Appu Ghar was India’s first and most popular amusement park located in New Delhi, India.In 1984 to commemorate the 1982 Asian Games, which were held in New Delhi. Appu Ghar was inaugurated on 19 November 1984 by the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi. It was the first of its kind in India when it started.
Appu Ghar was named after its mascot, an elephant. “Appu” is the name of the elephant and “Ghar” means house in Hindi. Appu was a live elephant mascot that became the star of the 1982 Asian Games held in New Delhi.
Appu Ghar has had a chequered history since its inception. The India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), which owns Pragati Maidan, leased the land to IAL for three years in 1984 to run and operate Appu Ghar. Subsequently, ITPO kept on extending the lease to International Amusement Limited (IAL) till November 1999, when it last expired.
Finally, in 2007, the Supreme Court ratified the Government’s decision to hand over the land, paving the way for Appu Ghar’s eventual closure on 17 February 2008.