Most Beautiful Gardens in India for a Blissful Natural Retreat

Strikingly Beautiful Gardens in India

India is a country with a diverse topography and a rich cultural heritage which make for an array of majestic monuments, sturdy fortresses and magnificent gardens in India. A plethora of these beautiful parks and gardens in India belong to the old Mughal era. But lately the rapidly urbanizing cities are also coming up with more and more public parks and beautifully blooming gardens in India to provide a respite from the chaos and din of the city. With more and more green spaces being developed in cities, folks look forward to spend summer evenings or winter afternoons amidst nature to soak in the fresh air. Besides, the emerging ones are even better in terms of architecture and decor; are dotted with pretty fountains and generously sprinkled with green trees; and are sure to lure anyone with their striking beauty. Some of these gardens in India are a hot spot for botanical artwork and conservation of plants other than providing a serene atmosphere for nature lovers in the cities.

Here is the list of 40 Most Beautiful Gardens in India for a Blissful Natural Retreat

1. Mughal Gardens, Srinagar

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Built in the Mughal era, donning its majestic architecture, are the Mughal gardens. The garden is a combination of the Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Gardens & Chashm-e-Shahi. The most prominent feature of the gardens its long stretches of cascading fountains makes this a must see for every traveler.

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2. Lal Bagh, Bangalore

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Lalbagh Botanical Garden is located in Bangalore and is nationally and internationally renowned centre for botanical artwork, scientific study of plants and also conservation of plants. A haven for all nature lovers, Lal Bagh covers an area 240 acres in the heart of the city and has nearly 1,854 species of plants.

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3. Mughal Gardens, Delhi

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Popularly known as the ?soul? of the Presidential Palace, the Mughal Gardens are located inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan Complex. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the year 1917 for Lady Harding, the gardens cover a vast area of 13 acres and are a wonderful incorporation of Mughal architecture with that of British style.

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4. Botanical Gardens, Kolkata

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The Botanical Gardens of Calcutta were founded by Robert Kyd in 1787. Protected by the Botanical Survey of India, it stretches over 109 hectares. A Banyan tree in the garden, of more than 330 m circumference, known as The Great Banyan, is the largest tree in the world. The Botanic Gardens of Kolkata were later renamed Acharya Jagadish Chandra Indian Botanic Garden.

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5. Nishat Bagh, Srinagar

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Laid out in 1633, the Nishant Bagh fondly known as the Garden of Joy. Its beauty is enhanced by the well-manicured landscapes, long avenues of Chinar & cypress trees, rare flowering plants, 12 terraces & several bubbling fountains that's cover the whole expanse of the garden.

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6. Ooty Botanical Gardens, Ooty

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The botanical Gardens of Ooty are one of the most sought after and famous tourist destinations in the whole of India. It is located on the hillock of Ooty which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Sprawled over an area of 22 hectares, the garden is divided into several sections that are trimmed beautifully to present an endearing sight. Visitors are greeted with astounding colourful natural beauty from the moment they pass through the gates.

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7. Rose Garden, Chandigarh

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Rose garden, located at 16 sector of Chandigarh is a place to relax amid the nature at its best. The garden is packed with some exquisite variety of flowers making it quite popular among tourists and nature enthusiasts.

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8. Brindavan Gardens, Mysore

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Built across the Kaveri river, these beautiful gardens were constructed by Krishnaraja Wodeyar. These gardens spread over 60 acres of land and were modeled after the Shalimar gardens of Kashmir. The beauty of these gardens multiplies in the evenings when the fountains light up in various colors.

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9. Rock Garden, Chandigarh

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A symbol of imagination and novelty, this one is of its kind of garden spread across an area of 64 acres. The Rock Garden has been designed as an open air exhibition hall using urban and industrial wastes by Nek Chand, a former Road Inspector in Chandigarh.

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10. Cubbon Park, Bangalore

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This park is a major sightseeing attraction, with 300 acres of green foliage. Having been laid down by Lord Cubbon, it is an ideal place for nature lovers an those seeking a calm atmosphere. It features a bandstand that hosts concerts.

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11. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

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Jallianwala Bagh is a place of great historical importance during the Indian struggle for Independence. It is a public garden in Amritsar which houses a memorial of national importance that was established by the government of India in 1951 to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators by British forces on April 13,1919.

