My favorite spot in Bangalore – 2

Whether I am feeling bored or stressed or sad or just want to energise my system, I just take a drive to the nursery and the lake inside the Lalbagh Botanical Garden and when I come back I can’t remember ever having been unhappy.

The nursery is always well stocked with blooming plants of various hues – roses, hollyhocks, dahlias, chrysanthemums and marigolds. Apart from the cool air redolent with the smell of the plants and flowers, they play soothing music all through the day. And some of the tress in the nursery are really old and on a bright sunny day you look up and watch the leaves quiver in the breeze like tiny sheets of gold Iit has to be seen to be appreciated. well there are parts of the nursery where you will smell cowdung and other manure but if you are a earthy person like me you’d love that too! And the nursery caters to all your horticultural requirements – the pesticides, fertilisers, pots, moss sticks and what not apart from the plants and what’s best, everything is priced so reasonably.

After the delightful experience of the sights, smells and sounds in the nursery, head toward the lake which is to the left of the Glass house. or just ask anyone where the lake is. There are benches on the path bordering the lake where you could sit and watch the placid water or some birds swooping down on the trees in the island or watch ducklings swim behind the mother duck like a bunch of obedient kids. Tune your ears to the bird calls or just to hear the wind rustle against the leaves. When you decide it is time to leave, take a walk on the bridge just for the fun of it and the head towards any other part of the garden. A word of warning though. If you plan to eat something there, you will attract beggars, sometimes a naughty monkey and the crows.

A sure and simple way to work all the stress out of your system and on your drive back you will surprise yourself by humming your favorite tune.

4 Comments so far

  1. anita (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 11:17 am

    lalbagh can be a great de-stresser i might say. i spent quite a few nice and pleasant mornings here :) so many activities going on so early in the morning – it’s quite amazing! easily one of my favourite places in bangalore!

  2. Shruthi (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    One of my favourite places too — and this is a lovely writeup, Usha! The peace and tranquility of the places, oh, even the smells – have come out so well!

  3. usha (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    Anita, Shruthi: thanks . And thank god, we have this place!!

  4. Shruthi (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 5:15 pm

    Yeah, Thank God. And Thank Hyder Ali too ;)

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