By Pritha Banerjee (L&T MHPS)
Mughal Gardens Udyanotsav is a month long festival celebrated every year. In 2017, it is being celebrated from 5-February to 12-March. During this time, the gardens are open for public visit.
The Mughal Gardens are a group of beautiful gardens built in Islamic style of architectures. Mughal gardens in Delhi is located in the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises.
Complete view of the Garden (photo source: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/lko59rzoTqg/hqdefault.jpg)
Spread over an area of 13 acres, architecture of Mughal Garden in Delhi is a combination of the Mughal style with that of the British style. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Lady Harding. Inspired by the Persian style, it includes some Mughal style canals, fountains and terraces. The Garden has 3 sections – rectangular, long and circular gardens. They are also known as Pearl garden, Butterfly garden and Circular garden respectively. There are 4 waterways with lotus-shaped red sandstone made fountain at their intersection.
The lush greenery lends a sense of beauty to the whole garden. The colorful flowers add up to the pleasure of your eyes. A large variety of trees and flowers such as tulip, marigold, rose, bougainvillea, sunflower in their full bloom makes the place more attractive. Pink, red, violet, yellow tulips; red, white, pink, white-red roses; sunflowers need special mention. Other than flowers, bonsai plants, Herbal plants, Vegetable plantation can also be seen in different sections of the garden.
Lotus shaped fountain
The circular Garden
The rectangular Garden
Few organically grown vegetables in the garden are displayed
Colorful Flowers to watch
SOME IMPORTANT FACTS
|Address:||Near North Avenue, Gate No. 35, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, Delhi – 110004|
|Entry Fee:||Free for everyone|
|Timings for public:||9:30 am to 4:00 pm.(5-Feb to 12-March)|
|Phone No (Official):||011-23365358 / 011-24698431 / 011-23320342|
|Camera and Phones allowed or not?:||Camera not allowed, though camera phones are allowed.|
|Nearest metro station:||Central Secretariat Metro Station|
|Entry and Exit Gate:||It is from gate no.35 which is located at the extreme end of the Church Road, about 300 meters West of Cathedral Church, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan.|
|Closing day:||Closed on Monday|
|Time Required for explore:||1 to 3 hrs|
|You can park free:||At the Mughal Garden Entrance gate #35, but the best way is park your car at India Gate and take auto from there to Mughal garden.|
|ALLOWABLES||Water bottles, briefcases, handbags/ladies purses (large size), cameras, radios/transistors, cell phones, any writing material, umbrellas, arms/ammunition, eatables are not allowed. Any items brought to the entrance gate will have to be deposited before entry at the owner’s risk.|
|ID Proof:||You might be asked to show an ID Proof due to security reason, so you should take at least one ID proof(pan card, aadhar card, voter ID or Driving License or any other ID card) for your convenience.|
|For more information, visit:||www.rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in/rbtour/circuit-3/mughal-gardens|
A few more tips:
- Try not to carry any hand bags or luggage to avoid various stages of checking and delays.
- Try to reach early (latest by 10:00 am) to avoid long entry queues.
- Do not forget to carry sun glass and hat or cap.
So, what are you all waiting for? The coming weekend is the last weekend if you plan on visiting in this year!! Hope this article is helpful to plan your visit.