Lalbagh is a sprawling green area (240 acres) in Bangalore. It has something for everyone. Adults, nature lovers, picnic go’ers, avid gardeners, walkers, bird lovers, children etc.
Our kids love:
- The huge rock (about 3000 years old) next to the parking lot. They love to climb it, pretending to be big climbers and also climb the couple of plumeria flowering trees at the top.
- The huge clock made of flowers featuring Snow White and the seven dwarfs.
- Deer park
- Just playing and running wild in the open
- Once we went skating there. And some friends take their kids for cycling.
Here is some stuff all enjoy:
- The lovely lotus pond next to the lake. It is amazingly full of lotus flowers and reminds me of a Monet painting. It blooms a few times in a year. I know for sure the lotus flowers bloom in February and June. Also, have heard in August and early September. We just went in early October and could not find any lotus blooming though.
- Botanical gardens like the cactii garden, rose garden, bonsai garden etc.
- The nursery with its vast variety of colourful flowers and plants
- The glass house especially when the biennial flower show is on. The flower shows are held in the months of August and January every year and we all love to see the beautiful and intricate designs of flowers and the variety of flowers.
- The famous “Lal Bagh” walk conducted by Bangalore Walks. Conducted by the Pai couple, early Sunday mornings. Focused on nature (trees, birds etc.) and Bangalore heritage. Walk is followed by a hot dosa breakfast at the famous MTR nearby.http://www.bangalorewalks.com/indiv.htm. (We still have not done this yet. But have heard great things about it and is on my list to check out)
Other facts about Lalbagh:
It is open from 6 am to 7 pm every day.
It was first laid out by Hyder Ali (Tipu Sultan’s father) in the 18th century. Was expanded by the British and other governments.