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February 12, 2010

Mughal Garden opens for public

     New Delhi: The Mughal Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan will be opened for public viewing from February 13 to March 11 from 10 am to 5 pm. It will remain closed on Mondays for maintenance. Entry into the Garden will be open only up to 4 pm. The main Mughal Garden is in bloom having annual flowers such as roses, lilies, tulips, double pansy flowers and eye catching velvet green lawns intercepted with lotus shaped fountains and blue base water canals. This year the special attraction will be the Cactus Corner and a Bonsai Segment. Bonsai (dwarf plants), and a variety of cactus plants will add to the beauty of Rashtrapati Bhavan this year. Bonsai lovers will be able to enjoy a collection of such plants, which are on special display. Visitors while walking into the Gardens will also be able to experience how the green surroundings and water bodies can add to an eco-friendly environment by attracting fauna. The Mughal Gardens, contiguous to the main building of Rashtrapati Bhavan, cover an area of 15 acres. They were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens inspired by the beautiful gardens of Jammu and Kashmir, the garden around the Taj Mahal and Persian and Indian miniature paintings. The Mughal Gardens comprise three parts: the first is the Rectangular Garden adjacent to the main Rashtrapati Bhavan building, which is divided into four quarters, each with terraced gardens on either side. The central lawn here is the venue of numerous receptions and 'At Homes' hosted by the President.
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