Bangalore’s pride and joy, our very own Lalbagh is about three centuries old and rocking. Generations of Bangaloreans have grown up hanging out or picnicking at Lal Bagh’s stunning gardens and grounds. From admiring the wonderful flora to checking out the annual flower show and shopping for the season’s first mangoes to just going for a run, Lalbagh is one place you can’t get bored of. Spread over 240 acres, Lalbagh has over 1,000 species of flora, of all colours and sizes. There are even a few species of birds that you can see here, including the colourful Purple Moor Hen, loads of Parakeets and more.
Lalbagh is forever blooming through serial flowering, where the different flowers and trees bloom during different seasons. The concept was carefully planned and implemented by Hermann Krumbiegel, a German horticulturist who strategically planted trees all over the city and not only Lalbagh so that there is always one tree that is in bloom throughout the year, and thus, Bangalore blooms all year round. Get into a boat and float onto the Lal Bagh Lake, enjoying the beauty around you. Lal Bagh is a popular place for a run, or for a good morning yoga session.
Lalbagh has a dedicated track just for running, stretching over a 5km loop. You can use their rocky surfaces for an uphill climb and enjoy the view as you run. The botanical garden is open from 8 AM to 6 PM on all days and an entry fee of INR 10 is applicable. The Glass House hosts the bi-annual flower show here, and you can see some of the most beautiful floral designs and displays. The show is held every Independence Day and Republic Day.