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A Guide to the Best Places to Run in the Delhi Region

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Delhi is a large metropolitan area in the north part of India that serves as the country’s national capital region. New Delhi, an urban district of Delhi, is the cosmopolitan center and heart of industry, government, and culture. It’s famous for its bustling markets, street food, and beautiful temples. Running in New Delhi has become increasingly popular in recent years, although heavy traffic, dense roads, and poor air quality limit running options to a select few green spaces that are designated leisure areas. The heat is also a factor, with daily temperatures from 90-104F (32-40C) for seven months of the year.

Our guide to the best places to run in Delhi is focused on New Delhi, Old Delhi, and a few of the surrounding areas such as Gurgaon (Gurugram) and Noida. Most runners in Delhi travel to parks with designated jogging paths, like Nehru Park, Noida Stadium, Leisure Valley Park, and the Hauz Khas area to run laps. The paths along the Rajpath road to India Gate are a spectacular way to get in some sightseeing while the Lodhi Gardens and the murals of the Lodhi Art Colony are a one-of-a-kind running experience. Our ‘runseeing’ tour is an exciting 15k route from Old Delhi to New Delhi. For longer runs, the dirt roads of Jahanpanah City Forest and the long paved Gurgaon-Faridabad Road are the best bets, but the trails of Malcha Mahal, Aravali Biodiversity Park, Swarn Jayana Park, and Sanjay Van remain favorites for nature lovers.

Wherever you plan to run in New Delhi, there will be plenty of options for getting around. The Delhi Metro is the most comfortable, affordable, (and often the most convenient) option, but buses, rickshaws, and cabs can all be helpful for shorter distances. Please be aware of the high traffic volume and density.

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Some of our favorite runs in Delhi, India

Nehru Park

Just outside the Diplomatic Enclave, this popular park has a designated dirt jogging track that loops around... more...

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Nehru Park

Delhi, India

Just outside the Diplomatic Enclave, this popular park has a designated dirt jogging track that loops around the perimeter for about 2.4 km.
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Running the Rajpath

Delhi, India

Run on one of the most important roads in India! This ceremonial road in central New Delhi runs from National Stadium, through India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan. It's lined by huge lawns, canals, and rows of trees. Good add-on options.
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Hauz Khas Area: Forts, Forests, Parks

Delhi, India

There are multiple options for a run around Siri Fort and Hauz Khas. Either pay the entry fee to jog the track at the Sports Complex, enjoy the trails of Panchsheel Park, or tour the hip streets of the Hauz Khas neighborhood, including a lake loop at Deer Park.
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Gurgaon-Faridabad Road

Delhi, India

One of the best road running options around New Delhi, Gurgaon-Faridabad Road is a good spot for a long distance run or some hill training. Go early in the morning before traffic gets too busy. This won't make anyone's 'most scenic run' list.
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North Delhi: Bonta Park

Delhi, India

A good option in North Delhi, Bonta Park (the Kamla Nehru Ridge Park) has nearly 8 km of stone paved and dirt trails. Highlights along the way include the Mutiny Memorial spire and the Flagstaff Tower.
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Gurugram (Gurgaon) Area

Delhi, India

Our favorite running options in Gurugram (aka Gurgaon), a city just south of New Delhi, are the lovely Aravali Biodiversity Park and the jogging trails at Leisure Valley Park and Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park.
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Noida Area

Delhi, India

Noida is a planned city across the Yamuna River, southeast of New Delhi. The best running options include in include a 1.3 km gravel jogging track around the Noida Cricket Stadium, and a beautiful stretch along the Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Gautam Buddha Park.
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Nehru Park

Delhi, India

Just outside the Diplomatic Enclave, this popular park has a designated dirt jogging track that loops around the perimeter for about 2.4 km.
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Running the Rajpath

Delhi, India

Run on one of the most important roads in India! This ceremonial road in central New Delhi runs from National Stadium, through India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan. It's lined by huge lawns, canals, and rows of trees. Good add-on options.
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Weather is a major factor when considering running in Delhi. Temperatures soar beyond 100F (38C) in the summer months, with average highs from 90-103F (32-40C) for seven months of the year. The winter months feature dramatically cooler temperatures, with high temperatures in the 70s (24C) and nights that can dip into the 40s (7C). Bring a layer in cooler months! There are distinct wet and dry seasons.

Because Delhi is so widespread, choosing a place to stay can be a bit of a challenge. There are plenty of hotels and hostels, though none are concentrated in any specific area. Most tourists like to stay near Karol Bagh, Connaught Place, or Paharganj. See DelhiTourism.gov for lodging info.

Get your gear at Running Bolts or any of the usual chain retailers.

The Sunday Run Club is the most popular running group around, but don’t miss the Reebok Running Squad or any of the popular Fitso groups.

For running groups, there’s also the Gurgaon Road Runners and the Noida Running Group.

From fun runs to marathons, see a full list of upcoming races in New Delhi at IndiaRunning.com.