The Best Things To Do In Delhi, India With Kids

We visited Delhi with kids for the final leg of our summer 2017 adventure in Nepal and Bhutan. It felt as though we’d been on the road for ages, yet we were all eager to see what Delhi had to offer. We checked into the hotel and walked around the local neighborhood looking for food (see a pattern here)!
New Delhi, India, markets

The Magic of Tuk-Tuks

That evening we decided to take a tuk-tuk ride to an area of Delhi where there was a bazaar (outdoor marketplace) and a bunch of restaurants. The ride was so much fun! The best way to get around New Delhi is a tuk-tuk.  All four of us squeezed into the back of the tuk-tuk and we headed out.

The best transportation in new delhi is a Tuk-Tuk
Literally inches away from every other vehicle

We drove about 2 inches from every vehicle around us, the horns were honking, and we were weaving through the traffic. Super fun.

We walked around the Bazaar for a while, and then decided to eat at a Chinese restaurant. I know it’s pretty random eating Chinese food in Delhi, but as much as we all love Indian food, we had literally eaten curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner for over two weeks straight, and we just felt like a change. We justified it since we’d been eating local food our whole trip. It was a delicious change, and afterwards we found a beer shop, bought a couple of cold ones, and took our trusty tuk-tuk back to the hotel to relax, watch a family movie in our big bed, and you guessed it…drink a cold beer.

Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

The next morning we were recharged for our tour of Delhi. We started at the Jama Masjid in Delhi, near Old Delhi, which is one of the largest mosques in India. It was huge and interesting to see the prayer rooms and the separation of women and mens praying areas.

Jama Masjid in Delhi

We managed to attract quite a crowd as we hardly blended in. In fact, in India many people would stop and want to take pictures of us, particularly the boys, since many of them have not seen blond-haired blue-eyed surfer boys in the flesh.New Delhi bicycle rickshaw ride with kids

After the mosque, we took a rickshaw ride around Old Delhi and the Chandi Chwock market area. It was hustling and quite a feast for all five of our senses…. especially our sense of smell! Here’s a glimpse.

Rickshaw tour of old delhi

Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s Memorial

Later in the afternoon we visited New Delhi and stopped at Raj Ghat,  a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. It’s a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. The memorial is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns at one end. It really is a peaceful area in the middle of the hustle of Delhi, and quotes from Gandhi are scattered around the gardens on concrete slabs.Gandhi's memorial in new delhi

Qutub Minar, Delhi with Kids

Our final stop on this amazing adventure was Qutub Minar. This is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering kids in Delhi India - can you pose like this?

Qutub Minar is also the tallest brick minaret in the world and it stands at 73m tall. We had fun exploring and taking pictures, but we were fading.Qutub Minar Delhi, India with your children

The countless days on the road, adventures, stifling heat, and humidity, were finally beginning to take their toll. We had actually visited the Taj Mahal with the kids the day before, and we were pretty beat. Julian said, “Mom, I’m actually looking forward to going back home tomorrow.” I told him I was, too.

We headed back to the hotel, packed our bags one last time, made sure our precious souvenirs were wrapped carefully and prepared to head to the airport with full hearts and special memories.
The India Gate in DelhiThe flight home was loooooong.

We flew 4 hours from Delhi to Abu Dhabi, and 17 hours from Abu Dhabi into Los Angeles. When we arrived our ankles were swollen, we were tired of airplane food, we were tired of watching movies, and we were all ready to settle back into our life in Los Angeles.  As we unpacked and unwrapped each souvenir, we chatted and reminisced about where we found each treasure.  We washed and folded laundry, and when we all climbed into bed that night, we were tired, happy, content, and filled with precious memories to last a lifetime.

Delhi with Kids: Hidden Gems & Insider Secrets

Planning to visit Delhi with your kids? You might have a ton of questions on how to make your trip memorable and smooth:

Is the city named Delhi, or New Delhi, or Old Delhi? What’s the difference?

Yes, there is a difference between Delhi, New Delhi, and Old Delhi, and it’s quite significant in terms of their historical, administrative, and cultural contexts.

Delhi is a vast city that serves as the capital of India. It encompasses several districts including both New Delhi and Old Delhi. It’s a sprawling metropolis, blending ancient history with modern development, and is known for its rich heritage and diverse cultural landscape.

New Delhi is a district within Delhi and serves as the seat of all three branches of the Government of India. Planned by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, New Delhi was officially declared the capital of the British Indian Empire in 1931. It houses many of the government buildings, embassies, and also some of the city’s most famous landmarks and wide, tree-lined avenues.

Old Delhi is the historical part of the city that was founded as Shahjahanabad in 1639, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It retains a distinctly medieval character, with narrow and winding streets, bustling markets like Chandni Chowk, ancient monuments, and the majestic Red Fort.

What’s the best time to visit Delhi with kids?

The best time for good weather that’s not too hot is from October to March. The weather is cooler, making it comfortable to explore.

Is Delhi safe for families to visit?

Yes, it’s safe, but like any big city, stay aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded places. Avoid traveling late at night.

What are some kid-friendly foods to try?

Try tandoori chicken (there’s no sauce or curry), some plain naan bread, and white rice. A very basic but tasty chicken dinner! For the adventurous, pani puri. Sweet treats like jalebi and kulfi ice cream are hits with kids.

Is Delhi expensive to visit?

Delhi can be very budget-friendly. Many sights have low or no entry fees. Food and transportation are very inexpensive compared to the US and Europe. We recommend staying in a nicer hotel that you would on other trips. The cost of a 5-star hotel is less than a 5-star hotel in other countries, but it’s the same high quality. It makes a huge difference when you’re able to refresh and relax after being in the city all day.

Does Delhi have poor air quality? Is that safe for kids?

Air quality can be poor, especially in the winter from November to February. Consider bringing masks and check the air quality index daily. The best air pollution masks are rated N95, KN95, or FFP2 because they are the most effective against airborne infections and particle pollution. And you’ll see people wearing them everywhere so you won’t stand out.

Plan ahead when visiting historical sites with kids?

Plan your day, and expect things to take longer than they should. Go early to avoid crowds and heat. Many sites are big, so wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water. If you’re on a tour, there will be cold water in your van or bus. You’ll appreciate it!

How can we teach our kids about the culture before we go?

Watch movies or read books about India, try cooking Indian food together, and learn a few basic Hindi phrases for fun interactions.
Visiting Delhi with kids is an adventure filled with culture, history, and delicious food. With a little planning, you can have a trip that’s educational and enjoyable, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Should you visit Delhi with Kids?

So was a long trip…. Yes for sure… but would we do it again or recommend it to you…. Absolutely!

We will always have Nepal, Bhutan and India, and those fantastic memories that we all shared together will be with us all forever.

What country do you dream of visiting with your family?

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About The Author

Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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