The Mughal Gardens will be open to the general public from Saturday until March 16, according to a statement released Thursday by Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Visitors will only be allowed to see the gardens if they book in advance online, he said. Reservation can be made at https://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in or https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/visit_plan.aspx. “As in the previous year, this year too, walk-in entry will not be available as a precautionary measure,” the statement read.
The main attraction of this year’s ‘Udyanotsav’ will be 11 varieties of tulips which are expected to bloom in phases in February. Beautifully patterned flower carpets will also be displayed on the central lawns, he added. The dominant color palette of ornamental flowers this year is white, yellow, red and orange. A small cactus corner has also been set up as well as air-purifying plants in the gardens.
President Ram Nath Kovind opened Rashtrapati Bhavan’s annual ‘Udyanotsav’ here on Thursday.
“The Mughal Gardens will remain open to the general public from February 12, 2022 to March 16, 2022 (except Mondays which are maintenance days) between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:00 p.m.),” the statement read. Seven pre-booked time slots will be available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., he said, adding that the last entry will be at 4 p.m. Each slot can accommodate a maximum of 100 people. Visitors may carry cellphones while visiting, according to the statement. However, they are asked not to bring water bottles, briefcases, women’s handbags/purses, cameras, radios/transistors, boxes, umbrellas, weapons and ammunition and foodstuffs, he said.
Hand sanitizer, drinking water, restrooms, first aid/medical facilities are provided at various locations along the public road.
During the visit, visitors should follow COVID-19 protocols such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, among others, according to the statement. They will have to undergo a thermal check at the point of entry, he said, adding that no visitors will be allowed without a mask.
Entry and exit for all visitors will be through Gate No. 35 of the President’s Estate, near where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan. PTI AKV SRY
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