February is an exciting month for sure. A blink-and-miss month mostly on the work front, it is much awaited for several other reasons. It rolls in the thrill and beauty of Valentine’s Day. And as if the love-struck couples, the whiff of roses and romance in the air were not enough to turn your heart into a pile of mush, the Mughal Gardens Udyanotsav takes place in the same month. All flower lovers who take national flower deliveries and gardening enthusiasts wait eagerly for this flower festival when the doors of world-famous Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhavan are opened for the commoners.
After the honourable President has inaugurated the annual festival, the gardens are open for public. Here, you can visit Bonsai garden, Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden and Rose Garden. This month-long festival ushers in the spring and pleasant change in the weather after the gloom of winter.
Among the flowers tulips, rose and primulas are the main attraction of the garden. Roses, however, remain the main attraction of the garden. If you are lucky, you can witness over 159 varieties of roses such as Adora, Mrinalini, Oklahoma or black rose, Scentimental, Modern Art, Paradise, Blue Moon, Black Lady, Belami, Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower in their full glory. Moreover, the gardens also have roses named after famous international personalities such as Arjun and Bhima from Mahabharata, Mother Teresa, Christian Dior, Elizabeth, Jawahar, Mr Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Raja Ram Mohan Roy and many more.
Other than roses, Asiatic lilies, hyacinth, daffodils and other bulbous and seasonal plants are a sight to behold. On an average, there are over 70 varieties of bougain villaeas. The edges of flowerbeds are adorned with flowers like pansy, daisy and alyssum. The grass for the flooring was brought from Kolkata. The garden also has more than 60 varieties of vine, shrubs and trees.
Over 300 permanent and casual employees tend to the maintenance and development of the garden.
The Mughal Garden festival starts from February 06, 2019 to March 10, 2019.
The gardens remain closed for maintenance on Mondays.
The visiting hours are from 0930 to 1600 (Tuesday-Sunday).
There is no ticket or fee to visit the gardens.
Things to Note:
Phones and cameras are not allowed inside the garden for security purposes. You can click photos outside of the garden.
Don’t litter in the garden.
Comply with the rules.
It is illegal to pluck flowers in the garden. Mughlai Gardens are national property. It is everybody’s responsibility to maintain its integrity.
Mughal Garden is often termed as the soul and heart of the Presidential Palace. Spread in a sprawling 15 acres, the Mughal Gardens in Delhi takes architectural inspiration from the Jammu and Kashmir Garden, Tajmahal Gardens and paintings of Persia. Sir Edward Lutyens was the chief designer of the garden and finalised the layout in the year 1917. However, the actual work started in the year 1928-1929 when the paintings of the final designs were done. The layout of the gardens was finalised under the guidance of the Director of Horticulture, William Mustoe.
The Mughlai Gardens exhibits two different kinds of designs on the lines of Presidential Palace. Similarly, the garden brings together two different styles of horticulture traditions too, which are Mughal Style and the English Flower Garden. Perhaps, this is the only place where you can see Mughal architecture such as canals, terraces and shrub beds merging beautifully with European-style flowerbeds, hedges and lawns.