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About Changa Manga

The Changa Manga forest is a planted forest in Pakistan. It is located about 70 km south of Lahore. It covers an area of 50 km² (12,510 acres) and is the largest hand made forest of the world. The planting and irrigation of it took place in the 19th century in the era of the British Raj due to the need for timber for the Indian railway network.

Parts of the forest have now been developed into a park with a rail road which gives the visitor a 25 km ride on a miniature train through the forest. There is also a lake called Lunar Lake where boating is possible.

The Changa Manga forest is a hot spot concerning wildlife in Punjab. Wildlife within the borders of the plantation include a small remaining population of Nilgai or Blue Bull, hog deer, wild boar and possibly axis deer. Jackal and Asiatic wild cat can be found in Changa Manga, too.

Changa Manga plantation is also an important place for restocking projects of Asiatic vultures in Pakistan.

Coordinates: 31°05′N 73°58′E / 31.083°N 73.967°E / 31.083; 73.967

The forest park has good recreational facilities and a good quality hotel. There are good road links with Lahore, the biggest city in the province of Punjab.”