Are you worn-out of city’s hustle-bustle and want to inhale some unsullied air amidst a colourful precinct? The 2017 edition of Udyanotsav in Delhi has something fresh to proffer you.
The yearly appearance of Udyanotsav has already been unveiled on February 4 at Mughal Gardens, the residence of Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee. Like every year, the Garden will remain open for general public from February 05 to March 12, 2017 between 9.30AM to 4PM, and the entry will be closed by 3PM. However, due to maintenance purpose the garden will remain closed on every Monday. The entry and exit for general public will be through Gate No.35, which is adjacent to President’s Estate where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan. The showcase of Udyanotsav will also include a blend of Herbal Garden, Musical Garden, Bonsai Garden, Bio-diversity Park and Spiritual Garden.
A Glimpse of Mughal Gardens:
As the name suggests this is an array of gardens, which was built by the Mughals. The structural decor of this Garden was executed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Lady Harding. A significant part of this garden is its architectural style, which synthesis the edifice of both the British as well the medieval Persian style. The favourite amusement of the Mughal emperors is situated at the Rashtrapati Bhavan featuring pools, canals and fountains. With an expanse of around 13 acres areas, the garden area is segregated in three different parts namely; the Circular Garden, Long Garden and Rectangular Garden.
What allures the spectators here at the Mughal Gardens is the diverse range of flowers that includes double pansies, tulips and roses. Besides, another interesting feature of this garden is that many roses here are named after some of the eminent personalities or structure like Taj Mahal, Queen Elizabeth, Mr. Lincoln, Bush Rose etc. Furthermore, the Central Garden area is enclosed by ‘doob’ grass, which was carried from the Belvedere Estate, Kolkata.
Key Attractions of Udyanotsav:
In order to spread the benefit and awareness of air purifying plants, the Udyanotsav 2017 will showcase a theme-based exhibition of around 30 air purifying plants and of vertical garden. Some of the key air purifying plants will include Dedrobium orchid, Red edged Dracaena, Banana, English Ivy, Aloe Vera etc.
However, the key attraction this year is going to be the special roses that are named after the President of India and his wife Suvra Mukherjee. The yellow rose is named after Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and the rose in pink-purple on the other hand is named after his wife.
Besides, an array of more than 2000 conspicuous Dahlias in white and yellow are also going to grab the attention of visitors in the garden. It is reported that there are various roses that are yet to be flowered, but expected to get bloomed well before the closing date of Udyanotsav. Apart from the colourful presence of roses and Dahlias, Udyanotsav will also highlight some vivacious Tulips and Primulas.
Moving ahead, there will also be an exhibition stall run by Self Help Group (SHG), which will showcase some fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Not only this, spectators will also be able to purchase some souvenirs like Key-chains, caps and T-shirts from this stall.
How to Reach:
Being situated at one of the prominent locations in Delhi, the Mughal Gardens can be reached quite conveniently from different parts of the city. For air travellers outside Delhi, the nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), which is around 12Kms away from the venue. From airport premises, one can hire a cab or taxi to travel further.
If you are travelling by train, there are two major railways stations in Delhi that are well-connected to various other cities of India. From New Delhi Railway station the distance to reach Mughal Gardens is around 6Kms. On the other hand, the distance between the Mughal Gardens and Old Delhi Railway station is around 9Kms. From railway station many private taxis, cabs and auto-rickshaws are available. In addition, if you are travelling by Delhi Metro, the nearest metro station is Central Secretariat that connects other metro routes of the city quite expediently.
From the nearby places like ISBT, Cannaught Place and India Gate regular buses are also available that runs under Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).
Nearby by Attractions:
Having spent a spectacular 2-3 hours time in the Udyanotsav, you can further try visiting some of the following places in and around the Mughal Gardens:
#Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Situated around 1.9Kms away from the Mughal Garden, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the significant reverences for Sikh. This famous Gurudwara of Delhi was initially built as a small shrine in 1783. The periphery of Gurudwara is quite huge that accommodates a holy pond, kitchen, art gallery and a school. Don’t forget to taste the fabulous Langar here, which is cooked by the gursikhs in support of many volunteers.
This is one more location to visit within merely 1.1Kms reach from the Mughal Garden. Many buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws are available within the city to reach there. Though visitors need prior permission or an entry pass before accessing to the compounds of this historic building. However, the surroundings of the British architectural design offer you a great vista to capture and cherish.
Situated around 2.4Kms away from the garden, Indi Gate is absolutely a perfect place for outing. Every evening, many tourist flocks near the giant gate with their friends and families to spend some relaxing time. There are two more attractions around India gate, which are Amar Jawan Jyoti and the Canopy. Besides, the spacious green lawn aside the road offers you a soothing ambience all together. There are various hawkers near Indi Gate carrying different eatables and colourful toys for kids.
Situated within 0.7Km reach from the Mughal Gardens, the majestic Gyarah Murti is a nice historic spot in the heart of the city. The presence of huge black sculptures represents the significant Dandi March of 1931 led by Mahatma Gandhi. The sculpture signifies the religious harmony of patriotism featuring a cluster of a turbaned Sikh man, a Hindu scholar, a Christian priest, woman in a skirt and a young boy, a Muslim peasant and a weary old man.
Apart from the cited locations, you can also visit some other nearby spots like Birla Mandir Temple (2.1Kms), Cathedral Church of the Redemption (0.7Km), Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum (2Kms) and Gandhi Smriti (2.3Kms).
Since the garden is located at an imperative location of the city, hence a rigid security and safety measures are taken care of before entering the garden. The following are some important pointers that every visitor should count on while going to Udyanotsav:
- Spectators are not allowed to access the garden carrying any objects like camera, eatables, water bottles, handbags/ladies purses etc. However, no entry fee is required.
- If in case you carry any of the above listed objects, you will be required to despot the same at the entry point during security checking.
- For public visitors, provisions are there for medical facility, drinking water, rest room for senior citizens and toilets.
- People who are physically challenged can access the Rashtrapati Bhavan through wheel chairs.
- Free parking space is there near the Mughal Gardens. In addition, you can also park your car near India Gate and from there you can hire an auto to travel further.
- During security checking, you may be asked to show a valid ID proof. Hence, do carry your ID proof like voter ID, Passport, PAN Card, Aadhar Card, Driving License etc.
Words cannot portray the serene exquisiteness of this garden. Therefore, visit and explore the magical panorama of Udyanotsav in the Mughal Gardens. Hope the presence of rose and other colourful flowers will leave you a delightful impression on the eve of Valentine’s Day.