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.
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.
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.
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.