Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is considered to be one of the most diverse botanical garden in South Asia. Glass House, Bandstand, Lecture Hall, Lalbagh House, Pigeon House, Statue of Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar, Deer Paddock, Aquarium building, Aviary and Kempegowda Tower are the artistic structures that can be seen in Lalbagh.
LALBAGH BOTANICAL GARDEN, BANGALORE
Lal Bagh or Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is a well known botanical garden in Bangalore, Karnataka which was commissioned by the ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore was started initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, on the model of an extensive garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan and subsequently by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by extension of area and addition of a number of plant species.
of them, Major Waugh, Dr. Wallich, William Munroe, Sir Mark Cubbon, Dr. Cleghorn, William New, A. Black, John Cameron, Krumbeigal, Rao Bahadur H.C. Javaraya, K. Nanjappa and Dr. M.H. Marigowda, as the Superintendents of the garden, have made noteworthy contributions to the development of Lalbagh.
Floral Clock, Tree Fossil, Glass House, Directorate Building, Guard Room, Lalbagh Lake, Band Stand, Pigeon House, Bonsai Garden, Topiary Garden, Bombax Tree, Kempegowda Tower, Horticulture Information Centre, 1.5 MLD Green Water Recycling Plant, Pigeon Colony, Lecture Hall, Lalbagh Pond and Jaivik Krishik Society are the major attractions inside Lalbagh Botanical Garden.
Lalbagh is currently under the aegis of the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. The Directorate is housed amidst the splendid environs of the botanical garden. Lalbagh was given the status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856, and since then, it has been an internationally renowned centre for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and also conservation of plants. Formal and informal styles dominate the garden in perfect harmony, which is a testimony to the beauty of nature. Today, the garden is a lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city.
The botanical garden is enriched with numerous native and exotic flora of wide ranging diversity, use and interest. This has been achieved by way of introduction; acclimatization and multiplication of plants obtained from various parts of the world since its inception in 1760. Today, nearly 673 genera and 1,854 species of plants are found in Lalbagh. The collection of the plants has made it a veritable treasure house of plants.
Lalbagh remains open daily from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. throughout the year.