Children are welcome almost everywhere in India, and there’s enough going on in most towns and cities to keep the young entertained. Delhi’s Garden of Five Senses is a clean spot with a lot of room to run around and plenty of interesting installations to explore. The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is as educational as it is amusing. Children may also enjoy a visit to Old Delhi’s Bird Hospital at the Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, a temporary home for hundreds of local birds suffering from injuries and illness.
Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra is also a hit with youngsters, not so much because of the tomb itself but because of the large number of deer and gentle langur monkeys that live here year round.Jaipur’s Amber Fort is a definite hit with kids, as it is the prime spot in North India to go on an elephant ride. The Jantar Mantar, with its gigantic astronomy tools, is another interesting spot to explore, and some children may enjoy the Bhagwani Bhai Sakseria Doll Museum, home to a huge collection of dolls from around the world, each dressed in its region’s traditional garb.
A visit to Agra’s Taj Mahal is also a special treat for little ones, and older children might find the well-narrated audio guides entertaining. Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandra is also a hit with youngsters, not so much because of the tomb itself but because of the large number of deer and gentle langur monkeys that live here year round.
Children are also likely to get a kick out of Rajasthan’s national parks, particularly Ranthambore, where you can go on a jeep safari and, if you’re lucky, spot a tiger in the wild. Keoladeo National Park is also a lot of fun, and on cool days you can rent a bicycle and pedal along the wide stretch of road that cuts through the park, stopping to take pictures of the beautiful migratory birds that visit the park at various times of year.
Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Taj Mahal, Delhi & Jaipur.