India with Kids: Family Destination Guide

Everything you need to know about travelling to India with your family

India With Kids: Table of Contents

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Overview

Tips & Tricks for Navigating India with Kids – your complete family travel guide!

India with Kids: Family-Friendly Festivals in India

India with Kids: 10 Places to go with Kids in India

India with Kids: A Holi Family Holiday 

Tailormade Holidays: Four Family Adventures in India

 

Agra

Family Hotel Review: Oberoi Amarvllas 

Family Hotel Review: Jaypee Palace Hotel

India with Kids: The 10 Most Romantic Hotels in India for Valentine’s Day

 

New Delhi

India with Kids: 10 Things to do with Kids in New Delhi 

 

Goa

The Best Family Hotels in Goa

Family Hotel Review: Aashyana Lakhanpal, North Goa

Family Hotel Review: Coconut Creek Hotel, South Goa

Family Hotel Review: Park Hyatt, South Goa

Family Hotel Review: Casa Susegad, South Goa

Family Hotel Review: Alila Diwa, South Goa

Family Hotel Review: The Grand Hyatt, North Goa

Family Hotel Review: Joet’s Guesthouse, South Goa

Family Hotel Review: Olaulim Backyards, North Goa

Family Hotel Review: Sur La Mer, North Goa

Family Hotel Review: Yab Yum, North Goa

Family Hotel Review: Vivenda dos Palhacos, North Goa

 

Himachal Pradesh

Family Hotel Review: Hotel Eagles Nest, Dharamshala

 

Jammu & Kashmir

India with Kids: 10 Things to do with Kids in Gulmarg (in the winter)

India with Kids: A Family Jeep Adventure from Srinagar to Leh

India with Kids: Snowboarding in Gulmarg, Kashmir

Family Hotel Review: Hotel Highlands Park, Gulmarg

Family Hotel Review: Dar Es Salam, Srinagar

Family Hotel Review: The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg

 

Kerala

India with Kids: A Family Houseboat Trip Along the Backwaters in Kerala

Family Hotel Review: Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

Family Hotel Review: Raintree Lodge, Cochin

Family Hotel Review: Old Harbour Hotel, Cochin

Family Hotel Review: Dreamz, Cochin

Family Hotel Review: Secret Garden, Cochin

Family Hotel Review: Tea Bungalow, Cochin

Family Hotel Review: Philipkutty’s Farm, The Backwaters

Family Hotel Review: Marari Villas, Marari

Family Hotel Review: Marari Beach Resort, Marari

Family Hotel Review: Emerald Isle, The Backwaters

Family Hotel Review: Kumarakom Lake Resort, The Backwaters

 

Madhya Pradesh

Family Hotel Review: Kipling Camp

 

Northeast States

Family Hotel Review: Diphlu River Lodge, Assam 

 

Punjab

Family Hotel Review: Ranjit’s SVAASA, Amritsar

 

Rajasthan

Jaipur

The Best Family Hotels in Jaipur, Rajasthan

36 Hours in Jaipur with Kids

Family Hotel Review: Patan Mahal, nr. Jaipur

Family Hotel Review: Shahar Palace

Family Hotel Review: Royal Heritage Haveli 

Family Hotel Review: Jas Vilas

Family Hotel Review: Mosaics Guesthouse, nr Jaipur

Family Hotel Review: Samode Haveli

Family Hotel Review: Hotel Diggi Palace

 

Jodhpur

India with Kids: A Family Adventure at the Jodhpur RIFF Festival 

The Best Family Hotels in Jodhpur

Family Hotel Review: Indrashan Homestay

Family Hotel Review: RAAS Haveli

Family Hotel Review: Ratan Vilas

Family Hotel Review: Devi Bhawan

 

Ranthambhore

Family Hotel Review: Khem Villas

 

Pushkar

India with Kids: A Family Adventure at the Pushkar Camel Fair

 

Udaipur

Family Hotel Review: Oberoi Udaivilas

Family Hotel Review: Fateh Garh

Family Hotel Review: Udai Bilas Palace, nr Udaipur

 

Tamil Nadu

Family Hotel Review: Sherlock, Ooty

Family Hotel Review: The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Pondicherry

 

Uttarakhand

Family Hotel Review: Itmenaan Estate, Kumaon Hills

Family Hotel Review: Jim’s Jungle Retreat, Corbett Tiger Reserve

Family Hotel Review: Atali Ganga, Rishikesh

 

West Bengal

Family Hotel Review:  The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, India

Family Hotel Review: Windamere Hotel, Darjeeling

Family Hotel Review: Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

 

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India with Kids: A guide to India for families

India: Why You’ll Love It

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There are few places on earth like India. Magical, mysterious and, at times, completely overwhelming, it can be one of the most challenging places to travel but also one of the most rewarding.

