Public parks are very necessary in suburbs. They serve as the lungs of the city body. People go there to get refreshed in the morning, midday, or in evening. Parks bring beauty and greenery to the city, and they allow people to feel more connected to nature. The importance of parks and recreation in any community’s identity cannot be overstated. Vasant Kunj’s lush areas, like those of other Delhi neighborhoods, are home to many large green parks.
Considered as one of the haunted places in Delhi, Sanjay Van which is situated near Vasant Kunj Aruna Asaf Ali Road and Mehrauli is a stretched-out forest area. The Sanjay Van covers an area of 443 acres which includes rich in flora and fauna. The main attraction for the public is the forest’s flora. Besides flora and fauna, an artificial lake is also constructed mid-way. There are even ducks at the place which now seems appealing. In addition, there are 5 ponds as well and the first pond receives water from the Neela Hauz Lake and treated sewage from Vasant Kunj Sewage Treatment Plant which later flows to the rest four.
The park is located near Vasant Kunj on Aruna Asaf Ali road. The park is open 7 days a week opening up from 6 a.m. till 8 p.m. Another option is to go by own vehicle. One can park the vehicle in front of gate number three that is near Rockland hospital in the Qutub Institutional Area.
Vasant Kunj’s Aravalli Biodiversity Park is like uncharted territory for nature lovers. It is a newly created city forest area that is intended for those who enjoy going for a walk in a park. Original vegetation has now been cultivated in the area by nature-lovers. There is a walking trail that runs from Vasant Kunj to Vasant Vihar and back. Peacocks and other birds can be seen in the early mornings and late evenings. Some wild jackals have also been spotted by many. There stands an old temple in the jungle as well. The primary goal of ABP is to restore the biodiversity of Delhi Aravallis.
The park is situated near Madhyanchal, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj – II. There are routes from where one can reach the park. One can visit the park from Vasant Vihar – The East (Porvi) gate. The other gate is through the Vasant Kunj Institutional area which is about one km west of Vasant Kunj Malls. For metro travelers, the nearest metro station will be Vasant Vihar (Magenta Line).
There are a few other smaller but still green parks in the Vasant Kunj area.
Vasant Vatika is a separate park located in C- 6&7, Vasant Kunj behind Vasant Valley School. DDA Park is a 10.60-acre area with lush greenery and well-kept trees. The park is well-liked by both children and adults. The Park usually sees a lot of residents of nearby sectors like C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6&7, D-7&8, C-8, C-9 coming for daily walks early in the morning. There is a lot of parking space made available from DDA.
Cactus garden is another on the list which is situated around B- 1, Vasant Kunj next to the Delhi Jal Board office. One can go for walk once in a while. The park is just behind Vasant Square mall.
Smriti Van is another park developed by DDA behind Sector A, Pocket B&C which is commonly known as Machali Park. The park is equipped with Open Gym machines and a lot of residents can be seen during the day from nearby Kishangarh, Mehrauli areas. The park is well maintained and situated on the road from Ambience Tower to Kishangarh near Vasant Kunj Car Market.
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