Millennium Indraprastha Park
The Millennium Indraprastha Park was a recent addition to the many parks in Delhi that is located on the Outer Ring Road of East Delhi and easily approachable by local transport. It was constructed in 2004 by the Delhi Development Authority with the main purpose to provide a green space for Delhiites to relax and enjoy a great time with families and friends especially during weekends and to get respite from the hot summer months of Delhi which keeps this park filled to the brim.
The Millennium Indraprastha Park spans over a large area of 85 acres stretching across a length of 2.7 km making it one of the longest parks in Delhi. It has become a very popular hangout hub for young couples and families who crowd this place during evenings and weekends. It also features 13 Swings and Slides installed especially for children who are greatly attracted to this place and in order to ensure that people spend a longer period of time in this park; DDA installed five restaurants under one food court offering ready-to eat food to all visitors as cooking within the premises is prohibited.
The Millennium Indraprastha Park also features a beautifully manicured Garden planted with beds of colourful flowers. The bushes around the garden are seen clipped and trimmed into fantastic shapes and DDA plans to construct a maze around this garden to add more fun and excitement for the kids. Special efforts are in the pipeline to construct a separate area for toddlers to play around with ample safety features. There is a stunning water pool with cascades and fountain that are fringed with soft lights to ensure that it does not harm the plants surrounding it. These lights are lit up in evenings to add more glamour and attraction to the park. The park is well equipped with pathways made especially for morning walkers and joggers, benches, chairs and stools for sitting and a number of cottages covered with thatched roofs that forms the main attraction of the park for all visitors.
The Millennium Indraprastha Park also uses the assistance of the Sahitya Kala Parishad to organise various cultural events within the huge amphitheatre constructed within this park. For the convenience of the visitors the authorities have also installed drinking water taps and pay toilets at every entrance of the park. Along with these facilities, parking area for 25 cars is also available in front of each of the four gates of the park with security personnel hired for safety against theft. DDA also plans to create a proper parking lot with a reasonable parking fee to be paid in order to accommodate more vehicles and provide better safety as seen in Malls.
The Millennium Indraprastha Park is covered with a bright green carpet of grass that is seen well trimmed and maintained by DDA. In order to create more greenery and natural ambience within the Park, authorities have planted over 2,000 trees fringed along walkways and the contours of the park and they will be adding over 8,000 more saplings of trees in the near future. The work to embed more plants had tremendously slowed down due to the nearby Sanitary Landfill surface filled with excessive methane underneath which obstructs further plantation. Another factor which has been kept in mind is not expunge and obstruct the area touching Humayun Tomb that lies right behind the park as it is deemed as a heritage site by UNESCO.
The Millennium Indraprastha Park allows all visitors to enter between early morning hours up till 2030 hours on all days with no entry fee. A huge World Peace Stupa will soon be seen erected within the park which is still under construction. Tourists and visitors can approach the park via Ring Road from Ashram to ITO. The park commences just after you arrive at the noisy junction of Sarai Kale Khan in ISBT and Nizamuddin Railway Station. Another route is from East Delhi where you will need to cross the Nizamuddin Bridge that is situated just after the junction of National Highway - 24 and the Ring Road.