New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind today (February 10, 2022) opened the annual ‘Udyanotsav’ of Rashtrapati Bhavan to the general public. The Mughal Gardens are open to the general public from February 12, 2022 to March 16, 2022 (except every Monday which will be maintenance days) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Mughal Gardens will be open to the general public from February 12, 2022 to March 16, 2022 (except every Monday which will be maintenance days) from 10 am to 5 pm (last entry at 4 pm).
Visitors will be allowed to view the Mughal Gardens only through advance online booking. Booking at https://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in or https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/visit_plan.aspx. But can be done. Like last year, this year also due to precautionary measures, walk-in entry will not be available.
Seven pre-booked hourly slots will be available between 10 AM to 5 PM. Last admission will be at 4 PM. Each slot can accommodate a maximum of 100 persons. During the tour, the visitors will have to follow the COVID protocols such as wearing of masks, following social distancing etc. They will have to undergo thermal screening at the entry point. No visitor will be allowed to enter without a mask.
Entry and departure for all visitors will be from Gate No. 35 of President’s Estate, which is near the meeting point of Rashtrapati Bhavan with North Avenue.
Visitors can keep mobile phones during the visit. However, they are requested not to bring any water bottles, briefcases, handbags/ladies purses, cameras, radios/transistors, boxes, umbrellas, arms and ammunition and food items etc. Hand sanitizers, drinking water, toilets, first aid/medical facilities are provided at various points along the public road.
The highlight of this year’s Udyanotsav are the 11 varieties of tulips that are expected to bloom at different stages during February. Flower carpets in lavish designs will also be displayed on the Central Lawn. The dominant color scheme for this year’s figurative flowers is white, yellow, red, and orange. A small cactus corner has also been prepared in the gardens along with some air-purifying plants.