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Delhiwale: Gole-chakkar getaway

The right place for those who love nature but do not want to escape the urban sprawl, Gole Park gives you the taste of both falling leaves and towering concrete.

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2017 11:03 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
While there are the usual trees, flowers, grass and bird songs, there’s no getting away from the city.
While there are the usual trees, flowers, grass and bird songs, there’s no getting away from the city. (Mayank Austen Soofi / HT Photo)

You can cross the entire Gole Park in Central Delhi’s Windsor Place in five minutes flat. It is a traffic roundabout.

While there are the usual trees, flowers, grass and bird songs, there’s no getting away from the city. You may clap a hand over your ears to shut out the traffic roar, but you will still see the towering Le Meridien hotel on one side, and hotel Shangri La on the other. The park is not perfect. There are bald patches in the lawn and a little bridge straddles a dry pond.

Yet, this park soothes our senses. Though nothing like Safdarjang Enclave’s Deer Park or the North Campus ridge, the impure serenity of Gole Park is like a jazz tune.

Within a few minutes of your arrival, the garden reveals the subtle beauties of urban life — clipped hedges, watered plants, pruned trees, a mouthful of sky tucked amid the tall buildings, rushing cars, and big-city anonymity.

The green of the grass contrasts with the red and green of the public buses. The mynah’s cooing blends in with the impatience of car horns. If you love the wilds and are ready to accept the skyline, this park gives you best of both worlds.

However, most people prefer to go to larger spaces that are, conventionally speaking, more beautiful. Perhaps they need their isolation each time they feel oppressed by the Metro train’s humanity. But in Gole Park, urban chaos and sylvan charm live in harmony.