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This bench in Nehru Park is the ideal place to spend time with yourself or someone close to your heart

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2017 11:01 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
This bench in Nehru Park is one of the most serene spots in the city.
This bench in Nehru Park is one of the most serene spots in the city.(Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

We have discovered the most romantic garden bench in the capital. It’s in Nehru Park, and it sits alone under a grove of jasmine trees.

Though the park is a sprawling expanse of greens, rocks and slopes, the cluster of jasmine trees is easy to find. It is on the southern edge, the side that faces The Ashok hotel. Come in the evening when the corner is perfumed with jasmine.

Looking at the trees is heady enough since they are covered with hundreds of white flowers. The ground, with fallen jasmines littered all over, looks as mesmerising. During the first few minutes of our arrival, we tried our best to avoid stepping on the flowers, but finally gave up for there were too many of them.

The best part, however, is sitting on the bench. While you’ll be reading poetry (for this place wants only poems, no prose), the jasmine flowers will keep falling on your lap.

Don’t leave until the evening sky darkens and the flowers begin to sparkle like stars. It is the perfect moment to be alone with yourself — or with the person closest to your heart.