A visit to Delhi can be one of the most rewarding and memorable vacation experiences you can ever give your family. The city, rich in culture and history, is packed with amazing sights and adventures that can be both enchanting and overwhelming. Take advantage of this helpful list of must-see family attractions to see during your trip to make the most of this incredible destination.
A visit to Raj Ghat, an open-air memorial to the legendary leader Mahatma Gandhi, is a great way for the family to explore the city while learning about the complex history of India and one of the world’s most famous civil rights leaders. It is also a great opportunity to experience the tranquility this city is hiding under its chaotic surface. Once inside the gates of the park, the frenzied pace of the city is left behind and you are free to enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds where Gandhi was cremated, immortalizing him forever in a black marble monument marked by an eternal flame. The property is filled with a beautiful collection of trees, some of which were planted by world leaders such as Queen Elizabeth II and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Round out your Gandhi education during your stay with a visit to Gandhi Smriti, the quiet residence-turned-museum where he spent his final days. Visitors can view his rooms, the peaceful grounds, and follow in his final footsteps to the location of his assassination. The museum and grounds are a great way to learn about his life and the amazing impact his beliefs had on an entire country.
Ride a Rickshaw
Rickshaws are a popular mode of transportation throughout the city. Delhi by rickshaw is the ultimate way to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the city firsthand. Sit back in your carriage while your driver takes you through the narrow streets of Old Delhi for an up-close and personal look at some of the city’s most iconic sites, like the spice market (the biggest in Asia), the Jain Temple and the Red Fort. There are numerous tour companies to choose from, such as Old Delhi Rickshaw Tours, which will take your group on a three-hour tour of the city for a fee of $50 per person. Tours can be customized and your rickshaw will even pick you up at your hotel for an additional fee.
Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
While not in Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, located in nearby Agra, are close enough to visit on a daytrip from the capital. These awe-inspiring sites are something no visitor to India should miss during their stay. The Taj Mahal, with its sprawling grounds and iconic monument make for amazing family photographs and a visit to the Agra Fort offers incredible insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Mughal Emperors that once called it home. The best way to enjoy these sites is by booking a private tour that will pick you up from your hotel in Delhi and handle all the minute details, including providing a guide that will give you a personal history lesson of these UNESCO World Heritage sites. For an even more memorable experience, book a sunrise tour with India Travel Organizers so you can witness the majestic beauty of the Taj Mahal while the sun rises in the background, creating a once-in-a-lifetime vacation memory for the whole family.