Delhi, the capital of the country is one of the cities which is equally beautiful as well as polluted. Like any other metropolitan city, Delhi too is a victim of large scale deforestation in the name of infrastructural development. Being the capital city, it is also home to many important personalities who hold influential positions in the government.
The city was recently in the news for the large scale pollution which is engulfing the city. The city witnessed heavy smog, thanks to the bursting of crackers during Diwali. Though the city has plenty of parks and greenery in some areas, these are not sufficient to pump out the pollutants.
But wait, there is something to rejoice about; the city has some thick forests in its surroundings. The ridge in the northern area of the city is part of the Aravalli ranges which provides a green cover for a distance of 35 km. These are also known as the lungs of the city and form a barricade to protect it from the blistering winds which blow from Rajasthan.
All said and done, we bring you some forests in and around Delhi which serve as one of the perfect getaways from the polluted city to a place which has almost no pollutants.
1. Sanjay Van
Spread across an area of 783 acres filled with dense woods, Sanjay Van offers a respite away from the jungle of concrete. It lies near Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli. The place is a bird watcher's delight and one can find a wide variety of bird species which indeed is a feast for your eyes and music to your ears. Grab your pair of binoculars and head to Sanjay Van to find the purple sunbird, the Asian koel and many others.
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2. Rajokri Protected Forest
The forest is covered with thorny shrubs and waving trees which is a complete contrast to the mad rush of the city. The forest has small villages, fields and a large variety of birds. One can enjoy the beauty of the forest by sitting on the banks of the lake and taking in all the oxygen required free of cost.
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3. Northern Ridge Or Old Delhi
The hilly region adjacent to the North Campus is the Northern Ridge. It is the smallest part in the fragment of ridges and spans around 170 hectares. It was declared as a reserved forest in 1915, yet at present the reserve forest has reduced considerably and at present spans across an area which is less than 87 hectares. A section of the Northern Ridge is known as Kamala Nehru ridge which has some thick vegetation and a large number of species of animals.
4. Tughlaqabad Ridge Forest
Hop off at the Tughlaqabad metro station and head straight to the canopy of trees in the Southern Ridge forest. The green cover spreads across 6200 hectares which also houses the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary and is home to a large variety of birds and plants. The sanctuary is also home to blackbucks, porcupines, jackals and many more.
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5. Jahanpanah City Forest
Spread across an area of more than 435 acres, the Jahanpanah City Forest offers fresh air to those who are heading for a morning walk. The nilgai makes its occasional appearance from in between the trees whilst people are trying hard to boost up their health. The trail takes you deeper into the forest and is secluded away from the maddening crowd.
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