Once upon a time Delhi had Appu Ghar…

Today I came across an article about the progress of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) plans for the extension of the Indian Supreme Court in Delhi in the area, which once housed Appu Ghar . And nostalgia overtook me…

Do you people remember Appu Ghar? Man!! I can’t even imagine my childhood without one Appu Ghar visit every 3-4 months! The idea of having fun during my school days was picnics, Appu Ghar visits, reading tons of comics and playing a host of outdoor games like ‘chupan-chupaai’ (Hide ‘n’ Seek) and Vish-amrit’ (a touch and you are dead, Tag kinda game)….sadly enough, the current lot of young Dilliwalas would have little or no idea of what I am talking about…..

On reading the article, I rummaged through some of my old picture albums. The pictures and memories that struck me the most were those of dear old “Appu Ghar”. Appu Ghar was an oasis of happiness. The first place that we visited, when school exams got over and our last stop for enjoyment, especially to take along relatives who used to keep visiting us for ‘Dilli Bhraman’ as tourists to Delhi. And come what may, we never missed the opportunity of accompanying them to our land of joy- the Appu Ghar! The Mini Disneyland of Dilliwalas, the eerie tunnel, the bumping cars and the house of horrors frequently and specially during the summer vacations the Oyster Water park! It must have been more than 8 years since I had last visited the place, but its memories are vividly etched in my mind.
Then, the inevitable happened which is a common feature in fast-expanding cities like Delhi, where the old has to make place for new….the Supreme Court Staff’s parking woes forced the Delhi Government in all its wisdom, to close down Delhi’s one and only Children’s Amusement park…

Appu Ghar last opened its gates on February 18, 2008. Almost 5000 people visited the amusement park on that day to bid goodbye!

A new Appu Ghar apparently was to come up in Gurgaon and which will reportedly offer much more than the original one.
However can it ever replace the memories associated with the Appu Ghar of Pragati Maidan! Coz, we Dilliwalas will always miss our mini Disneyland near Pragati Maidan!!!

2 thoughts on “Once upon a time Delhi had Appu Ghar…”

  1. Hello,
    I visted first time when I was in UKG Class and second time with family and relatives. I miss every moment of Appu ghar. That was way better than Disney land. Appu ghar used to have all fun rides, water parks, racing games, ghost tunnel and many more. Used to take couple of Uncle chips and eatables. I miss everything about that place.
    I have visited every City of Indian States most probably but Delhi is best. Yes, there is pollution & traffic problem in Delhi but still Delhi is best.
    I love you Delhi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope new Appu Ghar starts in NCR. So, after few years I can be there with my future wife and kids 😉
    yours truly,
    Shivam

    1. Lovely Shivam, thanks for showing so much love for this city. As we are frequently in the news for the wrong reasons! Do join us for a wlak when you are next time in Delhi!
      And BTW yes Appu Ghar started in Gurggaon, but due to Covid the place is shut.

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