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Delhi's oases of green

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Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

(Read caption) Women in sarees and girls in modern dress (with their smartphone) walk outside Bara Gumbad, a 15th-century domed tomb, in Lodi Gardens.

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Life in New Delhi is loud and chaotic.

Drivers honk as bicycle rickshaws, pedestrians, and vehicles veer in and out of traffic. People crowd sidewalks, bus stops, bazaars.

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Yet tucked away in the old part of India’s cultured capital are parks with ancient tombs and monuments, reminders of its past as the seat of a medieval empire.

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These green spaces are sanctuaries, respites from the hustle outside their walls.

Families come to view the domed architecture and enjoy lawns, flowers, and trees. Vendors do a brisk business. Couples find some privacy.

They share space with runners, frisbee players, and strollers, especially in the cool of early morning or late afternoon.