Green belt in INA, New Delhi, India

The Green Lungs of Delhi-NCR

Green is the colour of renewal, rebirth, calm, and surrounding yourself with its soothing shades can help alleviate depression, anxiety and stress.

What are green lungs in the city?
Green lungs are forests, parks or any vegetated land, grassy area, playing fields or water within or adjoining an urban area that help make neighbourhoods attractive places where people want to live and work because they provide a healthier environment and calming influence.
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)

Technology is a devil—we can’t live with it and we can’t live wihtout it. However, staying cooped up in front of the computer or being glued to the phone is not the best solution for a healthy, energised you. Experts have cited the benefits of being in Nature where green is in abundance. Our foreftahers knew this and people suffering from chronic diseases were always advised a change to a calmer, greener location.

I try and spend at least 3-4 hours in the outdoors every week, either by walking or just reading and exercising. Some weeks, I am able to spend more, but even a daily 15-miute walk or absorbing the green is enough to revilatise for a few hours in the day.  Plants, shrubs, birds, bees, animals all make up this green walk. Experts call this forest bathing and help you shift your focus from low energy to high energy.

Rose Garden, Sector 15A, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Rose Garden, Sector 15A, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Sometimes, I see peacocks; most days I see parrots, doves, sparrows, bee eaters, sunbirds, mynas, ladybugs, squirrels, crows, kites, hoopoes, pigeons and more species I don’t know the names of.

I smell the fragrance of green shrubs that I walk past.I soak in the scents of jasmines, oleanders, cinquefoils, marigolds, poppies, hibiscus and more. The heady fragrance of the Rangoon Creeper is my favourite.

Nature fills us with the same colours and freshness that it has.  We breathe better and when we breathe better, the blood flow is better. When we are regularly surrounded by green, the oxygen levels are better, our lungs work better, we don’t have stagnant energy and we also learn lessons of harmony by observing the ecosystem.

My choice of an outing is a city park or a long stretch of green land, even the farming land helps me feel better. The best part—most of them have free entry. Here’s a list of parks, I have explored in Delhi-NCR:

Noida Biodiversity Park, Sector 137

Noida Biodiversity Park, Sector 137, Uttar Pradesh, India
Noida Biodiversity Park, Sector 137, Uttar Pradesh, India

This is my go to space for evening walks. Filled with birds, flowers, a celestial garden and walkways, this garden is heaven in the midst of high rises on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. It’s filled with students and couples, joggers, walkers and families. On weekends, the avian friends do stick to the neighbouring shrubs and trees as human invaders scare them off.

Entry: Free

Rose Garden, Sector 15A, Noida

Rose Garden, Sector 15A, Noida,, Uttar Pradesh, India

This is at the entrance of Noida. It is not so well kept now, but is a nice place to sit down and enjoy picnics. It could do with some cleaning though.

Entry: Free

Surajpur Bird Sanctuary, Greater Noida

Surajpur Bird Sanctuary, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

This wetland is surrounded by manufacturing units and could do with more isolation and space. It is home to many migratory birds, even the beautiful Saras Crane. Butterflies and greenery make this a fine walk.

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, Delhi

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, Delhi, Inda

I was introduced to this during a volunteer cleaning drive on World Environment Day. It houses a Conservation Education Centre run by the Bombay Natural History Society, which conducts many interesting programmes on weekends. I have attended one on snake day, butterfly month, tree planting.  They have recently introduced a drive as well. There are over 193 bird species, 80 species of butterflies and a variety of mammals here. Jackals hyenas, leopards, snakes, lizards and more have been spotted here. Different tree species such as Inderjao, Dhok, Kadamba and Jaand can also be seen.  

This is a ticketed sanctuary with a parking. It covers 32.71 sq km area on the Southern Delhi Ridge of Aravalli hill range on Delhi-Haryana border. It falls in Southern Delhi as well as northern parts of Faridabad and Gurugram districts of Haryana state.

Entry: Rs 100

Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi

Photo by Farman Ansari on
Photo by Farman Ansari on

Located in the posh southern part of Delhi, this is very popular with walkers and families. It has many varieities of trees and plants and the tombs from the Lodi Dynasty. Spread over 90 acres, it was known as Lady Willingdon Park during the British period. It houses fountains and swans too.

Entry: Free

Deer Park, Hauz Khas , New Delhi

Photo by Marek Mucha on
Photo by Marek Mucha on

I  would go to this in the afternoons, when I worked in the neighbourhood there. It is also known as Aditya Nath Jha Park, after the social worker. It is connected with District Park  that houses the Hauz Khas lake and Rose Garden accessible from IIT Delhi and Safdarjung Development Area. This makes up one of the largest green areas in Delhi.  

The Park has four distinct sections: Rose Garden, Deer Park, Fountain & District Park, Old Monuments and Hauz Khas Art Market.  A large enclosure houses the deers.  It used to have an open-air gym as well.  

Walka round slowly to see the Munda Gumbad built by Alauddin Khilji of the Khilji dynasty in 1295 AD.  

