Lalbagh Mango Mela

Sometimes, in keeping my word, I surprise myself. In a previous post, I’d hoped to visit the mela once over here iin Bangalore. Now, I’ve actually kept my committment. Will wonders never cease, says the voice inside my head! On a related note, the visit is also a memorable one as it marks my first visit to Lalbagh! A Bangalore resident for years (Aeons? Ed!) together and only now am I visiting Lalbagh. Go figure!!!

Anyway, here are some pics from the visit. You can get background info. on this mela from over here. Suffice to say, I learnt new varieties of mango names – Sindoora, Benisha, Mallike, Amarpalle, Kalapodi, Ratna & Kesar. Sreenivaspura in Kolar District is from where these beauties come from! Sira is another place but not as fecund as Sreenivaspura. Apparently, I’m told, the output in the peak season is such that 300 trucks are needed. My math being bad, multiply that by 10 tonnes per truck & you get the figure?


One of the 4 watch towers that was built/intended by Kempegowda in the 1500’s as a boundary of Bangalore.

The exquisite Glass House, built in 1889, to commemorate the visit of Prince Albert of Wales to Bangalore. Designed on the lines of the Crystal Palace of London, the Glass House was built to provide a sequestered locale for flower shows. During S.M Krishna’s tenure, it was declared as a Heritage monument.




Some mouth-watering (& capable of setting on fire) varities of mango pickles!



A wide-eyed baby with cheeks as luscious as the mangoes themselves!


4 Comments so far

  1. PSU (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 6:18 am

    Sigh! SIGH!! SIGH!!!!!!!!!!!!
    with mouth watering I am reading your article and looking at the rather sad mangoes we will be eating. Thanks for posting such yummy pictures.

  2. usha (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    yes. Yum yum. How many Kgs did you buy ? and how many did you consume? Lovely pictures – particularly the pickles.mmmthbmmm

  3. Mehak (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    YUM-HO !!

  4. Ravi (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    @PSU: Welcome re:pics. Sorry about them sad mangoes that you will be eating!

    @Usha: I bought very little mangoes but I truly enjoyed the ‘puliyogare’ mix that we bought from the pickle-sellers. Trust me, it was superdelicious!

    @Mehak: Agree-ho! ;)

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