Delhi, the capital, is a fascinating place with lots to see and do for kids of all ages. Today, we start our series of things to do with kids from New Delhi, i.e the areas in & around Connaught Place. To start with, while crossing this central zone of the city amid careering traffic, grip the arm of your toddler tightly to safely sail through the maniacally crowded roads.
First thing first! The food! Kids who are comfortable with a bit of spice can enjoy the meaty kebabs of Nizam’s Kathi Kabab in Connaught Place. If you want to go ‘continental’ – there are good options available at United Coffee House on E-Block of the area. Or, if your child has sandwich, pastry or a milkshake on mind, Wengers in Connaught Place is a great pitstop for all things delicious. For desserts in the end, attempt a visit to popular ice-cream parlour Naturals at L8 Connaught Place to buy India’s best ice-cream.
Now that grubbing is over, here we start with our journey to explore the central part of Delhi for its kids friendly places. Here’s our top pick of things to do in New Delhi (In & Around Connaught Place) with kids.
India Gate & Children’s Park
The 42m-high war memorial, India Gate, was built in memory of the Indian soldiers who fought in World War I. Surrounded by grassy lawns, it’s a popular spot for families, friends and couples for picnics. Next-door is Children’s Park. Housing many swings, this park is an ideal picnic spot, where you can just carry a picnic basket, enjoy the swings & play outdoor games.
Where: Rajpath, near Connaught Place
A symbol of power wherein lies the office of India’s decision makers, Parliament House or Rashtrapati Bhavan is one of the major tourist attractions in Delhi. Conceived in the Imperial Style, the Parliament House consists of an open verandah with 144 columns.
The domed circular central hall with oak paneled walls and the three semi circular buildings are used for the Rajya Shabha and Lok Shabha meetings.
Where: Presidence’s Residence, Delhi
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Situated in the heart of Connaught Place, the present Gurdwara was once a bungalow of Mirza Raja Jai Singh – hence giving its name Bangla Sahib. A sacred place with its deep-rooted history dating back to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the Gurdwara is known to have saved the residents of Delhi from a severe epidemic.
Even today, this impressive Gurdwara attracts devotees from afar to take a dip in the holy water here to heal them from suffering.
Where: Ashoka Road, Connaught Place,Next to Grand Post Office, New Delhi
The Nehru Planetarium located near Teen Murti House is a very interesting place for kids. It in-houses various artifacts from India’s adventures with space travel. The main attraction of the Planetarium is Soyuz T-10 which carried India’s first cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma to space, along with his space suit and mission journal. For a more modern take on the cosmos, there are shows about space in Hindi and English at the Nehru Planetarium.
This museum was once the residence of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the first PM of free India.
Where: Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi
National Science Centre
Its a hub of knowledge and a true learning experience. The gallery here showcases and explains the fundamentals of science which deals with a range of subjects like science & evolution.
Where: Gate-1, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Shankar’s International Dolls Museum
It was the famous Political Cartoonist K Shankar Pillai’s fascination with dolls that gave us what we call one of the finest collections of dolls around the world. The museum started off with 500 assorted dolls, but today it holds about 6,500 exhibits from as many as 85 countries around the world.
Where: 4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi
Bal Bhawan National Children’s Museum
This museum through its large collection of dolls, toys, currency, and art & craft material from all across the world enlightens children about India’s cultural & traditional aspects. Then there are exhibitions, workshops, puppet shows, skits & what not. A must-have experience!
Where: 1 Kotla Road, ITO, Daryaganj, New Delhi
This whimsical observatory, filled with weird and wonderful instruments, was constructed in 1725 by Maharajah Jai Singh and is a fun place for kids to explore.
Where: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, Delhi
Regular visits to the standing tall, the spacious brown-walled library located at CP let one spend a good amount of time while browsing through different sections, makes a well read, well articulated, expressive and happy child.
Where: British High Commission, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Children’s Book Trust
Deemed as the largest library for children, CBT has more than 40,000 books, from mythology, religious, history to literature and science! What makes it popular is the quality of the collection. One needs to be a member of the library to take an advantage of it.
Where: Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi
The most splendid work of Mughal Architecture in the capital, Humayun’s Tomb is UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site and definitely tops the list of must visit place.
Tomb has beautiful garden squares with pathways, water channels, and is also a resting ground for Mughal rulers. It was from here that the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Jafar was captured by the British in 1857.
The structure will give you a glimpse of the iconic Taj as it was here that the Persian Charbagh style was put to test by the Mughal architects and was later perfected in the construction of Taj Mahal in Agra.
Where: Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi
National Zoological Park
Located near the Old Fort & open on all days except Fridays, the zoo offers a variety of animals including tigers, bear, foxes, deer, antelopes & many birds which would thrill the onlookers especially children!
Earlier known as Delhi Zoo, The National Zoological Park is spread over 176 acres and consists of animals like tigers, bears, giraffes, foxes, deers, lion, jaguar, hippopotamus, zebras to name a few.
Where: Mathura Road, New Delhi
National Rail Museum
Here your kids can have a great time exploring the different facets of the Indian Rail. A major attraction of the museum is the Toy Train that runs along the perimeter of the museum which is some 11 acres – all full of rail – related exhibitions and memorabilia, including the Fairy Queen, the world’s oldest still-running steam train, the saloon car of King Edward VII, and the skull of an elephant who unsuccessfully decided to charge full-tilt at a train.
Where: Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi