Delhi’s Delhi Cantt Railway Station can be a convenient starting point in your city exploration plans. You can easily explore the city's wonders if you reach the country’s capital via train. While some are close by, few require a bit of travel. However, this shouldn't be an issue since Delhi is well-connected via public transport!
Here’s a list of places to explore around the DEC Station:
National Rail Museum
The National Rail Museum is dedicated to preserving the 163-year heritage of Indian railways. Inaugurated in 1977, the museum has a stunning display of both antique static and working trains. The ‘Fairy Queen’ or the oldest working steam locomotive, is one of the many unique rail memorabilia present in the museum. Today, the museum also offers virtual 3D train tours and loco stimulations for visitors.
For space and cosmology enthusiasts, visiting the Nehru Planetarium is a must. Located a few hours away from the DEC Station, the Planetarium is built on the grounds that once served as Nehru’s residence. The top attractions of the Planetarium include its stunning dome-shaped Sky Theatre and the Soyuz T-10 space capsule.
Constructed by Lodhi rulers in the 15th century, Lodhi Gardens is a mausoleum housing the remains of the Sayyid king, Mohammed Shah and Lodhi ruler, Sikandar Lodhi. A visit to the Lodhi Gardens from the DEC Station serves as a peaceful and scenic escape from bustling city life.
Built with sandstone and marble, Safdarjung’s Tomb is a stunning marvel of Mughal architecture dating back to the 18th century. The Tomb is dedicated to the memory of Safdarjung, the Viceroy of Awadh and was built by Mughal Emperor Mohammed Shah. Visitors to the Tomb can also view the madrasa, smaller pavilions and Charbagh-style gardens within the Tomb’s premises.
When at the DEC Station, visiting Jantar Mantar is a must. As the biggest of the five astronomical observatories constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II, it was used to track the movement of planets and stars. Today, the structure is a major historical site housing 13 astronomical instruments and drawing hundreds of scholars and tourists annually.