Planning summer holidays with family includes choosing the right destination, an easy-peasy itinerary, comfortable accommodation choices and a bunch of activities for kids scattered around evenly during your stay in the foreign country. According to Routeprints, India has emerged out as one of the leading family holiday destinations in the world. Read on to plan your family trip to India.
We’ve bid a happy goodbye to the winter season of 2020. It is almost time to pack away those heavy jackets and pullovers to make space for summer tanks and sandals in your wardrobe. These days it is the first breeze of warm air and the first kiss of sunshine in the morning that preps us for the day.
Yes, it’s summer and we couldn’t be happier. But have you ever thought about what makes the summer season such a delightful experience? Is it the ice lollies, evening walks at the park or the freedom to just wear one t-shirt dress to get through the day? Well, for most families it is the delectable joy of planning summer holiday trips to well-known or remote cities around the world.
India is a mystical mélange of colours, aromatic smells, diverse cultures and different languages that all come together that attracts men and women from all walks of life. The country with its snake charmers, magnificent architecture, rich history, delectable food and par excellent hospitality has become the ‘chosen’ holiday destination for families looking to have a good time. If the above description has got you even a tiny bit excited then, go on to read some much-need information about how to best plan your family holiday in India and what the perfect time to travel India.
Planning your trip
India is at the potpourri of melting cultures, diversity, languages, races and religions that make it such an interesting holiday destination of 2020. This year give your kids and grandkids a chance to be exposed to one of the richest historic destinations of the world that welcomes tourists with open arms.
What to expect
There is no other country in the world with such diverse terrain. You can sip cocktails at the beach in Goa and have your next dinner in the hippest restaurants of Mumbai. Some days you will find yourself shopping for souvenirs in Jaipur and the other day just lazing around the backwaters of Kerala. India is a very rewarding nation for families as there is something for everyone.
For instance: You can check-in to the most luxurious and culturally rich properties of Udaipur to live like a royal. On the flip side, you can opt for a challenging backpacking trip through Himachal Pradesh. You can also choose to lose yourself in the madness of city life in Delhi or Mumbai. Also, enjoy the most umpteen and chic boutique hotels just at the outskirts.
You can never go empty-handed after a trip to India. On your way, you will meet the most-friendly locals, fellow foreign tourists and the most-educated and hospitable lot of young ones driving the tourism industry in the country. There is A LOT to explore in the land of Gods.
Number of days
The length of your holiday depends on the purpose of your trip. Chilling, trekking, luxury, once-in-a lifetime-experience or history-oriented could be some of your objectives for travelling to India. Your itinerary and number of days allotted to each state will be determined as per your expectations. On a lighter note, we suggest at least a good two-week trip to India for your family to fully immerse in the vibrant shades of Indian heritage.
Travelling with kids
Travelling with kids is a far more tedious and cumbersome job than it looks on the outside. You’d want to take it easy on most days with younger kids by choosing destinations like Nainital or Jodhpur. Travelling with teenagers would require you to keep them occupied with activities like water sports or dune bashing.
For families with teenagers, the best choice would be Rishikesh, Bir Billing, Jaisalmer, Kodaikanal, Coorg and others where you can truly feel the adrenaline rush. Families travelling with new-born kids, you should and must choose isolated luxury properties in the cities with pleasant climate during summers. You can go to Ooty, Pondicherry, Mussoorie, Lonavala, Pune, Sikkim and Dalhousie.
The list of destinations to visit in India can go on forever. You will fall short of days and feel completely overwhelmed while planning your India trip. Here we have you covered as with this exhaustive list you will have one less thing to worry about.
City Palace in Udaipur, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Humanyun’s Tomb in New Delhi, Taj Mahal in Agra, Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior For in Gwalior and Hampi are some of the many places that you can fit in your India itinerary. These are strictly for people who have grown interested in historic reigns of India. India is a country with a glorious history starting from the first-known societies of the world, Indus Valley Civilization. The forts, temples and palaces will give you a peek into the larger-than-life that the royals of the past lived.
