The iconic Mughal Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi opened for the general public from 5th February, 2017. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the annual gardening festival ‘Udyanotsav’ on 4th February. Mughal Gardens will be opened for the general public from February 5th to March 12th, 2017.
The major attractions for this year’s ‘Udyanotsav’ are special roses named after President Pranab Mukherjee and his wife Suvra Mukherjee. This is the first time a special rose is named after a President. The rose named after President Mukherjee is yellow, the one in name of his wife is pink-purple. The special roses are developed by plant breeders from West Bengal.
Udyanotsav displays the skill and craft of the hundreds of gardeners of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Roses, often called the pride of Mughal Gardens, are a permanent feature of the Rashtrapati Bhavan which boasts of having a large range of roses including heritage as well as new varieties at one place. Rare green rose, black rose and angelique amongst others are found at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The roses, which are on display in the main Mughal Gardens, have not flowered yet but the authorities are hopeful they will bloom before the garden closes on March 12th.
The other big highlights of ‘Udyanotsav’ 2017 are special theme-based exhibition of vertical garden forms and air purifying plants. With an aim to increase awareness about the benefits of air purifying plants, around 30 varieties of them including Banana, Dedrobium orchid, Weeping fig, Moth orchid, Red edged Dracaena, Barberton daisy, Aloe Vera, English Ivy, Dwarf Date Palm among others, have been put on display in various sections across the gardens.
A combination of flowering and other house plants has been used to inscribe words ‘India’ and ‘Jai Hindi’ on the walls of the gardens. There will also be an exhibition stall displaying organic fresh vegetables and fruits grown in the President’s Estate organic farm. This time around 14,000 tulips are planted in the garden and are expected to bloom in phases up to March 5th. Apart from that, there are more than 70 varieties of seasonal flowers in the Mughal Gardens.
Apart from the main Mughal Gardens, other gardens including Circular, Spiritual, Herbal, Bonsai and Cactus, Nakshatra, Musical and Tactile are also be opened for public from February 5th to March 12th except on Mondays which are maintenance days between 9:30 AM and 4 PM.
About Mughal Gardens
Mughal Garden is the historical garden located inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan Complex. This Garden is famous for the wide variety of flowers, some of which are rare and extinct. The Garden is designed by Sir Edwin Lutynes for Lady Harding. It is spread over an area of 13 acres and is a fusion of both Mughal as well as the British style of architecture. The Mughal Garden is one of the most stunning, landscaped, well-planned gardens in the city. Adorned with Mughal style canals, terraces and fountains, it is a circular garden. The garden consists of three parts – the Rectangular Garden, the Long Garden and the Circular Garden. The Rectangular Garden is the main garden, which derived its name from the water-gardens.
Apart from the garden visitors can also visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, National Museum of Natural History, Lodi Garden, Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin, Humayun’s Tomb, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, National Zoological Park, Mehrauli Archaeological Park and Old Fort.