Lalbagh is one of the oldest botanical gardens in India. It is located in South Bengaluru, and is a favourite of joggers and walkers and kids too. It is also a major tourist attraction in the city.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden is not only one of the largest botanical gardens in India, but also the first of its kind, with planned routes, glasshouses and various kinds of flowers and fruits growing throughout the property.
Lalbagh’s construction was commissioned by the famous ruler Hyder Ali - the ruler of Mysore between 1761-1782, and was later taken over and completed by his son - Tipu Sultan, who also added some exotica to the beauty of the gardens by importing trees and plants from faraway countries.
After its completion in the 18th century, Lalbagh also received India’s first lawn-clock and was home to the largest collection of exotic plants in the Indian subcontinent.
By 1860, Lalbagh was inhibited by many animals like orangutans, peacocks, rhinos, deer and emus. The foundation for the glasshouse inside the garden was laid by Prince Albert Victor in 1889, and its structure was modelled after the Crystal Palace in London.
The rock that is resting inside the Lalbagh is one of the oldest rocks on the planet, and was there when the garden was being built. It is now called the Lalbagh Rock.
The garden is spread over an area of 240 acres, which is full of well-developed exotic trees and plants, along with walking and jogging tracks, and some water bodies, which along with proving a peaceful vibe also are the source of intricate watering system for irrigation for the greenery here.
The garden is aesthetically designed, with lawns, flowerbeds, lotus pools and fountains. There are many centuries-old trees that are labelled for easy identification. It also holds an ancient rock - more popularly known as the Lalbagh Rock which is one of the most ancient rock formations on earth, dating back to about 3,000 million years.
It also has a beautiful large working clock composed of various flower plants and shrubs, measuring 7 metres in diameter, and the space surrounding it is also decorated with figurines from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, making it an attraction for both children and adults.
Lalbagh Garden has four gates:
The best time to visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is from November to March when it is cool and pleasant in Bangalore. Summer is also a great time to visit and enjoy the greenery but it can get blazing hot sometimes.
Some things not to miss in Lalbagh are:
Lalbagh Botanical Garden is located at a distance of 38.8 km from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport. There are frequent bus routes that ferry between the two places. A taxi or car can also be hired which will a short 45-minute drive through the city to reach the gardens.
Bengaluru’s cantonment railway station is about 7km away from the gardens and can be reached in about 20 minutes by road even in heavy traffic.
The garden is open daily from 6 am to 7 pm. Entry is free during early mornings (6 am to 9 am) and late evenings (6 pm to 7 pm). At other timnes and on Sundays an entry fee of Rs.20 per head is applicable.