Why is Bangalore known as the Garden City of India? Maybe the answer to this question isn't clear these days since the city has developed into a Silicon Valley, but there was a time when Bangalore was exceptionally green. It can still be seen in some parts of the city. However, originally the two famous gardens, Lalbagh and Cubbon Park, were the reasons for the city to get the nickname.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden which is located in South Bangalore is the city's most popular place to visit for both tourists and locals. Lalbagh literally translates to "Red Garden" and was initially founded by the Mysore ruler Hyder Ali, but was later completed by his son, Tipu Sultan.
All About The 206th Flower Show For This Independence Day
This year, Lalbagh will hold the 206th Flower Show during the Independence Day. It starts from August 4th and goes on until August 15th. Usually, the flower show attracts about 4-5 lakhs of visitors but due to the opening of Namma Metro, more visitors are expected this year.
Lalbagh has its own Metro Station, which stops at the West gate of the garden. Therefore, extra counters are to be installed at the West gate this year.
The main attraction of this year's flower show will be honoring the state's well-known novelist and poet, Kuppalli Venkatappa Putappa, fondly known as Kuvempu. A replica of Kuvempu's house will be exhibited at the Glass House, by decorating it with red, yellow and white flowers.
Along with his house, a replica of Jog Falls will also be displayed, thus creating a miniature version of Kuvempu's hometown, Malnad. This will be accompanied by a huge musical performance and display of some of Kuvempu's plays.
History Of Lalbagh
Thoroughly impressed by the city's beautiful and pleasant climate, the Mysore ruler Hyder Ali decided to create a garden on the lines of the Mughal gardens that was much popular during the era.
Commissioned in 1760, the garden was similar to the design of the Mughal Gardens of Sira, the capital of the southernmost part of the Mughal Empire. Hyder Ali appointed people from the Thigala community, who are believed to be excellent at gardening.
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He laid out the basic botanical garden, to which Tipu Sultan later added the horticultural portion by importing plants and trees from different countries. Lalbagh had the country's first lawn-clock and the biggest range of exotic plants and flowers in the entire subcontinent by the 18th century!
During the rule of the British, more additions were made to the garden like the Glass House, which was based on London's Crystal Palace. It was laid out in the year 1898.
Lalbagh And The Flower Show
Spread across an area of 240 acres, Lalbagh consists of over 1000 species of flora, with trees that age more than a 100 years-old! It has exotic species of flora that has been imported from countries like France, Afghanistan, and Persia.
A beautiful and serene lake accompanies the Lalbagh garden.
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Every year, the Flower Show takes place during the Republic Day and Independence Day. It usually has a special feature, like during this year's Republic Day, around 250 Cymbidium flowers were showcased for the first time in the history of Lalbagh's Flower Shows. Grown in Darjeeling and Sikkim, these flowers find their roots in Netherlands and Australia.
A 3,000 million-year-old rock formation, popularly known as The Lalbagh Rock is another attraction, apart from the garden's flora galore. Other interesting sights that can be viewed in Lalbagh is the decorative Japanese Monument, statue of Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar and of course, the Glass House.
Lalbagh Entry Details
The Lalbagh Botanical Garden is open from 6 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week with an entry fee of Rs 20 per each adult. Entry for children below 12 and the disabled is free.
The garden offers joggers and fitness enthusiasts a free entry between 6 AM to 9 AM in the mornings and 5.30 PM to 7 PM in the evenings.
The flower show exhibition will be open from 9 AM until 6 PM.