It is that time of the year when the President of India opens up the beautiful gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the public.
Set against the majestic backdrop of the presidential residence, designed by British architect Edward Lutyens for Lady Harding, the 15-acre gardens will open as part of the annual ‘Udayanotsav’ – a long-standing tradition of the Bhavan from February 06 – March 14.
It welcome the visitors to its 70 varieties of seasonal flowers, including specially imported flowers from the Netherlands and Japan.
One needs to be cautious about what to take to the Mughal Gardens, how to reach the Mughal Gardens, etc.
Here’s a brief look at easiest itinerary to plan a visit to the Mughal Gardens
Date & Timings to visit Mughal Gardens
Dates: February 06 – March 14 (except for the Mondays)
Timings: 10 am – 4 pm
Entry Fee of Mughal Gardens
There is no entry fee for Mughal Gardens.
Photography Allow or Not
One needs to take permission from authorities
Nearest metro station
The nearest metro station to reach the Mughal Gardens is Central Secretariat.
From here you can get down at Rail Bhawan and walk till gate number 35 of the Mughal Garden.
Time required to explore Mughal Gardens
One to Three hours.
Things prohibited at Mughal Gardens
- Water bottle
- Fast food or other eatables
- Hang bags
- Other consumer goods
The Central Lawn of the Rectangular Garden is the main venue for the annual ‘At Home’ ceremonies hosted by the President of India on Republic Day and Independence Day.
Herbal Gardens, established by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in 2002, has around 33 medicinal and aromatic plants depicting their use are planted in these gardens.
The Spiritual garden has as many as 40 different plants and trees including: Khair, Bamboo, Sandalwood, Heena, Sita Ashoka, Butter Tree, Temple Tree, Kadamb Tree, Paras Peepal, Fig, Date palms, Krishna Burgad, Jasmine, Reetha and many more. This garden has a pond in the middle, with varieties of Lotus and Water Lilies. It was added to the Spiritual Garden on February 13, 2015.
The 12 feet high walls are covered with creepers like flame vine, trumpet vine, lassan bel and Jasmine that add fragrance to the garden. Along the walls, one can see the China Orange trees or Kumquats that have been planted. Long Garden leads to the Circular Garden.
A bubble fountain concealed in a circular pond forms the centre of this garden. The pond has Lotus flowers and is edged with calendula and marigold.