Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Weekend Hangouts - Delhi NCR: Damdama Lake
Location: Near Bhondsi, Delhi-Alwar Highway, 45 Km From Dhaula Kuan Delhi
Must visit during: Winter season (November – March)
Hotspots: Lake, Boating, Trekking, Restaurants, Camel Rides, Tents, Badminton ground
Access: Well connected through Delhi
Another attractive tourist spot in Delhi NCR which has been developed for past 4 years is near the Damdama lake. The nearby land has been developed very well. It is a good weekend hangout cum picnic spot for families, friends and couples. The Lake has loads of water even though it did not rain there for past 2-3 years and is very clean. With the lovely wintery morning, we went there. The drive was nice with good and well-maintained roads which lead us to the area. We entered the gate, parked car and started to figure out ways of reaching the lake. I abruptly saw a small pile of sand and climbed on top of it. From there I could see sand and sand everywhere and I wondered if we had come in a desert area like Jaisalmer! We saw a few people coming from a used way on the sand and made our way towards them, crossed them and moved on not knowing where to go. Slowly we walked on a sandy path which was covered with bushes on both sides. After such a long time we had some time to walk in silence, away from the bustling city life and walking to a place we never knew and didn’t care what it would be. It was a time off from tensions and near to curiosity. The bushy path led us to a vast green patch of grass. Also in the sight was a big orange colored boat lying in a little wet area but on mud. I stared around the vast expanse and after a long time felt the beauty of silence. Mesmerized with the beauty of the place with a hilly wet green look and absorbing the silence within. Just similar to a scene from a movie, my ears sensed a little sound of bells and footsteps. After a few seconds the sound was clearer along with the noise of a herd at a standard pace with bells ringing louder than before.. and all this between the deep silence. It seemed bliss.
After absorbing the bells’ sound, I realized the other breathtaking things around which included the boat as my main attraction. I ram and climbed it. It was such fun. I had never played for long and felt so childish! I was climbing the little crests in the boat –small benches where people would sit and the small engine in the middle. I climbed through the left side of the boat. The boat rested towards the left initially and its right side held aloft. It was such fun! Suddenly something funny though scary happened. In a playful mood as I wash, I moved onto the right side of the boat not knowing that my weight would suddenly bring the right side of the boat rocking on the ground. For once, I stood breathless and missing a few heartbeats. When all seemed under control and the boat did not tumble altogether then I quickly jumped to the ground and sensed a sigh of relief. I forgot all about it soon in excitement.
Moving on, we saw a few huts rather tent arrangements with beautiful plants hanging in round baskets on each one. The caretaker there showed us around where there were tents for couples and families to stay. For a day including food they said would charge 1000k per person. There was a small arrangement for kids to play Badminton. There was a mess for serving food. There were many other games related to hills since Aravalis are also a part of the whole landscape. People can enjoy air ballooning, para sailing, rock climbing, cycling, angling, trekking and camping which means it’s simply fun! As communicated by the caretaker, it seemed a good spot for small get together and the camps can house about 100 people at a time. The bookings are done from Delhi main office. They also had camel rides along the lakeside.
Overall a lovely experience of countryside and a mixture of looks of multiple terrains like rocky, deserty, oasis type look. I liked the place and hope you do too!