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Things to do in Delhi with Kids- National Rail Museum

My childhood visits to Delhi meant a day well-spent at Appu Ghar water-park. At best we did the rounds of the Rose Garden and the Qutub Minar (have been to the top of it, which is out-of-bounds for visitors now). But now that I am a mother of two who have luckily a Delhite for their father, I am seeing a whole new Delhi through my kids’ eyes and experiences. There are so many things to do in Delhi with kids that having an in-house guide was a bliss! This weekend in Delhi we came close to riding the royal salons at the National Rail Museum and had a bite of Indian culture at Karims, Nizamuddin.

First for the National Rail Museum, Delhi

Bang in the heart of Delhi, in-between the embassies lies this small little piece of heritage. Not in the best shape now as it is in the process of an overhaul, it was still a great experience for our twins and their cousins. The place was buzzing with school kids, college groups and families out for their weekend activities with kids.

KetchupMoms, Delhi Rail Museums, Delhi Tourism, Kid activities, WeekendsThe fee: Well it is almost free with tickets for just Rs. 20 for adults and Rs 10 for kids between 3-12yrs. They charge you another 10-15 Rs for the toy-train ride available inside. It will top my list for things to do in Delhi with kids, on a shoe-string budget.

Closed: Monday

Wheel Chair and Pram-friendly: Yes! And that is rare in India. Even some hotels, shopping malls and other public areas forget to account for this.

Highlights:

The Toy-train ride – Although the train looks little old, with its starting-whistle the child inside you takes the front seat on the fun train.

KetchupMoms, Delhi Rail Museums, Delhi Tourism, Kid activities, Weekends The Park Gym – It was a fairly hot day, as the winters have only greeted the early-mornings and late-nights in Delhi, yet. But these curiosity-generating  swings and slides got us moving. The see-saw was a rather interesting version of the normal one. Another check for things to do in Delhi with kids.

KetchupMoms, Delhi Rail Museums, Delhi Tourism, Kid activities, WeekendsHeritage Rail Cars on display: They had a really old, all wooden bogie (almost falling apart though) on display. What captured my imagination was the one that belonged to a royal family and had golden ornate carvings in the inside.

KetchupMoms, Delhi Rail Museums, Delhi Tourism, Kid activities, WeekendsThe miniature model and its tracks: Well this is what is in the offing. But its tracks, bridges and even tunnels were almost ready and we even got a peek-a-boo of the train itself. The museum staff ensured us that in 3 months the museum will be on the international list of things to do in Delhi with kids.

Food: Well I am not sure whether we missed any canteen in the campus, but they sure have a snack counter where you can buy drink and chips and biscuits. Oh and the water is the authentic ‘Rail Pani’ brand of bottled water, straight from the Indian Railways Kitchen car! And we were anyways headed for Karims, Nizamuddin for food, so we saved our appetite.

Honestly after the wonderful day we had spent in August at Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon, today seemed slow and old. But while heading home, three blissfully sleepy tots and a happy 10-year-old assured us that it was a day well-spent and that the evening was going to be well slept!

About Charu Chhitwal

Writer and founder of KetchupMoms, I am an ex-advertising professional trying to find humour in losing my sanity to my twins. I like to find a story or weave it. Imagine a bus stop in love with a bus, yes even stories that sound this bizarre. I love traveling, food, books, movies, photography and writing.

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