The Mughal Garden
The famous Mughal Gardens is located in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is the official residence of the President of India. The building and gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens span an area of about 320 acres that include colourful flowering shrubs and European flowerbeds. The gardens comprise of the Rectangular Garden, Long Garden and the Circular Garden. The Rectangular Garden is the formal garden, which derived its behavior from the water-gardens, which the Mughals brought into Delhi. The small flowerbeds, the four waterways and mown lawns produce a virtual paradise. The gardens are open to the public from February to March every year.
National Rose Garden is situated in the Chanakya Puri area of the capital. This garden has some of the rare and imported rose variety. The best season to visit this garden is during December / January when the flowers are in full bloom.
It is one of the most important Mughal gardens in the city. The Shalimar Garden, which lies in the outer edge of the city, was once the first-night staging post for the Mughals on their way to Kashmir and Lahore. In 1658, Aurangzeb was crowned emperor here.
Tickets: Available at the site and Delhi Tourism office
Adjoining the India International Center is the Garden, around the tombs of Sayid and Lodhi rulers. This garden is very well planned and has artificial streams. The Tombs of the rulers adorn the architectural style, which was latter used in the construction of Taj Mahal.
This garden is known for its fountains, ponds, flowering trees, blossoming shrubs and artificial streams.In the middle of the garden is Bara Gumbad (Big Dome), a mosque built in 1494. The garden has Sheesh Gumbad (Glass Dome), Mohammad Shah's Tomb and Sikander Lodi's tomb.
National Zoological Park
The Delhi zoo, close to Purana Qila, near ITO, was established in 1959 and is spread over a massive area of 214 acres. Is regarded as one of the finest zoos in Asia and efforts has been made to provide an almost natural habitat to the animals and birds. There are more than 2,000 animals and bird species from places like Africa, America, Australia and even Asia. There is a lot of greenery around the zoo and it is an ideal picnic spot especially in winter.
Timing: Summer 0800 to 1800 hours, Winter 0900 to 1700 hours. Friday Closed