Bengaluru Lalbagh's Enchanting Independence Day Flower Fiesta from 4th -15th August 2023


As the sun rises over Bengaluru, a breathtaking spectacle awaits at the heart of the city. Lalbagh Botanical Garden, a lush haven of biodiversity, is all set to unveil its annual Independence Day flower show, an event that is more than just a visual feast – it's a celebration of nature's artistry intertwined with the heritage of Karnataka.

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Photo of Bengaluru Lalbagh's Enchanting Independence Day Flower Fiesta from 4th -15th August 2023 by Tanisha Mundra

Inaugurated by the Chief Minister on August 4, this year, the garden's sprawling landscape will be adorned with the vibrant hues of over 29 lakh flowers, a tapestry that promises to captivate the senses and transport visitors into a realm of floral enchantment with over 1000 varieties of flowers including roses, lilies, orchids, sunflowers, carnations, and chrysanthemums. What makes this year's display even more captivating is its theme – the iconic Vidhana Soudha, the seat of Karnataka's legislative prowess, and the visionary Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the architect behind this emblem of democratic values.

A Blossoming Homage

Amidst the meticulously landscaped gardens, the pièce de résistance stands tall – a breathtaking 18-foot replica of the Vidhana Soudha. A staggering 7.2 lakh flowers of diverse species converge to recreate the majestic building, an ode to the state's governance and its unyielding spirit.

Greeting visitors alongside the floral Vidhana Soudha is a towering statue of Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the revered second Chief Minister of Karnataka. Crafted with precision, the 14-foot-high statue stands as a testament to the visionary who laid the foundation for the state's progress.

On the right side of the Lalbagh glass house, a floral model of Shivapura Soudha will be built with 3.48 lakh chrysanthemum flowers.

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Photo of Bengaluru Lalbagh's Enchanting Independence Day Flower Fiesta from 4th -15th August 2023 by Tanisha Mundra

A Symphony of Educational Exploration

Tourists seeking more than just a scenic experience find themselves engrossed in the educational exhibits that delve into the world of botany and horticulture covering topics such as the history of flowers, the different types of flowers, and the benefits of flowers for human health.

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Photo of Bengaluru Lalbagh's Enchanting Independence Day Flower Fiesta from 4th -15th August 2023 by Tanisha Mundra

A Gesture Towards Conservation

Demonstrating a profound commitment to conserving the unique tree species native to the Western Ghats, the Horticulture Department marked a significant stride by planting 450 saplings of 132 meticulously chosen endemic species across a sprawling six-acre expanse within Lalbagh. From the vast pool of 5900 tree species within the Western Ghats, 652 are recognized as endemic; an intricate selection process zeroed in on those species that were rare, endangered, or under threat. This green initiative serves not only as a living testament to the region's diverse flora but also as a dynamic educational arena, inviting students, enthusiasts, and silviculturists to delve into the realm of these precious trees.

A Kaleidoscope of Activities and Competition

The Lalbagh flower show isn't just about passive admiration. Competitions featuring the delicate Japanese art of Ikebana,

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Dutch Ikebana, the intricate craft of vegetable and fruit carving, the colourful Pushpa Bharati, and the timeless elegance of Bonsai promise to engage and inspire attendees of all ages.

Entry fee and timing

The accessibility of the flower show further enhances the tourist experience. Visitors can see the show between 7 am and 7 pm.

An entry fee of ₹70 and ₹30 will be charged for adults and children, respectively. On holidays, adults will be charged ₹80.

Schoolchildren in uniforms have the privilege of free entry.

Cost and Security

With an estimated budget of Rs 2.5 crore, anticipation runs high as officials eagerly await the influx of over 10 lakh visitors, eager to witness nature's artistry and the cultural tapestry woven within the blooms.

In a commitment to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience, the security arrangements are nothing short of comprehensive, with a network of 136 CCTV cameras ensuring vigilant oversight throughout the garden.

As you explore the garden's meticulously designed pathways, let the petals unfurl stories of a rich heritage and a shared connection to the land. The Independence Day flower show at Lalbagh is more than an event; it's an immersive journey that celebrates the delicate beauty of nature and the enduring spirit of Karnataka.

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