Historic Lalbagh Gardens will commence Flower Show-2010 on August 6 with India Gate, a floral design, as the special attraction. Over five lakh flowers from across the state willadorn the scaled-down model of India Gate.
History of Lalbagh:
Lal Bagh or Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is a well known Botanical Garden in Bangalore, India. Lalbagh Gardens was also known as Rose and Cypress Garden till 1856. The garden was commissioned by the ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali. It has a famous glass house which hosts yearly flower show. It also has an aquarium and a lake, and is one of the tourist attractions in Bangalore.
It holds a number of flower shows, especially on the Republic Day (26th January). The garden has over 1,000 species of flora. The Glass House, modeled on London’s Crystal Palace was built by James Cameron.
Flower shows are conducted every year to educate people about the variety of flora and develop public interest in plant conservation and cultivation. The garden also has trees that are over 100 years old.
The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by the founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda. The park has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. Most of the centuries old trees are labeled for easy identification. The Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth, dating back to 3000 million years, is another attraction that brings the crowds.
Lal Bagh remains open daily from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. throughout the year. For the benefit of joggers, tourists and fitness enthusiasts, entry is free from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Some important things to see in Lalbagh are,
- The Glass House
- Kempegowda Tower
- Lecture Hall
- Lalbagh House
- Pigeon House
- Statue of Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar
- The Directorate Building
- Lalbagh West Gate Guard Room
- The Museum
- Deer Paddock
- Aquarium building
- Lalbagh lake
Adults: Rs.30 on weekdays, Rs.40 on holidays
Children (6-12 years): Rs.10
Parking: Rs.150 on weekdays, Rs.200 on holidays
Video Camera: Rs.50
Still Camera: Rs. 20
Entry for school children and the disabled is free all day.
Lal Bagh is well connected by BMTC buses from majestic/shivajinagar. All buses towards jayanagar/banashankari areas pass through either one of the 4 gates of lalbagh.