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A Riot of Colours at Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014

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The vibrant city of Bangalore in Karnataka is popularly known as the 'Garden City' of India. With sprawling gardens such as the Lal Bagh and Cubbon park, the title is definitely justified. The Lal Bagh has a history that dates back to the days of royalty. It was commissioned by the then ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali and the majestic gardens were eventually completed under the rule of his son Tipu Sultan. The Lal Bagh or the Red Garden has many attractions within its walls, among the most popular being the Glass House that hosts the annual Flower Show.

The Flower Show at Lal Bagh has a unique display item every year, built with exquisite flowers. The central attraction at the Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 is beautiful, intricately detailed and majestic as it very well should be, considering this is the 200th year of the Flower Show being celebrated. Here are some photos of lovely flowers from the Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 exclusively for you. Also get to know better, the other attractions the park offers and plan for a great one-day picnic here!

The Sprawling Gardens

The Sprawling Gardens

Lal Bagh spans an area of 240 acres, and travellers visiting the place feel enthralled by the lush greenery and flora in the place. It boasts of over 1000 varieties of flowers and massive trees that are over 100 years old! The lovely lawns invite people from across the country to enjoy a quiet picnic or fun time with the family. If possible, this is the place to go for your morning walks. Early in the morning, the green parrots, squeaking squirrels and pigeons will lead you to believe that you have travelled very far from the maddening traffic and noise of Bangalore city, and actually step back to a time when the city was the pensioner's paradise it used to be!

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Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014

Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014

The annual Lal Bagh Flower Show is a huge crowd puller, and this year is no exception. The central attraction this year is well-detailed and royal looking. The Flower Show 2014 started on the 8th of August and will go on till the 17th of the month. The central attraction is the Mysore Royal Palace and is made mostly of roses in various hues. The classy combination of white, red and yellow roses makes for a mesmerising sight. Read on to find out more about the Mysore Palace.

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The Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace

The central attraction at the Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 is the grand Mysore Royal Palace. The grand structure in Mysore is the royal residence of the Wodeyars, who ruled Mysore until 1950. Today, a part of the palace still functions as the home of the royal family. The main parts of the palace are open to public viewing and makes for an interesting trip. The spacious durbar halls or meeting halls, the vast array of courtyards, sprawling gardens and other structures makes it one of the most popular palace visits in the country. The palace especially comes alive during the Dussehra festival as the entire structure's façade is decorated with yellow string lights and makes for the most captivating sight! It is thus a great choice for the 200th year celebration of the Lal Bagh Flower Show this year.

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The Glass House

The Glass House

The Glass House is one of the most prominent features of Lal Bagh. It also hosts the central attraction of the annual Lal Bagh Flower Show. Built in the year 1890 as a model based on London's Crystal Palace that unfortunately was lost to a fire accident, the Glass house has a variety of award winning flowers on show besides the central attraction. Flowers of varied size, shape, colour and form will send your mind spinning in joy as you take in the immense glory of nature.

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Award Worthy

Award Worthy

The main attraction of the Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 is the 27 ft tall, 35 ft long Mysore Palace. As wide as 12 ft the palace structure boasts of over 3,20,000 roses that are assembled in an organised manner. The award winning plants include a variety of flowers, greens and Bonsai. The flower varieties such as Rudbeckia, Roses, Vincarosea, Torenium, Marigold, Ageratum, Zinnia etc add to the visual grandeur. Interesting varieties of Bonsai decorate the section themed 'Wonderla' at the 2014 Lal Bagh Flower Show as well.

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A Riot of Flowers

A Riot of Flowers

Here is a fun game to play while visiting the Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014, imagine any colour possible and look around to see if a flower matches the colour imagined. Chances are high that it indeed will! A variety of flowers in all colours from reds, yellows, pinks to even rare shades of blue, purple and mixture of dual or triple colours can be sighted at the Lal Bagh Flower Show.

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Varied Hues of Green

Varied Hues of Green

So for those wondering if it is only flowers all the way, get ready to be surprised by the range of the varied hues of green on display at the 2014 Lal Bagh Flower Show. Plants that are as or more ornamental than flowers can also be sighted at the park. Leaves that sport a multitude of colours apart from the standard green makes for a rather interesting observation.

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Surrounding Stalls

Surrounding Stalls

The Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 has over 100 stalls located around the Glass House that are selling a variety of products ranging from seedlings and saplings of plants to organic products such as natural honey. The vibrant garden accessory stalls invite you to buy some green for your home or a unique container to decorate your garden. Garden tools are available here and saves you time and effort looking for them at specialised stores. You can also shop for farm products such as aloe vera gels and creams. Some unique products made from natural waste or by-products can also be seen here.

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Dates and Entry Charges

Dates and Entry Charges

The Lal Bagh Flower Show dates for 2014 are from the 8th to the 17th of August. It is open on the specific dates from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The entry charges vary on the different dates, the 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th are chargeable at Rs.40 for adults and Rs.10 for children. The dates 9th, 10th, 15th and 17th are chargeable at Rs.50 for adults and Rs.10 for children. Schools can take children free of cost on the dates 13th and 14th of this month.

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How to reach Bangalore

How to reach Bangalore

By Road: Bangalore is well-connected by a vast network of roadways. Lal Bagh is located at a distance of 4.2 km from Majestic. You can take a bus or auto to the garden.

By Rail: The Bangalore Railway Station is well-connected to all major cities in the country by rail. You can proceed to any part of the city by local bus, auto or taxi.

By Air: The Bangalore International Airport has good connectivity by air to major destinations in and outside the country. Airport connects to various parts of the city by offering volvo buses and taxis.

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