Explore top picks of popular destinations in New Delhi to visit with your family. We’re sharing everything you need to know for a culturally eye-opening and unforgettable journey with your kids in India.
My husband and I have talked about taking our girls to India for a very long time. This summer we finally made it happen, the stars aligned and we were able to visit India for a month. The best part was that it was a family reunion with my sister-in-law’s family and brother-in-law’s family visiting there too along with their parents at their family home in Faridabad, India.
The whole house was filled with cousins, fun, and memories of a lifetime.
Here’s a peek at what we fit into our 4 weeks of traveling in India with all 13 of us.
Planning for an international flight can be quite an adventure, ours was a direct flight from New York for 15 hours to New Delhi. We first had to make a few connecting flights out of our tiny town in North Florida with all our luggage.
After arriving, we spent a few nights in Aerocity, near the airport at the Novotel hotel, and enjoyed ourselves as the girls transitioned into the Indian culture… very slowly. It was the perfect way to deal with jet lag for a few days after our 30-hour journey.
And we got the chance to begin our India culinary adventure with tons of restaurants in WorldMark and the amazing buffet at the Novotel Hotel.
We had lots of places to visit on our agenda but the main focus for me was simply for us to experience everyday life in India.
This was my 5th visit and I still feel quite humbled each time I go to this magical country. The scale of economic diversity in one location is hard to put into words. The sounds, smells, and sites are unlike any other place I’ve visited. Here’s a peek at my other visits to India.
After being home for just 24 hours, it feels so quiet and simple here in our Florida home.
Did you know that over 32 million people call the city of New Delhi home? One of the biggest changes since visiting nearly 14 years ago, was the Delhi metro, it’s changed how easy it is to get around town and enjoy the landscape of one of the largest cities in the world.
Here are helpful tips for tourist sites near Delhi Metro Stations.
The bonus of our trip was realizing that India Google Maps exists now (My last visit was 14 years ago) I was able to understand more easily where everything is and how to get there.
Take a moment to explore India using Google Earth, it’s pretty cool.
We traveled either with the metro, the new e-rickshaws or we hired a private driver to take the whole family to key locations, which is pretty easy to do there and budget-friendly. By the way, they even have OLA and Uber, and a few other mobile app options for getting a ride.
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Top Places to Visit in New Delhi with Kids
On our list of things to visit were historical landmarks, tourist attractions, and a few temples that are located in New Delhi. These are the places we visited with many locations left on our list for our next visit to India. We learned very quickly you can only fit so much in when traveling with grandparents and kids and a large group of people.
Most of these key attractions are located within the city with a few that are a day trip option to visit, including the city of Agra. One of my goals was to see as many Indian UNESCO sites as we could.
One of the unique things about visiting India is the historical landmarks that were built by the various dynasties thousands of years ago. There’s so much to learn about the Mughal dynasty as you explore these breathtaking sites.
A quick day trip you can head to Agra to visit this top places…
There are a few hidden gems in New Delhi to explore with your family. The nice part is so many things are just a short e-rickshaw ride away from one another if you plan it right.
- Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya
- National Science Centre
- Nehru Planetarium
- India Gate
- National War Memorial
- Parliament House
These attractions were on our list to do but life got a bit busy with all of us, no worries it’s on our bucket list for the next visit.
- Waste to Wonder Park
- Garden of Five Senses
- National Gallery of Modern Arts
- National Zoological Park
- Lodhi Gardens
- Snow World
- e-o-d Adventure Park
- National Rail Museum
Exploring the temples in India and learning more about religion and how it is so connected to daily lives is something unique to experience. These are a few temples that we visited based on our family members preferences. Before entering a temple everyone is required to remove shoes. Be sure to remember to dress accordingly, for both men and women, this generally means not wearing shorts and keeping the shoulders covered.
- Lotus Temple
- Akshardham Mandir
- Chatarpur Temple
- Bangla Saab Gurudwara
- Hanuman Temple
- Mangal Mahadevan Birla Kanan
- Dev Sthal Mandir
- Gurudwara Sachkhand Sahib
Places to Shop
It’s not a trip to India without doing some shopping. Here are a few of our favorite local places to find traditional Indian clothing, jewelry, and local artwork. We took our kids to both market street vendors where bargaining is expected and to some extremely large malls with set prices and great food courts.
