India family holidays
India is like nowhere else on earth, a constant kaleidoscope of colour and noise that assails the senses. India family holidays are exciting, rewarding, challenging and immensely entertaining. There are timeless wonders like the perfect marble Taj Mahal, the majestic Moghul forts of Rajasthan and the intricately carved temples of the South but there are also lush jungles where tigers prowl and remote Himalayan kingdoms where Buddhism flourishes.
All of this is set against a lively backdrop where camels, rickshaws and sacred cows jostle for space in the bustling markets, hawkers display mounds of scented spices and gaudy temples draw the faithful in a continuous parade of lively spirituality.
Why take the kids?
The one thing that you can pretty much guarantee in India is that the children will never be bored. Travel will sometimes be by car, but you will also go on trains, camel, auto-rickshaw (tuk tuk), cycle rickshaw, bicycle and possibly a bullock cart. All of our India family holidays will include some more ‘off the beaten track’ villages, many of which are home to near deserted ramshackle palaces and forts, which the children can explore at will. Jungle safaris are also always popular, with the chance of seeing a tiger up close.
The Indians are enormously welcoming and friendly and you will find that having children with you will open all kinds of doors, whether that means being invited into a shop for a steaming cup of spicy chai or asked to come into a school for some impromptu English lessons.
There are so many activities and experiences to include on India family holidays, depending on which region you visit [check out our India with kids blog], but here are some of our favourite:
- Scooting around Old Delhi aboard a rickshaw
- Riding to out-of-the-way villages in Rajasthan on the back of a camel
- Feeding and washing Indian elephants in Jaipur
- Exploring Kerala’s backwaters on a converted rice barge
- Searching for tigers, leopards and sloth bears on a safari
- Joining in the paint-throwing celebrations at Holi
Many parents are concerned about health issues in India. It is certainly true that a number of travellers do get ‘Delhi Belly’ but in our experience the chance of this can be greatly reduced by choosing good local restaurants, which our guides will assist you with.
Example India family itineraries
All of our itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific family, taking into account the ages of your children, your interests, your budget and so on.
Also check out some of the other places that you might like to visit on your trip and if you need further inspiration, have a look at our India photo gallery or see Charlotte’s blog on the northern states – Postcards from India.
Lastly, don’t forget to check what the weather will be like at the time that you want to travel. Or simply give us a ring and we’ll be delighted to advise you on the best India family holidays for you.
Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.
India in pictures
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“What can I say… the best family holiday we have had! The children loved it and we all wanted to stay”