Delhi’s great green spaces: Asola Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Aravalli Hills  with Delhi in the distance.

On the fringes of the massive Tughlakabad Fort, South Delhi, the 21 square kilometres of the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 200 species of birds, 10 species of mammals, 10 species of reptiles, eight amphibians and over 90 species of butterfly.

If you want some countryside on the edge of the city rather than parks or gardens in the centre, then Asola Wildlife Sanctuary offers the answer.

Located on Southern Ridge, at the northern end of Aravalli Hills, this nature park is part of the oldest mountain range in the world.

Home to 200 species of birds, 10 species of mammals, 10 species of reptiles, eight amphibians and over 90 species of butterfly, the sanctuary also houses the Conversation Education Centre, a urban wildlife site managed by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).

Since 1883 this membership driven organisation has been promoting the wonders of natural world, educating city dwellers and doing some great tours for kids about the environment and striving to protect what’s naturally beautiful.

They are doing a great job.  Twice a month there’s an early morning guided walk with a CEC naturalist.  There are also other events and activities throughout the year to watch out for. Read about my experience at the butterfly walk at this post.

 

The Conservation Education Centre website and Facebook page list attractions and what’s happening, when and how to book.

Location: A 30 minutes drive in the morning from central Delhi, you’ll find the Bombay Natural History Society at Suraj Kund Rd, Asola Wild Life Sanctuary, Asola, New Delhi, Delhi 110044.

Google maps is linked here to help direct you.

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