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Gardens, Parks & Picnic Spots

Ajmal Khan Park

Near Karol Bagh, spread over an area of five acres, has musical fountains run by Delhi Tourism that provides a refreshing getaway from the bustle of the city. The scintillating lights synchronised with music, and the cascading water turn this complex into a quiet heaven, particularly during the heat of summer. The musical fountain is in operation for two hours every day after sunset except on Tuesday.

Buddha Jayanti Park
Good picnic spot. In commemoration of 2,500th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. Get there from the Ridge Road, Shankar Road or Sardar Patel Marg.

Children's Park
Near India Gate, has swings, slides and an aquarium.

Deer Park

A paradise for morning walkers, has huts for staying and is approachable from Hauz Khas Village, Safdarjang Enclave or near the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association courts side.

Dhaula Kuan Complex
Near Dhaula Kuan. It has an artificial lake, hanging bridge, playground and waterfalls. A cooling experience especially during the summer.

Green area around the Idgah in Hauz Khas Enclave.

India Gate Lawns
Beautiful lawns over a large area, a popular evening location. Ice cream and other snacks available from mobile vendors.

Ideal place for bird lovers in Chirag Delhi. It also has well developed forests.

Kalkaji District Park

With lakes and beautiful terraced gardens a quiet spot near the Nehru Place office complex. Kalindi Kunj
Near the NOIDA border near Apollo hospital, a good getaway with fountains and colourful lights during the night.

Ladakh Buddha Vihar
A closed area next to ISBT on Ring Road.

Lodhi Gardens
Another picnic spot and a joy for morning walkers with lots of greenery and trees. Access from Lodi Road and near Khan Market.

Mughal Gardens
Located in the Rashtrapati Bhavan complex, it is open to the public only during February and March.

On the outskirts of Mehrauli near Qutab Minar, the Phool Walon ki Sair is held there in October every year.

Mahavir Gardens
Located on the Ridge it is named after the founder of Jainism, Lord Mahavir.

NDMC Lake Park
Has a musical fountain and is located near the Safdarjang Flyover in Lakshmibai Nagar.

Nehru Park
Near the Ashok Hotel in the Chanakyapuri, it is spread over an area of 85 acres landscaped. Popular picnic spot.

Okhla Dam
Near the Yamuna Canal it has facilities for fishing. Close to the Holy Family Hospital it is a picnic spot.

Rose Gardens
There is one at Shantipath in the Diplomatic Area, Chanakyapuri and another in Hauz Khas opposite Safdarjang's Tomb.

Yamuna Water Front
South of Rajghat, it is a 4 kilometre long boulevard with green lawns and a floral clock.

Zoological Garden
Designed by the West German zoo specialist, Hergenbeck it is between Purana Qila and Humayun's tomb. Closed on Fridays, it is a good picnic spot.

Other Adventures

Appu Ghar a Mini-Disneyland in New Delhi is a crowd puller for the residents of the capital as well as those of neighbouring towns. Children will have a time of their life over here, while enjoying the various rides like the Roller Coaster, the Big Splash, Dodgem Cars, the Eerie Tunnel, Giant Wheel, Columbus Jhoola - a ship high up in the sky, the Speeding Cup, a Cable Car, a Saucer that works on centrifugal force and lots more.

Jogging is popular at Lodi Gardens in South Delhi and Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri

Jain Bird Hospital located opposite the Red Fort is a great family outing. All children will enjoy visiting this bird hospital, not only will they further learn to appreciate animals as a whole but it will give both you and your children further insight into the species found in the area. You will find the hospital in the courtyard of the Digambara Jain temple. The birds are cared for until they are well enough to be released. In the Jain religion, any living thing is sacred.

Bird Watching in Delhi is a pleasant pastime and can be done at the Ridge and the green areas surrounding the cities historic monuments. In winter, the Delhi Zoo is transformed into a small bird sanctuary with migratory birds halting by its artificial lakes. Painted Strokes, Pintail Ducks, Bar headed Geese and spot bill ducks are among the migratory birds which can be seen here. Delhi's tree - lined avenues are also reach in avian life. So are the forests of Ridge, which harbour more than 100 species of birds, from peacocks to predators. The Ridge is accessible through narrow paths that lead off Sardar Patel Marg.

