Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary ~ A verdant green protected area in southern most part of Delhi is one of the most excellent examples of natural regeneration of land. Once an overly exploited mining area, it is now a green forest filled with many wild animals & natural flora of Delhi Ridge.
I first got interested in this Sanctuary many years ago, when I wrote a Thesis case study in my Masters and since then have been wanting to visit it. The chance came only this year, when I along with the husband and some fellow nature lovers visited the Asola Bhatti Sanctuary on a early morning walk.
Sharing with you the beautiful moments & experience of the nature walk at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary:-
We reached quite early in the morning ( 7 a.m.) but were energized to see a group of army personnel all ready up and about doing their run on the periphery road to the Sanctuary.
Inspired, we began our walk briskly!!
We spotted trees in full bloom and from far, sometimes it looked like a carpet of bright orange.
We came across this huge & ancient looking banyan tree 10 minutes into our walk and it was gorgeous sight.
The Asola Bhatti Sanctuary has a number of lakes/reservoirs, which were basically deep mined areas, now filled out with water. We spotted the 1st one pretty quick into our walk.
Around this lake, there were a number of rhesus monkeys playing around and they were very curious to see us. They were not aggressive at all, however, it was best that both of our groups kept a good distance (which we did). I managed to get some candid shots of them though!!
We proceeded to our walk and after spotting a number of interesting trees on the way, we came to our 2nd lake/reservoir.
Walking ahead, we came to a sand hill and it fun getting up and down this one!! 🙂
Walking ahead and spotting a fleeting glimpse of Nilgai (blue deer), which is generic to Delhi/NCR, I got all excited!! for me, it was THE moment of the walk!!
Finally, we reached the 3rd reservoir and decided to head back from there, as it was almost 1 hour into our walk. This lake was one of the largest out of the three and we were all gobsmacked by the quiet & rugged nature in front of us!!
We walked down to the lake, and spent a considerable amount of time enjoying the beauty around us, the quiet yet pleasant sound of nature and most of all the clear & cool water of the lake!! The kids in the group & the dog just went water crazy swimming & splashing!!
Energized & refreshed, we walked back to the urban Delhi, with lots of good memories.
I would definitely do a nature walk again in Asola Bhatti Sanctuary and if you are in this city, do make time for it too, trust me , it would be an out of the box experience!!
P.S. – It is best to venture into Asola Bhatti in a group; though the area is protected and nearby the urban resential area, it is remote inside the sanctuary. Also, there are number of wild animals like monkeys, scorpions and nilgais in addition to the rugged terrain & thorny bushes.