitors, all the recreational spots inside the park are connected by a tramway which connects different spots inside the park.

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Although the forest still suffers budget constraints, it has managed to do a wonderful job to provide excellent services to its visitor’s in fact, since 1963 Changa Manga Plantation is being managed as an outdoor recreation park also.

It becomes a perfect recreational location for residents of Lahore and adjoining areas due to its nearness to a major metropolitan city. Constant efforts are made to invest in the outdoor activities of the park. In addition, to further preserve and sustain its scenery and greenery.

Apart from the basic ingredients of greenery and scenic beauty, the park is now constantly adding outdoor activities as per its available funds. However, it seems that soon much of its existing facilities would have to be either replaced or renovated. This would require extensive investment from the local authorities.

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The park is also a famous attraction for students who are usually studying environmental and biological sciences. It makes an ideal location for demonstration of education and extension activities for the tourist and adjoining farmers for agroforestry and bamboo culture.

Moreover, its resources of honey, medicinal plants and other major and minor forest products like timber, firewood, grasses increase the economic importance of the park as well!

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