No other city brings to life the contrasts and contradictions like Delhi. While multi-storey skyscrapers threaten to touch the skyline on a daily basis, another element of Delhi-NCR comes to life in the secluded woodlands that it hides in its nooks and crannies.
So, whether you are planning those outdoor winter dates with bae or are just looking for a quieter adventure, here is a list of 5 beautiful and enchanting woods in and around Delhi!
Mangar Bani One, Faridabad-Gurgaon Highway
The only remaining area of the gorgeous Hara Mangar Bani Jungle Area along the Faridabad-Gurgaon Highway is virgin forest. The 100 hectares of woodland surrounded by the picturesque Aravalli hills has a story to tell. Gudaria Baba, a sadhu who was worshiped by the people, earlier lived in this area. His rules included not cutting down trees and not allowing cattle to graze in the forest. Residents continue to protect the forest and refuse to allow anyone to cut trees there. It extends from Sariska Tiger Reserve to NCR and is home to leopards, wild eagles and dhau trees.
Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, Tughlakabad
This wildlife refuge is located along the Delhi, Faridabad and Gurgaon interstate border and is part of the North Aravalli Leopard Wildlife Corridor. It is home to over 190 critically endangered bird species, including the black francolin and grey-headed fish eagle, and is an important habitat for the Indian leopard and blackbuck. The wildlife sanctuary also has a vulture conservation program, and red-headed vultures and Egyptian vultures can be seen here.
This forest, which is located near Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli and spread over 443 acres, is a bird watcher’s paradise on earth, as it houses a wide variety of native and visiting birds such as Asiatic Cuckoo, White-throated Kingfisher and Jacobin. ‘s home. Apart from koalas, golden jackals and butterflies, which are here in abundance! On a nice afternoon, bring a good book in hand for some calming experiences!
Sultanpur National Park, Gurgaon-Jhajjar
The Delhi-NCR region is definitely a paradise for bird watchers. Sultanpur National Park is the second place after Sanjay Van. It is home to about 250 different bird species, both permanent and migratory. It is located on the state highway that connects Gurgaon (Gurugram) with Jhajjar. With the arrival of winter in October, migratory birds start coming here to nest and breed. Inside it there is a paved path around the lake, where you can go for a walk and watch the birds.
Dhanauri Wetlands, Greater Noida
Dhanauri Wetland is a great place for wildlife photographers and bird watchers. Located at a distance of only 45 kms from Noida, it not only attracts various migratory birds during winters but also serves as the abode of over 70 resident birds that breed here during summer/monsoon. The stork crane, the tallest flying bird, is a major attraction for nature/wildlife or bird photographers around the world. Dhanauri hosts and protects around 100 storks.