Women climb rope walls at Delta 105, Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Experience A Soldier’s Life At Delta 105

This Army-themed adventure park in Manesar highlights the strengths and rigours of the armed forces

Agility, alertness, endurance, team spirit and loyalty… these are just some aspects of a soldier’s life. At Delta 105, Major (retd) Dinesh Sharma has resurrected the life of the armed forces for civilians. The camp is an introduction to the rigours that a soldier undergoes to protect the nation. It is also an attempt to inspire young ones to become part of the prestigious institution.  

Debunking myths of macho actors walking around with a swag carrying guns, he highlighted that it takes a strong body, mind and heart to become a soldier who strives for the nation alone. “When you are trusted with lives of people, you have to become responsible. My training changed me as a person. Weapons are to be used with care.”

A soldier doesn’t stop fearing death, but he accepts the inevitability of life. The Major was part of the Kargil war in Uri sector.

The good part is that the forces now recruit women also and you can see that tribute to women too in this park. The park employs jawans who were the Major’s teammates in his regiment. A jawan’s life in the army begins from his teens and goes on for 30 years at least. Most of them come from villages and are trained to combat on the ground and at the front. He has also employed local youth to keep the camp secure.

How soldiers get ready for the combat on the ground, Delta 105, Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
How soldiers get ready for combat on the ground

Delta 105 is also a museum of sorts where you can see the names of regiments, equipment used in the army, uniforms, tribute to Captain Vikram Batra who fought in the Kargil War, an amphitheatre, Jawan’s village, war zone with trenches and mines, a café, medical inspection room and playground. There is a replica of the famous Bofors gun, which is a very effective weapon.

Physical training is arduous. There are trials such as getting up early, carrying heavy 20kg bags and running 40km daily to be able to go for ground combat. There is weapon training and the ability to follow the enemy’s thread. There has to be perfect coordination between teams.

There are activities for children and adults. And these include, slithering, crawling, combat, firing guns, throwing grenades, doing the obstacle course to test your strength. All these activities require absolute co-ordination as one action depends on the other. Mines are installed across the border and moats are dug to prevent the attack.

Hand Grenade, Delta 105, Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana, india
A jawan shows a real hand grenade

A grenade has to be thrown precisely to hit the target and requires a quick response. Crawling with guns is probably not an easy task as is combat on the ground where any movement means you could be hit by the bullet. “There is no religion in the forces because the religion of the troops is my religion. This is why we celebrate all the festivals and have this special place,” says Sharma. Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to see the tribute to the national flag as to how it is folded and disposed once it becomes unusable.

For all soldiers, the religion of his troop is his religion, Delta 105, Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
For all soldiers, the religion of his troop is his religion

There is local food made by the village women and you can watch a bioscope, learn to  the stone grinding flour mill and generally experience a more down-to-earth life. The camp also has 18 luxury tents should you be keen to stay the night.

The camp has provisions for large groups, corporate team bonding, school kids and it’s open to all on weekends. The camp remains closed during peak summer.

We were invited to the park by Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North), India Tourism Delhi, Ministry of Tourism, for women bloggers meet on International Women’s Day 2021.

19 thoughts on “Experience A Soldier’s Life At Delta 105

  1. This place looks like so much fun to visit, I would love to go there. Not sure I would be any good and might injure myself on that obstacle course but I would love to have a go.

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  2. Very good post. Highly informative for those who would like to experience a soldier’s life at Delta 105 in Manesar. Nicely written. Keep up the good work.

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  3. This is such a great initiative to make the civilians know in depth about the armed forces and get a glimpse of their life. Thanks for penning it down with such great details. This is surely going to be in my bucket list.

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  4. This is indeed a really unique experience and opportunity to learn about the life of a soldier at close quarters. We have a similar place in Bangalore too. The place is surely a great place for team building and other activities for corporates. It a really different and enriching experience.

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  5. Wow now this is the post I love. The Delta 105 is such a cool place where it introduces the youngsters into the army life. How amazing is that! I would love to visit the museum someday.

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  6. Wow, this is such a great place to know better about the armed forces. I am sure you had fun while doing the activities there. Its good to know that the place also caters for corporate team bonding.

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