Talkatora Garden

 

The beautiful Talkatora Garden or Talkatora Bagh as it is called in Hindi is located in central New Delhi on Mother Teresa Crescent, adjacent to the President’s Estate. Next to Garden is the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, the modern stadium for indoor sports, swimming and socio-political events.

Talkatora Gardens is a historic garden that has been there since the Mughal era. The name “Talkatora” has been derived from two words “tal” meaning water tank which existed on the western side of the garden and “katora” meaning bowl as this is the shape of the garden surrounded by the hills of the ridge that passes through Delhi. The Garden is a popular tourist attraction. 

History

The garden has been called “Talkatora” since the time of the Mughals. Although the “tal’ or pond or tank does not exist anymore, the remains of the pond are still evident in the form of a long wall with octagon shaped pavilions at either ends. There was probably a bund or dam-like embankment to control the amount of rain water entering the tank.

There is also another historical significance to this place. In the year 1736-27, the Marathas under the leadership of Bajirao Peshwa used the place as a camp when they invaded Delhi. The historian, G.S. Chhabra has described the event in his historical treatise. The Maratha army marching towards Delhi was attacked by a Mughal Army Officer called Sadat Khan on crossing the Yamuna River. He thought that he defeated the Marathas and returned to Mathura. However, Bajirao Peshwa was not defeated and entered Delhi by another way and camped near this site. He did not loot the city as many invaders did but was able to defeat the Mughals in Delhi.  

Nearby Attractions

The beautiful Talkatora Garden is a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. It has been well kept by the Horticulture department of the NDMC and is centrally located with easy access from all parts of Delhi. 

It is located near Connaught Place which is the central commercial hub of Delhi. There are many other places of tourist attraction near the garden such as:

Cathedral of Sacred Heart:  This Roman Catholic shrine is located quite near the garden. There are two well -known schools; St. Columba’s for boys and Convent of Jesus and Mary for girls run by the missionaries in the same compound. Roman Catholic religious rites are performed here regularly.

Rastrapati Bhawan or the President’s Palace is one of the important landmarks of Delhi. The President’s Estate extends right upto the garden. This was the Vice regal Residence in the British times designed by New Delhi’s architect Lutyens.

India Gate is another tourist attraction located in front of Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is a monument designed by Lutyen the architect of New Delhi to commemorate the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in war. The Amar Jawan Jyot or eternal flame burns here night and day in memory of the Unknown Soldier who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

 Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory built by Raja Jaisingh of Jaipur. It tracks the movements of the stars and planets. It can calculate the time of sunrise, sunset, eclipses etc. very accurately.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent places of Sikh worship in Delhi and was first built in the Mughal era. It has a golden dome and huge man-made lake in its premises.

Hanuman Mandir or the temple dedicated to Hanuman, the disciple and trusted aide of Lord Rama. It is an ancient temple probably more than three hundred years old.

Best Time to Visit

Spring (February end-April) is the best time to visit the Garden as the flowers are in full bloom and present a very pretty site. The weather is also balmy and inviting.
It is open on all days and there is no entry fee. It is best to visit it between 3 and 6 in the evening. Visitors are free to take photographs and there are no photography charges levied. It requires about 1 hour to see the garden.

How to Reach Talkatora Garden

It is very easy to visit Talkatora Garden which is open on all days and has no entry fee.

By Rail: The Railway Station nearest to the Garden is New Delhi Railway Station which is only about 3 Kms away.
By Metro: The Metro station closest to the Garden is Shivaji stadium station on the Airport link and the Rajiv Chowk station which is only 3 kms away.
By Air: The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport with domestic and international terminals.

You can also use the public bus service run by DTC, auto rickshaws, taxi or private car to come to this place

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