Top 8 Gardens of India : Must Visit. Once in a Lifetime Experience.
‘Garden’ brings to mind a place of relaxation, a beautiful canvas of colour and natural beauty and an escape from the busy, crowded, polluted atmosphere. In the ever increasing polluted world of today, gardens are the ‘lungs of the city’, especially in big towns and cities. People crave to have gardens in their residential complexes or vicinity and thus more and more beautification and creation of green areas is being undertaken by the municipal corporations. We at Naturally Green, endeavour to help individuals grow & maintain plants at home, whether it is one plant or many.
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Shalimar Bagh, Kashmir :
Shalimar Bagh is one of the largest Mughal gardens in Srinagar, linked through a channel to the northeast of Dal Lake. Also called Shalimar Garden, Farah Baksh and Faiz Baksh, this garden is also now well known as ‘the crown of Srinagar’. Designed in the Persian style of architecture, this garden is a sight to behold with its beautiful manicured greens, water fountains and arched niches (chini khanas) behind garden waterfalls, which is a unique feature of this garden. These niches, which were accentuated with oil lamps in the earlier days, creating a lovely glow behind the waterfalls, now hold flower pots that add colour and beauty to the cascading waterfall. One of the most visited attractions in Kashmir, this garden is considered to be very beautiful during the autumn and spring seasons, due to the changing colour of the leaves of the abundant chinar trees lining the garden.
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm. Friday Closed.
Mughal Garden, Srinagar :
Mughal Gardens which have truly changed the face of the Mughal Empire is one of the most popular and the most visited tourist attractions of Srinagar. During their rule, the Mughals began to build several types of gardens in Persian architecture, and the combination of these gardens is referred to as the Mughal Gardens. The natural beauty of the place filled with lush green grass and the scented flowers is a stress-buster and pleasing to the eyes. The tourists who come here take long strolls in the garden or sit and admire the beauty of the place.
The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar comprise of Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Pari Mahal, Achabal and Verinag Garden. The grandeur of the gardens is dedicated to Emperor Jahangir who always had an undying love for Kashmir. Jahangir was responsible for the selection of the site and planning the requirements of the paradise gardens. It is always a lot of fun in exploring the history behind these gardens. They follow a Persian style of architecture and have been influenced by the Persian gardens. Some typical features of Mughal Gardens which are a treat for its visitors include canals, pools and fountains.
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm everyday.
Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore :
Built at the foothills of the Himalayas, in the city of Pinjore on the Ambala-Shimla road, Yadavindra Gardens or as formerly known, Pinjore Gardens, was built during the reign of Aurangzeb as a summer retreat for him. Regarded as one of the best Mughal gardens in India, it is constructed in much the same way as Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar. The garden is layered in seven terraces and contains Rajasthani-Mughal styled palaces, arched doorways, water fountains, cypress trees, flowerbeds and fruit groves. The whole complex is beautifully illuminated and also contains an old restored heritage train which can be used to visit all the monuments and gardens in the complex. Major festivals like the Pinjore Baisakhi festival in April, the Pinjore Mango Mela in July and the very popular Pinjore Heritage festival in December are held in these gardens annually.
Timings: 7 am to 10 pm
Mughal Gardens, Delhi :
The majestic Mughal Gardens are located within the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Famous as the most beautiful garden of the city, it opens its gate to the public only in the month of February and March. Incorporating a mix of typical Mughal design and the English flower garden, this terraced garden is beautified with water fountains, watercourses and around 70 varieties of seasonal flowers including tulips and roses. It also boasts of a herbal garden which has over 30 herbal and medicinal plants, a bonsai garden with around 250 plans, a cactus garden and a musical garden with twelve fountains.
Timings: 9.30 am to 4 pm
Brindavan Garden, Mysore :
The Brindavan Gardens, spread over 60 acres, is located at a distance of 21 km away from Mysore. Built across the notable river of India, Cauvery, it took around five years to complete the project. The well-synchronised fountain show with music, boating and well-manicured grass with flowerbeds are some of the top experiences of Brindavan Garden.
Constructed in 1932 by the Diwan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail, Brindavan Garden is visited by millions of tourists every year. Divided into two parts, north and south, boating facility offered by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation which connects the two parts along with a walkway bridge.
Adjoining the garden is an amazing fruit orchard which is spread across 75 acres and 2 horticultural farms, which one must visit when making a trip to the garden.
Timings: January to September – Monday to Friday: 7 am to 7.55 pm, Saturday & Sunday – 6.30 am to 7.30 pm
Botanical Gardens, Ooty :
The Government Botanical Garden in Ooty is stretched across an expanse of about 55 hectares and is situated on the lower slopes of Doddabetta Peak in the wonderful Nilgiri Mountains. The garden is divided into several sections with a terraced layout and is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. It has about a 1000 species of both indigenous as well as exotic plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants.
There are several lawns with flowering plants, flower beds and ferns structured in an Italian style, a variety of medicinal plants and ponds with lilies. There is a fossil tree trunk displayed in the centre of the garden, which is believed to be 20 million years old. The garden hosts its famous flower show in the month of May and this is a great time to admire the rich flora in all its colourful glory.
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm everyday.
Hanging Gardens, Mumbai :
A very popular tourist attraction in Mumbai, the Hanging Gardens are terraced gardens located at the top of Malabar Hills, on the western side. Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, this place has numerous hedges carved in the shape of animals and lush greenery and is also located opposite the popular Kamla Nehru Park.
The garden also offers a magnificent view of the sun setting over the Arabian Sea. Another attractive feature of this garden is its beautiful flower clock. People throng this garden for their early morning walks, yoga, jogging etc. It provides a respite from the otherwise crowded, bustling streets of the city and offers a peaceful and refreshing start to the day.
Timings: 5 am to 9 pm everyday.
LalBagh, Bangalore :
Lal Bagh is a famous botanical garden in South Bengaluru and known to be India’s largest collector of tropical plants. Home to a few species of birds like the myna, parakeets, pond heron, kingfisher spotted pelican and several others, this garden also has a lake making the garden a popular attraction in the city.
The garden has over 1000 species of flora, trees that are over 100 years old and rare species of plants from Persia, Afghanistan and France. It is beautifully designed with flowerbeds, lawns, lotus pools, fountains and sculptures made of flowers. Another major attraction in this garden is the Lalbagh Rock, one of the most ancient rock formations on earth dating back to 3000 million years. The garden hosts a number of flower shows, the two most popular ones being those held on 26th January and 15th August.
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Gardens are a great place to begin / spend your day with a run or a stroll or a place to unwind. Now that you know about the different Gardens in India do head out to one and let us know your experience.
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