Ten Most Beautiful Gardens in India
Brindavan Gardens, Mysore: On the down stream of Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, 20 km from Mysore lies the beautiful Brindavan Gardens. The garden with an area of 60 acres stands out as one of the primary tourist attraction of not only Karnataka state but India as a whole. Well planned lawns, innumerable pools, fountains and flower beds are the attraction of the Brindavan Gardens. The garden is laid out in three terraces with evenings providing the real charm when the innumerable fountains and flower beds get illuminated. A pond inside the park provides boating options.
Sim Park, Coonoor
The Sim`s Park is an important landmark of Coonoor. This 12-hectare park, was founded by Englishmen Major Murray and Mr. J.D. Sims in the year 1874. Sim Park boasts of a collection of over 1,000 plant species, this include pines, magnolia, tree ferns, camellia and some very rare and old trees. Coonoor`s Sim Park is a natutral garden and plays host to a popular annual Fruit Show. It is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll amid sylvan surroundings.
Botanical Garden, Ooty
Ooty botanical garden covering an area of over 55 acres is home to several rare species of trees. It boasts of more than 2000 species of plants and trees from all over globe. The garden is a favourite with tourists with nurseries, green houses, ponds, walkways and terraces laid out in a well planned manner. Some of the attractions here include a Lilly pond with colorful flowers, a one of its kind Cork tree, a fossil tree trunk which is believed to be 20 million years old.
Indian Botanical Garden, Kolkata
The Indian Botanical Garden is located at Shibpur in the Howrah district just 10 km south of Howrah Station. Established way back in 1787, the garden with an area of 273 acres lies on the west bank of the River Hooghly. Innumerable birds have made this garden their haven. One of the prized attraction of this Botanical Garden is the world`s largest Banyan Tree.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Gangtok
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is located very close to Rumtek Monastery and is just 24 kms from Gangtok. The garden under the aegis of Forest Department was established in the year 1987 and is a big hit with the plant enthusiasts. Several species of plants typical to the Himalayan range thrive here including the Bamboos. Over 50 different species of tree can be identified here. A dedicated area of the park is marked for children to enjoy.
Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi
Lodhi Gardens is located between Lodhi Road, Amrita Shergill Marg and Max Muller Marg well within the scenic ``Lutyen`s Delhi.`` Spanning 80 acres this park is host to Four Monuments belonging to the era of Delhi Sultanate. A popular place for health freaks and lovelorn couples the park has a spiral shaped lake, a Glass House and a National Bonsai Park. Lodhi Gardens is one of the few places left in Delhi to hear the chirping of the birds and feel the whiff of a fresh breeze.
Nishat Bagh, Srinagar
One of the few surviving Mughal Gardens in India Nishat Bagh was built by Mughal Empress Nur Jahan`s brother Asaf Khan, in 1633-34 AD.Just 11 km from the Srinagar the garden offers a splendid view of Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan hills serving as the backdrop. This terraced garden ascends from the shore of Dal Lake in the direction of the Himalayan peaks. Pavilions, lavish fountains and a reservoir are the primary attraction of this once pleasure garden of the Mughals.
Gulab Bagh, Bihar
Gulab Bagh aka Sajjan Niwas garden spread over 100 acres is located on the banks of Pichola Lake on Lake Palace Road to the southeast of City Palace complex. It is one of the best gardens in India. During 1850`s, the Maharana of Mewar Sajjan Singhji took the initiative for building this magnificent garden. A remarkable array of roses and the arrangement of flower beds is the USP of the place. A must visit if you love nature.
Hanging Gardens, Mumbai
Feroze shah Mehta Gardens aka Hanging Gardens is actually a terraced garden sprawling on the slope of the Malabar Hills. It serves as a much needed retreat for the Mumbaikars. The garden offers a scenic vista of the dazzling Mumbai city. Apart from that it also offers a a great view of the sunset across the horizon of the Arabian Sea. Children would love the hedges fashioned into the shape of different animals and a striking flower clock in the middle of the garden.
Pinjore Garden, Chandigarh
Pinjore gardens aka Yadavindra Gardens, is situated about 20 kms away from Chandigarh. The gardens built in the distinct Mughal style also has a mythological connection attached to it. It is said that the Pandava brothers had rested here during their exile days. Covering an area of 100 acres it encompasses a zoo, plant nursery, Japanese garden and picnic lawns. It also serves as the venue for hosting an annual mango festival.