For many of us, a healthy lifestyle would include clocking those 10,000 steps in each day. And why not? In a study conducted to find out the scientific validity of the 10,000-step rule, researchers saw mortality rates improving progressively even if one manages 7,500 steps a day. Well, numbers don’t lie and walking has been considered a versatile form of exercise for people across age groups.
While living in a city like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, or Chennai might not always make it easy for you to get those steps in, you can always explore the neighbourhood park or heritage trail to make your exercise routine more engaging. From scenic routes to ancient architecture, there’s a lot to discover with each walk.
So, wear your shoes and get ready to hit the trail as we take you through some of the most breathtaking walking routes in your city:
The national capital has its pride of place among Indian metros. From a rich heritage to being home to some of the most famous colleges of the country, Delhi does not disappoint. Among the wonders of the Union Territory, there are many scenic routes and trails that can help you ace those fitness goals.
Area: 2.1 km (approx.)
Lodhi Gardens are an architectural marvel built by the Lodhi dynasty between the 15th and 16th centuries. Located in south Delhi, its well-manicured lawns and old-world charm has walking enthusiasts thronging the gardens every day.
Area: 60 acre (approx.)
Counted among the most greenery-rich areas of south Delhi, Deer Park is an ideal place for those who enjoy peace during their walks. If you are a history buff, there’s a lot to explore in the Mughal-era tombs that are housed within it.
Sanjay Lake Mayur Vihar Entrance
Area: 4 km (approx.)
Sanjay Lake is an artificial lake that was developed in the Trilokpuri area of east Delhi. If you are not too fond of bigger parks, this walking trail is right up your alley.
Rock Garden Loop
Area: 1.1 km (approx.)
Nestled in the Patel Nagar area of west Delhi, the Rock Garden Loop is a great option for those interested in light walking. You can choose between walking, running, hiking, and simply birdwatching.
Garden of Five Senses
Area: 2.1 km (approx.)
Built in 2003 near the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, the Garden of Five Senses was designed to stimulate the five human senses. Take a walk, enjoy the foliage, and rejuvenate your senses.
The city of Nizams is a living example of how the past and present can co-exist. The vibrant culture of Hyderabad has a lot to offer, but if you are seeking a quiet getaway from the city noise, then too the city doesn’t disappoint.
Area: 2.1 km (approx)
A walk across the Golconda Fort complex is a reminder that keeping fit doesn’t always have to be boring. Take a leisurely walk around the 11th-century fort that stands tall in the southern part of the district. The majestic halls, drawbridges, and mounted cannons add to the allure of the place.
Area: 2.5 (approx)
It’s difficult to miss the green expanse of land that sits amidst the cacophony of city life. The Botanical Gardens have been developed as part of the Kothaguda Reserve Forest. They also house an environmental education centre where audio-visual shows are organised to spread
Kasu Brahmananda Jogging Trail
Area: 3.9 km (approx.)
The KBR National Park as it is popularly known is a patch of lush greenery that is located in the central Hyderabad. A beautiful walking trail with ample bird-watching opportunities, it’s a nature enthusiast’s delight.
Area: 3.2 km (approx.)
Chowmahalla was the palace where the erstwhile Nizams of Hyderabad lived. You can take a walk down history in this monument that is situated in the Old City. The palace route also houses the famous Char Minar.
Mahavir Harina Vansthakli National Park
Area: 6.9 km (approx.)
Termed the green lung space of the city, the Mahavir Harina Vansthakli Park is located in the Saheb Nagar area of south Hyderabad. With a minimal entry fee, the national park is the perfect way to turn a walk into a family outing.
Being India’s financial capital, Mumbai has a reputation as a city that never sleeps. That being said, there are still a couple of places that you can head to get your daily exercise and some much-needed fresh air.
Area: 7.9 km (approx)
Circumscribing the Arabian Sea, Chowpatty Beach is the one tourist attraction that any Mumbai trip is incomplete without. However, before the tourists start trickling in, you shouldn’t miss the chance to take a stroll across this south Mumbai beach early in the morning.
