I have gone to the Lalbagh gardens twice before (most recent being 4 years back), and at that time I did not think of it as a great garden or anything. But my most recent trip to Lalbagh Botanical gardens in Bangalore changed my perspective. My, has the garden been revamped or something? It looks so mesmerizing now!
I was actually in two minds – whether to go or not. But since the Lalbagh flower show was held in January, I checked and it was on. So, I decided to go immediately. Of course, the Lalbagh flower show was very attractive, but the Lalbagh gardens itself surprised me!
I went in the morning, about 8:00 AM. I was surprised by the number of morning walkers and even joggers present in the park. When I was living in Bangalore, I woke up at 9:30 AM or even after that (it’s cold!). So, I admire people who wake up in the morning to do some exercise. Maybe, if a park like this was next to my house, I would have gone for walking in the mornings too? No chance!
There was a small rocky elevated surface inside this garden and the view from there was very nice. There is a small temple and people were just sitting all over the rock. Yeah, the climate of Bangalore is good enough for indulging in all those lazy activities. Can someone sit over it, if it was present in Chennai? Yes, if they want their backs to be burnt
Lalbagh is famous for housing various varieties of trees, plants and flowers but what I didn’t know is, they had a bonsai collection and a large vegetable plants collection (I guess for sale). It seems, the glass house, where the flower show is held was built in 1889, on the lines of crystal palace of London and was renovated in 2004.
Howz that statue? There are many chairs all around this park for people to sit. There are so many trees and plants (and of course flowers). The lawn/grass in the center of the park is very neatly maintained. The dustbins are innovatively designed – They sort of entice you to use them! Nice idea, actually. The below photo was taken in the garden (not in the flower show) – I wonder how many flowers can one see on a single day!
Ok, these are the tourist spots within lalbagh that needs to be visited by any tourist:
1. Floral Clock; 2. Maharaja Statue; 3. Aquarium; 4. Band stand; 5. Rose garden; 6. Lake; 7. Watch tower; 8. Silk cotton tree; 9. Tree fossil; 10. Lotus pond; 11. Glass house; 12. Dove cot; 13. Farm information unit; 14. Bonsai garden; 15. Kempagowda tower; 16. Topiary garden; 17. Japanese garden; 18. Directorate
Have a look at the Video Slide Show of many more pictures taken in Lalbagh from the below embedded youtube video (if you have time).