It’s no secret that the national flower of India is a lotus, and may be rightfully so. But when I travel around the country, it often crosses my mind that it should be bougainvillea. No other flowering plant comes even close when it comes to beautifying the most unsightly of streets and the humblest of dwellings. This unpretentious yet generous plant is always ready to emphasize the loveliness of a beautiful place and disguise the ugliness of a displeasing one. If you’ve been following me for a while, I don’t have to tell you about my passion for flowers: taking pictures of flowering plants and trees is one of my most favorite pastimes. When I see a bougainvillea on my trips, my hands automatically start reaching for the camera, even though I’ve already collected thousands similar snaps in my archives. So I just thought I’d share some of the pictures from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Margao, Junagadh, Ahmedabad, and Jodhpur over here, enjoy!
This photo was taken in the Horniman Circle garden, one of the loveliest gardens in Mumbai and the bold and flamboyant splashes of pink definitely add to the beauty of the wrought-iron gate and the lamppost on background.
This bougainvillea is an apt decoration for the road leading to the majestic Golconda fort in Hyderabad.
In spite of the Prag Mahal being incredibly beautiful, it wouldn’t have been half as charming without these pretty umbrellas of bougainvillea in front of it.
This donkey definitely agrees with me!
Flowers and old stone are a wonderful combination. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. This picture was taken in the Mandore Gardens close to Jodhpur, the Blue City of India.
Just an ordinary street in Hyderabad. Or not so ordinary, after all?
An inviting entrance to the Salar Jung museum, Hyderabad.
Somewhere in Ahmedabad. One of those moment when I couldn’t pass by without taking a photo.
My mom enjoying the blooms in the Hanging garden of Mumbai.
And I do exactly the same!
These are from Goa, Margao Municipal Garden.
The Uparkot fort in Junagadh, Gujarat.
And these are from my own rooftop garden. To say I’m incredibly proud of my bougainvillea would have been an understatement.
Which photo did you like the most? Do share in the comments!