Bangalore might be the bustling city of IT professionals who hurriedly move from one place to another owing to their tedious professions. However, the city is not devoid of natural retreats where one can go along with the family to have moments of pleasure and happiness. There's a host of places to visit near Bangalore that offer unlimited choices to have a great vacation. After all, the moments of recreation are the one that define and give shape to our identity, taking us away from the world of din and offering us moments of introspection. One such place is Lal Bagh Botanical garden in Bangalore. The sprawling 240 acre garden has something for every type of visitor and is a perfect setting for a relaxed family picnic. Whether you are tourist, a bird watcher, a book lover, the history buff or a sports person, this place will set you spirits make a journey into understanding your own self as well as nature.
History of Lal Bagh: Lal Bagh Botanical Garden was commissioned by the ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali. Hyder Ali started building the Garden of Lal Bagh in the year 1760 and his son Tipu Sultan completed the garden. The garden derived its name ‘Lal Bagh’ because of a collection of red roses that remain blooming all through the year in this garden. Lal Bagh Gardens was known Rose and Cypress Garden till 1856. King Hyder Ali’s father was in the service of Dilawar Khan, Viceroy of Moguls. Dilawar Khan had a passion for setting up many gardens across Mysore. Among them the famous ones are Mughal gardens at Sira near Tumkur, Lalbagh at Srirangapatna, a garden at Malavalli, Lalbagh Gardens in Bangalore.
Let us see what all can we do in Lal Bagh Botanical gardens, the activities as well as the spots to look out for:
See a Range of Flora and Fauna at the Glass House
While you make a visit to Lal Bagh you are bound to see the historical Glass House that adorns this garden. It was modelled after the London’s Crystal Palace in England. The Glass House appears as a shining white monument in glass hosting a wide array of colourful flowers in the morning whereas at night it is lit up in golden light creating a view which is a treat to the eyes. It is here that the flower shows are held in the months of January and August every year. One of the must things to do in Bangalore if you are there during this time.
Biannual flower shows are organized every year in January and August on the occasion of the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations respectively.
Beauty and Art: Have a look at the Flower Clock Here
There is also a working analog floral clock which is maintained by HMT. This clock was installed in the year 1983. The details of the clock can be found in a stone in the front of the clock, but unfortunately, the marking on the stone have faded over the years and its a difficult read.
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Stroll Around the Lotus Pond
Walk around the beautiful Lotus Pond to see how nature blooms at its best amidst the bustling chaos of the city.
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Beauty of Lal Bagh Lake
There is also a lake situated in the vicinity of the Lalbagh. This lake which measures 30 acres is one of the primary reasons for the development of the garden in this area of Bangalore. This lake makes up for a beautiful view within the garden and meets the water requirements for the nourishment of plants. You can take a boat around and wonder at its beauty.
Sit on the Peninsular Gneiss Rock
The others attractions of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens include the Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth. It is believed to be approximately 3000 million years old.
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Yoga and Daily walk
Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a beautiful place for a stroll. Dating back to 1760, these gardens are a popular place for quiet walks, jogging and other sports.
Some factual information on Lal Bagh: The entry to the gardens is free between 6 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 7 pm, for the benefit of the joggers and fitness freaks. There is also no charge for children and disabled throughout the day.
Location and Access: Lalbagh Botanical Garden is located in the heart of the city, about 4 km from the State Legislature the Vidhana Soudha. Most parts of the garden is surrounded by different blocks of the beautiful residential layout Jayanagar. The city buses plying to Jayanagar and localities beyond Jayanagar stop at one or other approach gates of Lalbagh.