The famed Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan are set to open to the public on February 4 with a display of various fauna and flora, including specially cultivated tulips that are expected to bloom in vivid colours in phases during this month.
The 15-acre gardens will be open for the general public after President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates the annual garden festival ‘Udyanotsav’ at the presidential residence on February 4.
Visitors can enter the Gardens for free from February 6 to March 9 between 9:30 AM and 4.00 PM and the Gardens will remain closed on Mondays for maintenance, according to a press statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan.
From this year, an online booking facility has been introduced for visitors in addition to the direct walk-in entry like previous years.
Around 10,000 tulips specially cultivated in Mughal Gardens are expected to bloom in vivid colours of red, white, orange and yellow mixed with red and pink. Apart from tulips and exotic flowers, the other main attraction for the year is bulbous flowerings.
Flower carpets in magnificent designs will also be on display in the Central Lawns revealing the skill and craft of the gardeners of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The dominant colour scheme of this year’s ornamental flowers is white, yellow, red and orange.
As in previous years, a small beautified cactus corner with interesting varieties of cactus and succulents has been landscaped. An exhibition stall will also showcase organic fresh vegetables and fruits grown in the President’s Estate Organic Farm.
The President’s office has requested the visitors “not to bring any water bottles, briefcases, handbags, cameras, radios, transistors, boxes, umbrellas, eatables etc.”
President’s press secretary Ashok Malik said arrangements of drinking water, toilets, first aid, medical facility, restrooms for senior citizens, women and children are also being provided at various places along the route visitors will take.
He also said that entry and exit for all online and walk-in visitors will be from Gate No. 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan
To avoid any inconvenience, the online booking facility – available seven days in advance has been divided into seven hourly slots.