This guest post is written by Radhika, co-founder of the blog Nomllers. Radhika lives in New Delhi and describer herself as a dreamer, a writer and a wanderer.
Delhi, a place with history, chaos, amazingly good food and adventure! Delhi can give you a lifetime worth of experiences if you know what and how to explore!
It has some beautiful architecture and adventure parks that will please both adults and kids. That’s not all, there are many weekend getaways from Delhi to some really amazing hill stations in India, that you can include in your Delhi family itinerary as well.
Continue reading to learn more about all the places you can visit in Delhi as a family, along with where to eat, where to stay and how to get around in Delhi (transportation advice).
Places you should not miss in Delhi with your family
1. Jantar Mantar
This is truly an architectural masterpiece. This building was especially designed to facilitate the astronomical readings of time. Take your time to truly understand the reason behind its making, it’s very interesting and will help to understanding more about Indian history as well.
2. India Gate
India Gate, the Delhi’s war memorial, was built in memory of all Indian soldiers who were massacred in World War I.
India Gate also has a Children’s Park of 10-acres where you can find a library, musical fountain, theater and amphitheater, along with games and toys. Surely your kids will love to visit this place!
Pro tip: the best time to visit India Gate is around sunset!
3. Kingdom of Dreams
The Kingdom of Dreams lies in the outskirts of Delhi (Gurgaon) and is a childhood fairyland. Traveling here is definitely worth your time and effort!
At the park you will find many different stage performances which will be lots of fun for your kids.
Furthermore, the Culture Gully should not be missed. Here one can find several restaurants based on the culture of different Indian states, along with a crafts village and street performers. To enter the Culture Gully you have to pay $10, which can be redeemed on food.
4. Isa Khan Tomb and Humayun’s Tomb
If you love Mughal styled monuments, Humayun’s Tomb and Isa Khan Tomb are great places to visit. It’s not a popular tourist spot so it is really peaceful here and you can easily admire the architecture with your kids here.
It is also a good spot to watch the sunset and the octagonal Isa Khan Tomb offers a nice backdrop for family pictures as well.
5. Qutub Minar
The Qutub Minar is part of the Qutab complex, an impressive UNESCO Heritage site. This is the tallest building in the world made of bricks, a fact that will impress and intrigue your little ones!
There are some fun photo opportunities here, of your children holding the minaret or running around it.
Pro tip: stick around to watch the pigeons fly over the Minar, it’s a sight to behold!
6. Akshardham Temple
Another remarkable architectural wonder of Delhi is Akshardham temple. Apart from being a marvelous looking structure, there are engaging activities inside the temple which make visiting a fun family experience.
Furthermore, there are several statues and robots that add even more life to this place and will keep your kids occupied.
7. Safdarjung Tomb
Another amazing place to visit with your kids is the Safdarjung Tomb, which was built in 1754. This it is a great place to introduce your kids to the intriguing Mughal (Indo-Islamic architecture) architecture.
There is also a park here where you can enjoy a nice picnic with your children.
8. Okhla Bird Sanctuary
Finally, there is the Okhla Bird Sanctuary Park where you can spend several hours watching over 300 different bird species.
You will especially find several varieties of waterbirds here, it’s a beautiful place and a great way to introduce and teach your kids about different kinds of birds.
Also read: 7 great day trips from Delhi
Great places to eat in Delhi with kids
1. Cafe Delhi Heights
This place not only serves delicious food but is also a fun place for kids. Why? It has lots of games that your kids can enjoy! There are also books you can browse through during your visit.
Cafe Delhi Heights has several branches across Delhi and Gurgaon.
Nando’s is another perfect place to eat with your children. They have kid friendly menus, apart from all the other delicious food they serve. Just like Cafe Delhi Heights, Nando’s has several restaurants spread across Delhi.
3. FIO Country Kitchen and Bar
Located on the south side of Delhi, this restaurant is decorated with fairy lights, making it a cute spot to visit. Although it’s considered a perfect place for a (first) date, families can also really enjoy this place as there are life performances and special gigs happening from time to time.
