The beautiful month of February is upon us and it is that time of the year when the iconic Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhawan are open for the public. President of India, Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the annual gardening festival ‘Udyanotsav’ of the Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The gardens will remain open for public from 6th February to 10th March 2019 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, except for Mondays which are maintenance days.
Located inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan Complex, Mughal Gardens are famous for their wide range of rare and extinct flowers. The gardens are spread over 15 acres of the land inspired by the Gardens of Jammu & Kashmir. Sir Edward Lutyens completed the designs of the Mughal Gardens in 1917 who also designed the Rashtrapati Bhawan. These gardens are the perfect amalgamation of English & Mughal-style architectural & horticultural traditions.
Different Species of Flowers
Rose is the main attraction of the Mughal Gardens to date. The Gardens has as many as 159 varieties of roses that mainly bloom in the month of February & March. Adora, Belami, Blue Moon, Black Lady, Mrinalini, Modern Art, & Eiffel Tower are some of the famous varieties of roses that decorate the Mughal Gardens. Apart from roses, there are several other varieties of Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth, and Asiatic Lilies that beautify the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
There are more than 70 varieties of seasonal flowers and nearly 60 out of the 101 known types of Bougainvillea in the gardens. The famous grass that covers the gardens is doob grass, which was originally brought from Kolkata when the Mughal Gardens were being planted. The gardens have 50 varieties of trees, vines, and shrubs including Golden Rain Tree, Moulsiri Tree, Torch Tree, and many more.
Other Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhawan
Like Mughal Gardens, there are several other beautiful gardens that enhance the beauty of the Rashtrapati Bhawan- Rectangular Garden, Long Garden, Herbal Garden, Musical Garden, & Spiritual Garden. There are sandstone fountains, two canals, and a gazebo in the Rectangular Garden where President meets diplomats & other dignitaries. The Long Garden is adorned with 16 rose beds that include some of the popular varieties of roses such as rose summer snow, rose iceberg, and many more. A fountain is located in the heart of Circular Garden where you can find 30 different varieties of seasonal flowers. The Herbal Garden is inspired by former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s vision to promote natural remedies to treat severe conditions of memory loss and epilepsy. In the Musical Garden, you can witness light, music, and colors that synchronize with the tunes of Vande Mataram. In the Spiritual Garden, there are several trees planted that are associated with different religions from India.
Important Dates for Mughal Gardens:
February 6, 2019 to March 10, 2019 (except on Mondays when gardens will be closed for maintenance)
Timings of Mughal Garden: From 9 am to 4 pm.
The Gardens will be opened for special categories, farmers, differently abled persons, paramilitary, and Delhi Police on 11th March 2019. Tactile Garden will be opened on the same day for visually challenged persons.
Entry & Exit:
Entry & Exit for all visitors will be from Gate Number 35, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Near North Avenue, New Delhi 110004.
The online booking facility of Mughal Garden visit during Udyanotsav is being introduced for the first time from this year. The online booking shall be available 7 days in advance and a maximum of 10 visitors can be booked in a single booking for week day’s visit and a maximum of 5 visitors can be booked in a single booking for visit during weekends and holidays.
Things Allowed Inside the Gardens:
Mobile phones can be carried in switch off conditions.
Things Not Allowed Inside the Gardens:
Eatables/Paan/Gutka/Cigarette/Backpack/Camera/Video Camera are not allowed inside the Gardens.
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