This year, you don’t have to get caught in the rush at the entry gates when you head to Lalbagh for the 201st Republic Day Flower Show from January 17 to 26.
For the first time, you can book entry tickets online (www.lalbaghflowershow.in). “Those who buy the tickets online will receive an SMS alert and the receipt via email,” an official said.
The entry tickets cost Rs. 40 (adults), Rs. 10 (children), Rs. 50 (adults) on holidays. Entry is free for schoolchildren on January 24 and 26.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the flower show on January 17.
This year’s Glass House attraction is a replica of the Red Fort (50ft length and 28ft height) made from three lakh Dutch roses. In honour of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi, the Statue of Liberty will be recreated using a variety of flowers.
The total expenditure for this year’s show, which would use over 200 varieties of flowers and 20,000 pots for decoration, was Rs. 1.3 crore, said S.P. Shadakshariswamy, Director of Horticulture.
The Department of Horticulture and the Mysore Horticultural Society expect a footfall of over five lakh and a profit of Rs. 48 lakh.
Vehicles will not be allowed inside Lalbagh. Parking arrangements will be made at Shantinagar Bus Station and BBMP’s multi-storeyed parking area. Security arrangements at Lalbagh include a drone camera, metal detectors, hidden cameras and 40 CCTV cameras.