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Top 6 City Forests in Delhi : Enjoy this Monsoon With Fresh Air away from city hustle

Top 6 City Forests in Delhi

NEED FOR FORESTS IN DELHI

Delhi is the unfortunate victim of many infamies owing to its high levels of pollution, dust and crowd. due to lack of greenery in mainland city. Surprisingly though, it is the proud owner of several lush green forests which are home to several kinds of animals and plants. The Delhi ridge, the northern part of the 1500-year-old Aravalli range is a strip of green forests in Delhi covering a distance of 35 kilometers. Known as the ‘green lungs’ of Delhi, forests in Delhi protects the city from the blistering winds of Rajasthan. Here are some forests in Delhi you can explore and leave behind the daily grind of the city.

1. Sanjay Van (Bird’s Paradise

Location: Vasant Kunj-Mehrauli

Sanjay Van – Concrete Jungle of the city. Densely wooded and sprawling forests in Delhi over 783 acres, it is a part of Mehrauli South Central ridge and lies near Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli. However, the unchecked growth of the Vilayati Kikar or Mexican mesquite, a South American plant is proving to be a cause of concern, as it depletes underground water levels and kills native plants.

The Sanjay Van is perfect for bird enthusiasts and you’re likely to find a wide array of bird species to feast your eyes upon.

  • Purple Sunbird
  • Asian Koel
  • Brahminy starling
  • Indian silverbill
  • The Grey-breasted Prinia is a few from the vast range of birds you can gaze at with binoculars.

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  • Nearest Metro: R.K. Puram (Magenta Line) 15 min walk.
  • DTC Bus Routes : 534A, 539, 604, ML-57, ML-72

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2. Southern Ridge Forest/ Tughlaqabad Ridge Forest

Location: Sardar Patel Marg

Get off the Tughlaqabad metro and walks towards the lush green canopy of trees which is the Southern Ridge forest. A green expanse of 6,200 hectares, it includes the Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary which is home to 193 species of birds and a vast range of plants. With more than 80 species of butterflies fluttering around, this peaceful getaway has animals like the:

  • Blue Bull
  • Blackbuck
  • Black-naped hare
  • Porcupine
  • Civets
  • Jackals and jungle cats living there.

TraveValley Crunch Facts:

  • Nearby Attractions:
  • Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary
  • Tughlakabad Fort
  • Adilabad Fort
  • Nearest Metro: Tughlakabad Metro (Violet Line)
  • Nearest Railway: Tughlakabad Station
  • DTC Bus Routes : 427, 473, 717, 34, 544

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3. Jahanpana City Forest

(Ideal place for bird lovers)

Location: Chirag Delhi

The Jahanpana City forest is spread over 435 acres of land and offers a breath of fresh air for people who come in for early morning walks. Neelgais flit in and out between the trees, while people hoping to boost their flagging health, roar in laughter clubs. However, the trail leads deeper into the forest which offers more seclusion and it is easy to lose your way among the trees.

TraveValley Crunch Facts:

  • Nearby Attractions: Bird Sanctuary
  • Nearest Metro: Chirag Delhi Metro (Magenta Line)
  • DTC Bus Routes : ML-79, ML-81, 419, 423

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Source: Wikipedia

4. Rajokri Protected Forest

Location: Rajokri

This forest is an alternative side to the mad rush of Delhi and is covered in thorny shrubs and waving trees. With a variety of birds chirping, you can sit by the lake inside the forest to soak in the peace and quiet. The forest is interspersed with small villages and fields.

TraveValley Crunch Facts:

  • Nearest Metro: Sultanpur Metro Station(Yellow Line)
  • DTC Bus Routes: Rangpuri Pahari ( 534A, 539, 715)

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5. Old Delhi/Northern Ridge

Location: Adjacent to North Campus

The Northern ridge is adjacent to the North Campus and is mostly hilly. This part is the smallest fragment of the ridge and 170 hectares of it was declared as a reserved forest in 1915. Today the forest area is less than 87 hectares. The Kamala Nehru ridge, a part of the Northern ridge boasts of thick vegetation and 70 species of birds. You’ll find the Khooni Jheel, an 80-feet deep pond which has a tragic story attached to it. 

TraveValley Crunch Facts:

  • Nearest Metro: Vishwa Vidyalaya metro station (Yellow Line)
  • DTC Bus Routes: St. Stephen’s College (Route No, 212)

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6. Mangar Bani Forest

⇑ Location: Faridabad-Gurgaon Highway

The lush green Mangar Bani forest along the Faridabad-Gurgaon highway is the last patch of virgin forest left in the Delhi-NCR region. Fringed by the scenic Aravalli hills, the 100-hectares area of forest has a story behind it. There was once a hermit by the name of Gudariya Baba, whom the villagers held in great esteem. His dictates included preserving the forest by avoiding cutting down trees and not letting livestock graze in the forest. The villagers still guard the forest and refuse to let anyone cut trees there.

TraveValley Crunch Facts:

  • Nearby Attractions: Gudariya Baba Temple
  • Nearest Metro: Sector 55-56 (Aqua Line- Noida Metro)

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  • So take a breaking sneak-peak from this mechanical jungle and lose yourself in the quiet of the forest.

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