Before I go into this post, I would like to show you all the photo of Vidhan Sowdha that I took while I was near the Cubbon park. 8)
I don’t know why they made such a beautiful palace into a Vidhan Sowdha? They could have made it into a Tourist destination and allowed public to see inside – like the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad. Hmmm…
The Cubbon Park (Official Name: Chamarajendra Park) is a huge park present in the center of Bangalore covering almost 300 acres. Every metro city would dream of such a huge lung-center and greenery stretch, but only Bangalore has got it!
It seems people come here for a morning walk. But I wonder if anyone has completed a single walk around the park? It’s so vast!
It seems this park has been named in the memory of Mr. Mark Cubbon, as he was the longest serving commissioner of the Mysore State. The park itself was created by his successor Mr. Bowring. Both were English officials. I even spotted one Queen Elizabeth statue inside.
There are roads within the park (right now being used for movement of general traffic, due to metro work) and there are walking paths just all over this park. There are many thick dense trees (including bamboo) and a few flowers. But I found even more (quantity and variety of) flowers in Lalbagh.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of this park is the Jawahar Bal Bhawan and the children’s park attached to it. There is a toy-train that takes children on a 1.2 Km ride. It seems the entrance to this park is free of cost for kids, and ten rupees for accompanying adults. I am not sure if they allow adults not accompanying children? When I went, this section of the park was closed anyway. So there were no embarrassments 🙂
The real problem is, how long can one walk? This park stretches from Vidhan Sowdha to Museum to High Court to MG Road. I went inside from Kasturiba Road (from behind the museum). Excellent place for people who want to do some exercise (walk) or get basked in greenery or both.
Have a look at this video (24 sec) that I took in Cubbon park to see a group of pigeons eat grains and fly away as a group, after they eat.