Natural Beauty of india
This season gets ready to be enthralled by the ever-lasting and unbelievable beauty of India. Natural landscapes stretching acres of lands and endless oceans meeting the sun at the horizon will act like tranquilizers filling your senses with gratitude. Cherrapunji, Darjeeling, Parvati Valley, Valley of flowers, Kashmir, Coorg, Ooty, Munnar, Tzuko Valley, Matheran, Ziro and a million other places in India have such great natural scenic beauty for your eyes only.
The vivid colors and rituals of the culturally rich communities of India will astonish but also excite your kids at the same time. Expose them to the diversity and glory of Indian cultures as you add Haridwar, Benaras, Amritsar, Puri, Rameshwaram, Vrindavan, Kashi, Sabrimala and Prayagraj to your itinerary.
Experiential travel in india
India is a great place to do all those once-in-a-lifetime things at budget-friendly prices. There are plenty of options to choose from when choosing experiential travel in India. Dandiya in Gujarat, stay in a heritage Kutchi Bhunga and feast on Gujarati food with a local family or wake up to the sound of bird-chirps amidst the backwaters of Kerala and hog on fresh catch from the sea accompanied with rice. The experiential travel in India is different from anything you’ve ever done or experienced in the past.
Cannot miss eating
India holiday means you’re going to pile on 10,000 calories every day. With generous amounts of ghee used in most local dishes, you cannot help but go back home with memories and a few extra pounds on your body. Famous across the world, there are some Indian dishes that you simply cannot miss.Tundey Kabab Lucknow, Amritsari Kulcha, Hyderabadi Biryani, Galouti Kebab. Ras Malai, Ghotala and much more.
All said and done, you should always eat at clean and safe restaurants. Although delicious, roadside food is quite a danger when travelling in India. Always ensure you’re using sanitisers and washing your hands before and after every meal. Strictly use bottled water for drinking because tap water is not safe in India.
5 reasons to plan a family trip to India
Accept it or not, travelling to India is cheap as chips. Travelling from Europe or the US means you can access the most luxurious properties and cuisines at the expense of a few dollars which is not the case in any Asian countries except Bali and the Philippines. So, luxury holidays in India with family can be the ultimate joyful experience you have been chasing for your family.
The touristic destinations have accustomed themselves to be child-friendly. With dedicated children play areas, pools and activities at most resorts and Havelis, you will have to pay bare minimum attention to your little cubs while on a holiday in India. Most five-star properties also provide you with special help sisters to babysit at an affordable price.
3. Language no barrier
India happens to be the world’s second-largest English-speaking country which means you shall have no problems communicating with the locals. Unless English is completely foreign to you, you shouldn’t have a tough time cruising through Indian cities.
4. Pleasant weather mostly
Except for the northern-most and southern-most regions of the country, the weather is mostly pleasant throughout the country. The eastern states like Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Manipal experience heavy rainfall, the states of Gujarat Maharashtra, Karnataka have tropical climates. Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha can get quite hot during the days but evenings are pleasant.
5. Attractive and exciting
It is advised to lose-pack your itinerary because India is too much to intake even for adults. You will be surprised by a new and unpredictable adventure every day leaving you gasping for breath. Leave your children to run wild in the hotel garden instead of forcing them to come with you for sight-seeing.
We hope you’re sold on the idea of a family trip to India. India is a gorgeous country to explore with family but things can get ugly sometimes because of pollution, over-population and extreme weather conditions. In situations like this, do not lose your calm instead take the day off and relax by your hotel pool or bar for some ease. This vacation is about making memories and enjoying quality time with family so do not be too hard-pressed when things do not go as planned. Go with the flow but be careful around kids.
About Sydney: I love dancing, history, beer and exploring the hidden places. Traveling is my life as it always gives me a new experience and makes me stronger. To date, I have traveled to more than 25 countries and my favorite one in Paris.
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