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Adventure Club Is only open to Indian nationals above the age of ten years and promotes adventure activities. The club provides special packages in all adventure activities - parasailing, mountain expeditions, trekking, rock climbing, adventure camps and water sports, including river rafting in the Ganga. Further details are available at the Delhi Tourism Adventure Tourism Division, 10th Floor, Mayur Bhawan, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Appu Ghar a Mini-Disneyland in New Delhi is a crowd puller for the residents of the capital as well as those of neighbouring towns. Children will have a time of their life over here, while the enjoying the various rides like the Roller Coaster, the Big Splash, Dodgem Cars, the Eerie Tunnel, Giant Wheel, Columbus Jhoola - a ship high up in the sky, the Speeding Cup, a Cable Car, a Saucer that works on centrifugal force and lots more. Give it a call on 3318681 for more information.
Ballooning What better experience could you offer your kids and what a brilliant way to escape the throng of humanity that is ever present on the ground? The Balloon Club of India on 8-B, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, telephone 3317977 is a wonderful way to view the surrounding area. Check it out you wont be disappointed. Balloons generally hold from one to ten people and can rise to heights of over 800 feet. THe other place to contact regarding this sport is Wanderlust located opposite the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi. Contact them on 6875200 for more information.
Bike Safaris are an excellent way to discover Delhi and its surrounds and a good way to keep burn your kid's energy. Call Indian Shepherds located at 491, Pocket C, Sector A, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi on 6898191 for more information.
Bird Watching in Delhi is a pleasant pastime and can be done at the Ridge and the green areas surrounding the cities historic monuments. In winter, the Delhi Zoo is transformed into a small bird sanctuary with migratory birds halting by its artificial lakes. Painted Strokes, Pintail Ducks, Bar headed Geese and spot bill ducks are among the migratory birds which can be seen here. Delhi's tree - lined avenues are also reach in avian life. So are the forests of Ridge, which harbour more than 100 species of birds, from peacocks to predators. The Ridge is accessible through narrow paths that lead off Sardar Patel Marg.
Boating Delhi Tourism has provided paddleboats on various bodies of water in the heart of the city. These include the lakes near India Gate, Purana Qila- Prasad Nagar Lake and Naini Lake in Model Town. A variety of fibreglass boats have been acquired by the Corporation and can be hired at reasonable rates. Special training programs in kayaking and canoeing are organized at the latter too.
Bowling can be done at First Bowl located at 32, Milestones Complex, Delhi-Jaipur Bypass, Gurgaon Phone them on 8-322528 or at Leisure Bowl which can be found at Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Vasant Kunj. They can be contacted on (91-11) 6895247 or 6121574 or you can try Little Paradise located at 12/7, Mathura Road, Faridabad. Call them on 8-278469 and another good venue is at Qutabowl located at the Qutab Hotel, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg. Call them on 6862711 or (011) 652 1234 for more information. Then there is Bowl Out located at the Hotel Surya Continental J- Block, Community Centre, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. Call them on 5122881/80. There are others too and your best bet is to ask which, if any are located close to your hotel on arrival.
Bungee Jumping Wanderlust Travels has set up a mobile crane for bungee jumping in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. This is a great activity for those brave folk out there. If you are not up to it yourself, you can get some photos of those who are mad enough to give it a go.
Camel Safari An ideal trip for those with time to spare and with the desire to experience the subtle sunset shades of the desert and the solitary magic of the rolling golden sands. Camel safaris are available in the Thar desert, and range from one to fifteen days duration. The best safaris are in the heart of the Thar, in the Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner region, and will pass tiny villages and remote trading posts. Another popular area is the Shekhawati region. The safari organisers attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the old caravan journeys; music, traditional food and campfire hospitality are all part of this unique experience. Staff are available for assistance, and all necessary equipment is provided.
Cinemas The following is a list of movie houses (cinemas) and their telephone numbers if you wish to watch Bollywood and other films.
