Mughal Gardens renamed ‘Amrit Udyan’, to open from 31 Jan

NEW DELHI, 28 Jan: The Rashtrapati Bhavan’s famed Mughal Gardens will now be known as ‘Amrit Udyan’, an official statement issued on Saturday said.

The resplendent gardens are open to the public once a year and people can visit from 31 January this time.

President Droupadi Murmu will attend the opening of the gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan during ‘Udyan Utsav, 2023’ on Sunday, the statement said.

“On the occasion of the celebrations of 75 years of independence as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the president of India

is pleased to give a common name to the Rashtrapati Bhavan gardens as ‘Amrit Udyan’,” Navika Gupta, deputy press secretary to the president, said in the statement.

The government had last year renamed Delhi’s iconic Rajpath as ‘Kartavya Path’. The renaming of the stretch and other institutions is in line with the Centre’s effort to remove any trace of colonial mindset, it has maintained.

“Rashtrapati Bhavan is home to a rich variety of gardens. Originally, they included east lawn, central lawn, long garden and circular garden.

“During the term of former presidents Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Ram Nath Kovind, more gardens were developed, namely Herbal-I, Herbal-II, tactile garden, bonsai garden and arogya vanam,” the statement issued on Saturday said.

In this year’s Udyan Utsav, among several other attractions, visitors will be able to see specially cultivated tulips of 12 unique varieties which are expected to bloom in phases. This time the gardens (herbal garden, bonsai garden, central lawn, long garden and circular garden) will be open for about two months.

The gardens will open for the general public on 31 January, 2023, and will remain open till 26 March, 2023, except on Mondays, which are maintenance days, and on 8 March, on account of Holi. (PTI)