- Lajpat Nagar
- Ambience Mall
- Crown Interiorz Mall
- Connaught Place
- DLF Mall of Noida
- Khan Market
TIP… I learned from my husband’s last trip, Amazon India can be a resourceful place for shopping for items from India too. On this trip, we were able to get a few traditional Indian Kurta With Palazzo And Dupatta. Plus some items to decorate for Diwali. Plus they offer cash on delivery.
Ideas for Family Time in India
Because we were spending time in India with all of our family members, experiencing everyday life through food and play was really important to us. Walking in the footsteps of my husband’s childhood was important to me for our kids to experience, it’s part of them now as they begin the next generation.
We were so lucky to be invited into the homes of our family members and neighbors throughout our stay. This was actually our daughters’ favorite thing from the trip, to connect with everyone and see into their daily lives. We wish would have had even more time with each of them and are so grateful for the support they provide to my inlaws when they are in their home in India.
Here are a few of the fun things we included in our family time in India.
- Visiting aunties, uncles, cousins, and neighbors’ homes for chai and snacks
- Hosting a party for family and friends
- Taking many E-Rickshaw rides
- Visiting my husband’s old private school in Delhi
- Showing the kids his childhood home (We knocked and they even let us in)
- Getting Henna done
- Inviting Priest to do Havan ceremony in the inlaw’s home
- Breaking open and enjoying delicious coconut
- Enjoying monsoon season on the balcony
- Observing the Full Moon on the rooftop
- Rooftop adventures of Indian Kite flying
- Enjoying both the popular Haldiram and Bikanerwala Restaurants (many times)
- Going to a Movie (ticket prices are cheap compared to the US)
- Experiencing ordering Turkish Ice Cream
- Going out for Dominos Pizza
- Buying fresh produce from street vendors’ carts passing our home
- Feeding the Cows at the front gate
- Watching neighborhood monkeys
- Looking for peacocks and parrots
- Game time with cousins (Carom Board, Chess, Badminton, Cricket)
- And lots and lots and lots of ice cream
We can’t wait to return to do these all again very soon with all 3 of my kids and husband.
Tips for Taking Kids to India
- Weather – I’m not going to sugarcoat it, visiting India in the summer is HOT and HUMID. But if you’re traveling with kids, it’s the best time during the kids’ summer break from school. If you can swing it, winter break is much much cooler but sadly the pollution seems to be the worst during this time. To help with handling the heat, pack things like a neck fan and a cooling towel.
- Foreigners Tickets – Just so you know ahead of time, foreigners tickets are far more expensive than local tickets for tourist attractions. Just be sure to budget accordingly.
- Indian Food – Start eating at Indian restaurants and cooking Indian food at home to prepare for your trip. Here’s one of our favorite in Indian Dishes. It includes a kid-friendly recipe too. Many of the dishes there can be on the spicier side, even for us. Keep a backup for your child. You can always find a Haldiram and Bikanerwala nearby, both delicious options with a large variety of dishes.
- Books about India – Read books about India to get ready for your adventure. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Drink only purified water– Water sanitation is an issue in India. Even if you get water from a nice restaurant, ask for bottled water. You just can’t trust what comes out of the tap, especially for little tummies. Avoid ice as well for this reason.
- Give yourself time for jet lag – With little ones adjusting to a new time zone can be hard at times.
- Plan for sickness – When planning your travel schedule, keep in mind that you or your child may also be dealing with Delhi Belly. No matter how careful you are, travel tummy bugs can happen, even at Disney. Keep in mind, that you may even get a cold or cough from the air pollution.
Here are a few more travel tips if you’re planning to travel to India with Kids.
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Activities About India for Kids
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Things to Do in New Delhi with Kids
On our next trip, we plan to leave the crazy busy city of New Delhi and venture out into the vast space of India as one of the top 10 largest countries in the world.
On my India Travel bucket list are Jaipur, Shimla, Kashmir, Goa, Kerala, Mumbai, and a few others. We hope to take advantage of the Indian railway system and short flights to tour the beautiful terrain of India.
Do you have a favorite location in India to visit on your vacation? Share with me in the comments below…