The onset of spring brings with it wonderful colors and lush green surroundings. This is the time when a whole host of Spring festivals are organized besides the traditional Basant Panchmi and Holi. Every city in the National Capital Region (NCR) holds its own flower show….and these are a sight to behold. One such attraction during this season is the royal Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
|Rashtrapati Bhavan, President’s Estate, New Delhi|
President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday inaugurated ‘Udyanotsav’ which marks the opening of Mughal Gardens to general public. Mughal Gardens will remain open for general public from February 12 to March 19 except on Mondays (closed for maintenance) between 9.30am to 4pm.
#PresidentMukherjee inaugurated the annual “Udyanotsav” (opening of Mughal Gardens to public) today pic.twitter.com/eiTRseKuc9
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) February 11, 2016
These world famous gardens are a mix of Mughal and British style. The Rashtrapati Bhavan complex was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. We had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Mughal Gardens way back in year 2011. The scenic beauty of these well maintained gardens is spell-binding. We visited the Spice Garden, Herbal Garden, Musical Garden, Bonsai Garden and Spiritual Garden with Lord Buddhas sculptures of all sizes adorning the park.
I clearly recall the main garden in the Baradari had a variety of tulips and roses. That awe-inspiring colors of tulips and roses had taken my breath away. The fragrance of roses and other flowers had filled the air. The garden was dotted with canals and fountains a feature typical of Mughal style of architecture.
There are three main sections of the Mughal gardens and are named Pearl Garden, Butterfly Garden and Circular Garden. One of the sections had Japanese style Pagodas as the base on which vines climbed adding to the aesthetics of the whole place. You will find a large variety of plants and flowers duly labeled. Some of these are rare and some bonsai plants and trees are dated several hundreds year old. These Mughal gardens spread across 13 acres of land is a must visit place for botanists and nature lovers alike.
What: Udayanotsav – Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan open to public
When: February 12 – March 19, 2016 | 09:30 AM – 04:00 PM
Where: Rashtrapati Bhavan, President’s Estate, New Delhi
Contact: 91-11-23015321, 23013287 Extn 4662
How To Reach
Rashtrapati Bhavan at a distance of roughly 27 km is a 30 min drive from Noida. Buses ply on this route with a good frequency. Check the route map below.
|Route Map – Noida to Rashtrapati Bhavan|
Central Secretariat on Yellow Line is the closest metro station to Rashtrapati Bhavan. It takes half an hour by Metro to reach the Central Secretariat Metro Station if you are starting from Noida Sector 18 with a changeover from Blue Line at Rajiv Chowk.
|Metro Route Map – Noida Sector 18 to Rashtrapati Bhavan|
General public is allowed entry and exit to the Mughal Gardens through Gate No 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is advised not to carry water bottles, briefcases, ladies’ purses, handbags, boxes, umbrellas, radios, transistors and cameras. For security reasons these are not allowed to be carried inside the Mughal Gardens. The queue is usually long , a total of 4.86 lakh visitors had seen Mughal gardens in 2015. It would be wise to leave these articles in your car or else visitors would be asked to deposit them at the make-shift cloak room at entrance.
Mughal gardens will have special category of visitors on March 20. Delhi Police, Defence and Para-military personnel, farmers, differently-abled people would be able to visit between 9.30am to 4pm. The entry and exit for them too would be from Gate No 35.
The Tactile Garden will be opened to visually impaired on March 20 from 11am to 4pm. The entry and exit, however, would be from Gate No 12 on Church Road near North Avenue.
The Grandeur of President’s Estate Captured
On our trip to Rashtrapati Bhavan we had clicked few snaps of the President’s palatial residence from outside. Since cameras and mobiles were not allowed back then we could not take any picture either of gardens.
|Outside View of Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi|
|Closer View from Outside of Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi|
A Note to the Readers
This article is part of the series dedicated to ‘Places around Noida’ under which we document the places and events of interest and significance around Noida primarily in NCR.