In the midst of the buildings and the jam-packed lanes of Delhi are a plethora of parks and green spaces. These pockets of greenery provide locals and tourists respite from the urban routine as well as offer an opportunity to connect with nature. Some parks and green spaces in the city are great attractions in their own right, while others are perfect for an early morning walk, an evening stroll, a picnic, exercise or just to rest in the shade. Here’s our pick of the best parks and green spaces in Delhi, India, where you can find a moment of peace and quiet.
1. Nehru Park
Located near the heart of the city, Nehru Park is one of the busiest and most famous landmarks in Delhi. Apart from featuring ample open space for walking, jogging and running, the park holds art events, cultural and musical performances, and yoga classes. Spread across nearly 80 acres (32 hectares), the park also has open-air gyms, a cafe and an ancient temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva.
Address: Ashoka Hotel in the Chanakyapuri diplomatic area, New Delhi, Delhi 110023
Opening hours: Mon: 24 hours; Tue - Sun: 5am - 9pm
2. Lodhi Gardens
Perhaps Delhi’s most famous green space, Lodhi Gardens is a favorite among residents and a must-visit. It is a playground for nature lovers, picnickers and fitness enthusiasts alike. There are well-maintained running and walking tracks within the garden, and yoga sessions are held here regularly. If you’re looking for a more tranquil experience, take a stroll across the bridge over the lake. The park features stacks of history, with monuments dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries standing gracefully amidst the flowerbeds in the garden. Be sure to visit the tomb of Sikandar Lodi, the second ruler of the Lodi dynasty, and the mausoleum of Mohammed Shah, the last ruler of the Sayyid dynasty.
Address: Lodhi Rd, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Opening hours: 6am - 8pm (daily)
3. Jahanpanah City Forest
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Wild and undulating, the lush, 800-acre (324-hectare) Jahanpanah City Forest is an oasis of peace amidst the busy traffic of the city. Its tracks pass through thick tree covers and are perfect for morning and evening walks and jogs. In addition to lush green areas, the forest is also home to plenty of birds. You can spot sunbirds in the branches of rubber, peepal and Ashoka trees.
Jahanpanah City Forest
Address: Jahanpanah City Forest, New Delhi, Delhi 110044
Opening hours: 5am - 10am, 4pm - 7pm (daily)
4. Buddha Jayanti Park
The main attraction of Buddha Jayanti Park is the golden Buddha statue that sits on a manmade island within the park. This place is also home to a variety of trees and bushes, and a pond with aquatic plants and ducks, making it one of the most picturesque green spaces in the city. There are medicinal gardens, cactus, bougainvillea and topiary bushes, which are beautiful throughout the year. The best time to visit, however, is the winter season, when the leaves of the trees change their color and the roses are in full bloom. During this time of the year, the weather is perfect for taking a nature walk, enjoying a picnic with family and friends, or just unwinding with a book.
Buddha Jayanti Park
Address: Vandemataram Marg, Central Ridge Reserve Forest, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6am - 8:30pm (closed on Sun)
5. Sunder Nursery
Constructed in the 16th century, Sunder Nursery is one of the oldest parks in the city. Located next to the famous Humayun Tomb, this lush green space is dotted with a string of heritage monuments, including UNESCO-listed sites that date back to the Mughal era. The noteworthy structures within the park include Lakkarwala Gumbad and Sunder Burj, both of which stand out with their intricate carvings. In tune with its history, the park has a formal, elegant design complete with a lotus-shaped pond and flowerbeds. It is also adorned with a rose garden and a wide variety of tree species, including the rare Pink Ceder, Carrotwood and Chukka. It has all the ingredients for a peaceful time away from the stress of the city.
Address: Hazrat, Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Website: Sunder Nursery
Opening hours: 6:30am - 6pm (daily)
6. Garden of Five Senses
Covering an area of 20 acres (8 hectares), the Garden of Five Senses is an ensemble of fragrant flower beds, pink sandstone elephants, bronze sculptures, contemporary art pieces, herb and cactus gardens, a pond, and winding pathways. This green oasis is sure to inspire photographers and art enthusiasts. Plus, a lot of musical performances are held here regularly which draws music lovers from across the city.
Garden of Five Senses
Address: Westend Marg, Saidulajab, Saiyad ul Ajaib, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (daily)
7. Millennium Indraprastha Park
Once a landfill site, Indraprastha Park, otherwise known as Millennium Park, is now a beautiful green space. It boasts lush paths that spell paradise for joggers and walkers. However, the most striking feature of the park is the grand, white peace pagoda, known as Shanti Stupa. It is surrounded by a landscaped, Japanese-style garden that adds an extra touch of beauty to this monument.
Address: Ring Road, Grand Trunk Road, Block A, Ganga Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan, New Delhi, Delhi 110013
Opening hours: 6am - 7:15pm (daily)
8. Yamuna Biodiversity Park
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Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, Yamuna Biodiversity Park is home to various birds, plants and animal species due to its diverse ecosystems. Undulating trails wind within grasslands, lush forests and wetlands. Migratory birds from Europe, Central Asia, and Serbia can be spotted here, in addition to 200 bird species and 1,500 species of animals and plants.
Yamuna Biodiversity Park
Address: Main Jagatpur Rd, Wazirabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110084
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun)
9. Japanese Park
Japanese Park is an oasis of greenery and water. Comprising of lush trails, a rose garden, a playground, and ponds, it is a perfect spot to relax and unwind in the lap of nature. Visitors can enjoy a picnic here, or go on a nature walk and spot egrets and other birds, while the kids can spend time in the gaming zone set within the park or watch the ducks in the ponds.
Address: Swarn Jayanti Park, Sector 10, Rohini, Delhi, 110085
Opening hours: 5am - 8pm (daily)
10. Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Nestled near Qutub Complex, Mehrauli Archaeological Park is home to several monuments, temples, and pillars that belong to different dynasties, including Lodhi, Mughals and the British. Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, Tomb of Adham Khan, Rajon Ki Baoli, Tomb of Balban and Zafar Mahal are some of the most beloved features of this park. It’s the perfect place to learn about the city’s rich and diverse past. You can even enjoy a picnic on the manicured gardens here and take part in a bit of people-watching.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Address: Anuvrat Marg Opposite Qutub Minar Metro Station, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Opening hours: 5am - 6:30pm (daily)
11. Mughal Gardens
The Indo-Saracenic Rashtrapati Bhavan is home to the beautiful Mughal Gardens that are open to the public from February to March. Besides its stunning architecture, which is a mix of Mughal and English styles, the garden features more than 150 types of roses and hundreds of other flowers. There is also an artificial fountain in the center. On the whole, this green space is a feast for the eyes and nose.
Address: Gate No. 35, Rashtrapati Bhawan, President’s Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110004
Opening hours: Tue: 11am - 6pm; Wed - Sun: 9am - 6pm (closed on Mon)
Be at one with nature
Delhi is a busy city, but it has lots of parks where you can disconnect for a while. Amidst a plethora of houses, buildings and historic monuments, Delhi’s parks and green spaces offer room to relax, exercise, play sports or have a picnic with friends and family.
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