"Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You're closer to God's heart in a garden than any place else on earth."
By: Dorothy Frances Gurney
The green color attracts weary minds just like magnet attracts iron filings. It always has a soothing effect on the eyes and on the heart. And what can be the best way of refreshing oneself than to visit a garden cloaked in greenery punctuated by colorful flowers. Delhi is one such place which reverberates with several wonderful gardens, each having its own unique charm. It is a historic city where several rulers ruled and apart from building fine architectural structures, they bestowed the city with some beautiful gardens also.
Some of the famous gardens of Delhi are
It is the most famous garden of Delhi located in the complex of the Rashtrapati Bhavan-the official residence of the President of India. It is a beautiful garden dotted with colorful flowers. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Open to public from February to March, this garden displays a variety of flowers and has both Mughal and English landscaping styles. Sprawling over acres of land, it consists of the rectangular garden, the circular garden and the long garden. The exotic varieties of rose are the main highlights of the gardens.
Buddha Jayanti Park
Located near Rajpath, Buddha Jayanti Park commemorates Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment. A sapling of the Bodhi Tree in Sri Lanka was planted in this park. This park was established on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of Gautam Buddha’s enlightenment. There is an artificial island in the park with a pavilion housing a gilded statue of Lord Buddha. It also serves as a venue for the celebration of Buddha Jayanti every year in the month of May.
Located near the famous Humayun’s Tomb, Lodi Garden is a beautiful and huge garden. Its lush greenery, ponds, paved paths and shady trees make it a relaxing place to spend time in. It is very popular among young couples who come here to spend some quality time with each other. The park also houses the tombs of the Sayyid and Lodi rulers. It reflects the architectural work of the 15th century. This historic site is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.
Located near Okhla Kalandi Kunj is a wonderful garden fashioned in a way similar to Vrindavan garden of Mysore. Its lush greenery and colorful musical fountains are its major draws.
There are several other small and big gardens in Delhi. No matter which region of Delhi you travel to you will find parks or gardens there.
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