Dance Shows If its dance and music you are interested in, then you can choose which kind you prefer watching and concentrate your energies in that direction. If its the classical dance form you want to view, go to the Kamani Auditorium or Siri Fort. Triveni Kala Sangam has an auditorium too. Then theres India International Centre on Lodhi Road that offers very good programs. In the cooler months, many dance and music festivals are organized and every corner of the city is alive with various interpretations of movement and sound.
Fishing This is a wonderfully relaxing pastime and if you enjoy this sport or want to try your hand at it, pop down to the Badhkal Lake, Surajkund, Okhla located on Mathura Road (closed on Mondays)
Fun Food on the Street On every street there are stands where you can buy nutrition-free, yummy crackers and snacks (plastic wrapped). Kids love 50/50s and Monacos cookies. Food in India is so different, even eating at McDonalds or the Pizza Hut is a new experience. Try the Maharaja burgers at McDonalds, the kids will love them.
Fun "n" Food Village presents reflections of past traditions and is an attempt to promote Indian culture and traditional arts and crafts. It offers variety of amusement rides catering to all age groups and provides an opportunity to meet artisans and craftsmen who display their talents and exhibit their creations before the public. There is also an open-air Theatre, amusement rides and an animal parade worth seeing. Open everyday, seven day's a week. Note: The Fun "n" Food Village is free entry to blind, physically handicapped children and senior citizens. All other visitors pay a minimal fee for entry.
Horse Riding is a wonderful pastime for the whole family and the following establishments have horses for hire as well as lessons for beginners. The Delhi Riding Club located on Safdarjung Road can be contacted on 3011891 or if you have kids with you try the Children's Riding Club on 3012265. The other place to contact for more info is the Delhi Gymkhana Club Limited 2, Safdarjung Road, ND-11. Phone: 3015533.
Ice Games Appu Ghar has now introduced ice games at Oysters, where four acres of the Water Park are blanketed with ice for winter sports. These include sledding, skiing, ice boating, where one can row through a river full of icebergs and go bowling on ice. Amusements for the grown ups are also available over here such as Rain Dance, Ice Dance all to the tune of fast music and according to the seasons in Delhi. This water park is the best place to cool down the sultry summer heat. Entry to the park is from Gate No. 4 at Pragati Maidan and you can visit the park on Mondays to Saturdays from 1.30 to 9.30pm and on Sundays from Noon to 9.30pm.
Jain Bird Hospital located opposite the Red Fort is a great family outing. All children will enjoy visiting this bird hospital, no only will they further learn to appreciate animals as a whole but it will give both you and your children further insight into the species found in the area. You will find the hospital in the courtyard of the Digambara Jain temple. The birds are cared for until they are well enough to be released. In the Jain religion, any living thing is sacred. Note: When you enter the temple, please leave any leather goods outside.
Jantar Mantar Observatory This "larger than life" stone observatory was built 450 years ago by the Maharaja of Jaipur. There are plenty of stairs at the Jantar Mantar, making it the perfect place to satisfy the need for younger kids to simply run around (not always easy to find the space in Delhi) plus its educational and the older kids and parents will be fascinated by the discoveries youll make here. The various abstract structures within the Jantar Mantar are, in fact, instruments that were used for keeping track of celestial bodies. Nevertheless, the Jantar Mantar is not only a timekeeper of celestial bodies: it also tells a lot about the technological achievements under the Rajput kings and their endeavour to unravel the mysteries pertaining to astronomy.
Jogging is popular at Lodi Gardens in South Delhi and Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri
Museums One of the most favourite museums for kids is the National Museum of Natural History which youll find on Barakhamba Rd. Displayed here are stuffed animals, representing the diverse wildlife of India birds, lions, tigers, shrews, snow leopards and the like. Your kids will be fascinated and so will you. Another good reason to visit is that it is rarely crowded and makes for a very pleasant break from the masses outside. Two other museums most kids (and certainly the Dads) will like is the Rail Transport Museum. Here youll discover over 50 cars and engines, most of which can be climbed on Yippee I can here the kids say. The other museum (though more for the female family members perhaps) is Shankars International Dolls Museum (Nehru House). In this museum there are over 6000 dolls from all over the world! For information on other museums worth visiting check out our list on the Sightseeing Guide page.
