At a distance of 5.5 km from New Delhi Railway Station, Mughal Garden is the historical garden located inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan Complex. This Garden is famous for the wide variety of flowers, some of which are rare and extinct.
The Garden is designed by Sir Edwin Lutynes for Lady Harding. It is spread over an area of 13 acres and is a fusion of both Mughal as well as the British style of architecture. The Mughal Garden is one of the most stunning, landscaped, well-planned gardens in the city. Adorned with Mughal style canals, terraces and fountains, it is a circular garden.
The garden consists of three parts - the Rectangular Garden, the Long Garden and the Circular Garden. The Rectangular Garden is the main garden, which derived its name from the water-gardens. It has 4 waterways with lotus-shaped red sandstone fountains that rise up to a height of 12 feet. Each channel has a wooden tray placed in the center, with grains to feed the birds.
Long Garden is enclosed by high walls and contains a shaded passageway made of sandstone. Butterfly Garden consists of circular flowerbeds and carefully placed fountains. It is believed that the garden houses more than 25 varieties of rose, 13 types of marigolds and 60 types bougainvillea. The bonsai collection here is one of the finest in the country. Green house, nursery, the impressive Bonsai Collection and the office of horticulturalist are also present here.
Mughal Garden is open for public visit only in the months of February and March when the flowers are in their full bloom. In Mughal Gardens Udyanotsav is a month long festival celebrated every year from February to March. Visitors should not bring water bottles, briefcases, handbags/ladies purses, cameras, radios/transistors, umbrellas, eatables etc.
Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM on all days except Monday in the months of February to March.