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A pictorial introduction to Lal Bagh, the crown of Bengaluru's green spaces

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The construction of Lalbagh (pronounced 'Laal Baagh') garden in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) has been attributed to the father-son Mysore rulers Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan during the 18th century when they ruled this part of India. The British Raj literature says that Haidar Ali's inspiration for Lal Bagh came from the Mughal-era Khan Bagh garden at Sira, Tumakuru (formerly Tumkur) District. Sira is a historically important town having been ruled by the Nayakas, Adil Shahis and the Mughals before changing hands between the Marathas and Haidar-Tipu. Beyond the death of Tipu Sultan on the battlefield on 4th May 1799 the British took over this garden and maintained it as a green space. They in fact contributed in their own way to its beautification and upkeep, till they quit India on 15 August 1947. Post-1947, these gardens have held on to their former glory with the Government of Karnataka's Department of Horticulture taking care of it.

Here are some images from a wal…