The next destination in our list was the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens which is considered to be one of the most famous botanical gardens in this part of the country. We had to pay a very nominal entry fee of Rs 10 for entering the park and came to know that it stays open ebvery day from 6AM to 7PM.
Commonly known as Lalbagh, the order for the construction of the garden was given by the then ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali. However, it was his son Tipu Sultan who had completed its construction. One of the major attractions of the Lalbagh is the glass house which draws a large number of people every year during the flower show. It is home to the biggest variety of tropical plants in India and also attracts a lot of people due to the lake.
It is spread over an area of 240 acres and organizes different types of flower shows, especially on 26th January. We had to travel to the southern part of the city where the Lalbagh is located. There are many trees inside the garden that have been in existence for more than 100 years. It also houses a famous tower erected by Kempe Gowda, the chief architect of Bangalore.
We also visited some rare varieties of plants which are regarded to be brought from France, Afghanistan and Persia. The garden has been aesthetically designed with fountains, lotus pools, flowerbeds and lawns.
The old trees of the garden carry a specific label so that one can easily identify them. We also visited the famous Lalbagh Rock which has an age of more than 3000 million years and regarded to be in the list of the world’s oldest rock formations. The gate on the western side is located close to the Siddapur Circle and touches the Krumbigal Road.
It can be easily accessed from Rashtraya Vidyalaya, Doddamavalli, Chikkamavalli, etc. The gate on the east is located close to Jayangar while that on the south or the main gate is close to the Lalbagh Road. The gate on the north acts as the primary exit and leads up to the Glass House.