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5 Fun Things to Do in Delhi with Kids

How to Best Enjoy Delhi with Kids

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If you're going to be visiting Delhi with kids and are wondering where to take them, these five places will keep them happily occupied. They'll be able to do everything from play, to learn about a whole range of fascinating things related to India and education as well. If you don't mind taking a trip to Gurgaon, the Kingdom of Dreams is well worth it. This huge, hi-tech, entertainment destination brings together the carnival that is India.

Planning on seeing more of India with kids? Also consider this 11 day India Family Adventure small group tour from G Adventures, departing from and returning to Delhi, and going to Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal. You'll be traveling with other families with kids. Comfortable accommodations and private transfers are provided.

1. Childrens Park at India Gate

India Gate
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Delhi's famous landmark, India Gate, is a well known war memorial that was built in memory of the Indian soldiers who fought in World War I. What you may not know is that there's a fantastic 10 acre Children's Park nearby. It was renovated in 2002, and now offers an assortment of games, play equipment, library, musical fountain, theater, and amphitheater. The whole area is beautifully illuminated at sunset.

  • Where: Rajpath, near Connaught Place, New Delhi.
  • Entry Fee: Free!

2. Old Fort (Purana Quila)

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The Red Fort is definitely more famous, but the Old Fort is more interesting. The fort was built to protect the city and has a two kilometer long wall. It feels a lot like a castle, complete with moat. A high tech sound and light show is held on the premises every evening. There's also a lake next to the Old Fort where the kids can go paddle boating.

  • Where: Between India Gate and Humayun's Tomb, on Mathura Road. The nearest Metro station is Pragati Maidan. It's located quite close to the Delhi Zoo, which you may also want to visit although don't expect an outstanding selection of animals.
  • Entry Fee: 5 rupees for Indians/100 rupees for foreigners.

3. Dili Haat

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Not just the best market in Delhi, Dili Haat offers a colorful dose of culture that your kids will love. Craftsmen from all over India come to sell their wares at stalls here. The kids can find out about handicrafts and have a fun time bargaining with the shopkeepers (while you shop!). If they're really feeling adventurous, they can try food from different regions in India at the food court. There are regular cultural performances, including folk dances, as well.

  • Where: There are two Dili Haats in Delhi. The one opposite INA Market (on Sri Aurobindo Marg) is most vibrant, while the one at Pitampura (at Netaji Subash Place, adjacent to Netaji Subash Place Metro Station) is beautifully constructed. Open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 10 p.m., including national holidays.
  • Entry Fee: 20 rupees for adults/10 rupees for kids.

4. National Science Center

National Science Center

A renowned center of learning for young kids of all ages, the National Science Center features seven galleries over eight levels. They cover science and technology heritage, the information revolution, human biology, prehistoric life, fun science, emerging technologies, and water. There are working science exhibits, a number of hands on displays explaining the laws of physics, a multimedia center and 3D films.

  • Where: Near Gate 1, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., except for Holi and Diwali.
  • Entry Fee: 20 rupees. Kids under 5 free.

5. National Rail Museum

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The National Rail Museum is an appealing place to take kids (and adults) who are train enthusiasts. Spread over 10 acres, it showcases India's rail heritage. There are approximately 100 indoor and outdoor exhibits on display, including static and working models, signaling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs, and literature. The Fairy Queen Train, which now runs from Delhi to Alwar, was kept at the Museum for many years. The royal rail cars, which are also on display, are notable. One car, called the Prince of Wales Saloon, was built in 1875 for royal members traveling to India. The highlight is a toy train that offers rides around the entire Museum. Take a picnic and enjoy!

  • Where: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Open from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Closed Monday.

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