India’s vast terrains and cultures are home to some of the most expansive flora and fauna which reach full bloom in springtime. Its botanical gardens house rare species of flowers, plants, trees and herbs. If you're a nature enthusiast looking to witness the last of the spring blooms, then visiting botanical gardens across India is a great way to do it. Experience the last of Spring blooms in these botanical gardens across India:
1. Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore
Bangalore’s Lalbagh is situated in the city centre and spans 240 acres. Its sprawling expanse boasts a lake which is accompanied by lush walking trails and a small waterfall. Lalbagh’s famous glasshouse which is inspired by the Crystal Palace structure in Hyde Park, London, is a primary attraction along with its tropical and subtropical flora, and its iconic floral clock.
2. Empress Botanical Garden, Pune
A gift by the British, this botanical garden in Pune was named after Queen Victoria of England. Popular amongst the British officials and army, it was more commonly known as the ‘Soldier’s Garden’, and it houses 125 rare flowers. Its vast 39 acres also has a tiny zoo, and grows fresh mangoes and tamarinds.
3. Government Botanical Gardens, Ooty
The botanical gardens in Ooty are overseen by the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu and is sprawled across 55 acres of land. This garden is divided into five areas to provide an immersive experience; it houses a Lower Garden which features an impressive variety of ferns, a Rose Garden that is adorned with floral carpets and ponds, an Italian Garden that was established in the First World War, a Conservatory and a Nursery. Ooty harbours a wide range of exotic flora across all its gardens.
4. Palode Tropical Botanical Garden, Thiruvananthapuram
This botanical garden is tucked away inside the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute and is an ideal getaway spot. Established across 300 acres, it's the largest conservatory garden in all of Asia, with 50,000 plants that include medicinal herbs, rare shrubs, 74 species of ginger, and multiple species of the Bamboo. The Palode Garden’s lush landscape is complemented by the ambient sounds of the Chittar river that flows in close proximity.
5. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar
Although not a botanical garden, Srinagar’s tulip garden is the biggest in Asia. The vibrant tulips are sprawled across 75 acres of land that is nestled on the foothills of Srinagar’s Zabarwan Range and is surrounded by the magnificent Dal Lake. Its large expanse brims with delicate hyacinths, daffodils and other flora. The Tulip Garden hosts its annual Tulip festival to exhibit them at full bloom in the month of April.