Bagh Ibne Qasim Karachi
The Bagh Ibne Qasim (Urdu: باغ ابنِ قاسم meaning Garden of the son of Qasim – formerly known as Jehangir Kothari Park) is located in Clifton, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
is the biggest urban park constructed under Clifton Beach Development Project on 130 acres (0.53 km2) of land. The old Toyland Theme Park was demolished and Bagh Ibne Qasim was built in its place. More than 10 million people visited the park per year. Is also the largest family park in South Asia. This park was named as Bagh Ibne Qasim in memory of the 8th century Muslim conqueror Muhammad Bin Qasim. It has an accommodation capacity of about 300,000 people at a time. It has hundreds of trees, stone benches, lighting towers and footlights for the visitor’s convenience. It is open for 24 hours a day. Sunday is a family day.
Block 3, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan
. This park overlooks the 90 meter Port Fountain of Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and thus adds to the beauty of the Clifton area.
Bagh Ibne Qasim was inaugurated by President Pervez Musharraf on February 27, 2007.
Bagh Ibne Qasim was made with PKR 600 million and was completed in 300 working days. Prior to the initiation of construction on Bagh-e-Ibne Qasim, 73 acres (300,000 m2) of land was freed from the grip of land grabbers. The entire Clifton beach, and the area now covered under the park.
In June 2005, Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan took it upon himself to restore this major historical entertainment area to its original splendor. City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal also played a part in gifting the Jehangir Kothari Parade back to the people of Karachi.
Attractions & Facilities:
- Turtle Pond.
- Unique Rose Saplings hundreds of thousands of which have been planted throughout the park.
- Fast Food outlets able to accommodate 500 persons at a time and souvenir shops.
- Various murals of dinosaurs that are extremely huge and amusement park and play land for children have been placed in the park.
- Jehangir Kothari Parade is a promenade (a place for strolling) built on land bequeathed by Seth Jehangir Hormusji Kothari to the city of Karachi.
- Sri Ratneswar Mahadev Temple.
- The most striking part of the whole monument is the bandstand or cupola of pink Jodhpur stone. Built at the western part of the grand monument, it is defined by four tall pillars at each end, topped by carved motifs, while carved balustrade and podium walls add a unique charm to the structure.
- 24 state-of-the-art washrooms.
Lawns of Bagh Ibne Qasim:
Jehangir Kothari Parade in Bagh Ibne Qasim:
Bagh Ibne Qasim at Night:
Nigh View of Bagh Ibne Qasim and Jehangir Kothari Parade:
One of many rose samplings found in Bagh Ibne Qasim:
Inaguration of Bagh Ibne Qasim:
Ashrafi Masjid in Bagh Ibne Qasim:
Remembering The Resolution – Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim, Karachi Courtesy dawnadvertiser.wordpress.com:
Of all the parks in Karachi, Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim (The Garden of Ibn-e-Qasim) might be the most regal and well kept. Named after the Arab general who conquered Sindh, it lies opposite Park Towers in Clifton, an expanse of perfectly trimmed trees, sprawling lawns aflame with deep red roses and yellow marigolds.
The Park begins from the Jehangir Kothari Parade and ends at the Arabian Sea. Saunter to the stairway a few paces from the Bandstand and you will be greeted with what the Mughals would have called a pairi-daiza, or firdous – a garden meant to represent paradise with an endless number of lawns neatly organized into grids, combining all the elements they found most appealing in nature. Many people who visit the Park sit along the Lady Lloyd Pier which begins from the Parade and runs through the park, lined on both sides with short walls shaped like the rooks on a chessboard. This is where they sit for a while and ponder like Rodin’s Thinker, undisturbed, until the stone seat starts to ache. A number of different cultures are represented within the Park. The Parade was named after Jehangir Kothari, a prominent Parsi philanthropist; the Pier after Lady Lloyd (the British wife of a former governor of Bombay). The Shri Rataneshwar Mandir is dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Shiva; devotees at the Mandir (believed to be nearly 2,000 years old) will tell you that it lay hidden for centuries until the Arabian Sea receded and a fisherman found the Mandir there. Nearby, on the southern side of the Park, stands the Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim Mosque. It is characterised by its onion-shaped dome and tube-shaped minaret and is often floodlit at night.
Although this may have been inadvertent, the Park, in a way, exemplifies an excerpt from the Lahore Resolution which was officially adapted on Pakistan Day (March 23):
“That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in the… regions for the protection of their religious, cultural… political… and other rights…”
Ultimately, the serenity that can be found – among perfectly sculpted ledges, parapets and stone canopies – is the Park’s biggest appeal. So if you are in the mood to explore 20th century attempts to revisit and revive Mughal architecture, then Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim is a landmark not to be missed.
- June 1, 2006: City Nazim Mustafa Kamal said that Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim would be connected to the sea and the Kothari Parade platform, which used to be in the middle of the sea at the time of its construction, is now being extended and a similar platform will be constructed in the sea.
Kamal also said that for the first time in the history of the city government, development work is being done in three shifts with officials present in every shift.
- Dec 4, 2012: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Hussain Syed has said that Clifton Beach Park and Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim were unique and directed to renovate them with seasonal plants and flowers and light up at nights.He directed to finalize the maintenance plan of Clifton Beach Park and Bagh- e-Ibn-e-Qasim as soon as possible so that maintenance work of these two parks would be done on constant basis.
- Dec 22, 2012: An exhibition featuring hundreds of chrysanthemums in full bloom opened at Bagh Ibne Qasim in Clifton on Saturday evening. It was after a decade that a chrysanthemum show was held in the city by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. . Though a small-scale initiative, the exhibition holds attraction for nature lovers and for those looking for a quiet, cool evening amid flowers and fragrance. More than 60 local varieties of chrysanthemums, a species native to Asia and northeastern Europe, have been aesthetically displayed at the Jahangir Kothari Parade. Some of them are: double, singles, brush, pompons, sprays, reflexed, anemones, incurved, anthemon and buttons.
- Dec 23, 2012: People crowded the Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim in Clifton on Saturday to attend the first day of the Gul-e-Dawoodi floral exhibition organized by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). Floral exhibition was being organized by the KMC after a gap of a decade. From next year, exhibition of flowers grown in different nurseries will be held regularly, whereas Gul-e-Dawoodi plants will be distributed among interested members of the public free of charge in the coming years. The Gul-e-Dawoodi exhibition features flowers of 72 different colours and classifications.
- March 20, 2013: A month long flowers exhibition held at Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim, Clifton by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), was inaugurated by the Administrator KMC Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi here.
Addressing the inaugural, he directed the Director General Parks to start growing 450 types of Chrysanthemum (Gul-e-Dawoodi) flowers so that with the blossoming season a big exhibition could be arranged, said a statement.