If you would like to enjoy the taste of a quarter of
Lahore much influenced by the Garden City concept of
Ebenezer Howard, you will need to enter the Golf
Estate, in the Civil Lines of Lahore, which is
located opposite the Aitchison College estate,
across the Upper Mall.
You can turn into G.O.R. on Club Road, which will
allow you to follow the winding streets, and enjoy
the interesting layout of small bungalows in large
compounds with well maintained trees and verdant
shrubbery—an effort worth the experience.
G.O.R. (Government Officers' Residential Estate), is
a well planned enclave where well-designed bungalows
with projecting porches were built for the use of
civil servants belonging to the elite I.C.S. (Indian
Civil Service), later the C.S.P. (the Civil Service
of Pakistan). It is an area that was developed
during the early 20th century to provide civil
servants an exclusive and charming environment.
Although the bungalows are small and rendered in
simplified classical style, they are placed in
generous lots. The mature trees have added to the
calm and leafy atmosphere of the estate.
The location of the estate was obviously selected
with care, bordered as it is by some of the most
exclusive estates in the city. To the north east,
across the Upper Mall lie the grounds of Government
House and Aitchison College; on its west the
enormous Bagh-e-Jinnah or Lawrence Gardens; and in
the south the race course, ensuring a freshness of
air and a minimum of traffic congestion for those
who toiled hard in the service of the empire.
From Club Road in the G.O.R. you might like to turn
right into Golf Road which leads you to the only
Anglo-Mughal fantasy in the Golf Estate—the Chamba
House, a building utilized as a government guest
house. Although an extremely interesting structure,
presently painted an unfortunate garish red, you
will not be able to enter it without official
permission, since for the time being it is occupied
by one of the law enforcement agencies.