The Garden of Five Senses
Garden of Five Senses is not just a park, it is a space with a variety of activities,
inviting public interaction and exploration. The project, developed by Delhi
Tourism Transportation Development Corporation, was conceptualized to answer
to the city's need for leisure space for the public, for people to socialize
and unwind. Such spaces add atmosphere and life to a city and cater to all sections
of the society.
The twenty-acre site
, located at Said-Ul-Azaib
to the Mehrauli heritage area in New Delhi, is spectacular area in New Delhi,
is spectacular. The Garden was inaugurated in February 2003. Majestic rocks
stand silhouetted against the sky, others lie strewn upon the ground in a casual
yet alluring display of nature's sculptural genius. It was the ideal ground
on which to realize the concept of a public leisure space that would awaken
a sensory response and thereby a sensitivity to the environment.
Soaring stainless-steel birds mounted on slate-clad pillars welcome you into
the park. An expansive plaza, set on the natural slope of the site, invites
you up the spiral walkway. Across, a troop of elephants, cut in stone, regaling
in a water bath, tempts exploration.
The garden itself is divided into distinct areas. On one side of the spiral
walkway is the Khas Bagh, a formal garden patterned on the lines of the Mughal
Garden. Slow-moving water cascades in channels along its length,
flowering and fragrant shrubs and trees line its paths. The Central axis leads
to a series of fountains, some of which are lit up by fibreoptic lighting systems.
Encapsulating the expression here is the sculpture of 'A Fountain Tree".
Secluded, away from the heart of the garden, on the other side of the walkway
is the food and shopping court
. A series of terraces provided with seating
face the food court.
The heady Trail of Fragrance
leads away to a rocky ridge to the north,
where elevated amongst the rocks, a sculpture in stainless-steel, inspired by
a pin-wheel, dances in joyous abandon.
Wander down the meandering paths to Neel Bagh
, a pool of water-lilies
encircled by pergols covered with climbing plants of different colours and textures.
Overhead, hundreds of ceraminc bells chime, whispering secrets to the breeze,
teasing you with their gentle laughter.
are Colour Gardens
- beautiful compositions of flowering shrubs and ground
covers that have you looking at familiar plants with new eyes. The Courts
of Specimen Plants
display not so frequently seen species - of bamboo, for
instance, or cactii, or herbs.
Nestled amongst the natural slope of the site is the amphitheatre
blocks of sandstone to serve as seating. At the rear of the garden is an open
exhibition area for displaying art and for holding art workshops
two hundred varieties of plants are introduced. in addition, there
are large areas where the existing vegetarian , consisting mostly of trees such
as the local Kikar and he thorny Ber bush, has been left untouched.
The Garden has been designed to the imagery suggested by the name Garden of
Five Senses. Colour, fragrances, texture and form all come together in an evocative
bouquet that awakens the mind to the beauty of life and invokes a grateful prayer
for the gift of sight, sound, touch , smell and taste.
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