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Lalbagh Botanical Gardens


Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is a well-known garden situated in the southern part of Bangalore, India. Initially a private garden started by Hyder Ali, an old Mysore ruler, in 1760 the gardens have a royal origin. It was later completed by his son Tipu Sultan. This garden was first designed in Mughal style, based on the model of an extensive garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore. After Tipu Sultan it was further taken over by the British and Indian horticulturalists who made noteworthy contributions to the developments in Lalbagh. They extended the area of this garden and added a number of plant species.

Lalbagh is now under the auspices of the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. Lalbagh has been a Government Botanical Garden since 1856 and has been internationally renowned as a centre for scientific study of plants their conservation and botanical artwork.

The Glass House in Lalbagh was built in 1889 during the administration of Sri John Cameron to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. This glass house is designed keeping in mind the Crystal Palace of England. The garden hosts an extensive flower show in its glass house biannually and is known to have the largest collection of tropical plants in India.

Lalbagh is enriched with various indigenous and exotic flora. Over the years various sources all over the world have experimented and have been successful in adding something new to the Lalbagh flora platter since its inception. Some of the exotic species introduced from various experimentalists from different parts of the world include Agathis sp., Amherstia nobilis, Araucaria sp. andCola acuminate amongst others.

Lalbagh also features a beautiful aquarium and a lake. Other artistic structures or places of interest within Lalbagh are the Bandstand, Lecture Hall, Lalbagh House, Pigeon House, the Museum and Cottage that now houses some of the department offices, Deer Paddock, Aquarium building, Aviary and Kempegowda Tower.

The garden is beautifully designed, with spacious lawns, lotus pools, flowerbeds, and fountains adding to its splendor. The lush green 240-acres garden, beautiful symphony of colourful nature and peaceful environment makes Lalbagh a must visit in Bengaluru!

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Lalbagh is during its flower shows. These bi-annual flower shows are organized each year by Directorate of Horticulture during the month of January and August on the occasion of the Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations respectively. If you want to escape the crowd then plan to visit the garden during any other month of the year. The climate of Bengaluru remains pleasant throughout the year.


Lalbagh is also known as the ‘Red Garden’ in English. Amazingly the botanical garden today features 673 genera and 1,854 species of plants.


Lalbagh remains open daily from 9:00 am to 7.00 pm.

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