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12. Lodhi Garden, Delhi

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Lodhi Gardens is a city park placed in New Delhi. Spanning over 90 acres. The beautiful garden draped in emerald grass contains, Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis, an Afghan dynasty, that ruled major portions of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 14 to 15 century. The site is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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13. Hanging Gardens, Mumbai

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Marked by bushes trimmed into shapes of various animals and proximity to the Arabian Sea are the Hanging Gardens, opposite the Kamla Nehru park. Spend a relaxed evening here, enjoying the sunset, especially if you are with kids.

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14. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar

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Lines of tulip cultivation in every possible colour with a backdrop of the majestic Zabarwan Hills, is the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden and a view which one must not miss while in Srinagar.

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15. Kamla Nehru park, Mumbai

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Named after the first wife of the late Prime Minister of India, Sri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, it is family spot for outings. Enjoy the view of Marine drive and the Chowpatty beach from here.

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16. Mehtab Bagh, Agra

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Located just north to the glorious wonder called the Taj Mahal and overlooking the Agra Fort and Yamuna river on the opposite side, Mehtab Bagh is a rare retreat of natural bliss and one of the most scenic spots in Agra. The garden was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and is perfectly aligned with Taj in view to have that perfect shot.

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17. Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar

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Shalimar Bagh is one of a beautifully laid garden by Mughal emperor Jahangir. Exhibiting the exemplary craftsmanship of Mughals in horticulture, the place is quite popular with tourists from all over the world.

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18. Lumbini Gardens, Bangalore

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Located near the Nagwara lake, the Lumbini garden is one of its kind garden attraction of Banglore. The garden garners plenty of visitors everyday of the week. The beautiful serene environment of the lake hosts the visitors with mesmerising view and activities that people come to enjoy with their loved ones. The Lumbini Gardens is a very beautiful kid's park and has a boating club which the visitors enjoy very much. Apart from all these the garden has beautiful fountains and a stretch of 1.5 km to walk through with a view of the lake and gorgeous greenery on the other side.

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19. Bund Garden, Pune

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The garden was built by Sir Jamshedji and is located on the banks of Mula-Mutha river. Famous for its scenic beauty, away from the cities rush, the area has boat rides and sports a spectacular view of the flora in and around.

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20. Ooty Rose Garden, Ooty

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Rose garden lies in the heart and soul of Ooty.The construction stays to be magnificent and there are small tunnels made wherein the roses are planted.

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21. Botanical garden, Noida

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A paradise for nature lovers, Noida's Botanical Garden aims at preserving natural and environmental beauty. The garden perfectly epitomises Mother Nature in its best form with the serene surroundings and rare species of plants and flowers. The place is a must on your Noida itinerary if you are nature enthusiast.

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22. Mandore Garden, Jodhpur

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Mandore Gardens is located about 10 kilometres from the city of Jodhpur. The garden contains cenotaphs which are built like traditional Hindu temples unlike other cenotaphs. The garden also contains a ruined fort and palace.

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23. Botanical Garden, Pondicherry

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A popular tourist attraction of Pondicherry, Botanical Garden was established by C.S. Perrotet in the year 1862. The garden is home to several exotic varieties of rare plants as well as an aquarium.

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24. Blossom Park, Munnar

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Spread across a lush expanse of 18 acres, Blossom Park is famous for its activities such as water cycling, boating and skating. It is covered with a wide variety of flora and has romantic little provisions of tree houses and ropeways. It is located at a mere distance of 3 km from Munnar.

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25. Chambal Gardens, Kota

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Chambal Garden, a beautiful garden in the backdrop of Chambal river, is a much sought picnic spot in Kota. The garden located at Amar Niwas on the landscape of Chambal river encloses a well maintained pond, a habitat for crocodiles.

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26. Katraj Snake Park, Pune

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The Katraj Snake Park is the most visited and loved tourist attraction in the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo that is located in Katraj, near the city of Pune in India. The snake park has successfully managed to acquaint thousands of visitors with the unusual and fascinating wildlife through its extensive collection of snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles.

