Talkatora Garden is a Mughal-era Garden situated on the Mother Teresa Crescent (previously Willingdon Crescent) in New Delhi. In ancient times, it used to be a tank and a Swimming pool. The Marathas defeated the Mughals in the Battle of Delhi (1737) at this place. The garden is now more famous for the Talkatora Stadium. It attracts a large number of tourists.
The Talkatora Stadium close to it, is also named after it. A tal (tank) situated at the west side of the garden, is surrounded by hilly ground (part of the Delhi ridge, forms a katora, bowl-shaped natural depression, which gives the place its name.
There was a tal (tank) at the west side of the garden, surrounded by hilly ground forming a katora (bowl shaped natural depression). although the pond has gone missing long ago, here still exists at the northwestern end of the garden, a long wall domed octagonal pavilion s at the two ends. this was an embankment (bund) to hold back rain water flowing into that tank. there is another link to the past. the place around this was used as a camping ground by the Maratha army in 1736-37. writes GS Chhabra in his book: "Saadat Khan (a Mughal army official) had attacked a contingent of marching Maratha army after it had crossed Jumna (Yamuna River). He retired to Mathura thinking he had defeated the main Maratha army peshwa Baji Rao, had however , taken different route to reach Delhi. he did not pillage the city and camped at the Talkatora grove." but for a visitor today, none of these seems to matter. they just know this place because of Talkatora stadium.
Tourist Places Near Talkatora Garden
There are many tourist attractions which are very closed from Talkatora Garden. such as Sacred Heart Cathedral, India Gate, Hanuman Mandir, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Jantar Mantar.
- Also Known As - Talkatora Bagh
- Location - Mother Teresa Crescent Road, Near President’s Estate, New Delhi
- Major Attraction - Talkatora Indoor Stadium
- Time to Visit - Open on all days
- Preferred Timings - 3.00 p.m.- 6.00 p.m.
- Entry Fee:Free to all.
- Photography Charges - no Photograph charges
- Nearest Railway Station - New Delhi Railway Station
- Nearest Metro Station - Rajiv Chowk
- Nearest International Airport - Indira Gandhi International Airport
- Time required for sightseeing - One Hour
- Significance - Talkatora Gardens gets it name from the large walled tank; the place is historic as it was the venue for the fight of 1737 when the Mughals were defeated by the Marathas.
- "Mughal-era link to swanky stadium campus in heart of capital". Hindustan Times. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
- 'Advanced Study in the history of Modern India (Volume I - 1707-1803)'
- Hindustan times 31 March 2013 page-04
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