Saturday, March 2, 2013

German Report on the Gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) in New Delhi, India

The official residence of the President of India, called the Rashtrapati Bhavan, was built by the British as the vice-regal palace of their new colonial capital New Delhi between 1912 and 1929. Designed by Edwin Lutyens, the monumental palace as well as its sprawling gardens are a curious blend of European and Indian - that is Mughal and Rajput - motifs. For a few weeks each year in early spring, the gardens are opened to the public:

Dilli Dilli: Zu Gast im Garten des Präsidenten

Unfortunately the video is entirely in German and not subtitled but the images might make it worthwhile anyway. This is one of the gardens I really hope to visit one day, if ever I am in Delhi at the right time.

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  1. I've been lucky enough to visit these gardens a couple of times - they are open this year still for another week or so.

    The video for me doesn't quite capture the sheer mass of colour that fills the main Lutyens gardens behind the palace. It is an incredibly time-consuming - and probably not very eco-friendly - combination of manicured lawns and massed flower beds. Sadly not all the water features were working this year (there are some delightful rills in the sandstone with fish carved into them which remain dry). But definitely worth a visit if you are in Delhi mid-February to mid-March.

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    1. I was actually wondering about the water features while watching the video, since I have never been to any park or garden in India which had all its water features working at the same time.

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