It’s Open Season at the Mughal Gardens
By Aashima On 14 Feb, 2013 At 07:02 PM | Categorized As India, Mixed Bag | With 0 Comments
With spring already on its way in, Delhi is all set for an event that has become synonymous with this changing of the seasons in the city. Mughal Gardens, the beautifully designed gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan are being thrown open to the public, starting tomorrow, February 15, 2013.

Christened ‘Udyanotsav’, the event is an annual fixture on Delhi’s calendar and one which attracts not just people who reside in the capital but also those from other parts of the country. Besides the obvious charm of colourful blooms, it also affords the common people an opportunity to step inside and walk the grounds of the home of the President of India.

More than 120 varieties of roses grow at the gardens


Planned with much thought and crafted through 6 long months of labour, the gardens, which span about 15 acres, are now ready to welcome this year’s visitors, brimming with a variety of blooms, including roses, calendulas, gerberas and cyclamen. The real draw this year, however, will be the dahlias, all 2,500 of them. A floral wall of dahlias has been fashioned, which is more than 8 feet in height and completely surrounds the Circular Garden. Also on show will be floral carpets, the designs of which will keep changing every week of the period the Mughal Gardens remain open for the public.

After the inauguration at 10:45 am on February 15, 2021 by President Pranab Mukherjee, the gardens will open for the general public from 12:30 pm onwards. Thereafter, the gardens will be open for the people from February 16 to March 17, 2021 (except Mondays) between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. As a part of President Mukherjee’s plans of making the Rashtrapati Bhavan more accessible to citizens, special days have been allocated for visits of farmers, differently-abled persons and defence and paramilitary personnel.

About - In grade 7, Aashima's Geography teacher made her fall in love with the big big world and the small little places in it. She's still all starry eyed about it.

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