Lalbagh: Pride of Bengaluru

A creation that was the answer to the famed Mughal Gardens. So popular that Queen Elizabeth II of England and the UK visited in 1961 and left a memento

Lalbagh or Red Garden in Bengaluru

Lalbagh (or Red Garden) is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Bengaluru (aka Bangalore), the capital of Karnataka.

Layout of Lalbagh
Layout of Lalbagh
Guided map of Lalbagh
Guided map of Lalbagh at the West Gate
Lalbagh Lake
Lalbagh Lake near West Gate
200-year-old tree in Lalbagh
A 200-year-old tree in Lalbagh
A signboard in Lalbagh
A lot of time and effort goes into maintaining this showpiece of Bengaluru, actually India
Band Box
Band Box

As the name suggests, this place is meant for a band. I don’t know whether a band has ever played here. But, it makes a good background for a photo.

Such is the popularity of Lalbagh that even British monarch Queen Elizabeth II visited the garden during a trip to India in 1961. At that time, Bengaluru was known as Bangalore.

The sapling of this tree was planted by Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth of England and the UK visited Lalbagh in 1961

You might want to take a photograph here.

A Cook Pine, or Christmas tree, in Lalbagh
The Cook Pine or Christmas tree, whose sapling was planted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1961, today. Notice the swagger

If all the walking has made you thirsty and hungry, you can stop for a snack and catch your breath.

Hopcoms outlet
In case you need some grub or something to drink, look for the Hopcoms outlet near the Band Box
Signboard next to the Hopcoms outlet
While you are at the Hopcoms outlet, enjoy a snack but watch out for bees
Chamarajendra Wadiyar
Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, a ruler of the Mysore kingdom, who made a significant contribution to the aesthetics of Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka. He seems to be looking directly into your eyes. In a pleasant way. For this reason alone, this is, possibly, the best statue in India
Watch at Lalbagh
It is easy to lose track of time while taking in the views in Lalbagh. So, HMT Watches has thoughtfully put this huge watch near the North Gate
The showpiece of Lalbagh
The showpiece of Lalbagh: A Glass House built in 1889. It hosts two annual shows in the run-up to Republic Day on January 26 and Independence Day on August 15. Check out the street lights. Very fancy

Lalbagh hosts several shows and exhibitions of flora, fruits and vegetables.

Lotus Pond
Lotus Pond
Eco-friendly option
You have the option of taking a guided tour on a battery-operated vehicle
Entrance to a garden in Lalbagh
This kind of entrance is usually seen near Buddhist stupas
Photo booth
This is the older version of a photo booth. Very elegant, don’t you think!

When to go

Early morning: It’s not hot. You can have breakfast at MTR near the north gate or at Lalbagh Grand, which is near the west gate and also close to the Namma Metro rail station.

How to get to Lalbagh

Best option is the Namma Metro rail. Get off at Lalbagh station. The west gate is about 200 metres away.

Lalbagh West Gate
Lalbagh West Gate

Book an Uber. Mark the destination as either Lalbagh West Gate or Lalbagh North Gate. Alternatively, you can try Lalbagh MTR, which is close to the north gate.

Take an auto.

What if you feel hungry

Head to MTR, which is a landmark by itself. Location: 100 metres walk outside the north gate. Ask the guard at the gate for directions. If you are around for lunch, try their Special Thali.

North Gate of Lalbagh
North Gate of Lalbagh
Looking towards MTR from North Gate of Lalbagh
Hungry? Step outside North Gate of Lalbagh, walk straight for about 100 metres to Mavalli Tiffin Room, better known as MTR, for snacks or lunch
Mavalli Tiffin Room, better known as MTR, near Lalbagh

Author: Dhiraj Shetty

I am a journalist based in Bengaluru. Every day, every moment, each one of us sees a different aspect of our home, the planet Earth, and its people. Sharing them enables others to indulge in our point of view. Star of Nowhere is my blog about my view of some interesting developments in the world. Could be on any development that piques my curiosity. Centre of South is about my experiences in travel and food. I relish local food and conversations with people in places I visit. I share some of my travel stories and about the food I try. Yea... I guess sometimes people do wonder why is this chap clicking pics of his meal! I would be happy to offer tips or guidance in south India. Most visitors to India are drawn by the Taj Mahal, which is one of the wonders of the world, and the forts of Rajasthan. I invite you to look beyond these two places, at south India. I will be writing about the interesting places in this highly developed part of India, where the people are better educated, enjoy a better standard of living as compared to the rest of India, have built a reliable network of roads and transport services, and can count on state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure. South India is safer than any other part of India, and the gateway to south India is Bengaluru (aka Bangalore). Where do you want to go in south India? I would be happy to be of service to fellow travellers

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