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27. Nature park, Yelagiri

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Nature park, is a famous park located in the hill station of Yelagiri in Tamil Nadu is spread over an area of 12 acres. The park is situated near to the Punganoor Lake.The park is the best destination for all ages of people and provide a feeling of relaxation and stunning environment. It consists of diversified and enormous numbers of flora. There are number of things such as artificial cascade or the waterfall, children's park, musical fountain with multi-coloured lighting, fish aquarium, seasonal garden, bamboo house, poly house and many more to engage kids and even elders for a long time.

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28. Rock Garden, Darjeeling

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The Rock Garden or the Barbotey Garden as its commonly known, is located a little far from the city around ~10 km away. The benches in the garden are made by cutting rocks at different levels. The flower beds are gorgeous and the garden also has a waterfall flowing through it, which is quite a pretty sight during monsoons.

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29. Rose Garden, Munnar

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Located just 2 km from Munnar, the Forest Rose Garden blooms with forest rose and a variety of other rare flowers. The Rose Gardens of Munnar is a unique and eco-friendly home stay experience, that attracts visitors, especially nature enthusiasts, from all over the world. The Rose Garden, spread over 2 acres of land, is an excellent stretch that is brimming with a variety of plants, including spices, crops like cardamom and vanilla, and a variety of other fruit trees. The sight it presents is definitely worth a visit.

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30. Oravakallu Rock Garden, Kurnool

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There are a few ordinary landscapes in Kurnool. One fascinating stretch is a park with igneous rock formations. Find here a restaurant, small ponds, boating facilities and a cave museum. A less ordinary hiking area and a bit unusual picnic spot, this one, is a must visit area in Kurnool.

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31. Amarabati Park, Digha

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With neatly paved walkways, a multitude of seating areas, verdant surroundings, a gorgeous ropeway ride and boating facilities to enjoy its own mini-lake, the Amarabati park provides wholesome family fun for children and adults looking for a relaxed manner of killing some time during their vacation in the beautiful Digha.

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32. Sim's Park, Coonoor

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A wonderful treasure trove of some of the most exquisite plant species in the world, the Sim's Park is an important sightseeing destination, if in Coonoor.

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33. Thread Garden, Ooty

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The thread garden at Ooty is a popular tourist spot that exhibits some of the most magnificent and exquisite collection of artificial flowers and plants, all made by the expert hands of the skilful artists by using JUST thread.

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34. Yadavindra Gardens, Nalagarh

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Also known as the Mughal Gardens of Pinjore, this place is 35 km away from the city of Nalagarh. Situated at the foothills of the Shivaliks, the garden has seven downward terraced lawns, domed balconies, three palaces, an amphitheater, a Japanese garden, a mini zoo, lighted fountains, shaded pathways and a nursery of plants.

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35. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur

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The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was created in 2006 out of a large, rocky wasteland by the side of the famous Mehrangarh Fort. The purpose of this park was to restore the natural ecology of this neglected terrain, which has become a prime tourist attraction of the city today. The rocky ravines are densely populated with the indigenous flora of the Thar desert, counting over 200 species of plants at this ecopark.

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36. Pinjore Gardens, Panchkula

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Situated roughly 15 km from Panchkula, this garden is spread over an area of 100 acres, and is also called Yadvinder garden. The work of creating this garden began in the seventeenth century.

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37. Rock Garden, Malampuzha

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Built by the much-loved sculptor, Nek Chand, this garden is eked out of rocks with a splendid backdrop of the Malampuzha Dam. The garden draws visitors in large number offering green and calm environment.

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38. Sarita Udyan, Gandhinagar

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Sarita Udyan is a picnic spot that is popular among the locals, and this is located adjacent to a deer park, which is another must see location. It never fails to enthrall both kids as well as adults.

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39. Gulabh Bagh and Zoo, Udaipur

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For a fulfilled and enriched trip you must visit Gulab Bagh and Zoo which is not merely a garden but a paradise for those who wish to experience more in less time.

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40. Company Gardens, Allahabad

Located behind the Allahabad Museum on Panna Lal Road, Company Garden is a beautiful garden full of shady trees and blooming shrubs. The park houses massive statuettes of George V and Victoria in the centre of the garden. As of now, the park is used by the kids for recreational purposes and by the elderly for evening and morning walks.

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