Delhi + NCR: Garden of Five Senses: « Mummy Knows Best - The hands-on mum's guide to cool kids' stuff

Come monsoon and Delhi is going to come alive with the plush cover of new leaves and wild flowers. The trees lining the grand roads of Lutyens Delhi will be washed and fresh, gleaming after a harrowing summer. T’is the season to start exploring the city once more!

Check out 20 acres of nature and its wonders at the Garden of Five Senses in Said-ul-ajaib in the Mehrauli Heritage area of south Delhi. There is a pleasant ring to the air with wind chimes in the distance as you enter this lush garden dotted with sculpture and installations, most of which are very intriguing for kids. The garden hosts 200 varieties of plants and flowers; neatly tagged and presented in opulent beds and conclaves. There are rare varieties of cacti, succulents and flowers, fragrant plants like peppermint and camphor, complimented by edible herbs like thyme and sage. The spiral walkway across the garden offers ice cream vendors and camel rides, perfect for a day out with nature. Some of the other attractions include pools of water lilies, bamboo courts and bonsai gardens. You can also check out the garden in the mini train that goes around the periphery. Enjoy a meal at the food court, weekends have buffets in a variety of cuisines, topped off with Indian desserts or good old ice cream.

A trip to the Garden of Five Senses is a great way to introduce city kids to the beauty of nature and get them involved in subjects they deal with in school like environmental issues, waste management and earth preservation. They also have a solar park with solar powered cars for kids and exhibits on renewable sources.

The garden authorities hold regular workshops in gardening and have a yearly bazaar of garden tools, artefacts, seeds, saplings and plants.

Address: Said-ul-Ajaib, Off: M.B. Road, (T-Point_CISF Camp) Near Saket, New Delhi-110 030. Tel. : 26534401, 26510519. Open from 6 am – 9 pm, 7 days a week.

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