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Garden of Five Senses

Place : Delhi
Significance : One of the prominent cultural venues of the capital,
Best Season : February to March
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The Garden of Five Senses, spread over 20 acres of land, is a space for public interaction and exploration. It is situated in Saidul Ajaib village, opposite Saket, near the Mehrauli heritage area in Delhi. A breath taking and an enamoring experience for all, it has a delightful arrangement of flowers and medieval styled architecture.

Designed on the pattern of Mughal gardens by a Delhi architect, Pradeep Sachdeva, the Garden of Five Senses was inaugurated in February 2003 by Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit. The park was developed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTDC) at a cost of Rs 10.5 crore, over a short span of just three years. Apart from flowers and lawns, it also has a solar energy park, food courts, terracotta bells, herb garden, wind chimes, pool of lilies which serves as a great stress reliever for busy city dwellers.

Partly built over a rocky terrain, the garden has beautiful arrangement of flowering plants, ponds, pools of water lilies, herb gardens, Mughal gardens and bamboo courts. This park also featured in the Limca Book of Records in 2004 for its unique concept of Solar Energy Park. Set up with the assistance of the Ministry of Non-conventional Renewable Energy Sources with the aim of promoting awareness about renewable sources of energy, the Solar Energy Park exhibits solar powered buses, cars and bicycles etc. It is one of the major highlights attract the visitors to this place. Another prime attractions of the park is the Khas Bagh, a beautiful garden.

Garden of Five Senses has a vast congregation of about 200 special varieties of plants and flowers. Also, there are large areas where the existing vegetation, which consists mostly trees such as the local Kikar and thorny Ber bush, have been left untouched. There are a large number of canals, shrubs and water bodies to bisect the medians. The fountains are fitted with colorful lightings and at night the fountain and light adds color to the spectacles. The garden also has around twenty five different sculptures and murals by the popular craftsmen and artisans of India.

This park has also has the facilitiy to eat and shop. Here, visitors can taste the delicacies from different states.

The garden also serves as one of the prominent cultural venues of the capital. Lots of programs including are organized here during several occasions. The Garden tourism festival, food festivals, different melas, yoga camps, Dandiya festivals and other cultural programs are held here at different times.

Presently, the Garden of Five Senses is managed by Sh. V K Jatav, Chief Manager, DTTDC.