The 'Mughal Garden' of Rashtrapati Bhavan has been renamed as 'Amrit Udyan'. This garden opens for the public once a year and this time it will open for the public from 31st January and will remain open for the public till 26th March.
The Mughal Gardens, located within the grounds of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the Mughal Gardens are designed in a combination of Mughal style and British garden designs. The garden is spread over 12 acres and has a variety of flowers and plants which are carefully maintained by skilled gardeners.
History of Amrit Udyan
When the British changed the country's capital from Calcutta to Delhi in the year 1911, they called the famous British architect Edward Lutyens from England to India to give a new look to Delhi. After coming to Delhi, Lutyens chose Raisina Hill for the Viceroy's House (the present Rashtrapati Bhavan) and prepared a plan, which included a British-style garden with the building.
Lady Hardinge, the wife of the then Viceroy Lord Hardinge, had seen Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar, which fascinated her, then she proposed to build an Indian-style garden here. Sir Edwin Lutyens had great respect for Lord Hardinge, so he redrawn the map according to his suggestions. The construction of the Viceroy's House started in 1912 and was completed by 1929.
Highlights of Amrit Udyan:
- The garden is divided into various sections, each displaying a different type of plant or flower.
- The main attraction of the garden is the Mughal style water channels that run through the garden and are surrounded by colorful flowers and plants.
Visitors can also see the famous 'Bonsai Garden' which is a smaller replica of the Mughal Gardens.
- There are six lotus shaped fountains at the intersection of the two canals. Rising up to a height of 12 feet, the energetic fountains create pleasant noises that enthrall the visitor.