New Delhi: The Udyan Utsav 2023, the opening of the Rashtrapati Bhavan gardens, was inaugurated on Sunday by President Droupadi Murmu. Ahead of the opening, the Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhavan was renamed ‘Amrit Udyan’ on Saturday.
Once every year these resplendent gardens are open to the public, this year people can visit the garden from January 31 till Mach 26. People may visit the Amrit Udyan between 10 am and 4 pm, a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday said.
According to the statement, the gardens will be open for special categories from March 28 to 31. For farmers on March 28, for differently-abled persons on March 29, for defence, paramilitary forces, and police personnel on March 30, and for women, including tribal women’s self-help groups, on March 31.
While one of the main attractions of the gardens’ are roses, in this year’s Udyan Utsav, visitors will be able to see specially cultivated tulips of 12 unique varieties which are expected to bloom in phases.
The gardens boast of growing 159 celebrated varieties of roses which blossom primarily in February and March. The varieties of roses in the gardens include Adora, Mrinalini, Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower many others. Several roses are named after famous personalities Jawahar Lal Nehru, Queen Elizabeth, and Christian Dior.
How to book slots
- People can book their slots well in advance online at rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in or rb.nic.in.
- Walk-in visitors can also get entry into the gardens. However, they will have to register themselves at the facilitation counters as well as at the self-service kiosk near gate no 12 of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Entry and exit for all visitors will be from gate number 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Brief History Of The Gardens
Sir Edwin Lutyens had finalised the design of the gardens as early as 1917, the planting was done during the year 1928-1929. His collaborator for the gardens was the Director of Horticulture, William Mustoe.
Rashtrapati Bhavan has two different styles of architecture, Indian and western, similarly, Lutyens brought together two different horticulture traditions together for the gardens, the Mughal style, and the English flower garden. Mughal canals, terraces, and flowering shrubs are beautifully blended with European flowerbeds, lawns and private hedges.
Originally, the garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan included East Lawn, Central Lawn, Long Garden and Circular Garden.
During the term of former presidents Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam and Ram Nath Kovind, more gardens were developed, namely, Herbal-I, Herbal-II, Tactile Garden, Bonsai Garden and Arogya Vanam.
This time, the gardens — Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden, Central Lawn, Long Garden and Circular Garden — will be open to the public for about two months.
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