6 Places To Visit In Delhi With Your Family This Winter

From exploring historic forts and monuments to enjoying the vibrant colours of bustling marketplaces, Delhi has something unique to offer to every member of the family
Isa Khan's tomb on a wintery morning, Delhi
Isa Khan's tomb on a wintery morning, DelhiUnsplash

Delhi and winters make the best pair. With several well-known and obscure historical structures, sprawling gardens, and vibrant open-air markets, Delhi doesn't fall short of beautiful places to explore. If you want to make the most of this season, here's a look at all the places in Delhi to visit with your family this winter

Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb
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A trip to Delhi is incomplete without visiting the imposing Humayun's Tomb. In winter, the sprawling pruned grounds surrounding the tomb is a favourite among locals for basking under sunlight with a good read. But more than that, it is the tomb's exquisite Mughal craftsmanship that stands out. Built in 1570, Humayun's Tomb was the subcontinent's first garden tomb and inspired several other major Mughal architecture, among which, the Taj Mahal—built almost 80 years later—is one of them.

Built under the patronage of Akbar, the tomb complex boasts one-of-a-kind architectural beauty. It serves as a fine example of charbagh, which represents a four quadrant garden with the four rivers of Quranic paradise. Tall gateways on the south and west serve as entrances, while the central chamber is shaped like an octagon. The massive structure built in red sandstone and marble is also known as the "dormitory of Mughals" as more than 150 Mughal family members are buried there. Its significance also borrows from the fact that it is centred Shrine of the 14th century Sufi Saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, as it was considered sacred to buried near a saint's grave. 

The Information

Location: Road Opposite Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Entry fee: INR 40 per person

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar
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Qutub Minar is a towering epitome of strength and survival, standing at approximately 237 feet with five convergent storeys and 379 steps ascending upward. Constructed in 1192, this minaret is the world's tallest and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Due to its breathtaking beauty, the Qutub Minar is one of Delhi's most loved tourist attractions. This historical structure is part of a greater complex called the Qutb Complex, which includes other temples, tombs and gardens.

This site hosts the Qutub Festival every year in November or December, so if you visit Delhi during that time, try bringing your loved ones along. Remember to also take a picture with the towering minaret in the background.

The Information

Location: Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi

Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Entry fee: INR 35 per person

Lodhi Gardens

Lodhi Gardens
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Lodhi Gardens is a beautiful garden in Delhi located between Khan Market and Safdarjung's Tomb. The park is home to some unique architectural marvels from as early as the 15th century, as well as the tombs of three different Lodi Dynasty emperors. 

The domed mausoleums were placed outside the city in the same manner as the Greek temples. For this reason, Lodhi Gardens is an excellent place to reflect on the history of Mughal garden design.

Strolling down the winding paths surrounded by towering trees and lush greenery offers visitors a much-needed break from the bustle of the city. The winter sun creates one of Delhi's most gorgeous settings, illuminating the sprawling lawns and historic tombs in a mellow, golden glow.

The Information

Location: Lodhi Rd, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi

Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Entry fee: Free

Red Fort

Red Fort
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Founded by Emperor Shah Jahan and surrounded by an impressive 18-meter wall, this fort took ten years to build (1638–48). It is said that the foundations were constructed with the beheaded bodies of prisoners as a lucky charm. Though it is now a considerable distance away, it once overlooked the Yamuna River. Once, a tree-lined waterway called nahr-i-bihisht (river of paradise) flowed out of the fort and along Chandni Chowk, fed by the Yamuna.

Red Fort is ideal for a family getaway in Delhi. The fort is a UNESCO world heritage site, signifying the architectural prowess of the Mughals. Furthermore, the light and sound show here at night will entertain children and adults alike.

On your way in, you will pass a little fair where vendors sell various items, including bags, pashminas, carved pieces, and souvenirs. Remember to shop with your loved ones and return home with souvenirs.

The Information

Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi

Timings: 9; 30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry fee: INR 35 per person

India Gate

India Gate
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India Gate, a World War I memorial towering above the city of Delhi, commemorates the 90,000 British Indian Army troops who lost their lives in the British-Afghan War. The memorial's foundation stone was laid on February 10, 1921, by the Duke of Connaught, Queen Victoria's third son, and was designed by renowned English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. 

It is among the most popular monuments in the country. Amar Jawan Jyoti's homage to the December 1971 martyrs of the Indo-Pakistan War is another essential visit. 

On weekends, it draws a sizable number of tourists and offers a location for family picnics. Everyone here, locals, visitors, and far lands alike, loves the winter season. Try to visit in the evening to catch India Gate’s famous light show!

The Information

Location: Kartavya Path, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi

Timings: 24/7

Entry fee: Free

Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat
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Dilli Haat is a mix of food, crafts, and cultural extravaganza. It is a unique market that displays the diversity of Indian culture right in the middle of the city. The market offers a number of traditional and ethnic items for purchase from all over India. You can pick up textiles, jewellery, or home decor showcasing every region's unique craft tradition.

In addition, the haat offers several delectable food items at affordable prices. You can visit the several food stalls that each state of India has set up, each serving authentic local delicacies. And when you're done looking at shopping the charming and vibrant goods, you must enjoy a bowl of piping hot thukpa soup afterwards! Momo Mia is a fantastic choice if you're having trouble deciding on a stall.

The Information

Location: INA Market, Dilli Haat, Kidwai Nagar West, Kidwai Nagar, Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi

Timings: 10: 30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Entry fee: INR 30 for adults and INR 20 for kids

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