Every year in January and August, a flower show is organised in Lalbagh, the majestic central park in Bengaluru, to celebrate Republic Day and Independence Day. In addition to the thematic display of flowers across the garden, this time the Glass House has been decked up with a floral replica of Gol Gumbaz, the largest dome in India, a monument built by Adil Shah, the erstwhile king of Bijapur. Four lakh roses in four colours would be used for this. There are also dozens of stands with artisan crafts, spices, coffee, books, purses, scarves, seeds, plants and ceramics for sale.
Where is it being held?
The flower show is at Lalbagh Botanical Garden in and around the Glass House. The show is accessible from any entrance, but if you want to limit the walking, the main entrance will get you to the show quickest.
When is it being held?
The show kicked off on January 20 and will run until January 29. It is open from 10 am to 6 pm
How much does it cost?
There is an entrance fee of Rs.50 for adults, and Rs.10 for children.
Can I bring my kids?
Absolutely. The show is a sight for anyone of any age, plus the giant animal shaped plants are entertaining for the little ones.
When is the best time to go?
If you can manage to escape work, go during the week. You will probably run into hoards of kids on school field trips, but you won't have to tussle with the weekend crowds. Visit in the mornings, so that you can actually observe flowers. Evenings are full of people, and you will end up counting heads instead of watching flowers!
Where can I park?
The BBMP carpark on JC Road as well as the Shantinagar Bus Stand, two-wheelers can park at Al-Ameen College and Hopcoms by the Double Road Gate. If you decide to park at Shantinagar busstand, you need to walk from there to the centre of Lalbagh, where the flower show is on. An option for a family trip with kids would be to drive till Lalbagh gate, let everybody get down there, and go back to Shantinagar to park the vehicle. Wherever you park, you cannot avoid walking for some half kilometre.
What about food?
There are several snack vendors and plenty of different beverages available for purchase.
Are there toilets?
Yes, there are public toilets available as well as drinking water faucets.
What else is available?
Police are on sight in an established Police Out Post. There are emergency medical services on sight, as well as a portable ICU. There is also a private area set aside for breastfeeding mothers.
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