Located inside Rashtrapati Bhawan or the official residence of the President of India, at the heart of New Delhi, the Mughal Garden is a burst of vivid blooms.Designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens as early as 1917, the Mughal Garden is the pride and soul of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and is thrown open for the public every spring.

Sprawled over 15 acres, it has been inspired from the Mughal gardens of Jammu & Kashmir and the picturesque flower beds surrounding the Taj Mahal in Agra, amongst others.

Although the design of the garden was completed in 1917, flowering plants were sowed only during 1928-29. It is said that Lutyens collaborated with William Mustoe, the then director of horticulture, for the same. When the garden was being planted, doob grass was brought from Kolkata (then Calcutta) to cover the garden. Interestingly, Lutyens introduced in the Mughal Garden, two varied traditions of horticulture - the Mughal style and an English flower garden. Along with vibrant flowers, the garden also boasts Mughal-style canals, terraces and blossoming shrubs that seamlessly blend with European blooms, manicured lawns and hedges.
Every year, between the months of February and March during the annual festival Udanotsav, people in large numbers flock to the Mughal Gardens.Of all the flowering plants that can be viewed here, the roses take pride of place with over 159 (estimated) such varieties of the bloom as Adora, Blue Moon, Oklahoma that is also referred to as the black rose and Belami, to name a few. Just not that, one can also find roses named after such popular and noted personalities as Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth and Raja Ram Mohan Roy. Do not be surprised if you come across roses named Bhim and Arjun (characters from Hindu epic Mahabharata) as well!
Along with the sweet roses are present a wide array of such beautiful seasonal flowers as daffodils, hyacinth, lilies and more. The garden is also known to grow as many as 60 varieties of bougainvilleas. Almost 50 varieties of trees, shrubs and vines including Moulsiri tree, Golden Rain tree and Torch tree, which bears flowers, apart from many more call the Mughal Gardens home.

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