Changa Manga is a man-made forest which includes a wildlife preserve, approximately 80 kilometres southwest of Lahore.
Once the largest man-made forest in the world, Changa Manga is better known as “one of the oldest hand planted forests in the world” and hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna. The forest is home to 14 species of mammals, 50 species of birds, 6 species of reptiles, 2 species of amphibians and 27 species of insects. Thus, other than producing timber for the local industry, the forest also serves as an important wildlife reserve. Named after two bandit brothers, the Changa Manga forest was originally planted in 1866 by British foresters and its trees were harvested to gather fuel and resources for the engines employed in the Northwestern railway networks. The thieves were a constant source of terror for the “law abiding citizens” of the districts in the 19th century as they would hold up and plunder any passing trader. The robbers had a den in the “secret heart” of the forest where they sought shelter from the British peacekeepers. The robbers were eventually captured by the police and became the inspiration for the name of the forest.