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Lakes in Delhi

The Indian headquarters Delhi is thriven by many lakes which forms one of the main natural affluence in the capital city. Numerous natural and artificial lakes run through the capital town funding the ground water level in the city. As per Delhi Parks and Gardens society - DPGS the city homes an enormous count of 799 water bodies in its grounds, out of which 21 lakes have dried or lost in later 1990s due to rapid urbanization of lands in Delhi. The draining of lakes resulted in the decrease of ground water level in Delhi and its neighboring localities so the drained lakes have to be recreated to stabilize wetland ecosystem and ground water level.

Bhalswa Horseshoe Lake in Delhi

Bhalswa LakeThe Bhalswa Horseshoe Lake also called as Bhalswa Jheel Lake that flows through the Northwest of the capital city in the Jahangirpur locality. The lake was actually formed by one of the twisting loops left by River Yamuna and it initially looked like horse shoe in its figure. The lake once sheltered numerous aqua and wild like species like water birds, fowl, storks, cranes, varieties of fishes and sustained wildlife habitat.

Now the lake area is occupied by many constructions and housing colony that disfigured the horse shoe structure of Bhalswa Lake and presently the lake is almost destroyed. The banks of the lake also safeguard the city from heavy floods. Towards the east of the lake sited few acres of land filled with Keekar, Babool and Acacia trees. The government of Delhi has taken steps to endorse the lake for water sports activity.

Najafgarh Lake in Delhi

Najafgarh LakeNajafgarh Lake also called as Najafgarh Jheel or Najafgarh Marsh is one of the biggest lakes in South West Delhi in the Najafgarh town. Najafgarh nullah or River Sahibi is a natural drain that connects Najafgarh with River Yamuna. The lake was once a natural wildlife habitat and an excellent marshland ecosystem covering 300 sq km of area is now completely closed as it has drained totally after 1960s. The Delhi Flood control Department to secure the south west Delhi from heavy floods started widening the lake which resulted in draining.

The lake attracts numerous migratory birds and local wildlife during winter so the government is planning to recreate the lake and to develop Najafgarh bird sanctuary to support wetland ecosystem and to promote tourism in Najafgarh. The Lake is now protected under wild life to prevent hunting of migratory birds. During post independence the lake sheltered numerous pink headed ducks and Siberian cranes which was hunted by British officials. At present the drained lake basin is occupied by many housing colonies.

Sanjay Lake in Delhi

Sanjay LakeSanjay Lake is an artificial lake sited in East Delhi that is developed by DDA- Delhi Development Authority over 89 hectares of land area in 1970s. The area where Sanjay Lake was formed was actually a land depression where large volume of rain water get stagnated and also excess water from Hindon River also gets accumulated in the depression so DDA decided to develop the site to an artificial lake  and named it Sanjay Lake. The water level in Sanjay Lake depends upon rainwater and sewer. During the construction of National highway 24 which connects Delhi with Uttar Pradesh the northern end of the lake was trimmed and reduced its area to 69 hectares to give way to NH 24 to reach its destination.

Sanjay Lake
Address:  Pocket D, Mayur Vihar II
New Delhi, Delhi- 110091

The lake is built with in Sanjay Lake Park. The park and the Sanjay Lake together cover 178 acres of plot and it is the largest part in East Delhi and a very popular picnic destination.  A fitness tract is also laid close to the Lake which added its popularity and need among the locals in Mayur Vihar. The Indira Gandhi Mahila Park is also located very close to Sanjay Lake.

Sanjay Lake Park
Address: Patparganj Road, Mayur Vihar II
New Delhi, Delhi -110091

Other Important Lakes in Delhi

Damdama LakeDamdama Lake is sited close to Dhaula Kuan is an excellent touring spot in Delhi which welcomes huge number of visitors every month and it is a cup shaped biggest natural lake in Delhi on the foothills of Aravalli hills. Rock climbing on Aravalli hill range is also very popular here.

Damdama Lake

Address: 171 new Layalpur Colony, Krishna Nagar
New Delhi, Delhi- 110092

The India Gate Lake is yet another popular Lake in Delhi sited close to massive India Gate of Delhi. It is an artificial lake build to add elegance to the world renowned India Gate. The boating facility in the lake adds to its popularity.

India Gate Lake
Address: Rajpath
New Delhi, Delhi- 110001

Naini Lake is an artificial lake sited in Model town of Delhi covering 12 acres of land and about 3 feet in depth. The lake is rectangular in shape and it is also one of the popular picnic spot in Delhi. The numerous small trees on the south banks of Naini Lake and pedal boating attracts numerous visitors to its vicinity.

Naini Lake
Address: Block A 2, Model Town Phase I, Model Town
New Delhi, Delhi- 110009

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