A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials. The most common form today is known as a garden where people visit to get refreshing view and greenery around, but the term garden has traditionally been a more general one.
Top Gardens in Delhi
Some gardens are for ornamental purposes only, while some gardens also produce food crops, sometimes in separate areas, or sometimes intermixed with the ornamental plants. Food-producing gardens are distinguished from farms by their smaller scale, more labor-intensive methods, and their purpose (enjoyment of a hobby rather than produce for sale). Flower gardens combine plants of different heights, colors, textures, and fragrances to create interest and delight the senses. we have shortlisted such Top 10 Gardens in Delhi which are known for their vastness, biodiversity and maintenance.
1. Nehru Park
Located near the Ashoka Hotel in the Chanakyapuri diplomatic area, it is spread over an area of 80 acres and is nicely landscaped. It is a popular picnic spot. It is today one of city leading green areas, and a venue for ‘Morning Ragas and Evening Ragas Concerts, as part of the “Music in the Park” concerts organized by NDMC, SPIC MACAY music concerts and the annual ‘Bhakti Festival’. Apart from this it is a regular venue for art events, morning yoga classes, and houses an ancient Shiv Temple and cafe.
The park is one of the most famous landmarks of Delhi and a beautiful place to hang out during a sunny winter afternoon in Delhi. An absolute must see for anyone visiting Delhi.
2. Lodi Garden
A beautiful garden. spread over 90 acres, it contains, Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis- who ruled India from 1451 to 1526.
The gardens are situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb on Lodhi Road and is a hotspot for morning walks for the Delhiites.
3. Deer Park
The Deer Park comprises many subsection such as Duck Park, Picnic Spots Rabbit Enclosures etc. The Park has historical tombs of Mughal Era. The park is accessible from Safdarjung Enclave and Green Park, Hauz Khas Village. It is also connected to District Park.
The Park has four different wings i.e. Rose Garden, Deer Park, Fountain & District Park, Old Monuments and Hauz Khas Art Market. One can enjoy the entire area, once inside the park one cannot believe to be in the heart of Delhi. Besides the above the Park has a beautiful restaurant “Park Baluchi” the right place to enjoy a day trip.
It is called Deer Park because it actually houses a large number of deer inside the park. There is a large enclosure in the park for deer to roam around, play with each other, have an occasional friendly fight and provide a learning and entertaining experience to the visitors especially the children.
4. Talkatora Garden
It is a Mughal-era Garden situated on the Mother Teresa 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.
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.
5. Japanese Garden
Japanese Park is located in sector 11 of Rohini residential area. This lush green park is maintained by Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Abundant greenery, clean walking paths and lakes with colorful boats make Japanese Park an acclaimed picnic spot of Delhi. The park does not only engross the adults, but children too can indulge in gaming zones, play ground or a jet-plane replica installed in the park. Japanese Park is surrounded by several malls and amusement parks as well. So, you have a huge variety for shopping and eating.
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Japanese park is ideal to visit in the evening or early in the morning to enjoy the sun rise and enchanting setting. In the evening, you can find families and youngsters having a good time. And if you are lucky, you may also spot storks and egrets beside the lake, quenching their thirst.
6. Garden of Five Senses
It is a park spread over 20 acres, in Saidul Ajaib village, opposite Saket, near the Mehrauli heritage area in Delhi. Designed by Delhi architect, Pradeep Sachdeva, the park was developed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, Delhi at a cost of Rs 10.5 crore, over a period of three years and opened in February 2003.
Partly built over a rocky terrain, the garden has various theme areas, including a section on the lines of Mughal Gardens, plus pools of water lilies, bamboo courts, herb gardens and solar energy park.
7. Mughal Garden
Located inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan compound. It is open for the public during February and March only.
Spread over a vast area of 15 acres, Mughal Gardens has often been portrayed, as the soul of the Presidential Palace. The Mughal Gardens draw its inspiration from the Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir, the gardens around the Taj Mahal and even miniature paintings of India and Persia.
Sir Edwin Lutyens had finalized the designs of the Mughal Gardens as early as 1917, however, it was only during the year 1928-1929 that plantings were done. His collaborator for the gardens was Director of Horticulture, William Mustoe. Like the building of Rashtrapati Bhavan have two different styles of architecture, Indian and western, similarly, Sir Lutyens brought together two different horticulture traditions together for the gardens, the Mughal style and the English flower garden. Mughal canals, terraces and flowering shrubs are beautifully blended with European flowerbeds, lawns and private hedges.
8. Mahatma Gandhi Park
The Mahatma Gandhi Park is situated on Church Mission Road just near Chandni Chowk but is closer to the Old Delhi Railway Station and hence is easily accessible by local transport and from Delhi Main Metro Station.
The Park is a small park that lies just behind the Town Hall building in Old Delhi. Though small, the park is of historical significance as it was originally developed during the early 19th Century when India was ruled by the British Raj. It was called by Indians and the British as the ‘Company Bagh’ as it was constructed by the British Government of the East India Company established in India during the British period.
The ‘Company Bagh’ or ‘Company Park’ was an integral part of the daily lives of the British, Europeans and High profiled Indian Society Class of people living around this area in Old Delhi who spent most of their leisure time strolling around within the well trimmed green lawns of the park and also enjoy the serene ambience under the shady trees planted within the park that were well maintained by the British during that era. It served as an outdoor recreational facility and venue for them to spend time playing their favourite Cricket sports which later on spread across India like a hurricane and today is considered as one of the most viewed, loved and played sports in India.
9. Coronation Park
It is a park located on Burari Road near Nirankari Sarovar in Delhi, India. The park is sometimes referred to as the Coronation Memorial; it was the venue of the Delhi Durbar of 1877 when Queen Victoria was proclaimed the Empress of India. Later it was used to celebrate the accession of King Edward VII in 1903, and, finally, it was here that the Durbar commemorating the coronation of King George V as Emperor of India took place on 12 December 1911, subsequent to his coronation at Westminster Abbey in June 1911. This last celebration had all the princely states in attendance. The decision to hold the Coronation Durbars in Delhi at the vast open ground at Coronation Park was a move to emphasise the historical significance of Delhi as the former capital of the Mughal Empire.
Coronation Park has the largest and tallest statue of King George V, adorning as it does a lofty pedestal. The statue was moved here in the mid-1960s from a site opposite India Gate in the centre of New Delhi. It is opposite the Obelisk (pictured) called the Coronation Memorial, which commemorates King George V, who presided at that location as Emperor of India in December 1911, and laid the foundation stone for the new capital city of New Delhi.
10. Jahanpanah Forest
Jahanpanah City Forest is located in South of Delhi. It is one of the dense forested park in Delhi spreading over 435 acres of land. The park is accessible from Greater Kailash II, Tughlakabad Extension, Batra Gate, Dhobi Ghat, Sheikh Sarai, Chirag Delhi, Masjid Moth DDA Flats and Balvantray Mehta Vidya Bhawan School.
Stories of polluted Delhi air are making everyone either fret or just ignore them as hazards of staying in a cosmopolitan city. But once in a while, it does make sense to take a walk in some of the best green lungs Delhi has. On a rain-drenched evening, Jahanpanah Forest, touching sides with GK II, can inspire the poet in you. For everyday else, it’s a walker’s delight and a marathon runner’s favourite haunt. Its seven-km track often lets lucky ones watch birds in abundance. Nilgais, peacocks and sparrows are some of the frequent visitors here. Named after the fourth city of Delhi, Jahanpanah—which literally means ‘refuge of the world’—is often also in the news as ever-encroaching slums eat into the green space. The forest also presents an idea as to how vigilant citizens can save a forest.
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