Musical Fountain at Ajmal Khan Park is spread over an area of five acres and provides a refreshing getaway from the bustle of the city, that your kids are bound to enjoy. The musical fountain is in operation for two hours every day after sunset except on Tuesday. For further details, please call 3524834
Parks and Gardens There are many different parks and gardens around the city and your kids will love being able to stretch their legs, play a game of hide and seek, go fishing or boating. Whatever their fancy you are sure to find one to suit your brood.
Roller Skating can be done at the Talkatora Skating Rink or in some parks in the city.
Walking Walk the bazaars as the narrow windy streets in the bazaar are themselves a novel experience. Your kids will be fascinated by the colour and the many oddities on sale and as Indians love kids, they will be welcomed.
Sound and Light Show at Purana Quila The historic Purana Qila, which has stood witness to Delhis rejuvenation, periods of anarchy and the rise and fall of empires, is the venue for the spectacular sound and light show which brings alive the history of the capital. The viewer is transported back in time to where Delhi, the great empire rose and fell; where citadels of emperors appeared and disappeared; a city of mysterious eternity whose old ruins proclaim a majestic and imperial past and whose present pulsates vibrantly with the ever flowing life force of India. Although the younger kids may not understand the theme that much, the show never fails to impress all ages. For details about the show contact 4629365, 4603178
Swimming If you hotel doesnt cater to this wet activity, there are others around the city that do, as follows:
Trekking India is the ultimate destination for a trekking holiday, offering everything from short and easy excursions that kids can handle to the long challenges of the snowy peaks. To take a trek in India is to rediscover the awesome majesty and beauty of nature around us. Trekkers are reminded that it is forbidden to enter Restricted and Protected Areas without the correct documentation. Please consult the Tourist Office before departure or local tourist offices on arrival in India to ascertain what restrictions may apply and what documentation may be required. The trekking season varies from region to region; check with the Tourist Office for further information. In general, the season runs from April to June and September to November.
Water Park can be found at the Village Club in the Fun "n" Food Village where you and your kids can enjoy the longest water slide in the country, a 400 ft water channel, called the "Lazy River as well as an artificial sea-like pool, which generates waves worth body skiing. There is also Aqua Shoot comprising of two fast racing slides as well as a "Super Slide" which is the first slide of its type in the world. For tiny tots, a kid's pool has been provided which contains a Frog Slide and different types of floating toys. Open everyday, seven day's a week. Note: The Fun "n" Food Village is free entry to blind, physically handicapped children and senior citizens. All other visitors pay a minimal fee for entry.
Water Sports A multi-sports and leisure complex has been created by Delhi Tourism at Bhalswa Lake, situated at Delhis north-eastern edge. This offers facilities for boating in pedal boats, kayaks, canoes and speed boats. Keen anglers can also indulge in fishing. Hovercraft and water scooters are also available here. Pedal boats at reasonable rates are available at the Hari Nagar, India Gate, Purana Quila and Naini lakes. Special training programmes in kayaking and canoeing are organised at all the lakes. Call the Tourist Department for more information.
White Water Rafting or River Running is a fairly young sport in India and is really only safe for the bigger kids among you. The snow-fed mountain rivers that run down from the mighty Himalayas make northern India one of the best regions in the world for this sport. Amateurs and first-timers have their choice of quieter waters, but with the promise of a passage through some truly spectacular riverside landscapes. Some rapids hit Colorado 8 (the highest is 10) on the scale, but most are on the 4 to 6 grade. The main regions are Ladakh, Garhwal and the four rivers of Himachal Pradesh. For more information contact the Indian River Runners Association, 606 Akashdeep, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. Phone: 331 3229