Entry: Free

Garden Of Five Senses, Saidul Ajaib, New Delhi

Photo by shalender kumar on
Photo by shalender kumar on

I haven’t explored this park properly and would be going again. But it’s a very popular place for events and flower shows. Based on the theme of stimualting the five senses, it has thematic sections such as the Herb Garden, Water-Lily Pools, and Solar Energy Park.

Entry: Rs 30

Jahanpanah City Forest, New Delhi

Jahanpanah City Forest, New Delhi, India

I went to this park to practice my photography skills here. Spread over 445 acres, is is close to Greater Kailash II, Tughlakabad Extension and Chirag Delhi. It has well maintained flora, properly marked walking trails and is home to peacocks and antelopes.  

Entry : Free

Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Located in the posh diplomatic enclave Chanakyapuri, Nehru Park is home to a vast number of flora and fauna. It has designated walkways, playground for children and well-maintained lawns.

Entry: Free

New Delhi Minicipal Corporation recently held a Tulip Festival in the Chanakyapuri area around the embassy belt.
New Delhi Minicipal Corporation recently held a Tulip Festival in the Chanakyapuri area around the embassy belt.

Parks I plan to go to

Sunder Nursery, Delhi
Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi
National Rose Garden, Chanakyapuri. New Delhi
Green Patch From Subroto Park To Karol Bagh, Delhi
Yamuna Biodiversity Park, Delhi
Popularly known as the ‘Bonta Park,’ Kamla Nehru Ridge, near North Campus., Delhi University.
Sanjay Van, Delhi
Buddha Park, Delhi
Aviary, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Indraorastha Park, Delhi
Aravali Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon
Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Noida
Mangar Bani, Faridabad

Read about Amrit Udayan or the Mughal Gaderns in Rashtrapti Bhawan here.

Keep the parks clean

Carry a garbage bag
Wear suitable shoes
Take a camera to capture the beauty
Do not pluck flowers and leaves
Do not disturb the birds and the animals
Do not play loud music
Do not park your car on the road
Do not walk with shoes on the grass and flower beds

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39 thoughts on “The Green Lungs of Delhi-NCR

  1. Another great list of places! I love parks too and it’s too sad they are disappearing as public spaces in recent years, now the trend has been to make them inside individual residential societies, which is a solution but I still miss that park picnic culture~ I’ll be visiting these for sure..

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  2. These green parks in the heart of Delhi are truly beautiful and nature’s gift to people to relax and unwind and breathe in as much as fresh air as possible which is getting scarce in big cities full of pollution. It’s very fortunate if people get to enjoy and stroll amid such green patches and smell the fragrance of fresh flowers. Rangoon creeper is one of my favorites as well as oleander. These flowers along with the chirping of birds and squirrels is so refreshing.

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  3. The Lodhi Gardens look like the perfect place for a Sunday stroll with my boyfriend, I’d love to visit. The deer park reminds me of the one that I visited in Japan back when I was 15 years old, I had to hide my food and water because those deer were not shy at all! Thanks for sharing so many free and low cost nature outings.

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  4. I wouldn’t have imagined that there are so many green areas in and around Delhi. When I visited, my experience was mostly dust and pollution. It’s great that you have options on where to go when you want to breath some fresh air and be in nature. I am lucky to live near a forest and often go for what they call “forest bathing”. I even have a favourite tree which I named Fitzgerald.

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  5. I enjoy visiting parks and gardens because it helps me recharge and gives me a chance to breathe some fresh air. You might not only enjoy yourself but also improve your health by visiting these places. The featured locations are so beautiful and seem like a great place for some quick relaxation.

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  6. After a long week at work and home, going outdoors or just a short leisurely walk to the park and spend time in nature can be good for your body and soul. A good way to refresh and recharge our senses from our daily routines.
    The Deer Park is an interesting park. Aside from the free entrance, it would be amazing to sit back and relax while looking at those amazing deers.

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  7. I love the idea of “green lungs” in a city. We always look for green spaces when we travel. I agree that even a 15 minute walk can make the difference in a day. But taking in more would certainly feel like “nature bathing”. There are such a great variety of green spaces in Delhi. And how fun to find deer in the park too! Love that your notes suggested people not play loud music. That sure disrupts my peace!

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  8. You remind me of the number of times I’ve roamed around Delhi, in search of some place or just like that. In the pre-smartphone era, I even got lost around Hauz Khas and found a policeman to help me reach my destination. Fond memories. I wouldn’t miss Garden of Five Senses and Jahanpanah City Forest on my next trip to Delhi.

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  9. I definitely need greens to rejuvenate and replenish energy. How wonderful to have a list of places to go to. You just reminded me to stop work now and get to the nearest green park.!

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  10. Couldn’t agree more with you! Green spaces are soooo soo important and it’s one thing that we’re so grateful to have in Europe. they really value it but in Asia, it’s a bit less seen especially in big cities. I do believe in the benefits of connecting with nature. It’s even more important in our fast-paced modern world where technology dominates our lives and we often spend long hours indoors. Spending time in nature and green spaces is a must and I wasn’t aware that there were a few places in Delhi that could serve that purpose!

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