Last Updated on 14 August 2023 by Poorna & Brinda
A morning walk in Lalbagh in Bangalore is refreshing. The lovely botanical garden continues to throw surprises every time we go for morning walk/run.
The morning moods of the garden keeps changing every time we go there! We keep changing our route and don’t stick to one!
Go for morning walk after first summer rains for a pleasant and aromatic experience!
Here are few snapshots which capture the moods of Lalbagh! We will showcase these myriad morning moods as we start our morning walk in Lalbagh from the West Gate.
As we enter the west gate, we see this guard room, a heritage stone structure. This is the scene you will see during flower shows which are held in January and August to commemorate the Republic day and the Independence day respectively. If you want to know more about next Independence Day 2023 flower show in August, please click here.
We normally take the trail which is in the middle of the garden and not the one along the compound wall. The early morning rays from the sun creates a shadow play between the trees!
As we walk down towards the lake, we get to see the spectacle of Sunrise over the lake. The colours of the sky before sunrise is a stunner! And when sun rises in eastern horizon, it is mesmerising sight! The reflection in tranquil waters add to the beautiful morning!
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On the path from West Gate through the Sanchi Arch, we come across two lovely tress of Nagalinga Pushpa or Iron Ball tress. We capture this lovely shot. Thankfully, the garden staff have fenced this tree now lest people would go and pluck these lovely flowers!
Whenever we walk along the lake from west gate towards the south with sunken water garden on to your right, we encounter these lovely winged friends!
When we walk from West gate along the walking trail along the compound wall just before you reach the lake bund, you will see riot of violets after rains!
Is it a snowfall?? No. This is silk cotton on the floor! Lalbagh has two huge silk cotton trees between west gate and lake bund. These are now protected.
As we walk on the trail towards South gate, we click this lovely shot of the lake! In spring, the yellow flowers add to the beauty!
We continue our walk towards the lotus pond and the waterfalls. The water falls with lotuses in the foreground looks lovely. Unfortunately when we clicked this we did not find any lotus!
We continue our walk towards the South gate, and are greeted by these lovely Jacarandas in March!
We walk along the perimeter wall behind the hill and cross the HOPCOMs cold storage to come in front of the hill. A beautiful view of the hill with colourful bed of Impatiens!
We now enter the mango avenue. We have named it thus because of mango trees on either side.
On to our left is the beautiful lawn of the garden. In one of the corner there is a group of flame of forest tress which flower in February turning that place into a flame of orange!
A beautiful bench at the far end of the lawn close to Japanese garden
The heritage building of Directorate of Horticulture!
We turn after the heritage building towards Glass house and see another lovely bench under blooming tree!
On this stretch there are two surprises. A lovely climber with one of the biggest flowers and two trees of Bottle brush opposite glass house! In march, you will also find a sheath of yellow!
Crossing the fountain in front of glass house, we look right. There is a lovely Papyrus tree. Somehow parrots seem to have affinity to this tree! We have seen many parrots on this tree on number of occasions!
After we cross Lalbagh main gate, we turn left and walk on the road rather than the walking path along the compound wall. We find this spread of yellow lilies after first rains in summer! They will remain in bloom only for a week!
A slight left turn on this stretch towards band stand brings us face to face with this gorgeous sight! The fossil garden!
This doesn’t happen often! It was in Nov 21. Bangalore had received heavy rains over the week and we went for our morning walk in the last week of Nov as usual. The area around fossil garden had turned into a mini lake and we found this lovely egret as well!
The grand old tree of Lalbagh!! 150 year old heritage tree! It looks very pretty when in bloom!
Walking towards west gate, we see this fascinating shadow play! There is a group of banyan trees whose aerial roots give surreal effect!
We named this fellow “Monk of Lalbagh”! We would see this owl always in this tree in meditation! Unfortunately the tree fell during rains and we don’t know where the fellow is!
As we return back to where we started – the West gate – we notice this floral shower!
Lalbagh is lovely in the mornings. Weekends may get more people but still it is a pleasure to go for a stroll or run.
Plan it on any day and let us know your experience!
1 Lalbagh is well connected on Metro. Get down at Lalbagh West gate on Green line.
2 The garden opens at 5 AM in the morning for walkers. If you want to see sun rise be there as per sun rise timings on the lake bund.
3 Lalbagh is a lovely place for your morning run or Yoga. The lawn area mentioned above is a great place to do Yoga.
4 After your walk, you may continue to explore one of the earliest neighborhoods of Bangalore – Basavanagudi – with this detailed Self Guided Walking Tour. Please click here for details http://traveltwosome.com/basavanagudi-walking-tour/
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