Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The lovely dahlia here is from my balcony, not from the garden. I would like to show you some of the wonderful garden, but I cannot.
Nothing but ourselves was allowed into the garden.
No water bottles.
All I had in my pocket when I went to visit the Mughal garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan was my keys and some money.
I searched for information about whether or not there would be a place to deposit anything before entering, thinking surely there must be dozens of people showing up with their belongings and needing somewhere to put them. I even called the tourist department in Delhi, but I couldn't find evidence of any such possibility, other than one article that mentioned "depositing" your things at the entry gate.
The gardens are opened once a year during February and March when the flowers begin to bloom. Otherwise they, and the rest of the Presidential residence, remain off limits to the general public.
There are over 250 varieties of roses--not to mention all the other kinds of flowers--in the gardens. And right now, they are wonderfully in bloom.
For there to even be 250 varieties of roses, people have come up with some unique names, which lead to some confusion in one of the articles I came across. It gave a list of some of the famous international visitors to the gardens, and Abraham Lincoln was on the list.
Abraham Lincoln was dead long before Sir Edward Luytens was even born, let alone designed the Rashtrapati Bhavan and it's surrounding gardens.
Yet when I was there, I noticed that Lincoln had been to the garden--the Lincoln rose, named after him.
The Christian Dior rose, too, another of the famous people like the article mentioned.
Haha. These are the distinguished visitors--roses.
Ya, the roses are pretty nice, but don't believe everything you read online.