Lalbagh – The ornament of Bangalore
The Lalbagh, the world famous Botanical Garden at Bangalore was the brainchild of Hyder Ali the erstwhile ruler of Mysore, though he has commissioned the glass house at Lalbagh, this Glass House is famous for conducting the most famous flower shows on Independence day and also on Republic day. This Lalbagh has also maintaining a big aquarium and a lake and with all these this has been considered as one of the primitive tourist attraction at Bangalore.
This Lalbagh Botanical Garden has been considered as one of the richly diverse Botanical Garden not only in India but in South Asia, this garden was commissioned in the year 1740 which spreads over 97 hectares or 240 acres of just parkland, and most of the tropical plants were originated here from Hyder Ali’s time and also his Tippy Sultan’s time. Aftermath John Cameron who was the garden superintendent in the year 1870 imported many rare species of plants from Kew gardens from London and Cameron was responsible person who initiated the work of Glass House, which was modeled as an replica of Crystal Palace of London a forethought of that time as the main venue for horticultural shows. This glass house is surrounded by Champaka trees and also with pencil cedars, this Glass House has the distinction of hosting many visiting dignitaries.
The Lalbagh garden has some trees almost 100 years old and more 1000 species of flora, another rare piece here is India’s first lawn clock and largest collection of rare plants of subcontinents are here.
LalBagh - The Glass House
The Lalbagh is surround by the huge towers which was erected in the period of the founder of Bangalore Kempegowda, this famous Lalbagh was created in the styles of Mugal gardens by none other than Hyder Ali, this park consists of very rare species which were imported from Persia, Afghanistan and also from France. Here one can find the watering of plants done through intricate irrigation system, this garden found with lush lawns, many flower beds, lot of lotus pools and huge fountains, even one can find centuries old trees here and one more added attraction is one will find here the rock formation on earth according to archeologists it is dating back as old as 3000 million years, which attracts lot of crowds and tourists from other places.
Lalbagh – A view of lake
This famous Lalbagh is open from morning 6 to night 7 everyday and throughout the year, morning it is opened early for benefit of the joggers, tourists and also for fitness freaks and entry is also free from morning 6-9 and again at 6-7 in the evening in other times an entry fee of Rs.10/- will be charged, there will no entry free for school children and disabled throughout the day.
Every year there will a flower shows on Independence day and also on Republic day, to educate the people about the varieties and importance of flora in order to develop public interest in case of plant conservation and also in cultivation.
Further the state government will also hold Janapada Jaatre here at Lalbagh on all second and fourth weekends including Saturday and Sunday on every month, this fair translates folk fairs, folk dances, music and other plays which will be performed by different groups and from all parts of Karnataka.
This monumental garden is well protected from all sides with huge sized stone walls as enclosures, Lalbagh has four gates one at North from Subbaiah Circle, the western gate is from Basavanagudi and southern gate from Jayanagar and eastern gate from Double Road.
Lalbagh – Species of plant wealth
The Lalbagh is enriched with enormous quantity of native and exotic quality of flora with diversity, use and interest. The different kinds and species of plants has been obtained from different parts of the world since it was started in 1760. At present the Lalbagh consists of 673 genera and 1,854 species of variety of plants, it is a treasure of plants collection.
Few of exotic and vivid kind of varieties includes, Agathis special, Bombax ceiba, Amherstia nobilis, Araucaria sp., Averrhoa bilimbi, Cupressus special, Bambusa special, Bixa orellana, Brownea grandiceps, Ficus special, Castanospermum australe, Cola acuminata, Corypha umbraculifera, Couroupita guianensis, Eriobotrya japonica, Magnolia sp., Swietenia mahagoni etc. Other indigeneous species like Artocarpus heterophyllus, Butea monosperma, Cassia fistula , Dillenia indica, Lagerstromia speciosa, Michelia champaca, Mesua ferrea etc., can be seen here at Lalbagh. In addition to these, a number of ornamental and economic plant species both of exotic and indigenous origin can be found here at Lalbagh.
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The Directorate of Horticulture, Lalbagh,
Lalbagh – The ornament of Bangalore