Europeans In Horse Carriage Lalbagh Bangalore, 1898
This is a rare and old 1898 photograph of Europeans gathered in horse carriages at Lalbagh in Bangalore (or Bengaluru). An unusual glimpse of what looks like the upper crust of Britishers gathered at Bangalore’s Lalbagh in tandem horse carriages. Including men and ladies all seated in single and tandem-type horse carriages.
Interestingly the horse carriages consist of tandems of six-horses, four-horses, and two-horses. A rare scene in Bangalore or even anywhere in British India. Indian attendants and bystanders are also visible on the sidelines. A handwritten note on the bottom reads “Tandem Meet in the Lal Bagh, Bangalore, March 1898.”
Perhaps all gathered for a long trip somewhere, on these horse carriages. Lalbagh is a colonial-era government botanical garden from 1856. It was first commissioned by Haider Ali the virtual ruler of Mysore in 1760. His son Tipu Sultan completed it at the time of his rule. After the defeat of Tipu Sultan in the Anglo-Mysore war of 1799, all of Tipu’s properties fell into the hands of the British. One of them was the Lalbagh Garden. And the most prominent landmark is the Glass House, completed in 1889, and modeled on London’s Crystal Palace. Click on photo to get better view
Read more Date with history. See also my post- British Family on Horse Cart Life In India – Old Photo 1880.
Did you know- the 240-acre botanical garden situated in the heart of Bengaluru has a bird-watching site, bonsai garden, a nursery for the sale of plants, and so on.
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