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U.S. Ambassador Praises Lahore’s Historic Shalimar Gardens (April 28, 2012)

U.S. Ambassador Praises Lahore’s Historic Shalimar Gardens

For Immediate Release
Contact: Leslie Goodman, Information Officer,
U.S. Consulate General Lahore

On the second day of his visit to Lahore, U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, his wife Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, and Consul General Nina Fite visited the Shalimar Gardens, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.  Deputy Director of Punjab Archeology Afzal Khan greeted the Ambassador and gave the U.S. delegation a tour of the 17th century Mughal gardens.  The Ambassador praised the garden’s beauty and took special interest in the conservation efforts underway.

The Ambassador visited the first and second terraces of the garden, named Farah Baksh (Bestower of Pleasure) and Faiz Baksh (Bestower of Goodness) respectively, and was particularly taken with the fountains and marble pavilions.  With Lahore in spring, the delegation was treated to the beauty of the garden’s flowers in full bloom and remarked on the incredible cultural heritage of Lahore.

At the end of the tour, Ambassador Munter signed the garden’s guest book and noted his impressions of Shalimar including his respect for Pakistan’s rich cultural legacy.