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Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore

Lalbagh Botanical Garden is one of the main attractions of Bangalore and Lalbagh is located in the heart of the city, about 4 km from the Vidhana Soudha. It attracts a large number of visitors.

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden in Bangalore was initially started as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore and it was further developed by Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan and then by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by extension of area and addition of a number of plant species.

The Lalbagh Gardens are initially designed in Mughal style on the model of the Mughal Gardens that once stood at Sira, at a distance of 120 km from Bangalore on the main NH4 at Tumkur District in Karnataka.

Lalbagh is currently under the supervision of the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. Lalbagh was given the status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856, and since then, it has been an internationally famous centre for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and also conservation of plants. Today, the Lalbagh garden is a lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the Bangalore city.

The Garden

Lalbagh, for its unique achievement in nurturing the concept of horticulture and aiding the development of horticulture, has earned a pride of place among the gardens of the world and it has come to be regarded as one of the best gardens in the East for its layout, maintenance, scientific treasure and scenic beauty.

The Lalbagh has well-laid out roads, paths, open spaces, shade and a good collection of many types of plant species. Lalbagh is well protected with stone walls as enclosures and it has four approach gates. The main gate of lalbagh is at the North facing towards Subbaiah circle (Lalbagh Road), the West gate is towards Basavanagudi, the South gate is towards Jayanagar (Siddapura) and the East gate is towards the Kengal Hanumanthaiah Road (Double Road).

Plant wealth

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden is enriched with many native and exotic flora of wide ranging diversity. Today, more than 600 genera and 1800 species of plants are found in Lalbagh. The collection of the plants has made it a veritable treasure house of plants.

Attractions in Lalbagh
1. Floral clock
2. Maharaja statue
3. Aquarium
4. Rose Garden
5. Lake
6. Watch Tower
7. Silk cotton tree
8. Tree fossil
9. Lotus pond
10. Glass House
11. Dove cot
12. Horticulture information center
13. Bonsai Garden
14. Kempe Gowda tower
15. Topiary garden
16. Japanese Garden
17. Directorate

The Glass House is one of the main artistic structures in Lalbagh. It was constructed in 1889 during the administration of Sri John Cameron to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. Designed on the lines of the Crystal Palace of England, it was intended for acclimatizing the exotic plant specimens. Today the Glass House is the main attractions of the Lalbagh.

Lalbagh lake is other important attractions of Lalbagh Botanical Gardens.

How to get there

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is located in the heart of the city, about 4 km from the Vidhana Soudha or M.G Road. Most parts of the garden are surrounded by different blocks of the beautiful residential layout - Jayanagar.

The BMTC buses plying towards Jayanagar and areas beyond Jayanagar stop at one or other approach gates of Lalbagh. The garden is accessible through four gates. Vehicles are allowed only through the East gate. There is ample parking space on entering through this gate.

Opening times

Lalbagh Botanical Gardens remains open daily from 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM.


Biannual flower shows are organized in Lalbagh every year in January on the occasion of the Republic Day and August on the occasion of the Independence Day celebrations.

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