Udyanotsav

The Mughal Gardens comprising the Central Lawn, Long Gardens and Circular Garden along with other Gardens such as the Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden, Musical Garden and Biodiversity Park are in full bloom during the month of February-March. The opening of these gardens to the public during this period is known as “Udyanotsav”. In 2016, approximately 6.5 lakh people visited the Mughal Gardens.

 Udyanotsav displays the skill and craft of the hundreds of gardeners of Rashtrapati Bhavan. About 12,000 Tulips, in the shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, purple and white blossomed during spring season. Roses, often called the pride of Mughal Gardens, are a permanent feature of the Rashtrapati Bhavan which boasts of having a large range of roses including heritage as well as new varieties  at one place. Rare green rose, black rose and angelique amongst others are found at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Apart from that, there are more than 70 varieties of seasonal flowers in the Mughal Gardens. The Gardens are also full of annuals like Californian poppy, carnations, pansy, marigold, gerbera, stock and many more. They are used in pure beds and in combination of varying heights to create a pyramid of colours. In addition, flowers are massed irregularly and grouped in colour combinations to produce a harmonious, natural and pleasing effect. Apart from this, Rashtrapati Bhavan has more than 5000 trees belonging to 160 species including mango, neem, jamun, peepal and banyan.

A special Tactile Garden that was established in the year 2004 by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, is also opened on the last day of the festival for the visually challenged. This garden comprises various plants having specific texture and fragrance which can be easily identified through touch and feel. It is an elliptical shaped garden with a fountain, thirty four beds of aromatic plants, herbs, spices and normal ornamental flowers. Udyanostav also has a special day for farmers, differently abled persons, Defence, Para-Military Forces and Delhi Police personnel.

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