Area: 4.7 (km)
The famous Jogger’s Park in west Mumbai’s Andheri area is a good option if you don’t want to go too far from the suburbs. Plus, it also offers a seaside view off Carter Road.
Mulund Hill Loop
Area: 2.7 km (approx)
Looking for something offbeat in the city? Head to north Mumbai’s best-kept secret – the Mulund Hills. The range is a part of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and is frequented by hikers and nature lovers.
Veer Savarkar Udyan
Area: 0.6 km (approx)
Surrounded by banyan and pipal trees, the park is a popular favourite among residents of the north Mumbai suburb of Borivali West. Its amenities include a walking trail, a playground, and even a library.
Kanheri Caves Trail
Area: 14 km (approx)
Now, this trail might not figure on the list of traditional options, but it is worth the effort. Located on the western outskirts of the city, the ancient Buddhist caves double up as a hiking and cycling trail.
The IT capital of India is known to keep people on their toes with its traffic snarls and is home to some of the biggest startups. At the same time, its best-kept secret is the array of parks, forests, and trails that offer you a much-needed reprieve from the busy city life.
Avalahalli Forest Loop
Area: 6.8 km (approx)
The green forest trail is a clean break from the highrises that can be seen crowding the Bengaluru skyline. The shade of eucalyptus trees, the odd peacock giving you company, and the butterfly park – there’s a lot to keep you going on your walk or jog.
Area: 1.2 km (approx.)
Not a fan of driving too far away for a peaceful walk? Bengaluru has you covered. A major green lung for the city, Cubbon Park is a reminder of Bengaluru’s colonial connection and is situated in the heart of the city. The trees swaying to the wind and birds chirping create the right atmosphere to indulge in some quiet.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
Area: 5.3 km (approx)
As the name suggests, this south Bengaluru park is the ideal getaway if you enjoy lush areas. Plants, birds, wildflowers, and peace – its list of pros is a long one.
Koramangala BBMP Park
Area: 0.3 km (approx)
If you are someone who likes a bit of variety in exercise, then you should visit Koramangala BBMP Park. The park is among the most popular south Bengaluru attractions and includes a walking trail, an outdoor gym, and a jogging track.
Area: 3.7 km (approx)
The Jakkur Lake trail is a haven for walkers who enjoy peace and solitude. It’s on the northern side of the city and is built along one of the biggest lakes in Bengaluru.
India’s southernmost city, Chennai has evolved with time while keeping its historic roots intact. The city rose to prominence under the Chola, Pallava, and Pandya dynasties and was an important trade centre during colonial times.
Guindy National Park
Area: 4.8 km (approx.)
Looking for some downtime with nature? Then, head to Guindy National Park. Walk across the park for a tête-à-tête with Mother Nature while spotting animals from over 200 species.
Nageswara Rao Park
Area: 4 acre (approx)
The park is a popular joint for morning walkers and is located in the Mylapore area of Chennai. With a badminton court and a separate play section for kids, it has something to offer to everyone.
Garden of Remembrance
Area: 3.4 km (approx)
Flanked by the green canopy of trees, this park was built by theosophical societies to honour the memory of their founders. The garden route is marked by sculptures and makes for an ideal location to catch both sunrises and sunsets.
St. Thomas Mount
Area: 0.6 km (approx.)
St. Thomas Mount is a natural wonder for more reasons than one. Apart from the lush cover that serenades the route, it’s also known for its deposits of Charnockite which is a rock with elements of quartz, feldspar, and hypersthene. St. Thomas Mount is located in the southern part of Chennai.
Tholkappiar Ecological Park
Area: 2.7 km (approx.)
The state-run Tholkappiar Ecological Park was among the facilities that were developed by the Tamil Nadu government to revive the freshwater ecosystems lining the Coromandel Coast. While there’s greenery as far as the eye can see on the route, you also get to spot over 200 animal species.
The above-mentioned options are just a few of the many trails and parks that these cities have to offer. They show that your morning walk doesn’t always have to be sweaty and mundane. You can always mix a bit of bird watching, catching sunsets, heritage, and exploring with your exercise.