Mughal Gardens had always been on my travel list ever since i could remember. Because this is the only place in Delhi where you get to see so many endearingly beautiful flowers some of which belong to the rare species. And the fact that its open only for a month roughly makes it even more popular among the locals and the tourists.
At the entry there is a public library named after the President of India. On proceeding further there are few security checks and amenities like first aid facilities camps and drinking water are there within the complex. And in case you are tired due to too much walking then you can also rest in the tents especially put up for relaxing.
This garden has been divided into many parts- Herbal garden, Bonsai garden, musical fountain garden, rose garden. The first part of the garden after security check is the Herbal garden or the biodiversity garden where there are various varieties of herbs like quinghaou, bergamot mint, milk thistle, giloy, ashwagandha, wild marigold,Geranium, aloe vera, vetiver, citronella etc. Most of these plants have medicinal properties.
The next part of the garden is the Bonsai garden where you see lot of potted plants and bonsai plants of many varieties.
Next you enter into a big musical fountain garden which has some beautiful fountains and lovely flowers.
Next to it is the main garden area based on the mughal garden architecture. From this part of the garden you can easily see the rashtrapati bhavan. This is the biggest part and the most beautiful part of the entire complex with many varieties of beautiful flowers, some of which are rare and extinct, There is a typical charbagh style canals and a fountain in the center.
Next you enter into the rose garden in which many varieties of rose are grown. Some of the rose varieties included Christian dior rose, Montezuma rose, Landora rose, China man rose, Eiffel tower rose, Just joey rose etc. Now this was something new for me. Before this visit a rose to me meant just a rose. I never knew there were so many varieties of roses.
The next and the last part of the complex is a beautiful picturesque circular garden with a big fountain and a pool in the middle and the different plants and beautiful flowers are grown in concentric circles around it. This is also one of the best part of the entire mughal garden complex. This garden offers beautiful sight and is a treat to the eyes.
If i sum up my experience,then i would say it was just too fabulous and seeing the spring everywhere definitely heals your soul and mind for sure.
My overall ratings for the Mughal garden, Delhi
Beauty and visit worthiness of place- 5/5
Food availability-0/5 (Nothing is available inside the gardens, although small vendors are there outside the garden but I can't assure you of the hygiene.)
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Where to eat
Pandara Road is the nearest place where you can have some good Indian food in some mid-range restaurants. Connaught place and Khan market are also places having some good restaurants and fast food chains. Also there are some luxury hotels nearby within a radius of 2-3 kms where you can dine-in for a luxurious spread of meal.
Best time to visit this place
February to March is the best time to visit because these gardens are open to the public only during these two months and are closed for the rest of the year for public. Also this is the time of spring in Delhi when the weather is comfortable, neither too hot nor too cold. Also please note that the garden is open only during the daytime from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm IST.
Tourist attractions near Mughal gardens
Mughal gardens is located at a very good location because many of the popular tourists attractions of Delhi are located within a radius of about 5 km around it. These tourist spots include Rashtrapati bhavan, Parliament house, North block, South block, India Gate, Lodhi gardens, Safdarjung's tomb, Nehru planetarium, Old fort, National Zoological Park, National museum, National Rail museum,Connaught place market, Jantar mantar observatory, Khan market, Gurdwara Bangla sahib and Cathedral church of redemption. So now u can imagine why I was talking about its location...!!!
Location of Mughal gardens and How to reach here
It is located in the Rashtrapati Bhavan or President's estate in the administrative center of Delhi. See the map below for detail.
Nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International airport which is at a distance of about 13kms and takes about 30 minutes to reach. Nearest railway station is New Delhi railway station at a distance of about 5 km that takes roughly 15 minutes to reach.
You can take a metro train to commute from a place in Delhi to Mughal Gardens. Nearest metro station is Central secretariat metro station.This place is very well connected by road, so you can take a public transport like DTC bus, a taxi or an autorickshaw from any part of delhi to reach here.
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