Monday, August 23, 2010

Lalbagh Gardens, Bangalore

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore the Garden City is a lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city.

It was started by King Hyder Ali, the ruler of old Mysore in 1760. It was further developed by his son Tipu Sultan and subsequently by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture. In 1856, it was given the status of a Government Botanical Garden. From then onwards, it has been an internationally renowned center for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and also conservation of plants.

Lalbagh is home for tees, shtubs, plants from all over the world. The rarest variety of trees can be seen here. The main attractions here are:
  • Floral Clock
  • Tree Fossil
  • Glass House
  • Directorate Building
  • Guard Room
  • Lake
  • Band Stand
  • Pigeon House
  • Bonsai Park
  • Cacti Park
  • Topiary Garden
  • Bombax Tree
  • Kempegowda Tower
  • Pigeon Colony
  • Lecture Hall
  • Trees and Flowers
  • Nursery

65 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, Those Lalbagh Gardens must be fabulous... Love your pictures... I would REALLY enjoy those gardens... As much as I love gorgeous flowers ---I love all kinds of gardens like this.... I could spend days and days in that place... WOW!!!!

Thanks for sharing.
Betsy

joo said...

I could spend ages there!
Greetings:)

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post and photos as always, Rajesh! I love the beautiful colors of the flowers! Have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Carver said...

That looks like a beautiful garden. Great shots of the flowers.

Random Treasures said...

Lalbagh was our meeting place during my stay in Bangalore years ago. I used to live in 4th block Jayanagar.

Thanks for the pictures.

aka Penelope said...

I read your link about how the concrete jungle in some ways is taking over. I had no idea such a lovely place existed and with such intriguing history of its beginnings. Hopefully, this acreage will remain a floral jungle and a place of serenity for all to enjoy.

Arija said...

Absolutely my kind of place. I could happily spend at least a month there. Gardens are one of the great loves of my life. Thank you

Arija said...

I could happily spend a month there enjoying all the beautiful plants and catching up on the research. Gardens are one of the great joys of my life. Thank you.

SandyCarlson said...

Looks like a wonderful place, to be sure. Gorgeous flowers. Your photography is amazing.

magiceye said...

a photographer's delight!

Shey said...

I love going to Botanical Gardens. Its peaceful, relaxing & beautiful at the same time. Fantastic post for the day. :)

Ratty said...

It must be a great place. Botanical gardens are some of the best places to visit anywhere.

V Rakesh said...

Wow! This is such an awesome collage!

George said...

This looks like a fascinating place to visit. I hope you will show more pictures in the future.

Mohan said...

I missed this year's Independence day flower show as well. You forgot about the horticulture store and a nursery where people can buy seeds and plants too :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

you should go there during flower shows...

Tes said...

Such a lovely bloom. Artistic mosaic of beautiful places -brilliant and artistic! :)

alicesg said...

Nice info about the flowers. The flowers looked so beautiful. I am an admirer of flowers but many times I dont know the names of the flowers...lol.

ladyfi said...

What a wonderful oasis right in the city!

Gattina said...

Beautiful must be very interesting to visit !

Indrani said...

I was there too during the last flowershow. Great place.

Beyond Horizon said...

beautiful n informative 2 :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

what a beautiful garden! Tea grows there too amazing!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

240 acres! That's super-big an area!!

Anonymous said...

My visits to Bangalore are enhanced by those trees lining the roads, especially in the Contonement area.

Thanks to those "Mahanubhavulu" who planted them and to the Bangaloreans who take care of them.

And also thanks to you for bringing them out so beautifully.

Pattu

Self Sagacity said...

awesome, the colors are so vivid, you do have a knack for photography.

Mama Zen said...

I bet that is a fabulous place to visit!

DoanLegacy said...

Marvelous mosaics and great information to know!

RuneE said...

I will need to bring my macrolens for this one!

NatureFootstep said...

such a beautiful flower you share with us. :)

Glennis said...

