Lalbagh, an iconic garden in South Bangalore hosts the popular ‘Flower Show’ twice in a year. The name translates to Red Garden in English. If there was a list of seven wonders of Bangalore, Lalbagh will show up at the top. Hyder Ali, the ruler of erstwhile Mysore Kingdom laid the doundation stone in 1760 to create a park, mostly for royalty. After Hyder Ali’s death, his son Tipu Sultan took the responsibility to finish the project. There is more than 1000 species of plants. It has a glass house, an aquarium, a beautiful lake, and a rock that attracts geologists.
Lalbabh is more than 250 years old. The glass house in the middle of the park is a popular landmark. It also has a lake, and an aquarium. People come here for their picnic getting packed lunch with them while enjoying the smell of fresh air, and the beauty of the 250 year old garden, and the colors. There are four gates. There is a parking space only inside the East gate on the Double Road. However, vehicles cannot go beyond the parking space. There are lots of walkways, and lots of trees. There are electric vehicles which is available on request.
Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka organisation has an office in the park. It has been an internationally renowned center for scientific study of plants. There are four gates through which the garden is accessible. However, entry for vehicles is allowed through the East gate. Lalbagh remains open daily from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. throughout the year.
The Flower Show
Lalagh hosts the flower show at the time of Indian Independence Day, 15th of August, and India’s Republic Day, the 26th of January. People of Bangaloreans love the Lalbagh flower show. Some rare flowers are readied inside the glass house for the flower show. The presentation consists of some prizewinning blooms which is the center of attention here. This place can be a botany lab for schoolchildren. Stalls sell garden essentials and other gardening essentials.
The best time to visit Lalbagh is early in the morning. It is a popular time to visit for fitness enthusiasts. Entry is free at that time. You can enter later in the day by purchasing an entry ticket of ₹10. For further details about the history of Lalbagh visit their official website at http://www.lalbagh.org/, and http://www.horticulture.kar.nic.in/lalbagh.htm.
Places Near Lalbagh
There are places you can see after Lalbagh
Basavanagudi is one of the first and oldest locality in Bangalore. It is a nice place for foodies, shoppers, and history lovers.
Dodda Ganapati Temple and the Bull Temple
The Dodda Ganapati temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Bull temple is a temple where a bull is worshiped, and it is one of the few temples in India dedicated to Nandi, Shiva’s vehicle. The annual kadalekayi parishe (groundnut festival) is celebrated here.
Thindi Beedi (Food Street)
Enough said. Go to VV Puram and you will find variety of vegetarian delights.
Address: 40, Lalbagh Road, Bengaluru (Bangalore) 5600027, India