Discovering Delhi's Amrit Udaayan

Priyotosh January 30, 2024

Table of Contents

1) When Was Delhi’s Amrit Udaayan Built?

2) Amrit Udaayan: The New Name of Mughal Gardens

3) Significance of Amrit Udaayan

4) List of Gardens in Amrit Udaayan

5) Visiting Amrit Udaayan: Gate Timings
 

Delhi, the capital city of India is steeped in history and culture. Amidst its bustling streets, lie several historical landmarks and architectural marvels like Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple and one of them is Amrit Udaayan.

Nestled in the heart of the capital, the beautiful oasis holds significant historical and cultural importance that most of us aren’t aware of and if you are one of them, then this blog is for you.

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When Was Delhi’s Amrit Udaayan Built?

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Amrit Udaayan, formerly known as “Mughal Gardens,” was built during the Mughal era, a period marked by grand architectural endeavors. It is believed to have been constructed in the late 16th century during the reign of Emperor Akbar.  As a patron of the arts, he encouraged his courtiers to create lavish palaces and gardens for their royal residences and it is believed that the Mighals created Amrit Udaayan as a retreat from the hectic court life, turning it into a serene haven surrounded by lush greenery.


Amrit Udaayan: The New Name of Mughal Gardens

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India’s Amrit Udaayanis one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. It was previously known as the Mughal Garden. However, on 28th of January 2023, Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu renamed it as Amrit Udyan in an effort to shred yet another symbol of colonialism in celebration of the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

On 28th of January, 2023; the day the garden was renamed, it was open only for farmers. However, on the subsequent days, it was open to other sections of the society. Like
- On 29th January 2023, it was opened to differently-abled people

  • On 30th January 2023, it was opened to paramilitary forces

  • On 31st January 2023, it was opened to tribal women’s self-help groups

All other visitors were allowed to visit the same post that date.



Significance of Amrit Udaayan

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One of the world’s most beautiful gardens, Amrit Udaayan signifies:
 

1. Architectural Marvel:

The garden is a testament to Mughal garden design principles, featuring a symmetrical layout with terraced levels, flowing water channels, and meticulously manicured lawns. The architecture reflects the Mughal penchant for combining aesthetic beauty with functionality.

 

2. Symbol of Immortality:

The name "Amrit Udaayan" translates to the 'Fountain of Immortality.' It is said that the garden's design is imbued with symbolism, representing the Mughal belief in the concept of paradise on earth. The flowing water and lush greenery were thought to evoke the idea of eternal life.

 

3. Serene Retreat:

Amrit Udaayan served as a retreat for the Mughal emperors, providing a peaceful environment for reflection and leisure. The garden was an escape from the political intrigues of the court and offered a respite from the heat of Delhi.



List of Gardens in Amrit Udaayan

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Amrit Udaayan boasts a wide range of gardens which are as follows:

1. Herbal Gardens:
Founded under the guidance of the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, the Herbal Gardens contain 33 types of aromatic and healing plants. Former President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's gracious creation of the Herbal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan Estate in 2002 is still delighting all who gaze upon it today.

2. Long Garden:
Long Garden is a Purdha garden, measuring 430 feet long and bounded by walls over 12 feet high. It is best known for its centrepiece of 16 rose beds featuring a variety of roses, including Rose IceBerg, Rose Summer Snow, Rose Oklahoma and Rose Louisiana. In addition there are dahlia, marigold, salvia, gazania, oxalis, ranunculus and irises.

3. Circular Garden:
Circular Garden, also known as Sunken Garden or Pearl Garden, is located at the very end of the park. It contains rings of flower beds containing fragrant stock, phlox, pansies, marigolds, violas, alyssum, and other flowers. A butterfly garden was constructed by Lutyens from the plants butterflies enjoy. A secret bubble fountain sits in a sphere in the middle of the garden, which is surrounded by lotus blooms and calendulas and marigolds.

4. Rectangular Garden:
A square grid of waterways forms a square grid throughout the Rashtrapati Bhavan main building. A forest of Moulsiri trees surrounds the garden. The East Lawn and the Central Lawn are the two main gardens of this area. The East Lawn is an oblong space located close to the building, while the Central Lawn is a square with each side measuring 45 metres. It is on the Central Lawn of the Rectangular Garden where the President of India holds his yearly “At Home” ceremonies for Republic Day and Independence Day.

5. Musical Garden:
An example of the synergy that may occur when music and science come together is the musical garden, which was developed by former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. In a space that was once used as a nursery, the President's Estate hosts a musical garden where three massive water fountains demonstrate digital electronics, electromagnetism, hydrodynamics, and hydrostatics. By controlling the audio system with a computer-controlled programme controller, digital audio files are fed to the system. This Musical Garden disrupts the tranquility of the neighborhood, which is surrounded by tennis courts, biodiversity parks, bonsai gardens, and herbal gardens. It is not uncommon to see a national bird in this garden.

6. Spiritual Garden:
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's Spiritual Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan is widely regarded as his most original design. It is a place where followers of various Indian religions can tend to plants and trees that are sacred to their religions. People of different faiths and cultures can coexist peacefully in this garden as a demonstration of tolerance. It is home to forty varieties of sacred plants and trees, including khair, bamboo, sandalwood, henna, site Ashoka, butter trees, temple trees, Kadam trees, paras pepals, figs, date palms, Krishna Burgad, jasmine, reetha, shami. A pond was constructed on February 13th, 2015 in the Spiritual Garden, where several different varieties of lotus and water lilies live.

 

Visiting Amrit Udaayan: Gate Timings

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Today, Amrit Udaayan stands as a testament to Delhi's rich cultural heritage. Visitors can explore the well-maintained garden, marvel at its architectural grandeur, and experience the tranquility that has endured for centuries. The garden remains open to the public from October to March, offering a serene retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of modern Delhi.

The ticket counters remain open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and you can visit the gardens anytime from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

The Bottom Line

Amrit Udaayan is not just a garden; it is a living piece of history that provides a glimpse into the opulent and refined tastes of the Mughal emperors. As you stroll through its terraced levels and soak in the beauty of its design, you can't help but feel connected to Delhi's rich cultural tapestry.

So pack your bags and set sail towards the national capital to explore this hidden gem. Book your flight tickets with EaseMyTrip today.

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