Location: RashtrapatiBhavan or the Presidents House, Gate No – 35, North Avenue, Presidents Estate, Church Road, New Delhi
Best Time to Visit: The gardens are open only in February and March.
Visit Timings: 09: 00 AM – 02:30 PM *Timings are subject to vary.
Nearby Attractions: India Gate, the Red Fort, Shakti Peeth, QutubMinar
The Mughal Gardens are a group of gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a British architect. The gardens are located in the premises of RashtrapatiBhavan, the official residence of the President of India. The Mughal Gardens have always fascinated the visitors with their enchanting settings and perfect choice of shrubs, flower plants and trees. An exquisite blend of Mughal and English styles of architecture, these gardens boast of the best and the largest collection of marigold (Indian variety) flowers. Many other varieties of flowers are also found here, some of which are rare or not obtainable in other parts of India.Apart from the trees and plants, the exotic fountains, canals and terraces are a delight to the eyes. However, the garden is open to public only in the months of February and March every year. The admission is free and for all. Read through the article to know more about the Mughal Gardens.
A Unique Sight
The Mughal Gardens is spread over an area of 13 acres and has been divided into three long and circular gardens. They are Pearl Garden, Butterfly Garden and the Circular Garden, which collectively form the main garden.In the main garden, there are two channels which run from North to South and two from East to West dividing the garden into a grid of squares. At the crossings of thesechannels are six lotus shaped fountains which render a Mughal touch to the gardens. The terrace gardenrefers to the two longitudinal strips of garden on elevated platformson each side of the main garden forming the northern and the southern boundary. At the center of both the strips is a fountain which falls inwards. On the eastern tips are two sentries and on the western tips there are two porches.
Flora And Fauna
All the lawns are covered with ‘doob’ grass which was brought from Belvedere Estate, Calcutta (now Kolkata) at the time of the garden’s foundation. Among the flower plants Rose shrubs, Jasmine, Marigold, Sweet William, Bougainvillea and Viscaria are found in large numbers. Many creepers such as Climbing Roses, the Rangoon Creepers etc. are grown neatly and in most part of the gardens one can find a lot of Moulsri, Cypress and China Orange trees. The garden has over 250 species of rose, thus, making it one of the best gardens of the world. Black roses such as Oklahoma, blue roses like the Blue Moon and Lady X etc. can be found here and there are some varieties of creepers like the Climbing Roses and the Rangoon Creepers.The Mughal Gardens are also home to some beautiful birds particularly the peacock, the national bird of India. Spotbiils, mynahs, parrots, and pigeons are some other birds which are commonly found here.
Places To Stay
- Crowne Plaza Hotel (5 Star)
- Hotel Vikram (4 Star)
- Jukasko Inn (3 Star)
- Aman New Delhi (5 Star)
- The Oberoi (5 Star)
- Hotel Parkland Defence Colony (4 Star)
- Shervani Sunder Nagar (4 Star)
- Bamyan The Boutique Hotel (Boutique)
- Casa Delhi (Boutique)
- Casa Friends (Boutique)
- The Manor (Boutique)
- India Gate
- Parliament House
- National Museum
- Jantar Mantar
- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
- Hanuman Mandir
The Mughal Gardens are located in central Delhi and therefore, there is no dearth of places to shop here. Connaught Place has everything from jewelry, books, leather goods and many other items. The Central Cottage Industries Emporium has Indian handicrafts and the Baba Kharak Singh Marg sells the unique arts and crafts by the traditional artisans of India. Palika Bazaar located close by, offers cheap electronic goods, whereas in Janpath,one can find clothes, gift items and souvenirsat minimal prices.
How To Reach
Delhi is well connected to all major cities both within and outside India with flights operating on a daily basis. Once you reach the Indira Gandhi International Airport you can either hire a taxi or avail local transport. There are two metro train stations each in domestic and international terminus, which means you can reach the Mughal Gardensby metro as well. The nearest metro station to the Mughal Gardens is Central Secretariat Metro Station.
From The Railway Stations
New Delhi Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the Mughal Gardens. Two more major railway stations are the Delhi Junction Railway Station and HazratNizamuddin Railway Station.
New Delhi Railway Station
Transport facilities- Taxis
Nearest bus terminal- ISBT Kashmere Gate
Metro Service – Central Secretariat Metro Station is the closest to the Mughal Gardens.
Delhi Junction Railway StationOr Old Delhi Railway Station
Transport facilities – Taxis
Nearest bus terminal- ISBT Kashmere Gate
Metro Service – The ChandniChowk Metro Station is close by and is connected to Central Secretariat Metro Station.
HazratNizamuddin Railway Station
Nearest bus terminal- ISBT Sarai Kale Khan
Metro Service – Jangpura, Lajpat Nagar, INA are nearest metro stations. If you choose to travel by metro, get down at the Central Secretariat Metro Station.
From The Bus Terminal
Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) operates its buses from following:
- Kashmiri Gate Inter State Bus Terminal
- Sarai Kale Khan Inter State Bus Terminal
- Anand Vihar Terminal
The Mughal Gardens is a place where you can enjoy the picturesque beauty, the atmosphere and the lavish, lush green lawns. The garden is at is best during spring every year, which is when it is open for public. It is a great place to spend one’s holidays, especially with family and friends.