Renowned Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi will now be referred to as “Amrit Udyan
On Saturday the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Mughal Gardens has been renamed Amrit Udyan on the occasion of the celebrations of 75 years of India’s Independence, ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav‘. Amrit Udyan be will open to the public from January 31, 2023.
Navika Gupta, Deputy Press Secretary to President said, “On the occasion of the celebrations of 75 years of Independence as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the President of India has given a common name to the Rashtrapati Bhavan gardens as Amrit Udyan.” The Deputy Press Secretary informed that the Amrit Udyan will be inaugurated by President Droupadi Murmu on Sunday, January 29.
The Amrit Udyan had up till now been opened for the public only during the annual festival, Udyan Utsav, held in the months of February-March. Besides, it will be exclusively open for the special categories, which include farmers, differently-abled persons, defence and paramilitary forces, and Delhi police personnel between March 28-31.”
With 138 types of roses, over 10,000 Tulip bulbs, and 70 different kinds of about 5,000 seasonal flowers, the gardens boast the colours of Delhi. It attracts 3-6 lakh visitors during the brief period it is open, every year since 2003.
The Amrit Udyan is spread over a vast expanse of 15 acres and has been portrayed as the soul of the Presidential Palace.
The Amrit Udyan draws its inspiration from the Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir, the gardens around the Taj Mahal, and even miniature paintings of India and Persia.
Sir Edwin Lutyens had finalized the designs of the Amrit Udyan as early as 1917, however, it was only during the years 1928-1929 that planting was done. His collaborator for the gardens was the Director of Horticulture, William Mustoe.
The building of Rashtrapati Bhavan has two different styles of architecture, Indian and western, similarly, Sir Lutyens brought together two different horticulture traditions together for the gardens, the Mughal style, and the English flower garden. Mughal canals, terraces, and flowering shrubs are beautifully blended with European flowerbeds, lawns, and private hedges.
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