Robert Frost’s ’The woods are lovely, dark and deep…’ is what comes to mind when I think of Bhondsi.
Imagine a place far from the madding crowd; a picturesque woods teeming with peacocks, a small lake with water birds and ducks floating by, winding hill trails, a beautiful forest temple, a small ashram – that’s what Bhondsi is. And all this just a stone throw away from the heart of Gurgaon.
Bhondsi is magical, especially during the monsoons & it’s truly a monsoon destination.
A green belt area adjacent the Aravalli hills, Bhondsi is rich in bio-diversity and is home to peacocks, rare bids, and small wild animals. Once belonging to former PM Chandrasekhar and intended to be a resort/farmhouse the place is now abandoned, but is open to public.
Tucked away just about a kilometre away inside on the Gurgaon-Sohna highway, it’s a perfect spot for a Sunday morning hike and picnic with friends and family. Though partially fenced in, the 500-acre wooded area with a small lake and winding trails is perfect for a day out with nature, especially during monsoons. The whole place is literally teaming with peacocks; it wouldn’t be surprising to see peacocks putting up a dance show during the monsoons.
It’s a wonderful spot for those looking for some activity and adventure as some of the trails wind up and downhill making it perfect for a pleasantly tiring nature hike, or to do some off road cycling. You could even bring your pets here to join you in the hike. Be careful though not to stray too far into the forested area, as there have been some leopard sightings.
The lake is a bit marshy, so it wouldn’t be a good idea to try a dip in, but it’s incredibly beautiful and peaceful to just sit and watch the birds and occasionally a swan/duck or two glide by.
A small hilltop temple of Goddess Bhuvneshwari temple overlooks the woods and is maintained by people in an ashram nearby. Original inhabitants of the Raghav clan of villagers still live and are self-styled custodians of the area, looking after and protecting the forests and its wildlife.
A weekend morning would be the perfect time to gather your friends and family for a picnic here, though don’t be surprised if you do find a number of cars already parked when you get there. More and more Gurgaonites are discovering the magic of Bhondsi.
How to get there: Take exit 10 on NH8 towards Sohna. Cross Badshahpur village (about 7 kilometers from Rajiv Chowk.) Look for BSF camp signboard on right side of road. Take mud road adjacent the camp. Travel about 1 km to entrance or further another ½ km to temple.