It was a beautiful revelation to learn of this vast oasis of green and calm in the midst of the concrete jungle of Gurgaon. We visited the Aravali bio diversity park to experience its basic essence and what an amazing experience it turned out to be! A great knowledge sharing session, with moments of surprising calmness and greenery all around. Anil, one of the park supervisors’ was with us throughout and he explained to us in detail each and every aspect associated with the developing of this park.
We took a long tour covering a large the area of the park. Starting from the aesthetically cut Amphitheatre, to the nursery, and also collecting information about the various species of plants that are grown here. What amazed us most was the large openness of space, the long undulating walking paths and cycling tracks, surrounded by natural rocks in a very natural ridge forest; an ideal place for people looking for tranquillity, and some fresh air. A lot of natural water bodies have dried up, but the thing that caught our attention was the DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM being used in the park which aids in effective water distribution for each and every plant, and helps in providing sustained water supply for future plantations. On the contrary, one of the concerns which were clearly visible was the littering issue. We saw some school kids littering the area, unaware and ignorant of the need to use the dust bins placed at regular intervals in the park. This was sad to observe. We took it on ourselves to teach them about keeping the environment clean and disposed the litter in the dustbins. We were also lucky to see some migrant birds that have made the Aravali Bio Diversity Park their home. It was indeed heartening to experience nature in this forma place like Gurgaon with its high rises and congested roads.
We took a tour of the nursery located right in the centre of the park. The work being done there is commendable. We discovered that maintaining of all the saplings during various growth stages is just not an easy task and the gardeners assigned there are doing an exceptional job to ensure their survival. Anil patiently explained how samplings go through various stages until they are ready for the plantation. We also interacted with the gardeners who were mostly from eastern India, and also got to know their experience and association with the park.
During our walk through the Park there was a lot of opportunity to capture our experience with photographs and information as described to us by Anil. Overall it was a great learning and a knowledge sharing experience and we look forward to providing our inputs for the betterment and long term sustenance of the park.
Abhinav Awasthi, Amrita Tiwari, Archita Pandit and Smit Shukla