Must be an oasis of calm and beauty in middle of a big busy city.

Anna said...

Something different this time.
Beautiful and interesting info as always. Anna :)

Pietro said...

Wonderful images of the garden, nice flowers, and how many attractions there!

Lew said...

A beautiful place to be in the city!

Ann said...

I hope you don't have to pay to get in. What a lovely place to enjoy.

Babli said...

Lalbagh is very beautiful place and the flower show is amazing. I have been there and feel like visiting again and again. Very nice and wonderful post.

Eden said...

What a beautiful place to visit! Beautiful collage. Well done!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rajesh:)

Very interesting information on a wonderful garden which has been there for centuries.

The Muslim rulers are famous for maintaining gardens.In 1968,I had an opportunity to visit Mughal gardens in Rastrapathi Bhavan.

I wish I could take a walk in Lalbagh.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

Medhini said...

I love the the lal bagh gardens! The best thing is the lake to me, I have found peace there like no where else... I miss bangalore a lot! thanks for posting abt it!

Evelyn said...

Very nice. THanks for shairng your photos and good info.

Autumn Belle said...

A botanical garden is always an attraction to me. Great pictures, Rajesh.

Sumandebray said...

Nice picture .... the red flower justifies the name to the letter L

joshi daniel said...

nice and a big garden!
i liked the red flower so much!

Rajesh said...

Betsy, Joo, Uni, Arija, Shey, Ratty, ladifi, Gattina, Zen, Babbli, Mehdini: Thanks, people can spend here hours relaxing.

Sylvia, Carver, Sandy, Deepak, Rakesh, Tes, Horizon, Sallie, Bhavesh, Pattu, Sagacity: Thanks for the appreciation.

Mohan: Thanks, I missed that.

Hande, Indrani: The flower shows are amazing here. I attended for the first time this year.

Penelope, Doan, Rune, Nature, Anna, Pietro, Lew, Eden, Joseph, Evelyn, Belle, Suman, Joshi: Thanks for the appreciation.

Alice: Thanks. Same here, I also do not know the name of the flowers most of the times.

Ann: Thereis nominal entry fee.

George: Thanks, I will sure post other images of the place soon.

Jeevan said...

Should visit Bangalore soon, plans are postponing every time. Wish the garden remain forever green, keeping away the growing concrete garden .

Denise said...

I enjoyed reading the history of this place. Lovely flowers and lovely garden. Thank you for sharing and have a great week.
An English Girl Rambles

vincibene said...

Gorgeous flowers!

Lui said...

I love that they preserved the place for study and the community to learn and enjoy! Conservation is an important world for the 21st century. Cheers!

Leora said...

Seems like a fascinating garden - one that I would enjoy visiting and studying.

eden said...

Beautiful place and great photos.

Manang Kim said...

Great shot Rajesh!
Something red, yellow & blue

Rajesh said...

Jeevan, Leora: Thanks, you will love this place.

Denise, vincibene, Lui, Eden, Kim: Thanks for the appreciation.

Liz said...

Beautiful flowers!

Liz @ MLC

Pie said...

Gorgeous flowers. Happy MYM.

RNSANE said...

This is absolutely a must for me when/if I finally make it back to India - I have so many "musts" - I definitely need to stay six months!!

YOSEE said...

Did you visit the flower show this August ? The crowds scard me off !

Rajesh said...

Yosee: Thanks. I dis go to the flower-show this time.

Liz, Pie, RNSANE: Thanks for the appreciation.

shannon i olson said...

What a wonderful place to visit, nice photos.

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, it looks like an amazingly beautiful place! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Vee said...

With all those acres, it must be incredible! Wonderful collage, too!

Snap said...

I love botanical gardens. Wonderful images.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Botanical Gardens are a wonderful place to visit. Such inspiration is available for a try in our own gardens or just a stress reliever from the busy world around us.

Arpana said...

flowers a lovely delight of soul, good capture!

Pooja said...

Amazing shots

pramod said...

great pics,
superb presentation.