Deer Park, Delhi

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Deer Park also known as Aditya Nath Jha Deer Park, is a natural park in Delhi located in the subdivision of Hauz Khas in South Delhi. It was named after famous social worker Aditya Nath Jha. This place is popular for walking, jogging and weekend outings. Deer Park comprises many subsections such as Duck Park, Picnic Spots Rabbit Enclosures etc. The park is accessible from Safdarjung Enclave and Green Park,[1] Hauz Khas Village. It is also connected to District Park thus making it approachable from R K Puram near the courts side of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association.[2]

Deer Park
Group of Deer in the Deer Park
TypeNature park
LocationHauz Khas, South Delhi, India
Coordinates28°33′24″N 77°11′45″E / 28.5566°N 77.1959°E / 28.5566; 77.1959
Area60 acres (24 ha; 0.094 sq mi; 0.24 km2)
Created1295 (1295)
Operated byDelhi Development Authority
Open5:00am-8:00pm (summer)
5:30am-7:00pm (winter)

Location edit

The Deer Park along with the connected District Park (that houses the Hauz Khas lake) and adjacent Rose Garden (accessible from IIT Delhi and Safdarjung Development Area) make up one of the largest green areas in New Delhi and are collectively called "the lungs of Delhi" because they provide fresh air in the otherwise polluted hustling bustling mega metropolitan Delhi.[3] A simmering water body makes it more attractive and is the perfect haunt of nature lovers. The park is easy to arrive at from Hauz khas Village, Safdarjang Enclave and Delhi Lawn Tennis Associations Courts.

Biodiversity Park edit

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. Entry to the Deer Park and the surrounding green park is free and it is open everyday from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM during summer till October and 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM during winter.[4]

Governance edit

The park is maintained by the Delhi Development Authority, a government planning authority.

Landmarks and structures edit

Art and monuments edit

Structures edit

Munda Gumbad located inside Deer Park

Munda Gumbad (Persian: مُنْڈا گمباد, lit.'Bald Tomb' or 'Domeless Tomb') is a rubble pavilion north west to the Hauz Khas lake. It is said to be once located at the center of the lake. The structure was built by Alauddin Khilji of the Khilji dynasty in 1295 AD.

The structure at the moment is built on a raised platform. It is square in shape, with arches on all four sides, allowing passage inside the inner chamber.

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Green Park Delhi". Archived from the original on 3 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Deer Park animals unwanted and unloved". Times of India. 21 December 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Hauz Khas deer park may close". 1 August 2014. Times of India. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Deer Park, Delhi". Retrieved 18 October 2014.