The Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi


In spite of living in National Capital Region for such a long time, this was my first visit to theΒ Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhawan! I was tempted in the previous years too but in the past even cell phones were not allowed. As of now they allow you to carry your cell phone, not head phones though. There is security at almost every step but no one says anything if you click pictures with your cell phone.

The Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhawan

This year the gardens are open till 12th March 2017. The visiting hours are 9.30 am to 4.00 pm on all days except Mondays. You can carry cards, money and your cell phone inside. There is no need to carry a water bottle as there is bottled water available for free. There are paid vending machines too. The entry is from gate number 35. The nearest metro station is Central Secretariat.

Pansy in Bloom at the Mughal Gardens

The gardens are spread over 15 acres so put on your comfortable walking shoes! SirΒ  Edwin Lutyens finalized the designs of the Mughal Gardens in 1917, but it was in the year 1928-1929 that first plantings were done. His collaborator for the gardens was the then Director of Horticulture, William Mustoe. The gardens have the elements of both Mughal and English gardens.

The Bonsai Garden

The Mughal Gardens are divided in many sections. Right upon the entrance is the Herbal Garden. The fragrance almost overwhelms you, after all, I am more used to petrol fumes than fragrance elsewhere in the city! The second section is the Bonsai Garden where a few tall trees sheltered many small ones!

The Musical Fountains at the Mughal Gardens

You then walk past the musical fountains where patriotic songs play on a loop. I was a bit confused about photography but at no point anyone asked me to stop; not even when I would sit on the ground to click a picture.

Watering the Plants!

I am quite curious about the number of gardeners needed to main the grounds! I am sure it is huge! I could see them in many places. They also have access to areas where public cannot go!

They make stunning floral rangolis on the lawns. I asked them if they replaced the designs daily? They told me a design stays for 2 to 3 days after which they make a fresh one. I complimented them on the designs and they thanked me too.

The Floral Rangoli at the Main Garden

However much I tried; I could not get the whole grand floral rangoli design in my frame. I was quite hesitant about photography but when I visit again, I will be more assured about it. Once you get out of the gardens you still see some signs of ‘photography and videography prohibited’ but there were no such sings within the gardens this year!

Yellow Asiatic Lilies

There were numerous moments when I regretted not having a zoom but then I reminded myself that earlier even cell phones were not allowed.

Cactus at the Gardens!

The variety of the flora is worth a mention. From cactus to seasonal flowers to beautiful roses there is almost everything that you might imagine or recognize.

Floral Displays

It was impressive to see what skilled people can do with flowers and how soothing it is to the senses. I went on a weekday and closer to the opening time, so the crowd was manageable.

School Kids were Out in Numbers!

There were many school kids visiting the Mughal Gardens the day I went. There were more than one schools present. And yet the gardens are huge, so it was easy to give them a miss if I wanted to.

The Circular Pathways that Lead Out

The way out is through this delightful little circular patch of bliss! Once again it is the fragrance that mesmerized me first, the eyes caught the colors a bit later! The first photo in the series of the same place, only I placed purple flowers in the foreground.

Vegetables and Fruits from the President’s Gardens

Just beside the exit there is a display that showcases the vegetables and fruits from the President’s Gardens. It is a complete delight too.

There is no entry fee to visit the Mughal Gardens. If you have not been there, you still have a few more days to go before it closes for the public and reopens later in August 2017.


40 thoughts on “The Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi”

      1. Me too wanted to join with Mahesh Sir , but could not go as he sent some pictures showing huge crowd so I with my kids skipped on second Saturday. Pictures are very beautiful . I think , maximum numbers of roses are present here in this garden , is it right ?

  1. What a flower paradise. Pansies reminded me of home and my cousin Anyuta is particular. The colloquial name of these flowers is “Anyuta’s eyes” in Ukrainian and Russian. I have the fondest memories of Delhi and will try to visit this garden if I ever make my way to the city again.

  2. Have heard a lot about it…After seeing these pictures, I am convinced that given a chance, one should not miss this. Awesome pictures !!

  3. It is always a joy visiting the Mughal Gardens. An oasis in an other wise chaotic Delhi traffic ! Great pictures, reminded me of my childhood trip with my family

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I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.

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