Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
Technically, the Lalbagh Gardens are full of imported trees from other parts of the world, so it can't be considered a unique Indian attraction. But it is incredibly beautiful and worth a visit.
The garden is very old. The foundation was laid in the 18th Century by the ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali. The gardens were later completed by his son, Tipu Sultan. He imported trees and plants from different countries of the world, like Persia, Afghanistan and France. The gardens encircle one of the towers erected by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. I found the lotus pools particularly beautiful.
These gardens boast a rich collection of almost 1000 different species of flora. There is also a Glass House inside the gardens, modeled after London's Crystal Palace. It also has the largest collection of rare and exotic plants in India. The first lawn clock of the country was also set up in these gardens.
The others attractions of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens include the Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth. It is believed to be approximately 3000 million years old.
I was lucky because I visited on Independence Day, when they had a huge floral extravaganza happening, which was very beautiful. [more]
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