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Hyder Ali's Garden
A brilliant book that takes the reader through the history of one of the best gardens in India.

Lalbagh A Contribution of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan
By Riazuddin Ahmed
Printed By: Nadwi Enterprises,

Visitors to Bangalore do not go back without going around the Lalbagh-a famous landmark and a place used by many to relax and take in the fresh morning air during jogging.

Lalbagh seems to have been taken for granted as not many living in this city itself have any knowledge about its history and those who contributed for its survival.

Riazuddin Ahmed, a young multi-talented man and an inborn poet has authored a brilliant book on Lalbagh with special focus on the contribution of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan to this garden. Founder of the Comti Movement in 2002, to collect, research and document and preserve the history of Muslims of the past, Riazuddin has been deeply concerned about the community and his Comti Movement has over a thousand members today.

The book -Lalbagh, begins with a brief introduction to Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore who proved a formidable rival of the British towards the close of the 18th century. Lalbagh was founded and established by Hyder Ali on the model of the Mughal Garden at Sira in 1760. Hyder Ali imported plants from Delhi, Multan, Lahore and Arcot to beautify the garden. This was followed by his son Tippu Sultan, who procured exotic plants and seeds from Kabul, Persia, Turkey and even Africa.

Riazuddin has taken pains to go deep into the background right from the setting up of the Agri-Horticultural society in 1836 to the time when Lalbagh became a botanical garden in 1856. Due credit should be given to the author for bringing out facts and figures related to Lalbagh which would otherwise have remained unknown to anyone.

“Lalbagh” needs to be picked up by everyone who cares for nature, the history of the garden and more than anything to learn how Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan contributed selflessly to make this garden one of the best in India.

For more details, get in touch with Riazuddin Ahmed, Comti,
No 21, 10th Cross, Tank
Garden Jayanagar, first
block, Bangalore-560011.
Ph: 26651849 or 9886115647,