Spring in Delhi is gorgeous. You’ll see beautiful, colourful flowers and trees at unexpected corners. The city also has an overall happy vibe, owing to the relatively clean air and blue skies. Unfortunately, this period is quite short-lived for Delhiites. We just had a bone-chilling, heavily polluted winter, and soon, the hot, unforgiving summer will be upon us. Now is the time to get out and experience the beautiful outdoors.
Here are a few places to visit in Delhi to make the most of this spring season.
1. Monument-spotting at Sunder Nursery
Recently revamped for a more global appeal, Sunder Nursery has always been a nature lover’s delight. They have separate sections for all kinds of plants, including rows upon rows of flowers. It’s right next to Humayun’s Tomb and is now a heritage park. There are smaller Mughal monuments within the complex too which are quite intriguing. See if you can find them all.
Timing: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
2. Guided tour of Mughal Gardens
Many Delhiites don’t go to Mughal Gardens thinking it’ll be too crowded. We say you should go now! The immaculately-maintained complex is an absolute visual delight. With the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan in the background, there are acres of flowers and trees as far as the eye can see. Timings here can change without notice, so check in advance on the official website.
Timing: 9am to 4pm, Thursday to Sunday
3. Lazy coffee date at Champa Gali
Quaint cafes, a rooftop restaurant, a reading room and adorable walkways make Champa Gali a treat for tired souls. It’s ideal to visit in the evening when it’s lit up and vibrant. It doesn’t feel like Delhi at all, even though it’s located in busy Saidulajab near Saket. Instead of going there for just a single meal, slow down and take in the relaxed, chill vibe of this area for a few hours. Champa Gali is fast becoming one of the most sought after places to visit in Delhi, especially for students and young professionals.
Timing: Open till 9pm every day
4. Evening stroll in Rose Garden, Central Delhi
All of Central Delhi is beautiful in the spring. The perfectly manicured hedges and roundabouts, especially in the embassy area, are gorgeous. But you can’t really walk around casually in this high-security area. To do that, go to the Indo-Africa Friendship Rose Garden where you will see a variety of flowers spread out in a large area. Since this garden isn’t very well known, you won’t see much of a crowd here. It’s great for a peaceful walk, admiring the different kinds of roses, tulips and more.
Timing: Open till sunset every day
5. Sunday morning trek in Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary
The drive to this sanctuary will make you feel that you’re on a holiday in the hills. The winding road is well-maintained, possibly owing to the lack of traffic on it. And it is surrounded by dense greenery. The sanctuary is located near the Karni Singh Shooting Range on Surajkund Road. The vast, open spaces and jungle-like views don’t feel like Delhi at all, so it’s a nice, short break from the city. You’ll also see and hear a variety of birds here. However, since it’s fairly isolated, don’t go alone or in very small groups. Take a large group of friends or family and make a day of it.
Make the most of this lovely time, Delhiites. Step out of the house and spend a day admiring the beauty of Delhi at any of these spots.