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Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens literally means The Red Garden, is a renowned botanical garden in southern Bangalore.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
The garden was formerly commissioned by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore, and later completed by his son Tipu Sultan. It has a well-known glass house which hosts an annual flower show.
Lalbagh abodes India’s largest collection of tropical plants and also has a lake, and it is one of the main tourist attractions in Bangalore. It is also home to a few species of birds. The commonly sighted birds include Mynah, parakeets, crows, Brahmini Kite, Pond Heron, Common Egret, and Purple Moor Hen.
The park also has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. With a complex watering system for irrigation, this garden is aesthetically designed, with lawns, flowerbeds, lotus ponds and fountains. Most of the old trees are labelled for easy identification.
The Lalbagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth.This geological monument for the peninsular gneiss formation is also a tourist attraction at the gardens. It has been designated by the Geological Survey of India on the Lalbagh hill which is made up of 3,000 million-year-old peninsular gneissic rocks.
Lalbagh has four gates. The western gate, situated near Siddapur Circle; the eastern gate opens to a wide road and near to Jayanagar; the southern gate is often referred to as the main gate and is near Lalbagh Road and the northern gate is a fairly wide and opens to a big road that leads to the Glass House and serves as the primary exit.
Lalbagh remains open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. throughout the year. To promote joggers, tourists and fitness enthusiasts, entry is free from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At other times, a fee of Rs.10/- is charged. Entry for school children and the disabled is free.
Flower shows are conducted every year during the week of Republic Day and Independence Day, to edify the people about the variety of flora and build up public interest in plant conservation and cultivation. Entry fee for adults is Rs. 40/- (On weekends and Public holidays – Rs. 50/-) and for children below 12 years, Rs. 10/-.
The government of Karnataka organizes “Janapada Jaatre” in Lalbagh on the second and fourth weekends (both Saturday and Sunday) of every month. Janapada Jaatre, which means Folk Fair, features folk dance, music and plays performed by troupes from all parts of Karnataka. The show mainly portrays the cultural folklore of Karnataka, the traditional costumes and musical instruments.
One of the four cardinal towers erected by Kempe Gowda II, also a major tourist attraction, is seen above this hillock. This tower gives the full view of Bangalore from the top.