Enchanted with Gorky Park

Amol Gokhale
Friday, 29 June 2018

Visit Gorky Park’ —  came as an unanimous suggestion from people to whom I had  expressed my desire to sight-see in Moscow. On Thursday, when I got half-day off from work, I set out for Gorky Park. I took a Metro and two stops later, I alighted at Park Kultury Metro station. I crossed the bridge on the Moskva river and saw the signboard for Gorky Park. But instead of heading straight to my destination, I took a turn in the opposite direction and went to another park called Muzeon Park.

Visit Gorky Park’ —  came as an unanimous suggestion from people to whom I had  expressed my desire to sight-see in Moscow. On Thursday, when I got half-day off from work, I set out for Gorky Park. I took a Metro and two stops later, I alighted at Park Kultury Metro station. I crossed the bridge on the Moskva river and saw the signboard for Gorky Park. But instead of heading straight to my destination, I took a turn in the opposite direction and went to another park called Muzeon Park.

At Muzeon Park, I was greeted by artists displaying their artwork, mostly paintings created using different techniques. Unfortunately, some of the artists didn’t allow me to take pictures of the place, so I just hung my DSLR on the shoulder, and enjoyed the vibes of the place. After spending a couple of hours there, I finally made my way to the famous Gorky Park. On seeing its fountains and beautiful layout, I was reminded of English Garden in the heart of Munich. 

In the Gorky Park, surrounding the fountains are ping-pong tables, shops where you can rent skating gear and cycles. Although I did not wait in the park till 10:30 in the night for the light and sound show, I thoroughly enjoyed the nature’s light show on the fountain, when the sun began its descent around 8 pm.  
I realised later that there are several gates to Gorky Park and the grand structure overseeing the fountain was the main entrance; it was constructed in 1955, with a Soviet era symbol on it. How ironic, I used the grand entrance to exit the park. Maybe I shall come back here again! 

(The writer shares his travel and tour experiences, and also catches the fun and revelry during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.)

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