Lives in Mumbai, India
Since Oct. 2006
35-49 year old female
Entrepreneur. Educator. Social Worker I am the founder of Mumbai Magic/Delhi Magic, a responsible tourism company which provides training and employment for students from slums in Mumbai and Delhi. I also run Abhyudaya, a non-profit that works with school-children from slums in Mumbai. In addition, I teach at an MBA college and am a public speaker. More about Mumbai Magic/Delhi Magic (actually, there are 25 Magics right now): We are currently the largest pan-Indian guided tours company in the inbound segment. We have been featured on the History Channel, Discovery (TLC), iTV UK, CNN, NDTV India, and in several international and Indian magazines and newspapers. The offbeat tours we have created – bazaar walks, cuisine tours, textile and craft tours – have delighted thousands of discerning customers. We employ more women than men, and give back in many ways to the society we live in. Please reach out via a Tripadvisor message if you want to talk to me about your travel to India.
Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Gardens, Historic Sites, Parks
Flea & Street Markets
Sacred & Religious Sites, Gardens
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this grand monument, which signified the arrival of Islamic rule in India, is the tallest brick minaret in the world and a must-visit for families. There's lots of space for kids to run about - picture a ruin-themed adventure playground. Kids will also have fun counting the number of bright green parakeets they can spot.
What Central Park is to New York, Lodi Gardens is to Delhi. A beautiful landscaped garden for children to play in, dotted with medieval ruins in the Indo-Islamic style, it is a getaway from the chaotic city hustle and bustle. Centrally located and good for spotting birdlife, too.
A large open-air bazaar owned and operated by the government, Dilli Haat is a convenient one-stop-shop for Indian arts, crafts and foods. Every state is represented here, and the market brings craftspeople directly in contact with buyers, effectively cutting out any middlemen. It has a fair-like atmosphere, with hair-braiding, mehendi (henna), and craft demonstrations on offer inside the venue.
This spectacular, India-themed entertainment park is a good place to spend a fun family evening. Watch a fabulous Bollywood-style musical show, and then explore 'Culture Gully' for food, drinks, and shopping. Take in the colorful, kitschy displays, and have fun figuring out which Indian state each of them represents.
An educational and inspiring visit that no family should miss. Gandhi Smriti (or Gandhi Memorial) commemorates the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. It is also the venue where he was assassinated.
Akshardham is one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Worth visiting for its huge and beautiful temple, extensive grounds, and various other attractions, among which families will particularly enjoy the musical fountain (evenings) and the boat ride through India's heritage.
The Crafts Museum displays arts and crafts from all over India, and is sensitively designed to give an authentic feel of rural India, with little huts featuring wall paintings, open courtyards with puppet shows, village shrines, and terracotta and metal workshops. It’s a real pleasure to explore it, as it's like walking around an Indian village. Children are sure to enjoy the open spaces and craft demonstrations.
India Gate and its environs are emblematic of Delhi. Drive past the iconic structures of democratic India (Rashtrapati Bhavan, Secretariat, and Parliament House) and pose for pictures at India Gate. Then relax on the surrounding lawns while the children play on the swings and slides in the Children's Park nearby.
While not great by global standards, for animal-loving kids who simply must go to the zoo, this park features all the big favorites: elephants, white tigers, marsh crocodiles and rhinoceros, plus the endangered brow-antlered deer (the zoo’s symbol).
A unique museum with a collection of steam locomotives and carriages, signaling equipment, antique furniture, photographs and other Indian Railways memorabilia. Young children will especially enjoy a ride in the toy train.
This small, quirky museum displays toilet-related paraphernalia dating from ancient times to the contemporary period. Sure to raise a couple of giggles among children. It is run by a non-profit organization that has done extraordinary work in sanitation and waste management across the city.
The ruins of the oldest fort in Delhi consist of grand buildings as well as plenty of nooks and hidey-holes that are fun to explore. The fort’s moat has been converted into a boating facility where children can enjoy a 15-minute boat ride, and the interesting museum within the fort displays objects that have been excavated from the area, both before and after the fort was built.