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The city's green lung, Cubbon Park is a botanical wonder, replete with thousands of plants and trees of various species. The park is officially called Sri Chamarajendra Park. However, the name Cubbon Park is the often seen name on most of the signboards here. Within the premises lie the KSLTA, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Government Museum, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and other prominent buildings. The park is home to several statues, including those of Queen Victoria and Sheshadri Iyer. The park serves as a recreational area for joggers as well as those who simply want to enjoy a peaceful stroll in the evening.
Mahatma Gandhi Park, popularly known as the M. G. Park is a pretty oasis in the midst of the city's humdrum. Be greeted by none other than the lifelike statue of the 'Father of our nation,' known worldwide as Mahatma Gandhi.This park is well maintained, flawlessly pruned and clean to the hilt. The seats overlook the green lawns, and this sight allows for a tranquil atmosphere while sinking in the quiet environs. This is a nice option to take a breather after exploring the length and breadth of the busy M. G. Road in Bengaluru city.
Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain is a fun place to spend your evenings in the beautiful city of Bengaluru. The stone bordered wall at the entrance and the well-maintained gardens make it aesthetically appealing while the main attractions of this garden are the 'train engine' and the 'music and light show.' These musical fountains dance to the tunes of the latest songs, which are enhanced with light effects. The shows are conducted from 7p to 7:30p and also from 8p to 8:30p. Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain is located near the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. Visitors should plan ahead, as the park remains closed on Mondays and on second Tuesdays.
Known as the 'Garden City' for the pretty gardens found here, Bengaluru is also home to the Lalbagh Gardens. These beautiful and sought-after gardens are a must-visit with their impressive manicured bushes, trees, colorful flowers, and tranquil paths. The 19th-century greenhouse and the Kempegowda Tower attract curious visitors each year. The grand Mughal Gardens inspired the layout and design of the Lalbagh Gardens, and Tipu Sultan contributed to the gardens' completion. Maintained by the Directorate of Horticulture, these gardens have many rare plant species. They also serve as an arresting backdrop to various events held here, like flower shows or educational sessions on environment and botany. Time spent here is time well spent, especially when accompanied by friends and family.
Located in the urban precinct of Basavangudi, Bugle Rock Park is named after the colossal Bugle Rock that stands within the park. The rock, estimated to be at least 3000 million years old is a geological wonder and attraction in itself. History has it that a 16th Century ruler drawing strategic advantage from the elevated position of the rock built a watchtower on which a guard would periodically blow a bugle to signal normalcy and hence the name. Geological importance notwithstanding, the park is a breath of fresh air with densely populated trees and a wide variety of fauna residing here. There are three temples as well as the auditorium within the lush confines of this large park. It's no wonder that this is one of the most visited parks in the city.
Lumbini Gardens in Hebbal is a place to be visited for reasons more than one. There is the adjacent beautiful Nagawara Lake where one can go boating or just sit out on the shores to admire its enchanting beauty. Dotted with food stalls and counters like 'Cafe Coffee Day' and 'China Town', delicious titbit's can be relished by lounging on the chairs bordering the lake-side. With coffee and boating being mentioned, one cannot miss the 'Floating Coffee Boating' available here which is a mini attraction in itself! There are many interesting game kiosks and amusing rides for the children including a freaky rotating carousel. Aqua-lovers can splash around in the 'Wave Pool' and its slides. The area near the pool is most sought after, for hosting corporate and social events. These gatherings are well organized by their staff who also provide picnicking and banqueting facilities. All in all, Lumbini Gardens makes for a delightful day out with the family.
The Freedom Park at Gandhinagar is the former Bangalore Central Jail which has now been converted into a park and recreation area, after extensive renovation and landscaping. Mornings usually see a flurry of activity in terms of health conscious walkers running about on their walks and jogs. The old prison cells have dummy inmates behind the bars, who can sometimes look too real for comfort. There is also a separate play area for children, a small cafe, an auditorium, an amphitheater and an art book center. Freedom Park is the place to relax and unwind amidst heaps of fresh air. Now, one can only marvel as to how a former dreary jail confine was so effectively converted into a beautiful park like this.