Delhi, the capital city of India, can be a mysterious maze for first time visitors, given its rich and intriguing contradictions. It is a city where history, culture, science, food, and arts all merge into a bewildering and intricate mosaic which is really fascinating. Delhi traces its origins to as early as the 6th century and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World. Delhi is also the epicenter and power center of Indian polity and a sprawling metropolis. But Delhi in many ways is a complete infotainment package for kids and families alike. There are a wide range of must see places in Delhi and do which promise a fun filled experience tinged with doses of education for the entire family. Here are the top 10 things to do in Delhi with kids arranged in random order.
A tool that could tell you what time it is in any part of the world! No big deal, one may feel as you can check that out in Google, your Outlook clock or any app. But what if the tool that we are talking about was constructed way back in history during the period 1751-1768!
This is just one of the 13 architectural astronomy instruments that one will find in Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar is an ancient observatory that was constructed by a king called Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur in the year 1724. The main purpose of Jantar Mantar was to study and tabulate astronomy data pertaining to the movement of planets. Time spent exploring the fascinating instruments of Jantar Mantar is a great education in history and astronomy for everyone.
Trains always hold a special fascination for young and old. Kids especially seem attracted trains, be it the spectacle of a railway engine meandering over its tracks, spewing smoke or that of a bullet train whizzing past at supersonic speeds. The National Rail Museum is the place to indulge in all your train fantasies as you view the heritage of trains in India dating back to the days of the British Raj. A toy train ride is sure to keep the kids enthralled. Some of the notable exhibits in the museum include Luxurious Saloons built for the Indian and British Royalty, a fireless steam locomotive, a monorail that was built as long back as 1907, and many more that are guaranteed to draw a gasp of awe from visitors.
A complete entertainment experience is what you are in for as you enter and lose yourself in the Kingdom of Dreams. This is a live entertainment, amusement, leisure, and theatre destination. Rocking musicals that bring alive the best of Bollywood, live culture and exhibits that showcase the very best of the diverse cultures of India, eateries that bring to a single table the culinary wonders from the length and breadth of India. The Kingdom of Dreams is just that, a place that unlocks your dreams and lets you indulge your senses.
Science is the power that has fueled the evolution of Man, Early Man must have been smitten with curiosity about things he found around him and this curiosity gradually developed into a method of exploration, discover, and invention which we now know as Science. The National Science Centre brings Science in a fun filled manner to visitors, eliminating the complexities and making it simple to understand for children. The exhibition galleries start from one dedicated to Science in Indian history that dates back over 4500 years to a gallery which is dedicated to Nuclear Power. The kids will be fascinated by the wonders of science and the way the facts are presented in a fun way, for example, Nuclear experts materialize as holograms magically in front of you and answer your questions at the Hall of Nuclear Power. A visit to the National Science Centre is sure to leave one enlightened and thoughtful.
Most of us have had a fascination for wheels right from childhood, starting with small toys to bicycle tyres and then culminating in fast cars. The Heritage Transport Museum traces the evolution of transport from the time Man invented the wheel and then harnessed it to animals for transport to the time he took off in the air on fast jets. The museum has sections dedicated to different means of transport from trains to cars and boats to planes. A great place to lose oneself in the history and evolution of wheels.
Dolls have always fascinated kids, though boys may refer to them as a Girl thing, there is no denying their own interest. The Shankar’s International Doll Museum has a collection of dolls from across the country and includes a replica of the Dolls of the Queen’s Collection from UK. There are also dolls from across India dressed in their traditional wear.
Let the kids go amok at the Bal Bhavan, a treasure trove of fun and frolic for the family. A toy train, a hall of mirrors that will reflect your images in weird shapes are guaranteed to make you laugh, an aquarium, and much more. The kids can also indulge in painting, aero-modelling, carpentry and other activities that are organized on a regular basis.
Is there a person who has not stared at the twinkling stars and the moon in the dark of night and fantasized about outer space and the celestial bodies out there? The Nehru Planetarium opens up the frontiers of outer space through some scintillating shows that take you on a trajectory beyond the Milky Way into the hypnotic world of meteors, pulsars, and supernova. An experience that will leave you stunned and asking for more.
A unique spiritual and cultural complex, Akshardham is a must visit place for families because of the unique use of technology to simulate some really wonderful experiences. Use of robotics, IMAX and other special effects make the visit to Akshardham a memorable affair. A boat ride that takes you on a cruise that parades 1,000 years of history and culture is another highlight of the visit.
Water holds a special place in all our lives, nothing can compare to the thrill of playing and frolicking in water. Getting into the water with your family is always a great experience and an opportunity for some family bonding. The Worlds of Wonders is an amusement and Water Park where one can play in water to your hearts content as well indulge in some exciting rides. There is also a go-karting track if anyone fancies speed. A great experience and family outing with a promise of unadulterated fun.
There are many historical places in Delhi like India Gate, Qutub Minar, Red Fort etc. which hold interesting stories from the past and make for a great experience. Delhi is the place to head to with kids and family in tow if you are looking for some wholesome fun filled with entertainment, education, adventure, and excitement.
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