The famous Mughal Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan that opened its gates for public earlier this month, will remain opened till March 8. It is at this time of the year that the expansive Mughal Garden at the backyard of Rashtrapati Bhavan flourishes with some rare, exotic, and colourful flowers. By Tanvi Jain
There are at least 10,000 tulips, 70 varieties of 5,000 seasonal flowers and over 100 roses in the Mughal Garden which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. This year, a new variety of Grace de Monaco Rose, planted by Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2019, joins the family.
The place flaunts its ornamental flowers like a multi-coloured sheet with shades of white, yellow, red, and orange. Moreover, the roses here have been named after eminent personalities like Mother Teresa, former President Pranab Mukherjee, former US President John F Kennedy, Jawaharlal Nehru and more. Apart from this, some have also been given unusual names like Christian Dior, Double Delight, and First Prize etc.
Hyacinth, bulbous, Asiatic lilies, daffodils, and tulips specially the Jammu Pink, are some of the many varieties of flowers that can be seen in the garden. However, this year bulbous flowers have turned out to be the star attraction. Some of the rare kind of roses that could be seen here include Green Rose, Oklahoma, Bonne Nuit, Blue Moon, and Lady X.
If you are planning a visit, you can easily book a slot online at the official website of Rashtrapati Bhavan, by clicking on ‘plan your visit’ tab. For those registering online, it’s mandatory to take a mobile pass with an identity card.
For security reasons, visitors are not allowed to carry bottles, briefcases, handbags, ladies purse, cameras, radios, umbrellas and other such items inside the premises. The garden remains open for general public from 10 am to 4 pm every day, except for Mondays when its closed for maintenance. The nearest metro to the Mughal Garden is Central Secretariat.