An opportunity of savoring a picnic lends a scope to rejoice amidst nature and instills a freshness into our soul. The Union Territory of Delhi, mirroring both new and old times, has some amazing destinations in and around it for one-day trips. So, when your time and pocket don’t permit you for a long vacation, take a quick break and repose in the lap of nature in these spots near Delhi.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park, New Delhi
Located in Mehrauli, this place boasts of some historical monuments like Rajon ki Baoli, Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, Tomb of Balban, and many more interesting ruins, bearing the archeological brilliance that flourished and prospered during the time of Tomara, Tughlaq, Khalji, and Lodhi Dynasty, Mughal Empire and British imperialism. The entire place, covering around 200-acres, allows visitors to see these relics and know about the bygone periods. You may also visit the nearest Qutub Minar. Be it a family picnic day, or a picnic for school or college students, this one tops the list of hot favorites.
Botanix Nature Resort, Gurgaon or Gurugram
This resort, located in the foothills of Aravalli Hills, offers a quick opportunity to know nature like never before with its various nature-friendly activities. Organic farming, cliff jumping, nature walking, rappelling, and meditating ensure and strengthen team bonding amidst family members, colleagues, and friends. The authority has some useful packages for corporate sectors as well.The 40-acre greenery is ideal to set your soul free like a wild bird.
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Distance from Delhi: 57.8 km
Damdama Lake, Gurgaon or Gurugram
It takes hardly 2 hours if you travel via Delhi-Alwar highway, to reach this magnificent destination. The natural lake, Damdama, nestled in front of the majestic Aravalli Hills, is a hub for adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing, para sailing, and hot air ballooning. People also avail facilities of paddle boats, row boats and motor boats. Be it a family get together or a friends’ outing, this is the best place in NCR to enjoy a heavenly serenity.
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Distance from Delhi: 58.8 km.
Swarn Jayanti Park, Rohini
Commonly known as Japanese Park, this destination exhibits lush greenery and vivid flowers. The beautiful park, preserved by the DDA or Delhi Development Authority, witness lots of people daily. From morning walkers to evening strollers, locals leave no stone unturned to enjoy the picturesque area. Consisting of two lakes, separate pavements for walkers and play zones for children, this park is also a home for peacocks and swans. You are allowed to feed the swans while imbibing the fresh spirit to the fullest.
Bhalswa Lake Delhi, Northwest Delhi
The horseshoe-shaped lake is the best way to try water sports like water scooting, hover crafting, canoeing, kayaking etc. For enjoying the tranquility of the water body, you may rent some nearby mud huts. Watching migratory birds and fishing are the other activities you can indulge in. Couples can rent shikaras for a romantic escape from the crowd and to enjoy the blissful nature.
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National Zoological Park
Housing almost 130 species of birds and animals, this zoo is a popular picnic spot for kids and adults. Animals like leopards, royal Bengal tigers, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, black bear, giraffes, zebras grace the place and give you a beautiful way to know them up close and personal. Be it a normal picnic or an educational outing, this is the right choice.
Hauz Khas Complex, South Delhi
Once an important part of Allauddin Khilji Dynasty’s city Siri, this place now displays ruins of a citadel, a mosque, a water tank along with Firoz Shah’s Tomb. The architectural style of the façade and interior of the constructions give testimony of Indo-Islamic style. Take a long walk through the lanes and feel the air. The place has got its name from two Farsi words, “Hauz” meaning lake and “Khas” meaning royal tank. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a day in this historical place?
Garden of Five Senses
The stunning garden first opened its gate for people in 2003, and since then it has been appreciated and loved by them again and again. The Labna Arch, a replica of a famous Mexican creation, has recently been installed here. The entire 20-acre area has a solar energy park and various theme parks. Throughout the year, the garden sees various cultural events. You can pay a visit with your family to this place anytime.
Worlds of Wonder, Noida
This amusement park offers 20 fun-filled thrilling rides for you. Samba Rhumba, Dizzy Diana, Space Shot, Shanghai Swinger, and Rocking Joker are some of the popular ones. The first theme park of the country was opened in 2007 and is maintained and controlled by Entertainment City Limited. You may also indulge in shopping within the premise of the park.
Distance from Delhi: 38 Km.
Delhi Eco Village and Adventure, Alipur
Delhi Eco Village and Adventure is a paradise for romantic hearts who find it thrilling to enjoy every bit of nature. From rock climbing to rappelling, archery to dirk biking, chasing ducks to tractor riding, this is a complete package for all. You will feel a rustic vibe and enjoy the fresh air that surrounds the entire place. Take along your kids and loved ones for celebrating a special day.
The dormant desire to break free from our daily strenuous life is nurtured by all, while only some can fulfill it. These destinations are easily accessible from Delhi, making them ideal for quick holidays or enjoying a picnic.