Delhiwale: The hyperlocal Lodhi Garden

A new public garden in one of  Delhi’s most historic neighbourhoods is like a dreamworld of ruins and grass.

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2018 13:11 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
delhiwale,Rani Jhansi Park,Mehrauli Archaeology Park
The Rani Jhansi Park in south Delhi is located near Mehrauli Archaeology Park. (HT Photo )

It isn’t every day new parks in Delhi make their debut.

But this setup in south Delhi’s Mehrauli village frankly feels like a little Lodhi Garden next door. You’re within touching distance of ruined monuments if you aren’t just lolling about—an enticing enterprise here in pleasant Rani Jhansi Park.

“I used to spend hours hanging around in the adjacent archaeology park,” explains teenager Vikas, who’s taking it very easy. “But now I just like being here,” he says, running his hands lazily over the wet grass.

Vikas is referring to the Mehrauli Archaeology Park just across this garden, that’s crammed with monuments from Delhi’s long history. But somehow, the new park feels more amenable, in his opinion.

A bunch of boys are now spotted playing ludo on their cellphones, totally oblivious to the unknown graves scattered around them. Scores of women are lounging about, too, in sharp contrast to the archaeology park where they felt uncomfortable, particularly after sunset.

Until recently, this sloped area was thick with thorny kikar trees. With upper branches heavily burdened by garbage hurled by locals from their kitchen windows nearby.

But now, a brand-new park. As the sun slowly sets, scores more citizens are enticed to its garish-green; their world somehow feels like a better place.

First Published: Jul 17, 2018 13:10 IST