12 hours in Delhi
Delhi is beautiful, inspiring, chaotic and alive. And when you arrive, kids in tow and fresh from an 8 hour flight, it's ideal to have some sort of plan before the holiday gets into full swing. We know arriving in a new country can be exciting and daunting all at the same time, so to make it easy for you, these are our best picks for a 12 hour Delhi survival itinerary!
8am – Breakfast time.
After a good night’s sleep, nothing prepares you for the day than a hearty breakfast. Pick a hotel that has breakfast included so your family can fuel-up before hitting the bustling streets of the capital.
9am – Sample the local transport.
Bargain hard and comission a ricksaw for the morning. Ricksaws are the most atmospheric way to see Delhi, and kids will love the way they weave around the streets, exploring every element of culture India has to offer: inclduing goats, camels and cows wandering the streets, flashes of bright saris cruising past on motorbikes and the hustale and bustle of local life.
10am – Explore.
Start your day in Old Delhi, home to an impressive rainbow coloured spice market brimming with locals coming to shop for their daily spices. If you’re lucky, you might even get to try some of the sense-tingling spices. Noses at the ready!
11.30am – Discover the bazaars.
Arrive at the Old Delhi bazaars and prepare to have your mind blown with all the fascinating souvenirs and goodies waiting to be discovered in the many markets around the old town. Kids can enjoy watching snake charmers line the cobbled streets, and marvelling at the sheer volume of trinkets on offer. Wind your way through the fascinating bazaars that guide you to the most rewarding part of your journey, one of the finest Moghul mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
12.30pm – New Delhi.
Jump in a ricksaw south, for an afternoon in New Delhi.
1.00pm – Lunch stop.
New Delhi has a variety of restaurants to choose from for some traditional Indian cuisine, perhaps start in Connaught Place, infamous for its role in several major Indian films. Top tip: go veggie for your time in India. Most restaurants cater for vegetarians as the majority of Indians don’t eat meat plus you won't even miss your meat with the range of delicious local food on offer!
2.30pm – Take a break.
After lunch enjoy some down time in Lodi Gardens: a calm and quiet retreat from the hectic city life of Old Delhi. The park is often over looked on the ‘top 10 sights of Delhi’ lists but we’re big advocates of enjoying adventure and relaxation all in one holiday! Head to the park for some quiet time as a family, sample a local snack or two, play some rounders or football and take in the dog walkers, yoga practitioners and other families enjoying the park.
4.30pm – Hit the water.
One of India’s relatively new attractions will make you feel like a real life architect as you explore the fascinating gardens, buildings and sculptures of Swaminarayan Akshardham; the highlight for us is the 15 minute boat ride around the buildings, where you'll explore 10,000 years of India's fascainting heritage.
6.30pm – Sunset.
Stop at India Gate on the outskirts of New Delhi to watch the sunset. Don’t forget your camera; it’ll be a show like no other.
7.30pm – Zzzz.
Dinner sleepyheads. 12 hours in Delhi survived. Phew!
To discover the rest of India, check out our India Family Holiday for a unique and inspiring family adventure.
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