New Delhi, the capital city of India has a list of places to offer on its pallet to a young explorer; and well maintained royal gardens being just one of them.
Destination: The Mughal Gardens.
Guidelines to Reach the Mughal Gardens.
Every year come February and there is one definite thing that a nature lover in Delhi finds himself headed to, the Mughal Gardens, an abode to a melange of flowers and shrubs. The Mughal garden also popularly known as The President’s Garden is located at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The lawn spreads over 15 acres of land and encompasses at least 70 different varieties of seasonal flowers. Also includes gardens of herbs, shrubs, vines, bonsai plants, and banyans. Every year its open for public for only a span of 20-25 days from the month of February to March, as that is the blossoming period of the flowers.
I for one could not have missed this opportunity all for the love of Tulips. And was it worth it, you ask; my word for it, the complete sight of its colossal beauty was wondrous.
The trip began by heading to the Mughals on a pleasant winter morning at around 8.00 o clock. It opens at 9.00 am and closes at 6.00 pm, the last entry allowed at 4.00 pm, after that they close the gates for new entries. Its open on all the days except for Mondays. The scheduled dates are out in the first week of February every year. The Entry to the Mughal Gardens from the gate number 35 of the North Avenue of Rashtrapati Bhavan and is free of cost and hence the crowd visiting is huge. There is a huge parking space for vehicles outside North Avenue as hey reserve the entire street for parking on these days, and yet its difficult to find a spot if you don’t manage to reach a little ahead of time.
Visitors are not allowed to carry stand- cameras or any camera equipment and food or unnecessary luggage, but you are allowed cell-phones, wallets, ladies-purse and water. there are security cabins where you can keep your things which are not allowed inside. Once inside, you are free to enjoy the space as long as you don’t pick or pluck and stay on the block-road and not on the lawn. There are a lot of guards, males as well as females, to guide you through your way and help you out with basic queries. Also behave your self and avoid the urge to sit or lie down on the lush green lawns or touch the little plants out of curiosity.
Inside The Mughal Gardens
The Mughal Gardens is a combination of multiple gardens that are connected to each other. So as you get in through the main entrance you move from one garden to the other and by the end of your walking tour you have strolled around the entire Mughal Gardens without missig on any part of it.
The Garden of Bonsai.
The entry to the Gardens lead you first in to the Garden of Bonsai. There’s a wide range of plants here with their names and age written on their placards. its a lovely sight to see tiny little oranges and petite banyans flourishing in their small lands.
The Garden of Banyans.
As you move ahead you find yourself in the lawns of huge banyans sheltering and towering above you. You know you have special place for trees in your heart when you curb the urge of running towards these mighty beings and embracing them in your hug, though I doubt your two hands are enough to complete your hug. Believe it or not the lawn of banyans is a sight full of green. I really wanted to lie down their and stare into the nothingness of green above me. But with my due respect to law and order and duties I stayed put on my block-paths..
Further ahead there are little gardens and small plots of herbs and shrubs. its adorable to see them grow in their small patches of and in an orderly fashion, they almost looked like a school children sitting and growing, one little centimeter at a time.
Flowers, Flowers everywhere.
I hurried my way as I could see the pretty colors ahead. The reign of flowers had begun. At the entrant were the small patches of the colorful variants of shrubby flowers. They looked like they were drawn and colored on the ground, leading way to the variety of flowerbeds. The flower beds are spread across the run-along water streams and channels. Pansies, roses, prim-roses, carnations, dahlias, tube-roses are the ones you can see as far as the green is spread.
The Roses and the Tulips, the Starlets of the Event.
The Rose-Garden needs a special mention too. I had never seen such an incredible variety of roses together in one place. The variants included indigenous roses, miniatures, the rare colored ones, and not to mention the imported ones. I came across pretty interesting names that these roses were given, Queen Elizabeth, Sonia, Love, Joy, Happiness are a few of them, though my favorite one was Eiffel Tower.
The blooming tulips of colors like red, pink, white, purple, orange are the highlight of the entire tour. They stand there tall and pretty swaying to the light cool breeze with butterflies flocking around. A tulip fan should at no cost miss this.
Next I headed the walk around the fountain. This was an entire circular garden with a walking lane that took you through it with only blossomed flowers on both sides as you take the tour. its built around a small fountain and a water channel. The view becomes all the more interesting under the glorious morning sky.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan provides a remarkable background to admire. Also there is a musical water fountain in one of the gardens which dances on the beats and rhythm of the music being played. The entire tour of the garden takes around 2-3 hours. If you observe keenly you might spot a variety of small birds too, and to mention the squirrels hopping and jumping from one tree to other. And if even you get as lucky as I got, you might get to see a couple of peacocks.
There are washroom facilities available for visitors. Also there are ice cream cycles and stalls on the outside.
With all the colors of rainbow staring back at you through flowers, trees, butterflies and birds, the Mughal Gardens is at its kaleidoscopic best. If you do have a couple of hours to spend and enjoy the company of lush green and sweet smell do visit the place.