The new satellite townships of Delhi are not known for planning real large/huge city-parks. Most of the energy is gone towards planning the residential apartments, commercial complexes and then whatever little space is left, small parks get thrown in. There is one right in front of my house but its not really a city park, something which is usually very big and have different areas for walking, playing, recreation etc. So when we came to know about Swarna Jayanti Park, we decided to make a visit.
Location – Here’s google map. Its interactive and you can open it in a new window and search a way from your home/office.
View Swarna Jayanti Park in a larger map
The one called ‘GDA Park’ in the map is the one I mentioned above as something which is right next to my house.
So coming back to SJP (Swarna Jayanti Park), on one of my recent visits I decided to lug a camera and take some pics and share it with you. The post doesn’t have too much of text in the hope that photos are worth 000s words.
There is enough car parking space on both sides on a normal day and there is an entry fee of Rs 5 per person. As you enter, you find yourself on a central artery, with two large gates at both ends.
After a brief walk, you would find your self in the center of the park.
The park has a rich installation of statues. Mostly freedom fighters and if you have kids who are on a reading age, its a good idea to get them introduced to these.
As you go further, there is a small boating area. Its small enough to warrant a strong crowd any time of day. I didn’t find this exciting.
As you cross over the bridge over water, you find yourself in a section which is dedicated to all the young guns. Its a sight watching 100s of children, totally busy in their own world of swings and rides.
I caught this young boy trying to make a day.
There is a musical fountain which I have not seen operational.
And if you get tired doing all the walking, there is a small haat/marketplace as well.
And as I was walking back, I could not resist shooting this one. Does it make you remember Venice ?
If the weather is nice, its a good place to unwind and spend some time outside the confines of office-ac/car-ac/home-ac 🙂 If you do visit, either as a result of reading this or otherwise, I would love to hear from you on what you experienced.