The President’s residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan, is renowned for its gorgeous architecture & landscaping. The jewel in its crown is the wonderfully landscaped gardens located at the back side of the main building, known as the Mughal Gardens.
The garden has been laid out in an eclectic mix of Mughal & British gardens' landscaping styles. It’s comprised of four segments – the main garden, terrace garden, long garden & circular garden, each having its specific features, providing for a varied visual experience. Follow us as we take you through each part!
The Main Garden is designed with evergreen lawns, grass carpeting, tropical vegetation such as Moulshri, Putranjiva Roxburghii, Cypress, Thuja Orientalis, China Orange trees, Rose shrubs & a variety of climbers. There are also six fountains in this garden, laid out at the crossing of the channels; these rise up to a height of 12 feet when in operation, making for a visually stunning experience. A number of birds have made this garden their home and it’s usual to spot peacocks, spot-bills, mynas, sparrows & pigeons among the foliage.
The Terrace Garden consists of two longitudinal strips of garden on either side of the Main Garden on an elevated level. It mainly consists of creepers and fragrant shrubs such as rangoon creeper, bougainvillea, gardenia, Juhi, Harshringar, Motiya, climbing roses etc. In the middle of both the strips, there is a fountain falling inwards like a waterfall into a well. Wow!
The Long Garden (also called Purdah Garden) is located on the west of the Main Garden & it’s primarily a rose garden. The whole garden is divided precisely into 16 square beds, encased in low-level hedges. There are more than 250 varieties of roses here, some of the celebrated and rare ones being Bonne Nuit, Oklahoma, Paradise, Blue Moon, Lady X & Green Rose. The roses bloom all year round, though the main season is from October-March.
The Circular Garden (also known as the Sunken or Butterfly Garden) is located at the western part of the Main Garden and is in the shape of a circular bowl. In this garden, mostly fragrant flowering plants have been grown, such as Stock, Verbena, Mignonette & Jasmine etc. The beauty of this garden lies in the bubble fountain hidden in a pool at the centre which forms soft waves flowing outwards creating a beautiful visual effect. Adjacent to the Circular Garden, there is a section of Bonsai trees, reputed to be one of the best in the country.
The Mughal Gardens are the pride of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and each successive President (and their spouses) have nurtured a great interest in its upkeep. The gardens are open for public viewing in the months of February-March every year when visitors are allowed entry to the garden on all days except Mondays. The dates & timings are made known to the public, each year, through news & media.
Pro Tip | The Mughal Gardens are open to the public from the February to March 2017 from 9.30am to 4pm
Entry and exit into the gardens for the public is from Gate 35 of the President’s Estate, which is located at the extreme end of the Church Road. Visitors are not allowed to carry the following items: water bottles, briefcases, handbags/ladies’ purses, cameras, radios/transistors, cell phones, umbrellas, eatables.
So there you go, just gather your gang and go and drink in the beautiful sights!