Building gardens was a favourite amusement of the Mughal emperors, and the gardens were popularly known as the Mughal gardens. On the lines of their style of architecture Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the Mughal Garden in Delhi for Lady Harding. The garden is a fusion of both Mughal as well as the British style of architecture. The Mughal Garden is seated inside the President’s residential place, Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The garden consists of three parts – the Rectangular Garden, the Long Garden and the Circular Garden. It is channelised from North to South and East to West, dividing the garden into a grid of squares, and six lotus shaped fountains are constructed on the crossings of these channels. There are fountains that rise up to a height of 12 feet leaving the visitor in complete amazement. Each channel has a wooden tray placed in its centre, with grains to feed the birds.
Mughal Garden encompasses a Musical Garden, Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden and a Biodiversity Park. The Garden is known for its wide variety of flowers ranging from roses, tulips and double pansies, and what’s interesting is that many roses are uniquely named as ‘Taj Mahal’, ‘Mr. Lincoln’, ‘John F Kennedy’, ‘Christian Dior’, ‘Queen Elizabeth’ and ‘Bush Rose’.
The visitors also encounter many environment friendly schemes like the Roshni Programme which is an audiovisual presentation on the President’s environmental plan. Then, there are stalls run by Self Help Group (SHG), which sell vermi-compost and organic compost. An additional attraction is a kiosk selling souvenirs’ like T-shirts, caps, key chains with the impression of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
This year the prime attractions of the Gardens are more than 2500 varieties of the colourful Dahlias, which form an eight feet tall floral wall around the Circular Garden and white and yellow are the dominant colours this year in the garden. Mere words cannot explain its beauty so visit and experience the Mughal magic!
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the Mughal Garden in Delhi is in the months of February and March every year, as for the rest of the years it remains closed due to maintenance purpose.
The Bonsai Garden, cactus corner and Vertical Garden are a noteworthy site inside the Mughal Garden.
The Central Garden is covered by ‘doob’ grass, which was originally brought from the Belvedere Estate in Kolkata.
Mughal Garden Delhi visiting timing is from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Mughal Garden is open on all days except Monday from February 15, 2013 to March 17, 2013.
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