Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
At a distance of 6 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a botanical garden situated near the Lalbagh Fort Road in Bangalore. It is one of the largest botanical gardens in India, and among the most attractive places to visit in Bangalore.
Located in South Bengaluru, the Lalbagh Botanical Garden is the first of its kind, with planned routes, glasshouses, and ornamental flowers growing throughout the property. The ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali commissioned the development of the garden in 1760 and was completed by his son Tipu Sultan, who designed the garden keeping in mind the beautiful gardens of Sira in the Tumkur district of Karnataka. The garden attained the status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856. It is one of the peaceful places to visit as part of Bangalore Packages.
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 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 here.
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 the 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 the 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 center for the scientific study of plants and botanical artwork, this garden is a testament to natural beauty.
Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Adults, & Rs. 10 for Children