Lalbagh, Bangalore

Location: Bangalore, near Jayanagar
Date: 31-12-2005

The last day of previous year was a Saturday, as I had no commitments for the whole day decided to explore some place inside Bangalore, what better place than Lalbagh. Its almost 2 and half years since I started staying in Bangalore and I have not visited this garden, had visited Cubbonpark some time ago and that trip was not very inspiring.

Reached this place at 10:30 AM sharp from the Lalbagh west gate. Not many people were around but all the benches with a view were taken, not that it mattered, had not been there to sit around.

Walking beneath the evergreen canopies if one raises their head skywards, they are greeted with such fine sights.

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How similar it looks to a nervous network!

Had lots of determination to cover every inch of this place by afternoon, the more I walked, the more there was to see. Went to the small hill (more like huge rock) in Lalbagh with a small Gopura at the top (definitely not a temple Gopura), there were some street vendors selling Pineapple, Cucumber other stuff, had pineapple with chili powder and salt. Rejuvenated, my expedition continued.

Entered a flower exhibition called “Mini show on strange Flowers”

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The stigma part of the flower has come into crisp focus and the petals are out of focus, have taken the photo in Macro mode. I was the only one in the exhibition who was not interested in buying any flower plant.

Absolutely clueless about which flower this is, despite being a biology student for 2 years, had extra hatred towards Botany.

Flower bud
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It was 2 PM, some signs of exhaustion. Had traveled to the other side of Lalbagh from where my bike was parked, started the slow trek back.

Mammoth tree
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300-year-old silk cotton tree (cibapentandra)

This was my first visit to this place, though I have missed many place inside this garden, I now have an idea of where each place is located inside the garden.

Just listing out the places of interest inside Lalbagh:

Bandstand, Lecture Hall, Lalbagh House, Pigeon House, Statue of Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar, the Directorate Building, Lalbagh West Gate Guard Room, the Museum and Cottage which now house some of the department offices, main gate of Lalbagh (Camerongate), Deer Paddock, Aquarium building, Aviary and Kempegowda Tower .

Comments

  1. hey is that mammoth tree from Lalbag? looks like a lovely tree! btw, thanks for adding me to your blogroll 🙂

  2. Hey Anoop!Long time since I visited Chitra Vihaar.Oh boy!Stunning snaps here.Thanks so much for the visual treat.“The purpose of life is to transcend all other purposes” – interesting quote 🙂Cheers,Chutki

  3. Sameer: yup, that Mammoth tree is from Lalbagh. hey buddy, no thanks reqd, your sketches earned it… 🙂chutki: u r welcome…what makes the quote more interesting is; the person who uses the quote, actually lives it…!

  4. I feel first photo would have looked better in color. Color would increase complexity.

  5. P Kalyan: no, in this case it will not. I have a colour photo of the same thing. why it does not increase complexity is because: now you can see a clear distinction between the branches(which appears like a network) and the sky which appears uniformly white, in case of a colour photo, the colour of the branch, sky and the leaves will spoil the silhouette effect that is so clearly depicted here..

  6. Anoop, great pictures! Loved them!!Nirwa

  7. Hi, good photos. I am really preparing for a visit to Lalbagh

  8. Anoop, I have taken the photo of silk-cotton tree from this Lalbagh post of yours, and posted it on metblogs – http://bangalore.metblogs.com/archives/2006/08/which_is_your_favourite_tree.phtmlI have acknowledged you – if there is a better way that I can acknowledge that it is your photo, please let me know.. I did the best I could!Thank you 🙂

  9. Nirwa: thanks nirwa. I want to go back home. :p
    Mantra35: im gald that this blog inspired you to visit this place.
    Shruthi: you can use my photographs anywhere in any way you like, as long as you don’t distort the photo :p. thanks for informing me shruthi.

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