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Guide to Delhi for Families

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Delhi offers many activities to keep a family happy for days on end. Children can play in beautiful gardens dotted with old ruins, grand monuments and world heritage sites delight explorers young and old, and the city offers excellent museums with art and craft demonstrations, entertainment shows, great shopping venues, and a wide range of restaurants. The list below features just a few ideas for how to sample the best that Delhi has to offer families.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Like a Local

12 Places

9 City Tips

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12 Places

Qutub Minar

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers

Lodi Gardens

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Gardens, Parks

Dilli Haat

Flea & Street Markets

Kingdom of Dreams

Theatres

Gandhi Smriti

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Swaminarayan Akshardham

Sacred & Religious Sites, Gardens

Crafts Museum

Art Museums

India Gate

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

National Zoological Park of Delhi

Zoos

National Rail Museum

Speciality Museums

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Speciality Museums

Purana Qila

Historic Sites

Deepa_Krishnan's City Tips

  • Select restaurants carefully with respect to good level of hygiene - children can be even more sensitive than adults when it comes to food in a different country.
  • For a balanced day, combine a monument visit with another venue that offers activities for children. For example, you can visit Qutab Minar, then the Crafts Museum or Dilli Haat.
  • Tipping is not mandatory but it is considered good form to tip for service. At restaurants, 10% is considered normal. If you have hired a car, around Rs. 300 a day for the driver.
  • Attractions are spread out widely across the city. Although the Metro is extensive, many places still require an autorickshaw ride from the station.
  • There is a hop-on/hop-off bus that covers most places. Check the HoHo website for details. Or hire a car and driver for the day - very convenient if you have children.
  • Most monuments are free for children under 15. Bring IDs.
  • The popular tourist season is Nov-Feb. Mornings and evenings are chilly while daytime is pleasant. Dress modestly in layers and use sun protection.
  • Some religious places require visitors to cover the head with a scarf or large handkerchief. If you don't have one, they will usually lend you something.
  • You have to take off your shoes at places of worship, but socks are allowed.
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    Qutub Minar
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Entry is free for children up to 15 years old (bring IDs).
    • While most of Delhi's monuments are closed on Mondays, the Qutab is an exception. Open all days of the week, it's the perfect choice if you are in Delhi on a Monday.
    • The ticket counter has an audio guide and sells good guides to the monument.
    • Mostly wheelchair accessible.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bachpan ki Yaadein 15/08/2017
    • Wow 15/08/2017
    • Qutub Minar
    Phone:
    +91 93118 07071
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 17:30
    Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Lodi Gardens
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Gardens, Parks
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free entrance, as it is a public park.
    • Take a moment to enjoy the picturesque Athpulla, and the gorgeous carvings in the Sheesh Gumbad.
    • You could eat at Lodi - The Garden Restaurant (adjacent to Lodi Gardens). Pleasant ambience, upscale prices.
    • A short walk will take you to the popular Khan Market, which has lots of dining and shopping options.
    • Humayun's Tomb, one of Delhi's three UNESCO sites, is near Lodi Gardens.
    • Great for joggers (there's a dedicated running route around the border) and yoga enthusiasts (plenty of flat green areas).
    • Mostly wheelchair accessible.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful place 14/08/2017
    • Beautiful Park 12/08/2017
    • Lodi Gardens
    Address:
    Lodi Road
    New Delhi 110002
    India
    Phone:
    91-7042281126
    Other:
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    Dilli Haat
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are three Dilli Haats at INA, Janakpuri and Pitampura. INA is most popular with tourists, as it is the most centrally located.
    • Beware of "Delhi Haat" - it is a privately owned shop capitalizing on the similarity in name to Dilli Haat.
    • The nominal entry fee keeps out huge crowds, but there will still be a lot of people.
    • There is a small play area with slides for children.
    • Wheelchair accessible.
    • Be prepared to bargain at most of the stalls inside.
    • Not so important for kids, perhaps, but adults looking to get a truly authentic mehendi (henna) might want to look elsewhere...
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hangouts 16/08/2017
    • Beautiful market with amazing goods... 15/08/2017
    • Dilli Haat
    Address:
    Sri Aurobindo Marg
    opp INA Market
    New Delhi 110023
    India
    Phone:
    011-26119055-011-24678817
    Other:
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    Kingdom of Dreams
    Theatres
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The musicals are quite expensive, but they are excellently produced and 100% entertaining! Adults as well as children will love them.
    • Children's tickets cost the same as adults' tickets.
    • English language headsets are available for the musicals Zangoora and Jhumroo. For Zangoora, they are also available in Russian, Japanese, Korean and French.
    • Do buy tickets to a musical: otherwise, going there just for the food, shopping and ambience may be fun, but not completely worth the travel time or money.
    • If you do not want to go for the musical, there is a cover charge to enter Culture Gully.
    • Wheelchair accessible.
    • At least one hour's drive from most places in the city.
    • Children below 2 years of age are not allowed into the shows. There is a free creche facility available.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 61 things to do in Gurugram (Gurgaon)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique Life 15/08/2017
    • Living an evening in a fairy tale 15/08/2017
    • Kingdom of Dreams
    Address:
    Sector 29
    Great Indian Nautanki Pvt. Ltd. Auditorium Complex
    Gurugram (Gurgaon) 122001
    India
    Phone:
    +91 124 452 8000
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Gandhi Smriti
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • There are several interactive exhibits that are very interesting for children.
    • Please help maintain the tranquility of the memorial by keeping voices low.
    • There are shops selling khadi (hand-spun and hand-woven cotton) products, a book shop, and souvenir shop onsite.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well Done Interactive History Center 12/08/2017
    • This is free 06/08/2017
    • Gandhi Smriti
    Address:
    5 Tees January Marg
    New Delhi 110011
    India
    Phone:
    +91 11 2301 2843
    Hours:
    Mon
    00:00 - 23:59
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Swaminarayan Akshardham
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Gardens
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Mondays.
    • Free entry to the temple and grounds, but exhibitions/activities have a fee. The Visitors Centre provides an overview of the complex attractions and schedule.
    • It is very crowded on weekends. Go on a weekday if possible.
    • No electronics of any kind are allowed inside, including phones, cameras, etc. There is a cloakroom where items can be deposited.
    • The 15-minute boat ride that seeks to introduce people to the history of India and Hinduism is fun and educational for kids.
    • There is a good vegetarian food court inside the complex.
    • At least one hour's drive from most places in the city.
    • To see the fountain show, go in the evening and stay for the show. Check the website for winter and summer times.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Lifetime Memory!! 16/08/2017
    • Spiritual cum peaceful place!!! Worth visiting 15/08/2017
    • Swaminarayan Akshardham
    Address:
    Nh 24
    New Delhi 110002
    India
    Phone:
    919911788187
    Price range:
    US$ 250 - US$ 250
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:30 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Crafts Museum
    Art Museums
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • During tourist season (after October), there are live demonstrations of various arts and crafts by traditional artisans.
    • After the museum you could lunch at the good outdoor Cafe Lota, which lies within the museum premises.
    • The museum shop is one of the best places in Delhi to buy fixed-price, good quality art and craft items.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting but a bit tired 18/07/2017
    • Peek into rich heritage of India Culture 08/07/2017
    • Crafts Museum
    Address:
    Bhairon Rd
    New Delhi 110001
    India
    Phone:
    11 337 1353
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    India Gate
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It can get very crowded here, especially on weekends and holidays.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WOOHOO! 16/08/2017
    • In night it's superb 16/08/2017
    • India Gate
    Phone:
    91-11-23365358
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    National Zoological Park of Delhi
    Zoos
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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).

