The Garden of Five Senses – An Incredibly amazing park

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Visiting Detail

  • Location: Western Marg, Saidul Ajaib, Saket, New Delhi, 110030
  • Timings:
    • 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (October to March)
    • 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (April to September)
  • Best time to visit: October to March & April to September
  • Entry fee:
    • Rs. 30 for adult
    • Rs. 500 for children upto 12 years of age
    • Rs. 10 for Senior Citizen 
  • Is Photography allowed: Yes (Chargeable)

Overview

The Garden of Five Senses in Delhi is designed to revive the five senses of our body that is touch, see, feel, hear and smell the natural surroundings.

It is located in Saidul Ajaib village which opposite to Saket and close to Mehrauli Heritage area. The construction of the park took almost three years to complete and opened in February 2003. Pradeep Sachdeva was the architect who designed this amazing park. This is one of the expensive parks in India which costed more than 20 crores in the construction.

The garden has many themes including a section of Mughal Gardens, pools of flowers, bamboo courts, park of herbs and solar energy.

Architecture

Entrance Gate

In the entrance of the garden, 2 rising stainless-steel birds can be seen on the pillars of the gate to welcome the visitors in the park. This work of art has been done by Subodh Kerkar (an Indian artist). There are around 52 languages including Indian and International in which the name of the garden is carved. Lower walls of the garden are made of pink and golden Rajasthan stones (Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Dholpur). One can easily analyse that the design of the walls of the garden has the Mughal influence. 

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The garden has flock of stone elephants entertained in water bath make the park more attractive.

Waterfalls

One side of the garden has a spiral walkway known as Khas Bagh. This also has the architectural influence of Mughal Garden. Slow moving water falls into the narrow passage along with the length. There are lot of flowering shrubs and trees planted in the boundaries of the path. 

The central area of the garden has fountains and fibre optic lighting system.

Food Court

The other side of the garden has a food court and series of terraces with seating arrangements. There is also a shopping court in the garden.  

Stone Sculptures

There are hundreds of ceramic chimes. The center of the garden has a wind chime craft. Initially, there was a tree of blue ceramic bells. Because of heavy winds sometimes, the ceramic bells are breaking and damaging. That’s the reason now the garden has metal bells in place of ceramic bells.

North of the garden is rocky elevation with a dancing stainless-steel sculpture which gives the influence of the pinwheel. Around 25 different sculptures and sceneries are there in the garden which makes it one of the largest collection of the public art in the country. 

The natural slope of the garden has a stage with blocks of sandstone made for seating purpose. At the back of the garden, there is an open exhibition area with art workshops and display of art works. Some featured artwork are terracotta pots. Angoori Devi and Giriraj are the craftsperson for these work. The students of Delhi College of Art have showcased some of the art work in the garden.

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Though there are lot of stone sculptures in the garden including bronze and white sculptures. One of them is praying children in white figure which signifies “Prayer for Peace” by artist Kamal Narayan.

Sculptures at The garden of seven senses
Image credit: Wikipedia

Herbs and Trees

If we turn down to the park, there is a pool of water lilies with different colors and textures of climbing plants surrounding them.

There are more than 250 plants species for showcasing in the garden. Some of them are Kamandal tree, Kalpataru, Lipstick tree, Reethe, Varandava, Brinjal Plants, Bismarkia, Palm, Camphor , Calophyllum, Champa etc.

There are lot of colorful shrubs, herbs and many species of bamboo and cacti and other less frequently seen herbs. More than 2 hundred variety of plants are there in the garden. The details of different herbs and trees are mentioned on a description plate on the tree itself. These details include the common name, botanical name and common benefits of the tree/plant to the human being etc.

Major Attractions of Garden of Five Senses

  • The Garden of Five Senses is one of the renowned sites for cultural programmes in India including food festivals and Dandiya festivals.
  • Delhi government organises Garden Tourism Festival every year in february in Garden of Five Senses.
  • The garden has many food restaurants and liquor serving bars. 
  • India has exhibited a copy of Labna Arch recently in the Garden. It has been built by Maya peoples from Yucatan and Mexican. Labna Arch was opened publicly on 16 September 2013.
  • Some of the main attractions of the garden are herbal gardens, zen gardens, tree museum, aromatic gardens, palm court, cacti court and butterfly zone. 
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Recognition

  • The Garden of Five Senses is there in the Limca Book of Records in 2004 because of its concept of using solar energy.

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How to reach Garden of Five Senses

Nearest Metro: Saket Metro Station is just 1 km from the Garden of Five Senses. You can hire an auto rickshaw or paddled rickshaw from the metro station to reach the garden. 

Attractions near the Garden of five senses

Restaurants inside the garden premises

  • FIO – Country Kitchen & Bar: Cuisine: Italian 
  • Pan-Asia 30 Restaurant: Cuisine: Chinese 

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