The Mughal Garden
The famous Mughal Gardens is located in the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan - the official residence of the President of India. The building and gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens occupy 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 small flowerbeds, the four waterways and the mown lawns produce a virtual paradise.
The gardens are open to the public from February to March every year.
It is one of the most important Moghul gardens in the city. The Shalimar Garden, which lies in the suburbs of the city, was once the first-night staging post for the Moghuls on their way to Kashmir and Lahore. In 1658, Aurangzeb was crowned emperor here.
The beautiful central pavilion built by Shah Jahan is now almost in a state of decay. Some of the originally painted flower decorations have survived.
It is one of Delhi's most beautiful parks and popular picnic spot. The landscaped gardens, with several lotus ponds and fountains,were built around majestic tombs of the Lodhi and Sayyid Sultans who ruled Delhi in the 15th and 16th century. These tombs boast of excellent architure, which was later used in the construction of the Taj Mahal.
The 'Bara Gumbad Mosque' and the 'Sheesh Gumbad' are two other imposing structures here.
National Zoological Park
It is one of the finest and largest zoos in Asia and efforts have been made to provide an almost natural habitat to the animals and birds here.
Summer 0800 to 1800 hours. Winter 0900 to 1700 hours. Closed on Friday.
Buddha Jayanti Park
This beautiful wooded park was landscaped to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of Lord Budha's
'Parinirvana'(Great Salvation).A sapling of the original 'Bodi' tree (tree of enlightenment) especially brought from Sri Lanka flourishes in this park.