Siri Fort Sports Complex (August Kranti Marg, Khel Gaon, New Delhi, Delhi) – for those who want to play tennis while visiting Delhi, this is a good start (since tennis is popular in India). This sports complex is equipped with 12 courts, 3 of which are clay surface and 9 are hard courts. They need 24 hour notice to book a court; as for non-members, you’re second priority, and if a court is available they will give it to you. Just remember, members first. Fee: Rs. 84 for the day, Rs. 140 during the evening. Call for more details: +91 11 2649 6657
Shankar’s International Dolls Museum (4, Nehru House, Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, New Delhi, Delhi) — set up by the renowned political cartoonist, K. Shankar Pillai (1902-1989), Shankar’s International Dolls Museum has one of the largest collection of costume dolls anywhere in the world.
Housed in the building of the Children’s Book Trust on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi, the Museum occupies a floor area of 5184.5 sq. feet-a portion of the first floor. A separate entrance with a stately winding staircase leads up to a foyer. Inside, the Museum is divided into two equal halves. The two sections have over 160 glass cases, 1000 ft. long, mounted on the walls. One section has exhibits from European countries, the U.K., the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand, Commonwealth of Independent States and the other from Asian countries, the Middle East, Africa and India. There are also special displays besides a representative collection from the over 150 kinds of authentic Indian costume dolls made at the Dolls Workshop attached to the Museum.
Some of the important dignitaries who have visited the Museum and recorded their appreciation are: U. Thant the then Secretary General of United Nations, Madame Tito of Yugoslavia, Queen Frederika of Greece, the Queen of Thailand, the sister of Shah of Iran, the wives of the President of Mexico and Indonesia, of the Prime Ministers of Poland and South Korea and the UN Secretary General and cultural delegations from many countries.
Admission: Rs. 17 (adult), Rs. 6 (children). Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (daily).
Nehru Planetarium (Teen Murti Marg Area, New Delhi, Delhi) — commissioned on 3rd March, 1977, with the objective of fostering scientific temper through the means of edutainment (that’s right! education + entertainment). The planetarium has been making learning Astronomy a pleasant experience. It also has grown into a Center for scientific study of astronomy and for meeting of scientists and scholars for discussions and lectures, arranged periodically on various stellar and Astronomical events.
The programs are aimed at inspiring students. These include Science quiz contests, Astro-painting, Science elocution, Astro-poetry and Astro-quiz competitions. Special arrangements are made to watch, study and photograph Solar & Lunar eclipses, and many such other events. Telescopes are installed outside the Planetarium to enable eager visitors to watch these phenomena. Admission: Rs. 60 (adult), Rs. 40 (children ages 4-12 years). Check the Planetarium’s website for an updated schedule: http://nehru-centre.org/planetarium/
National Zoological Park (Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi) — located in close proximity to Purana Qila, near ITO, the Delhi zoo was established in 1959. Spread over a massive area of 214 acres, it is regarded as one of the finest zoos in Asia. Efforts have been made to provide an almost natural habitat to the animals and birds. There are more than 2,000 animals and bird species from places like Africa, America, Australia and Asia. There is a lot of greenery around the zoo and it is an ideal picnic spot especially in winter.
Mumbai (city) – this major Indian city, which faces the Indian Ocean and is a 10-hours’ drive north of Goa, was once known as Bombay. Among other things, Mumbai (whose population is 18 million) is the heart of the Hindi-language dominated Bollywood film industry, and is the second largest metropolis in India. Mumbai is also the country’s financial & commercial capital of India.
Mandrem Beach (North Goa) — This exotic untouched and virgin beach is the best-kept secret on the north Goan coast that you might find hard to stay away from. Mandrem Beach is a perfect beach destination for people who want to spend a laid back and peaceful day on the shoreline while indulging in activities like yoga, meditation, beach walk, spas and massage. Unlike many busy and bustling beaches of Goa, Mandrem is a peaceable beach spot, which can make you feel like you have your own beach with very less people around. If you love swimming and surfing, then the beautiful waves in the sea will add to your fun factor. Mandrem Beach is one of the best places to visit in Goa and also the most beautiful.
Lodi Gardens (Lodi Road, near Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi) – spreading over 90 acres in the heart of Delhi, Lodi gardens is a horticultural and architectural tribute to the rulers that controlled much of Northern India during the 16th century. At the numerous tombs and monuments located here, one can find lush lawns and hordes of flowers. One prominent tomb found here is that of Mohammed Shah (the last of the Sayyid dynasty’s rulers). Visitors who would be attracted to this site include history buffs, cultural enthusiasts, and nature lovers. The Gardens in their present form was actually designed by the British during their last years of the country’s colonization. Admission: free. Hours: sunrise to sunset.
Kingdom of Dreams (Auditorium Complex, Sector 29, Gurgaon) — the ultimate entertainment and leisure destination, sprawling across acres of land, ideally located at the apex of the golden triangle of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi, is the magnificent Kingdom of Dreams. Here, the carnival that is India is distilled into one iconic destination. This fabulous Kingdom brings to life a blend of India’s art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art…all with the technological wizardry of today. Nautanki Mahal: showcasing an extravagant cinematic and theatrical musical. Culture Gully: an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and food boulevard. Showshaa Theatre: a fabulous, colorful drama marquee spotlighting Indian mythology productions, a mock wedding show and the great Indian talent circus. iifa Buzz: a glamorous Bollywood themed cafe. This is a destination in itself which is capturing the imagination of the world. See the Kingdom’s website for more info: http://kingdomofdreams.in/
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – named after the country’s first prime minister, this is a 60,000-seat outdoor arena that holds various sporting events (such as football) and concerts (where as many as 100,000 spectators are housed here). Along with football games and cricket matches, this venue hosted the XIX Commonwealth Games in 2010. .
Hauz Khas Complex (Delhi) — one of the most elegant structures in the architectural history of Delhi, the Hauz Khas Fort Complex nestles amidst beautiful landscapes and tranquil ambiance. Enclosed by immense greenery and the splendid beauty of a lake, it is a popular hangout-zone amongst youngsters. The place also encloses a Deer Park, a famous tourist attraction. It is located in Hauz Khas, close to Green Park, South Delhi. Built in the 13th century, it is one of the oldest structures in Delhi. It is a heart-throbbing hub of activities, a bird-watcher’s delight and a favored picnic spot for the locals.