21st January 2015, we dedicated this day to please our eyes and appreciate the awe-inspiring effort put in by the authorities of Lal Bagh with regard to this year’s Republic Day flower show. We chose a time slot where in we did not want a crowd at the place. Even though at 1p.m the weather is in the febrile mode, our walk in the garden was peaceful without the jostling of many visitors. To get through the heat of the afternoon, there was always an ice-cream stall, a juice center or a fruit salad shop in every corner of the place. So this is how my afternoon was spent by visiting the flower show at Lal Bagh.
On entering Lal Bagh through the main gate you can see an arch that reads “devalayavee hoovina totam” (meaning: this garden is a temple of flowers). This welcome is followed by snow white’s cottage and a giant floral clock.
In the necklace of Bangalore’s gardens, Lal Bagh is the pendant and in the center of this pendent is a glass house in the form of a diamond. The main attractions at the glass house as part of the Republic Day show is the Red Fort and India Gate. To commemorate American President Barack Obama’s visit to India, Statue of Liberty is also displayed. Other special exhibits include various musical instruments made out of flowers.
As we neared dusk, clicking pictures of the flowers alone was getting difficult because everybody gathered around main places with their cameras. I felt it was more of a photo shoot that involved photographing the photographers. We could see a few cart-like vehicles that strolled around Lal Bagh with people in it and guides showing around. I wished I could get into one too!
The policemen and security in charge were kind enough to assist us anywhere anytime. The surroundings were litter-free and well maintained.
All in all Lal Bagh is a beautiful place where you can have a clear mind and walk around in peace. Best time with family and friends can be spent here. For photography enthusiasts who are interested in nature and flowers, this place is divine.
Timings : Open every day 6:00a.m to 7:00p.m throughout the year.
Entry fees: Rs.50 for adults on holidays.
Rs.40 for adults on all other days
Rs.10 for children on all days