4. Rose Cafe, Said Ul Ajaib
If you are looking for privacy and a cute little spot with lovely looking decorations, Rose Cafe is the place for you.
Here you can find cafe-esque food including Italian, Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. It really is a perfect place in Delhi for dining with your family.
5. Lodhi—the Garden Restaurant, Lodhi Road
Finally, Lodhi Road is another place in Delhi which should not be missed! With amazing graffiti and a garden with architectural wonders, this place is on the wish-list of every traveler.
And, if you are exploring this side of the city, one can enjoy a great diner in its Garden Restaurant.
Pro tip: this place organizes gigs from time to time, so it’s smart to give them a call and check if they have a table available before going.
Where to stay in Delhi – Best family friendly hotels
Delhi has lots of accommodation available. From budget stays to expensive hotels, there are many options to choose from.
Below you can find my Delhi accommodation recommendations, all these properties are great places to stay for both yourself as well as your kids.
1. The Trident, Gurgaon
Trident is hands down the best place to stay if you have kids! It has a Kids Club where your kids can join in fun activities like crafts and baking. There is also has a game room, library and a pool so you can relax, while your kids have fun in the game room.
Furthermore, there are no charges for kids under the age of 8. Finally, on Sunday’s the Trident has brunches where children can eat for free!
The Claridges is not just a wonderful place to stay, it’s also has a brilliant restaurant! The food here is absolutely delicious and what’s more, on some evenings they have fun puppet shows to entertain the guests. Your kids will love it!
The Claridges also has a beautiful pool and they provide fun activities like cookie baking.
This hotel has something in store for everyone in the family! For kids they have treasure hunts and movie screenings, for adults they have several activities such as barefoot dining by the pool, street-food-style cuisine and more.
One can also see craftsmen making pottery and bangle making, giving a perfect Indian cultural vibe to this place.
4. The Oberoi (Delhi and Gurgaon)
Oberoi Hotels have fairly large rooms, which makes them the perfect place to stay for a family trip. The Oberoi Hotels also provide lots of personal services, where the staff does everything in their power to welcome make the entire family feel welcome.
Furthermore, they go out of they way to help tourists understand more of the Indian culture. Altogether, your stay at an Oberoi Hotel will surely be a fabulous experience for the entire family.
Scarlett is not a five star hotels like the other recommendations I gave above. However, it is a very cosy guesthouse. The guesthouse is very homely and especially designed for families and their little ones.
In fact, the Scarlette was designed by a French expatriate and also has baby-sitting services, making this place a great option to stay.
Transportation in Delhi
Delhi is very well connected and easy to get around! You can either travel around by bus or by Indian auto rickshaw. If you are planning to get around by auto rickshaw (a real cultural experience), make sure to agree upon a price before getting in to avoid being overcharged. There are no flat auto rates, bus rates however, are fixed.
Another way of comfort travel is by taxis or cab. Ola and Uber are the most convenient ways to travel around. All you have to do is download their app. Whenever you plan to move from one place to another, just type in your desired destination and a cab will be right there for you to pick you up!
Some safety measures to adopt when visiting Delhi with family
Delhi at times can be overwhelming. It can be a real culture shock for tourists, with so much traffic, people or pollution at the same time. With rising population, crime rates rise as well. However, if you follow some safety measure your New Delhi experience will be safe and worthwhile.
One important thing to remember is not to travel (late) at night. If you must travel during this time, it’s better to travel by Uber or Ola, or at least have a local guide with you.
Another safety measure to adopt is to wear your bag across your shoulder in a sideway position. Unfortunately pick pocketing is quite prominent in the crowded places.
That being said, if you take the right precaution, Delhi is a wonderful place to visit with children. You just have to get used to the idea of crowded places and how to go about it.
And always remember, traveling to India is like looking in a mirror, it will reflect what you expect to see.
India is a place with varied cultures and mind sets. It will give you what you expect out of it. Enter the country and embrace it with open arms and it will for surely make you feel at home and loved.
India has an invisible magic and despite its chaos, you will also be able to find warmth, kindness and beauty in the people!