Azad Hind Gram Tourist Complex at Tikri Kalan is a project developed by Delhi Tourism to honour Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and to create quality leisure space and wayside amenities for the citizens. Located within two km of the Delhi Haryana border on NH-10, elaborate mosaic domes surround a museum and a memorial and are the focus of the complex which offers the facilities of extensive plazas, an amphitheatre, tourist information centre, souvenir and garden shop, food kiosks, a restaurant and convention facilities.

Water Park can be found at the Village Club in the Fun "n" Food Village where you and your kids can enjoy the longest water slide in the country, a 400 ft water channel, called the "Lazy River as well as an artificial sea-like pool, which generates waves worth body skiing. There is also Aqua Shoot comprising of two fast racing slides as well as a "Super Slide" which is the first slide of its type in the world. For tiny tots, a kid's pool has been provided which contains a Frog Slide and different types of floating toys. Open everyday, seven day's a week. The Fun "n" Food Village is free entry to blind, physically handicapped children and senior citizens. All other visitors pay a minimal fee for entry.

Walking Walk the bazaars as the narrow windy streets in the bazaar are themselves a novel experience. Your kids will be fascinated by the colour and the many oddities on sale.

Jantar Mantar Observatory This "larger than life" stone observatory was built 450 years ago by the Maharaja of Jaipur. There are plenty of stairs at the Jantar Mantar, making it the perfect place to satisfy the need for younger kids to simply run around (not always easy to find the space in Delhi) plus its educational and the older kids and parents will be fascinated by the discoveries you'll make here. The various abstract structures within the Jantar Mantar are, in fact, instruments that were used for keeping track of celestial bodies. Nevertheless, the Jantar Mantar is not only a timekeeper of celestial bodies: it also tells a lot about the technological achievements under the Rajput kings and their endeavour to unravel the mysteries pertaining to astronomy.

Sound and Light Show at Purana Quila The historic Purana Qila, which has stood witness to Delhi's rejuvenation, periods of anarchy and the rise and fall of empires, is the venue for the spectacular sound and light show which brings alive the history of the capital. The viewer is transported back in time to where Delhi, the great empire rose and fell; where citadels of emperors appeared and disappeared; a city of mysterious eternity whose old ruins proclaim a majestic and imperial past and whose present pulsates vibrantly with the ever flowing life force of India. Although the younger kids may not understand the theme that much, the show never fails to impress all ages.

Musical Fountain at Ajmal Khan Park is spread over an area of five acres and provides a refreshing getaway from the bustle of the city, that your kids are bound to enjoy. The musical fountain is in operation for two hours every day after sunset except on Tuesday.

Boating Delhi Tourism has provided paddleboats on various bodies of water in the heart of the city. These include the lakes near India Gate, Purana Qila- Prasad Nagar Lake and Naini Lake in Model Town. A variety of fibreglass boats have been acquired by the Corporation and can be hired at reasonable rates. Special training programs in kayaking and canoeing are organized at the latter too.

Camel Safari an ideal trip for those with time to spare and with the desire to experience the subtle sunset shades of the desert and the solitary magic of the rolling golden sands. Camel safaris are available in the Thar desert, and range from one to fifteen days duration. The best safaris are in the heart of the Thar, in the Jodhpur, jaisalmer and Bikaner region, and will pass tiny villages and remote trading posts. Another popular area is the Shekhawati region. The safari organisers attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the old caravan journeys; music, traditional food and campfire hospitality are all part of this unique experience. Staff are available for assistance, and all necessary equipment is provided.

Horse Riding is a wonderful pastime for the whole family and the following establishments have horses for hire as well as lessons for beginners. The Delhi Riding Club located on Safdarjung Road or if you have kids with you try the Children's Riding Club. The other place for horse riding is the Delhi Gymkhana Club Limited 2, Safdarjung Road, ND-11.

Roller Skating can be done at the Talkatora Skating Rink or in some parks in the city.