Parks in Delhi
Delhi, even though one of the most polluted cities in the world, has a number of green areas within the city. Some of these are fairly big and provide the much needed green lungs for the city. The map below gives geographic location for the various parks. Click on the map if not able to view the map in detail.
Most colonies in Delhi that are somewhat well planned have parks located within the colony premises. I have been to quite a few of these parks, and they remain fairly well maintained, with plenty of greenery and paths for walking/jogging. In addition, in many of these parks, morning time sees a number of people assembling at the parks, either for just getting together, or for activities such as Yoga, Laughter club, etc.
Map taken from MapsOfIndia
1. Lodhi Park: This park is adjoining the India International Center, and also contains the tombs of Sayid and Lodhi rulers. This is a very well maintained park. This park also needs some watching out since you will encounter couples in this park who are being affectionate. Given that this park is in the midst of officialdom, a large number of the regular visitors to the park are government employees.
2. Buddha Jayanti Park: This is a sprawling big park, located in the area of the Ridge. Reachable from the Ridge Road, Shankar Road or Sardar Patel Marg.
3. India Gate Lawns: This is not a park in the proper sense. Located in the center of the city, these are sprawling lawns stretching from Vijay Chowk to India Gate. Very popular with families because of the wide open lawns, this is a good place to be at night. Lots of ice-cream vendors available, and seems even more special when India Gate is lighted up.
4. Nehru Park: Located in Chanakyapuri, this is another big park, spread over 85 acres. Very popular with people from the vicinity.
5. Shantipath (Embassy Road): Not a park as such. Shantipath is embassy lane, with a central road and embassies set off a fair distance from the central road. The distance between the embassies and the central road is covered with well maintained lawns.
6. Deer Park: Located in South Delhi, it is a paradise for morning walkers. Close to Hauz Khaz village, Safdarjuang Enclave and IIT.
7. National Zoo Park: The Delhi zoo is spread over a big area of 214 acres. This is a very green area, and the area around the zoo is ideal for a picnic.
8. Garden of Five Senses: This is a project developed by a Delhi Tourism body, and envisages a park with a wide variety of activities, including cultural interactions. Located in south delhi, near Mehrauli.
9. Kalindi Kunj: Located on the boundary between Delhi, Noida and Faridabad, this is a very important park since it is the richest source of greenery in the particular area. It is on the banks of the Yamuna.
10. Kalkaji District Park: Located near the Nehru Place office complex, this is a quiet park with a lake and beautiful terraced gardens.
11. Sultanpur Bird sanctuary: This is a paradise for bird watchers, located 46 kilometers from Delhi in Gurgaon.
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