The Garden of Garden City - Lalbagh
The Garden of Garden City – Lalbagh:
|Panoramic view of the Lalbagh Lake|
Little facts about Lalbagh:
Lalbagh was given the status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856. The park is spread across 240 acres in the heart of the city.
Places to visit in Lalbagh:
- Glass House(epicenter of the park)
- Lalbagh lake(towards west gate)
- The Floral Clock made from HMT(towards the main gate)
- Kempegowda Tower on top of the Lalbagh hill(towards KH circle gate and Siddapura gate)
- Rose Garden(towards west gate)
- Bonsai park(towards KH circle gate and Siddapura gate)
|Lalbagh Glass House|
|The Floral Clock, Lalbagh|
|Lalbagh Rose Garden|
What you need to know about the park before you visit:
- Vehicles are allowed only through the East gate (Siddapura Gate) towards the Double Road.
- Can be reached through city bus (BMTC),from majestic catch the buses which goes towards Jayanagar and get down at either Lalbagh main gate which comes after urvashi theatre or Lalbagh west gate(more preferred)
- Timing: 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Although best time to visit is in the morning hours and evening hours.
- Biannual flower shows are organized every year in January and August on the occasion of the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations respectively, it will be held for a week ending on the republic/independence day.
Restaurants near Lalbagh:
- MTR near Main gate
- Café coffee day and Adigas if you coming from Jayanagar towards Siddapura gate
- Hotel Kamat near West gate
After visiting more than 10 occasions, counting the 5 flower shows, this place is still not boring for me, I wish to visit every upcoming flower shows.
The lake side is getting a good renovation, though less crowd falls under this area, it is the most beautiful landscapes of Bangalore. There is a small artificial waterfall which falls on the opposite side of the road from the lake, which flows the lake towards the water treatment area covered as small pond.
One can start with the main gate and start explore from the floral clock and then path leads to bandstand and then to the glass house, behind that is the bonsai park and the hillock of kempegowda tower, later you can walk towards the rose garden and then walk by the lake side and spend some time at the lake side in the evening, by enjoying the masala corn and kadle puri which are sold on the lake side pathway. The lake is Spread across 30acres. The path also leads to island like structures which are located in the middle of the lake. And finally exit through the west gate.
Some of the flora found inside the park includes Zinnia, Petunia, Passion Flower, Dahlia, Chrysanthemum, pinks, rose, bonsai plants and many other rare species of plants and trees.
|Lighting beside the pathway inside the park|
|Monkeys on bamboo trees|
|Passion Flower found in some corner of the Garden|
|artificial waterfalls next to lake, below the pathway|
|bandstand illuminated, glass house can also be seen behind|
|birds on top of trees in the evening hours|
|ducks in lalbagh lake|
|Even birds like to walk here instead flying|
|white silk cotton tree, over 200 years old|