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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Monday, March 09, 2009

The Mughal Gardens

The Mughal gardens at India's Presidential residence are open to the public for a few weeks in Feb-March every year. We were able to log a visit on Sunday, just a couple of days before Gate No 35 is closed. And now I attempt to describe the visual delights on offer without the right kind of pictures.

That's right - being a VVIP enclosure, you are not allowed to carry the camera / mobile / handbag / car keys. (Good ideas of course for a proper, unencumbered stroll). Even my son's small notepad had to be deposited at entry.

How to get there - Reach North Avenue in the Presidential Estates, then you'll find ample parking. Sufficient arrangements are available for visitors - lockers, lounge areas, waterholes (only water), first aid, a horticultural info stall.

Herbal Garden - India's rich daily-use herbs basil, mint, fenugreek, ginger, garlic, asparagus and so many more, are well marked out. [If I had blindfolded my life-partner, he would have easily scored full marks in a 'find the herb' contest using just his nose - honest! We got to know of the herb in the next patch before we turned to see it or read the placard. Me - I am not very proud of my olfactory senses].
Musical fountain - You can sit in a lounge and enjoy watching the water dancing to popular numbers, and the very huge hybrid dahlias.
Bio-diversity park with 10 species of local fauna.
Main Mughal garden - If we had been the lone visitors, I would have felt like a queen (or Madame President!) having a private stroll amidst millions of flowers. As it was, this is about as close as you can get to the Indian President.
Rose Garden (also called purdah garden) A straight stroll under pretty creepers, with patches of rose varieties on either side.
Circular Garden - This is a set of stepped, annular riots of flowers, with a central fountain. If you ever wish to go round in circles, there is no better place!(picture courtesy http://presidentofindia.nic.in/)
Spiritual garden - A special enclosure for herbs and trees mentioned in India's ancient religious texts (tulsi, henna, kadamba, hibiscus, amla, olives, bamboo, to name some of the well-known species).
My takeaway (apart from pleasant memories of a family stroll in haloed precincts) - these flowers - the silk cotton flower and the flame of the forest.A welcome change from the concrete jungle I live in! I'll now look forward to a Nature Trail at the Presidential Estates.See more visions from around the world in My World Tuesday

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Blogger Inner Vision said...

nice info...thank you very much. It reminded me of my visit to the garden some years back. Thank you.

09 March, 2009  
Blogger Tranquility said...

Such an incredibly beautiful garden!

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Sylvia K said...

Oh, what lovely gardens! Thank you for sharing your world! Beautiful photos!

10 March, 2009  
OpenID ewok1993 said...

thats something i would want to visit and spend a lot of time photographing. thanks for sharing.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger fishing guy said...

Swarna: That is really beautiful, thanks for sharing your neat shots.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Gaelyn said...

What an interesting post and place. Too bad no photos allowed. Yet a nice intro to a future place to visit.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Janie said...

You make the gardens sound wonderful, and the photos are lovely. Seems like a very special place to visit.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger SandyCarlson said...

Those are amazing. I especially like the mandala-shaped garden.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Ishtar said...

My mother would have loved to visit those gardens! She loved anything with flowers! :-)

10 March, 2009  
Blogger koala said...

Right the best thing about it to me is that it's all year round and You don't have to wait till Spring.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Swarna :)

Great presentation and lovely photos.

Actually your narration brought to my mind a visit to the Mughal Gardens in the year 1968. I took part in the Republic Day Parade and one of the benefits was to have a tea party with the President. At that time VV Giri was the President. I was amazed at the beauty and magnificence of the various flowers especially the roses. From your narration, I understand that substantial improvements and additions have been done to that already wonderful garden.

Many many thanks for sharing and I wish I was in 1968 again. The fun we had at the Garrison grounds living in tents in extremely cold weather and believe me it rained sometimes although it was the month of January.

Best wishes :)

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Carole said...

These are just beautiful.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Jeannelle said...

Very lovely. Thank you for posting! Happy travels!

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Mojo said...

Oh there's no way I could visit a place so beautiful and not be allowed my camera! It would be just too cruel!

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Well I think you gave a wonderful verbal tour, it looks and sounds delightful.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Louise said...

What a beautiful garden!!

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Guy D said...

Fabulous gardens, fantastic pics.

Have a great week!
Regina In Pictures

10 March, 2009  
Blogger Mariz said...

would love to visit this place someday. nice post! thanks for sharing this..

10 March, 2009  
Blogger leonnybg said...

Of several images can be acquired idea of beauty spot. Thanks for the information.

10 March, 2009  
Blogger The Good Life in Virginia said...

what a lovely area...enjoy your posts of your world.


12 March, 2009  
Blogger Indrani said...

No camera allowed? That would have been very disappointing for me too.
You have done justice with words though.

15 March, 2009  

The Mughal Gardens are something Delhi can be proud of. When I was a child, it was a treat to visit the garden as part of our school activities in the winter.

17 March, 2009  
Blogger Kat said...

Jeeez, you've thrilled everyone
with the visit to the President's

As a UIP, such thoughts to visit
such places have never entered the

The flowers whacked from the
gardens looked very nice :)

25 March, 2009  

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