New Delhi is a metropolitan city filled with bustling crowds and towering buildings. Amidst its busy streets and noisy by-lanes, however, the city offers visitors moments of tranquility with lush greenery and boat-rides in its numerous parks. Here we explore the 5 best parks in New Delhi.
Buddha Jayanti Park
Buddha Jayanti Park is one of the most beautiful and popular parks in New Delhi, and was established to celebrate the 2500th anniversary of Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment. With large green spaces, lakes, colourful flowers and the chirping of birds and crickets, Buddha Jayanti Park is the perfect spot for those searching for peace in the city. The large expanses of grass, perfect for resting on, picnicking and watching the changing sky, make it a favourite among families. A pavilion in the centre of the park seats a statue of Gautama Buddha that was dedicated by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1993.
Opening hours: 6am – 8.30pm
Watch out for: Buddha Jayanti Festival in May
The Lodi Garden
Lodi Gardens is a park with great historical significance. Protected under the Archaeological Survey of India, it features the architectural work of the 15th century Aghan dynasty, the Lodi dynasty, who built the tomb of Mohammed Shah, Sheesh Gumbad, Bara Gumbad and Sikander Lodi in the park itself. Today the tombs are remain as magnificent examples of Lodi architecture, and are wonderful treasures scattered amidst the typical lawns and flowers of the park.
Opening hours: 5am – 8pm
Watch out for: The Lodi Garden restaurant
The Japanese Park is a favourite picnic spot of all Delhites. Be it sitting under the shade of a huge tree or watching exotic birds flap their wings in any one of the park’s five lakes, paying a visit here is a must. Visitors can not only jog and walk through the park, but also enjoy a pleasant boat ride on the tranquil lakes. The activities are not only limited to adults, as the park provides an extensive playground for children to lose themselves in. A spectacular view of sunrises and sunsets can also be viewed from the park.
Opening hours: 6am – 7pm
Watch out for: Cultural events that take place
National Rose Garden
Here a rose, there a rose, everywhere a rose. As the name suggests, the National Rose Garden is solely dedicated to the symbol of love that has turned lovers into poets and painters into artists – roses. The park exhibits the most beautiful varieties of roses that been sourced from all over the world. Located in the heart of New Delhi it the most frequently visited park in the city. The stunning fields of roses spread out over acres, the intensity of their blush depending on the rising or the setting of the sun. The National Rose Garden is a must-visit for all flower lovers.
Opening hours: 6am – 6pm
Watch out for: The best time to visit is during the months of December and January.
Deer Park has everything a park could and should have. It is divided into sections: the Hauz Khas art market, the fountain, picnic spots, the duck park, the rabbit and deer fields, and the old, Mughal-era monuments. The park therefore provides a rich and varied experience, and is perfect for all visitors. As the name suggests, the park has numerous deer that roam freely about; it is also famously called the‘Lungs of Delhi’ because of the fresh air that the mini forest provides.
Timing: 5am to 8pm (summer) and 5.30am to 7pm (winter)
Watch out for: The enclosures
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