All your #wanderlust dreams can now come true thanks to a brand new park in Delhi. Called the Waste to Wonder Park or Seven Wonders Park, the place was inaugurated on 21st February and has been open to the public for less than a month. The park was built by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and hosts large replicas of seven famous monuments – all made out of metal waste and other junk!
The seven “wonders” of the park include the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, a model of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, the Colosseum, and the Statue of Liberty. About 150 tons of industrial waste was put to use by the SDMC and commissioned artists to build all the sculptures. The materials range from nuts and bolts to metal pipes and sheets to even bike chains, kadhais, and parts from park benches! (You can get the construction details for each replica on the information boards placed near them). To amp up the aesthetic further, the sculptures have been set with warm yellow lights which go on at sundown and make for a gorgeous sight (and Instagram story). The lights shining on the Eiffel Tower and through the latticed dome of the Taj Mahal are particularly stunning.
All the sculptures are nestled in leafy pockets of the park, connected by a single pathway. Some of the trees surrounding the “monuments” also hold quirky faces and animal figures, so keep an eye up for a bunch of hanging monkeys and big cats peeking down at you. The park also uses sustainable energy to fuel parts of it, with three windmills and multiple solar panels. It is fairly well-equipped with sitting areas, drinking water stations, a colourful toilet with a solar panel roof, and a parking space outside.
The Waste to Wonder Park stands on the Outer Ring Road, at walking distance from the Hazrat Nizamuddin Metro Station on the Pink Line. Tickets are priced at INR 50 for people between 12 to 65 years, at INR 25 for children below 12 and adults above 65 years, and free of cost for children below 3 years and students from MCD schools. The place is open from 11 AM to 11 PM, and closed on Mondays (although weekends can be crazy crowded due to this still being a new attraction).
With spring at its peak in March and April, now is a great time to visit and see the park in full bloom. Keep in mind that it does not take too long to make a trip around the “wonders”, so if you are driving in from faraway corners of the city, it would be smarter to plan accordingly. We suggest going to the park just around sunset to spend some time looking at the sculptures and lights, and then dropping by at the Nizamuddin Dargah for some qawwali and a round of kebabs for dinner.
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