Delhi – the National Capital Territory
Writing this article is an interesting experience for me since I have been a Delhite all my life. Never thought that my city had so much to offer when it comes to satiating the wanderlust of our traveler community hence I present this with great pleasure.
The foundation stone of Delhi was laid on 1911 and was designed by British architects. The city consist of two major parts – the historic Old Delhi and the Newer “New Delhi”. Delhi is of great historical significance as an important commercial, transport cultural hub as well as a very active political center of India.
In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls is unique.
Old Delhi and New Delhi are just two faces of the same coin. They perfectly showcase the incredible blend of tradition and modernity of the city. Though the people, lifestyle, festivals, traditions and culture of Old Delhi differ from that of New Delhi’s, their essence remains the same.
Some top and interesting place on your checklist when you plan to wander around the city
- The Red Fort
- Humayun’s Tomb
- Qutab Minar
- Lotus Temple
- India Gate
- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
- Rashtrapati Bhawan
Specific Destinations for your toddler to make the visit a perfect one. With a large chunk of young population, Delhi sure has a lot to offer to its kids!
- Appu Ghar – an amusement park
- Worlds of Wonder – As one of India’s largest amusement park it boasts of Boating, rain dance and a video game arcade as some attractions in addition to some mind blowing rides.
- National Science Centre – This is an amazing place not just for science lovers but for everyone! There are several lectures, exhibitions and competitions that are held here apart from the regular exhibits like dinosaurs, games related to science etc.
- Bal Bhavan National Children’s Museum and Aquarium – This beautiful institution aims to enhance childrens’s creativity through various activities, experiments and games.
- Adventure Island – Another park with amazing rides, great water based activities and great fun for one and all.
- Lodi Garden – One of the best and most famous picnic spots in Delhi, Lodhi Gardens is enjoyed for its amazing natural beauty and history behind some of the monuments.
- National Zoological Park – White tigers, bears, black bucks, emus and many more animals are lodged in this park. Great for family trips and kids will go crazy looking at so many animals.
- National Rail Museum – The railway museum is one of the most unique museums we have ever visited. It has over 100 exhibits of real-size Indian rails and details history, inceptions of the vast rail network etc. There’s also a toy-train in which visitors can take a ride along the premises of the museum. It has been well over 6 months since we visited but our kid is still not over its “rail museum” hangover.
- Children’s Park (India Gate) – The war memorial that we all know also has a fantastic children’s park right next to it. With various activities like swings, musical fountain, library etc it’s a place where children can enjoy for many hours. Boating at India Gate is also one of the main attractions, especially during the sunset.
- Kingdom of Dreams – A live-entertainment theatre with new shows happening every month is something you and your kids would definitely want to visit.
- Salam Balak Trust Walk – A two hour city tour is conducted by children who used to live on Delhi streets. These are children who want to improve their life by enthusiastically taking up this amazing project. Since it is run by the adolescents, children will have an informative and fun time, being told things about the city from people their own age.
- Fun n Food Village – A water park that will remind most people of their childhood when they take their children there.
- Shankar’s International Doll Museum – The International Doll Museum is home to over 6000 dolls from almost 85 countries, dressed in their traditional attire.
- Toilet Museum – This quirky museum is sure to be a hit, showcasing the evolution of toilets since before 2000 BC. It was started with the aim to highlight the need of proper toilets and sanitation in the country and has won many awards at home and abroad. It has exhibits from more than 40 countries.
- Nehru Planetarium – A great place for amateur astronomers, Nehru Planetaruim has so many interactive exhibits, programs etc that it will make you an amateur astronomer for sure.
- Dilli Haat – For experiencing all of India in less than a day, Dilli Haat is probably the best place in Delhi. With food stalls from different parts of the states, showcasing their best dishes, one can spend the entire day engaged in this amazing place. In addition Dilli Haat also has Caricaturists, instrument players, painters and a whole lot more.
I have had a lot of fun researching these amazing places and will make a beeline to visit the ones I haven’t. Hope you do the same. Have fun!