The green colour always cools down a weary mind, and if it opens its cozy heart in the middle of a capital, it beckons everyone far and near. Since time immemorial, Delhi has been a capital of valiant emperors who beside creating newer boundaries also bestowed the geography with exquisite works of art and picturesque gardens suroounding them. the gardens reverberates with the erstwhile princely aroma, that makes it way to everyone's hearts through the enchanting fragrance of roses and lilies. Ubiquitous in the planned areas, unfortunately they are limited in the congested layout of Old Delhi, where it is difficult to have open spaces. Many of these lush parks are adorned with forsaken ruins of archaic forts, which stand as silent solitary sentinels but give you ample elbowroom to kick back your vacation afternoons.
Mughal Gardens, located at the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of President, is one of the most exquisitely done botanies in Delhi. Straggled across six hectares of land, the famous Mughal Gardens with multi-level terraces, canals, flowering shrubs, lawns and privet hedges, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Lady Harding. This garden, which is divided into three sectors - Rectangular Garden, Long Garden and the Circular Garden, was apparently inspired by the Mughal style and hence the name. Mughal Gardens is open to the visitors from February to March every year and sums up as the perfect place for a picnic or a casual day out.
Formerly known as Lady Willington Park, today the famous Lodi Gardens stands as the prized remnants of the early historic times. Located on the main Lodi road, this exquisite landscape, which is thronged with many medieval monuments and tombs, serves as joggers as well as tourists delight. Well-kept gardens and the historic repositories lend an aura of impeccable charm to this garden. Tombs of rulers like Muhammad Shah, Sikander Lodi and the ‘Athpula’ Bridge add to the garden’s majestic opulence. If you are a lover of bonsai, then a visit to the National Bonsai Park over here can leave you thrilled.
Kalindi Kunj is a famous public garden that draws its inspiration from the Vrindavan garden of Mysore. Located on the banks of the river Yamuna, close to the Apollo Hospital and the Okhla, this garden provides breathtaking sight with its beautiful greenery and the musical fountain. Brilliantly illuminated, the garden offers a fairytale atmosphere to the visitors who flock here in large numbers to enjoy the rich lush. The garden also serves as a hub for migratory birds that flock this area during September.
Shalimar garden, one of the famous Mughal gardens in Delhi, is located 10kms to the north-west of Old Delhi. Once known as Aizzabad-Bagh, after Shah Jahan’s wife Aizzu'n-Nisa Begum, Shalimar Garden served as the country house for Emperor Aurangzeb during his reign. The garden still houses many buildings that narrate the glorious past of the unforgettable Mughal history. The present beauty of the Shalimar garden is due to the reconstruction work done by the Indian tourism in the year 2006. The best time to visit this place is during spring as the nature is at its best during this time of the year.
The Talkatora garden, perched on the main Willingdon Crescents Road, stands as another good example of lush tapestry done in Mughal style. The Talkatora garden once served as the venue of battle between the Mughals and the Marathas and is stamped with a rich historical significance. The garden is famous for its splendid look especially in spring when the colorful flowers and plans display serene beauty. Apart for the greeneries, the Talkatora Gardens is also famous for its indoor stadium where the number of shows, competitions and programs are held throughout the year.
True to its name, the Rose garden in Delhi houses roses of different varieties. The best time to visit the Rose garden is during December and January when the roses are in full bloom. The Rose garden is famous among tourists because of its beauty and splendor. The other reason for its popularity is the easy accessibility of the place. The garden is close to Raj Ghat, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort and Shanti Vana. Thus, anyone visiting to these places can easily make a trip to the Rose garden and revel in its rich beauty.
Buddha Jayanti Park
Buddha Jayanti Park, situated in Ridge Road near Dhaula Kuan, is an exquisite landscape, built to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of Lord Buddha's attainment of nirvana. A sapling of the original Bodi tree, under which Buddha attained his enlightenment, is planted in this park and serves as one of the major attractions for the tourists here. With lush green lawns, pitched terrain and huge trees, Buddha Jayanti Park is quite popular among people of all ages. Open on all days, you can enjoy the serene beauty of this park any day between 5 am to 7 pm.
Millennium Indraprastha Park
Millennium Indraprastha Park located on the outer Ring Road of East Delhi is a recent addition to the parks of Delhi. With the initiation of Delhi Development Authority, the park was constructed in 2004 with the sole aim of providing green space for the Delhites. This park attracts large number of people with its colorful blooms, lush green trees and little cottages. Visitors can also get a clear view of Humayun's Tomb from the park. The park is open to visitors on all days of the week from morning 5 am to 8.30 pm in the evening.
Nehru Park, spread over 75 acres of land, is located in Chanakyapuri, close to Ashoka Hotel. With the vast stretch of landscaped lawns and tracks, Nehru Park is an ideal destination for family outing. The park, which is named after Jawaharlal Nehru, is noted for its mounds and rocks. Other attractions of the place are Monkey Bridge, water channels, swimming pool and fountain. Classical music concert is held once in every e month that attracts visitors in large numbers. Apart from this, the park also houses an open art gallery, which serves as a platform for budding artists.