- Offers a guide to travel around mumbai. Listing of places
of tourist interest and lowest airfares to Mumbai city.
Bannarghata Park, Bangalore
A rare chance to roam freely in one of the few open safari
parks in the country. A treat for children of all ages.
Raichuk Fort, Diamond Harbour
Very expensive but very beautiful place. It is not a historic
fort but a hotel shaped like a fort. It is however situated
near such historic places as Fulta-upon-the-sea. A good
weekend getaway for families, but watch younger kids around
If you live in or visit Calcutta, without taking a trip
into the Sunderbans, consider yourself a failure as a serious
tourist. More importantly, you may prevent your children
from a chance at ever seeing the endangered Bengal tiger
or even take a look at the unique but fragile eco system
of the mangrove forests. The wild beauty of the world's
largest estuarine mangrove forest is worth a visit for its
own sake but for older children, it is also a valuable learning
experience about the dynamics of such closed eco systems.
For younger children, glimpses of deer, a variety of water
birds and the occasional crocodile will prove entertaining.
For you, it could be like a trip into the ancient past as
your boat glides past tiny island villages unchanged over
the millennia, and also past small fishing boats cum houses
trawling for crabs. Just don't forget to carry along your
permit from the forest authorities.
Flights to Mumbai
: Blog reviewing airlines to and from Mumbai, including
Matheran - Tourist
place Near Mumbai, Maharashtra
Panchsheel Park, Delhi
Suribachi not only offers good Chinese food but is one of
the few restaurants in India that is child-friendly. Not
only do they keep a high chair for children, (something
most Indian restaurants have never heard of,) but they also
keep in mind that, for a couple to enjoy a meal, their child
has to be kept happy and occupied. Children are kept busy
with pouches of sweets, fish tank etc. Plates are placed
before the younger children also and they are served just
like adults. I even saw the staff allot a 16 seater table
to a couple who wanted a sofa seat to put their infant to
within the city
Living in a city like Delhi often means depriving children
of green places and exposure to nature. Of course there
are exceptions, such as Deer Park. You can take your children
here for a quick nature walk or just a playful romp on the
lawns. The park has a small rather dirty pond with lots
of geese and ducks. You can feed the deer or admire the
rabbits and guinea pigs - unfortunately through cages only.
In general, however, the park is a good visit with magnificent
trees, a variety of bird life and a play area for children.
Orbit, Ansals Plaza, Delhi
This is a new "playstation' which has just opened up at
the Ansals Plaza mall in Delhi. Based on the American model,
this is a combination of a children's play area and cyber
café. The idea is good but it needs to be modified to suit
the needs of Indian children who are generally used to greater
care and supervision. Also, the implementation needs work.
The playstation is a two-storey area of big plastic pipes
that a child can crawl through eventually sliding down into
a pit filled with Styrofoam coloured balls. It is advertised
as an area for children from 2-14 years of age. In my opinion
this is dangerous for children below 6 years. To start with
a 2-3 year old cannot crawl up this structure on his own
and if he gets stuck anywhere, he will not only be extremely
scared, but may also tend to suffer from claustrophobia
in later life. Further, though the station advertises the
presence of "park rangers" in case of difficulties, I saw
only 2 both of whom were more concerned about whether we
had paid the entry fee of Rs. 150 rather than the safety
of the children. Take your kids there only if they are 7-8
and above or if there are older children in the family to
look after the younger ones.