Delhi Sightseeing – The capital city with soooo much history that I think you can spend a whole month here and not still cover all the places of interest. I spent only 3 days here and tried to fit in as much as possible, now as a result, I think I want to visit again, soon.
As I was travelling with my 5 year old, I had to make sure that I had a well balanced itinerary which included things she would like to do as well. For starters I chose The Metropolitan Hotel at Connaught Place, to make sure I was within a convenient distance from most of the places we wanted to visit. Shorter travel time is always a plus in a crowded city with lots of traffic.
National Rail Museum
I understand this is relatively new. The train museum is spread over a large area and has engines and coaches from all areas, and railways in India. These seem to cover a large part of the royal coaches as well.
The best thing to do here is to take a ride on the toy train that takes you all around the museum and lets you decide what you want to spend time on later. You can then explore the various beauties on foot. Super fun for kids, and adults alike. I don’t know what it is, but watching trains, makes most adult men behave like 5 year old kids anyway!
From fun to a little bit of history. The qutub minar is again an architectural beauty, with thousands of visitors flocking to see it. In the Qutub complex itself is the tomb of Illtutmish. Good luck getting selfies though, I found it almost impossible to weave through the crowds.
We went here on our last day in Delhi. This time we chose to see this without a guide as we wanted to go at our own pace and were tired of being told exactly what to see!
The Delhi fort market is a treat to walk through, it takes you back in time to the days where there were really no other places to shop. I also found there was a lot of similarity between the Agra and Delhi Forts. I find however that this is not as well maintained. A major part of the fort still is home to the Indian Army, so what you get to see are only a few important structures.
If you have already seen the Agra Fort, you can miss this.
Shanker’s International Doll Museum
This was another place that my daughter loved. Located on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, this has been lovingly put together by one individual, Mr K Shanker Pillai. The museum has thousands of dolls acquired over a number of years, some dating back to the 1800s. The dolls are arranged by country and style and are in glass show cases to preserve them better.
The international dolls were strange and beautiful and I’m so glad I came here. This place is air conditioned and was also therefore a welcome break indoors from all the outdoor sightseeing.
Also check out detailed post on our visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan
I haven’t even scratched the surface of landmarks and places of interest in my short trip. I hope I can visit again someday with more time on my hands.