Lalbagh is one of Bengaluru’s major attractions. A sprawling garden situated in a 240 acres piece of land in the heart of the city, Lalbagh houses India’s largest collection of tropical plants and sub-tropical plants, including trees that are several centuries old. Exhibits like the Snow White and the seven dwarfs, and a topiary park, an expansive lake, a beautiful glasshouse modelled around the Crystal Palace in London adorn the park giving it a surrealistic atmosphere. A watchtower perched on top of a 3000 million years old rocky outcrop (which is a National Geological Monument), built by Kempegowda, the founder of Bengaluru also adorns the picturesque garden.
Why visit Lalbagh:
Lalbagh Glass House: Lalbagh Glass House is a giant palace like glass and iron structure, inspired by Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park. Lalbagh glass house was built in 1989 and renovated in 2004 and remains the primary attraction for visitors of Lalbagh.
Lalbagh Lake: Lalbagh has a large lake in its southern part, complete with walking trails, a bridge and a mini waterfall.
Seasonal attractions at Lalbagh: Lalbagh hosts several events all through the year- Lalbagh flower show during Republic Day (26 January) and Independence Day (15 August), Mango/Jackfruit festivals during summer, cultural shows at Band stand are some of the popular events held in Lalbagh.
Other attractions at Lalbagh:
Bonsai Garden, large rock and Kempegowda watchtower, flower clock, Hibiscus garden are some of the other interesting spots to explore inside Lalbagh botanical gardens.
Lalbagh Visiting Hours:
Lalbagh botanical gardens is open daily from 6 AM to 7 PM. Entry is free during early morning and late evening (6 to 9 AM and 6 to 7 PM). A nominal fee applies during the day time.
Facilities available at Lalbagh:
Lalbagh has several shops run by the horticulture department of Karnataka Government as well as few private vendors. These shops sell fruits, vegetables, fruit juices and various snacks items.
Public toilets are available near the Glass House. Lalbagh has 4 different entrances one in each direction making it easy for visitors to enter and exit as per their convenience. West gate is very close to Lalbagh Metro train station while parking is available at the double road entrance.
How to reach Lalbagh:
Lalbagh is located 7 kms south of the city centre (Majestic area) and 38 kms from the Bengaluru airport. Lalbagh can be accessed using the Bengaluru metro rail network from different parts of Bengaluru city. Buses, auto or taxis are readily available to reach Lalbagh.
Places to stay near Lalbagh:
Budget and luxury hotels are available near Lalbagh, Jayanagara, Basavanagudi and KR Market area which are within walking distance from Lalbagh.