Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
At a distance of 6 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Lalbagh Botanical Garden is situated near the Lalbagh fort road. It is one of the best gardens in India and one of the best places to visit in Bangalore City.
The ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali commissioned the development of the garden in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan. Sprawling over an area of 240 acres, there are more than 1,800 species of flora, including plants, shrubs and trees, most of them from outside India. The garden attained status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by Kempe Gowda. The park has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. With an intricate watering system for irrigation, this garden is aesthetically designed with lawns, flowerbeds, lotus pools and fountains. The Lalbagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth dating back to 3,000 million years, is another attraction.
The main attraction of the Garden is the Glass House. This has been modeled based on Crystal Palace in London. It was built in 1889 during the administration of John Cameron to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. The Glass House hosts a flower show which is held every year on Independence Day and Republic Day. The Bandstand, Lecture Hall, Lalbagh House, Pigeon House, Statue of Chamaraja Wodeyar, Lalbagh West Gate Guard Room, Museum and Main gate of Lalbagh, Deer Paddock, Lalbagh Lake and Aquarium building are other artistic structures that can be seen in Lalbagh. Another popular attraction is the giant floral clock.
At present, Lalbagh is maintained by the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. A centre for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork, this garden is testament of natural beauty.
Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM. Entry Fee: Rs.10.