Mughal Gardens, Delhi

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Time Required : 1 - 3 hrs

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Timings : The time and the dates of public visits are changed annually and are announced shortly before the visits commence. We recommend you to check online for the same before visiting.

Mughal Gardens, Delhi Overview

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. Inspired by the Mughal Gardens in Jammu and Kashmir, the ones in Delhi have succeeded in replicating the same charm and creating the picture perfect verdure panorama. The entire complex is a breathtaking combination of Circular, Spiritual, Bonsai, Herbal, Tactile and Musical Gardens. The gardens feature an extensive variety of seasonally blooming flowers and present a spectacular euphoric picture altogether.

Mughal Gardens boast of rare and endangered varieties of over 159 floral species including tulips, daffodils, Asiatic lilies, hyacinth, viscaria etc. Besides, the complex houses four water tanks, with sparkling water fountains coming out of lotus bases made of red sandstone. This wonderful example of nature’s majestic beauty is open to the public for a specified duration in the month of February and March at the time of the festival of Udyanotsav.

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Structure of Mughal Gardens

Main Garden
This garden has been divided into grids with two strips each running vertically from North to South and from East to West respectively. The junction of these grids has been adorned with lotus-shaped water fountains (six in all). The enthralling cascade is set such a monotone speed that it appears to be frozen and presents a wondrous spectacle. At the centre, there are stands fed with bread crumbs for stray birds to feed from.

Terrace Garden
At a slightly elevated ground, on each side of the main garden are two longitudinal strips of green patch. The centre is ornamented with a sparkling waterfall which flows inwards to give it the feel of a well. The western tips are adorned with arbours whereas the eastern tips harbour two elaborated designed sentinel posts.

Long Garden
Also called the ‘Purdah Garden’, this is to the west of the Main Garden. Circumferenced by 12 feet high walls, this is essentially a rose garden housing several rose beds and ecstatic rose varieties. The central pergola is covered with rose shrubs, grave vines and bougainvillaeas.

Very close by is situated the Circular garden, with blooming flowers; the horticulture office, greenhouses, nurseries, collection of bonsais etc.

Highlights of Mughal Gardens

1. Many thousands of tulip bulbs are imported from as far as the Netherlands in different colour varieties.
2. Flower carpets in vibrant hues are displayed in the Central Lawn, showcasing the skill and creativity of the in-house gardeners and design experts.
3. The water fountains are perfectly synced with the beats of the music (mostly Vandemataram) played at the time of the festival.
4. Lately, new air purifying plants have been planted to reduce air toxins.
5. A special tiny cactus corner is displayed.
6. An exhibition of the organic fruits and vegetables grown in the President’s Estate.

Best Time To Visit Mughal Gardens

The garden only opens for a short period of time during the festival of Udyanotsav between the months of February and March. The time and the dates of which change annually and are announced shortly before the visits commence. We recommend you to check online for the same before visiting.

Tips For Visiting Mughal Gardens

1. You will have to submit your water bottles, bags, briefcases etc. inside and have to submit it at the entrance. Therefore, we recommend you to leave your valuables at home.

How To Reach Mughal Gardens, Delhi

Delhi is a state well connected through metro and state-run buses. The nearest metro station to Mughal Gardens is Central Secretariat Metro, situated on the yellow line. The garden is just about 2 kms from the metro; you can either hire a local or a battery run rickshaw. You can also book a taxi cab for a more comfortable journey. Alternatively, you can travel in one of the buses which will be relatively economical.

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Kirti Dass 1 year ago
I definitely could not take my eyes off the beautiful rows of flowers when I visited Mughal Garden last year. Blue, lilac, golden yellow, crimson red- Mughal Garden has flowers of all colours. I had never been to a place so delightful and beautiful before. The sweet fragrance of flowers mingled with the cool breeze simply lifted up my mood. What I liked most was the fountain dancing to the tunes of the national anthem.The small ponds surrounding the flowers simply added to the scenic beauty. We were not allowed to carry any bags or bottles inside the garden. Also, towards the end I had some really delicious food at nominal rates of Rs.20 and Rs.30. Winters and spring are an ideal time to visit the park when the flowers are in full bloom.

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