STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 16 September
The replica of the Arch of Labna, which was erected at the Garden of Five Senses at Said-ul-Ajaib, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today.
She also flagged off a Cycle Track which has been introduced for the visitors at Garden of Five Senses to offer a unique experience to the visitors to explore the Garden.
The Arch of Labna is one of the largest and most ornate architectural structures known to have been built by the Mayans. The project was conceived by Julio Faesler, former Ambassador of Mexico to India.
While speaking on the occasion, Mrs Sheila Dikshit said that, "This initiative will bring both the countries together in terms of Heritage, culture and political tie ups."
She further mentioned that Delhi Government will take step to beautify the historic arch by lighting up during the evening hours so as to make it one of the attractions for tourists. According to Delhi Tourism, the arch will stand as a testimony to years of Artistic, Political and Economic Exchanges between India and Mexico. "Garden of Five Senses has several public art pieces which is why we thought that it would be an ideal location to replicate the Arch of Labna,” a Delhi Tourism official said.
The Arch is part of a passage way connecting two plazas or courtyards, separating the living quarters of priests, soldiers and nobles.
"Its facade is decorated with mouldings, pillars, and niches. Its corners display masques representing Chaac, the God of Rain. The thatched houses decorate the facade of the building," said a Delhi Tourism official.
This project was materialized through the support of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, INTACH and Delhi Tourism & Transportation and Development Corporation (DTTDC).
The foundation of the Labna&’s Arch was laid in the month of February, 2013 at Garden of Five Senses.
The Garden of Five Senses is spread over 20 acres and houses several restaurants. Delhi Tourism has also developed a cycling track inside the garden area.
The cycle track is developed on a pavement comprising of Kaccha road, paved road and in the rocky terrains. The total length of the cycle track is 1 km.  DTTDC has also developed five theme gardens at Garden of Five Senses. They are – Zen Garden, Aromatic garden, Topiary garden, Herbal garden & Butterfly Garden.