Impressive isn’t the word when it comes to the gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President’s House) on Rajpath. It’s not open to the public all the time, but when the President issues his invite Dilliwalahs come in droves.
As you’d expect, the President of India employs a team of exceptional gardeners to keep his estate in tip top condition.
But you can’t just walk in though the gardens and take a look. You have to be invited. Before you get upset about not having the necessary connections, hang on. Each and every year the President invites the public to enjoy his garden.
The dates vary, but expect to the invite to be issued sometime in February and make a mental note that for four weeks you can take up the President’s kind invitation.
STOP PRESS – 2017 UDYANOTSAV OPENING HOURS AND TIMES
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee opened the annual ‘Udyanotsav’ of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 4th February.
The Mughal Gardens will remain open for the general public until March 12, 2017, between 0930 hrs to 1600 hrs (except on Mondays which are maintenance days).The Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden and Musical Garden will also be open to the public.
On the 10th March the Garden with be open to special categories of visitors – farmers, differently abled persons, defence/para-military forces and Delhi Police personnel from 0930 hrs. to 1600 hrs.
This years there are two special flowers, both tulips, named after the President and his late wife, Suvra Mukherjee. In total 14,000 tulips have been planted to celebrate the 2017 opening of the gardens to the public.
Entry and security
Security is tight. No cameras and bags are allowed inside. The security notice issued by the President’s office re-printed below explains everything.
“Entry and exit for the general public will be from Gate No. 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan. Visitors are requested not to bring any water bottles, briefcases, handbags/ladies purses, cameras, radios/transistors, boxes, umbrellas, eatables etc. Such articles, if any, will have to be deposited at the entry point. However, arrangements of drinking water, toilets, first aid / medical facility; rest rooms for senior citizens, women and children will be provided for public visiting the Gardens.”
Observe the rules. You do not want to be turned away at the door.