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


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Lalbagh has historically been known for its wealth of vegetation. Some of the trees are over 200 years old like this tall mango tree, which bears fruits till date. 
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The main gate of  Lal Bagh, an 18th century garden in Bengaluru.
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 walk through this park with Historian Mansoor Ali, on 6 June 2015.
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A board explaining the mango tree planted during the rule of Mysore king Tipu Sultan. 
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The garden has many old trees amidst it. 
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Among the historical structures in the garden is this watch tower rebuilt at the same place as the one erected by Kempe Gowda in 17th century. 
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Among the natural history objects highlighted in Lalbagh are a gneiss (above) and the tree fossil (below).
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Lalbagh is a treasure trove for colonial architecture lovers.
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The glass house built by the British in the 19th century.
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Inside the glass house
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The 150-year old Horticulture library
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A board explaining the Lalbagh lake, located in the south of the garden.
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Another view of the Lalbagh lake
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The British in India had an affinity towards the lion and it has been seen in many of their constructions.
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A mango mela or sale inside Lalbagh.

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A more modern construction. Entrance to the Bonsai park. 
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One of the many peaceful pathways. 
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A view of the ever expanding city from the Kempe Gowda tower. 
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Lalbagh is one of the few places in Bangaluru city for families to spend a few moments with pristine nature. 
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