Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mughal Garden- Rashtrapati Bhawan

It’s been more than 17 years of my stay in Delhi and I never got a chance to visit the famous Mughal Garden. Sometimes we ignore the sites in our own city thinking we can visit the place any time.

 My wife had insisted to visit this place and honestly its worth going because it’s situated inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is a lifetime opportunity to see the royal building so closely. We decided Sunday will be the best time as we don’t have to deal with much Delhi traffic. The garden is open for public only in the month of Feb and March. As a photographer, the sad part is no professional camera is allowed inside. We can resort to phone camera only. But I respect this restriction because it is the home of the President.

The garden is situated at the back of Rashtrapati Bhawan, incorporating both Mughal and English landscaping styles and feature a great variety of flowers. Source- Link. Three sections divide the garden rectangular, long and circular gardens also known as Pearl garden, Butterfly garden and Circular garden. The garden has all sorts of flowers but Roses and Tulips are the main attractions. Apart from that lotus, bonsai and herbs also add up to the beauty. The garden is fringed by many fountains, the most beautiful and spectacular one being the Musical Fountain. The water sprinkles up to the tune of patriotic songs which makes a great show for visitors! 

Security is very tight inside the garden premises guarded by armed police personnel and Indian Army. Visitors are not supposed to walk on the grass and are restricted to cross certain points in the garden. However, as Indians this is our birth right to “walk on the grass” and touch flowers. Some people will do anything for a nice selfie, ready to break the rules and sabotage plants! There is also a library of President Pranab Mukherjee close to the entrance of the garden.

We stayed there for nearly two hours. It was a great experience for us. I’m sharing few pictures taken from phone camera.