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The zoo is spread out over a large area, so they provide hop-on/hop-off battery-operated vehicles.
    • Refreshments available inside are limited to ice-cream, tea, coffee and water, so eat before you go.
    • Bathrooms are not likely to be clean. Bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
    • The zoo’s website gives an overview of the animals kept there, a map, the entrance fee (Indian and foreigner), plus the cost to ride the battery-operated vehicle.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    • tigers and elephants 12/08/2017
    • Mini Animal Safari 29/07/2017
    • National Zoological Park of Delhi
    Address:
    National Zoological Park
    Mathura Road
    New Delhi 110003
    India
    Phone:
    24618070
    Other:
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    National Rail Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Check out the saloons of the Maharaja of Mysore and the Prince of Wales, plus the Fairy Queen (an old, very well preserved steam locomotive engine).
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beautiful experience!! 13/08/2017
    • Unique & Antique Rails 10/08/2017
    • National Rail Museum
    Address:
    Chanakyapuri
    New Delhi 110021
    India
    Phone:
    +91 11 2688 0939
    Other:
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    Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
    Speciality Museums
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • There is no entrance fee, and the staff generally show you around for free.
    • The museum is small and exploring it fully takes half an hour at the most.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #99 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    • World's Weirdest & Unique- International Museum of Toilets 28/07/2017
    • Learning the evolution of toilet 13/05/2017
    • Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
    Address:
    Palam Dabri Marg
    Palam Dabri Marg
    New Delhi 110045
    India
    Phone:
    91-11-25031518-19
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Purana Qila
    Historic Sites
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • An impressive one-hour sound and light show (in English and Hindi) is held in the evenings, telling the story of Delhi’s past.
    • The fort’s moat has been converted into a boating facility, with different kinds of boats available. You can take a 15-minute boat ride.
    • Purana Qila is close to India Gate, the zoo, and the Crafts Museum.
    • Open every day of the week. A good choice if you are in Delhi on a Monday, when most other monuments are closed.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 428 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History tour@Delhi 09/08/2017
    • One of the oldest settlements in History 05/08/2017
    • Purana Qila
    Phone:
    24353178
    Other:
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