This wonderfully chaotic country seemingly has it all; ancient forts brimming with history and beautiful palaces belonging to Maharajas, remote villages untouched by time and dizzying metropolises brimming with modernity.  It has snow-capped mountains and golden beaches, lush tea plantations and mighty deserts, vast National Parks and plenty of UNESCO world heritage sites.

Enjoy cruising the backwaters in Kerala, or river rafting in Rishikesh, explore the narrow lanes of the Blue City in Jodhpur or the Gallic streets of charming Pondicherry.  Whatever your preference, India has something to offer every kind of visitor, and every kind of family.  Best of all, it comes wrapped up and delivered in a swirl of kaleidoscopic colour and a beaming, welcoming grin.

 

India: Why The Kids Will Love It

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To outsiders, India may not be an obvious family holiday choice. But the reality is that this vibrant country welcomes children with open arms – as well as an over-zealous squeeze of the cheeks and an enthusiastic plea to smile for the camera.

India’s size and geography also means that there is so much for families to do, and so many ways for them to travel.  You can sleep under the stars in the Thar Desert, wash elephants in Kerala, make snowmen in Gulmarg, cycle through Old Delhi, and scout for tigers in Ranthambhore National Park.

Experience camel cart rides in Rajasthan and rickety mountain railways in Darjeeling, lazy houseboats in Kerala and white-water rafting in Rishikesh. In fact, the problem won’t be deciding where to go or what to do, it will be choosing which adventure you want to enjoy first.

When To Go

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India is so big that climatic conditions vary significantly across the continent. Generally speaking there are three main seasons.

Peak: October to March.

Summer: April to May/June. Temperatures in the north can exceed 40 degrees Celsius. The south remains a little cooler but with a lot more humidity. Humidity levels rise as the monsoon season approaches. This is the best time to visit the hill stations in the north which offer respite from the heat.

Monsoon: June/July to September. This season is often very muggy and hot. Thunderstorms and heavy rain showers are intermittent and dramatic. The rain can bring much disruption to the infrastructure, with flooded roads and frequent power cuts. It is difficult to escape the rains, with the one exception of Ladakh. However parents should be aware of the high altitudes in this region.

India with Kids: FAQ

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Capital: New Delhi

Time: GMT + 05:30

Language: Hindi and English are the most widely spoken languages in India

Voltage: 240 Volts at 50 Hertz

Visas: You must obtain a visa before travelling to India; without one you will be refused entry. For more information visit your own government’s travel advisory or see http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/

Update (December 2015): The Government of India has recently launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Scheme for a number of countries. More information can be found here

Getting There: There are a number of International airports across India including Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi; Jaipur International Airport; Dabolim Airport, Goa; Cochin International Airport and Trivandrum International Airport, Kerala and Chennai International Airport, Tamil Nadu.

Health & Vaccinations: Visitors need to take special precautions against illnesses not normally encountered at home. Contact your doctor well in advance of your departure date to ensure that you receive all the necessary vaccinations. Country specific information and advice is published by nathnac.org. Bring any medication with you in its original, labelled container. A signed prescription note from your doctor is useful to have. Pharmacies are wide spread and stock the basic essentials. Private medical care is available in most major cities whereas facilities in remote areas can be very limited. Recommended hospitals and doctors can be found on the British High Commission website. http://ukinindia.fco.gov.uk

Money: The currency in India is the Indian rupee. It is subdivided into 100 paise (singular: paisa). INR 100,000 is 1 Lakh (also written as 1,00,000). INR 10,000,000 is 1 Crore (1,00,00,000).

ATMs are found in most towns and cities and credit cards are accepted at an increasing number of shops, restaurants and hotels. All major brands of travellers cheques are accepted, particularly Amex and Thomas Cook. Cash can be exchanged from major currencies such as US dollars, UK pounds and Euros.

Safety: Please consult your own government’s travel advisory for safety advice such as fco.gov.uk

Dress: Cool cottons, sunhats and swimming garb are required in the summer months with light jumpers for the hills and waterproofs for monsoon season. In the winter months, temperatures vary significantly across the continent. Whilst the south retains pleasant temperatures, the north can get extremely cold. Check weather guides for specific Areas. Adults (including teenage girls) are advised to dress conservatively when off the beach and especially when visiting religious sites. As a general rule of thumb cover your shoulders, chest and knees.

Family Holidays in India

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Windamere Hotel: 27.045835, 88.267819
Oberoi Amarvillas: 27.167907, 78.048912
Raas Haveli: 26.297646, 73.022527
Itmenaan Estate: 29.518200, 79.832897
Hotel Diggi Palace: 26.910280, 75.812508
Mosaics Guesthouse: 26.966788, 75.920459
Udai Bilas Palace: 23.841943, 73.714678
Samode Haveli: 27.000408, 74.992676
Mongolia With Kids: A Guide to Mongolia for Families: 46.862496, 103.846656
Burma: 21.913965, 95.956223
Family Holidays in India: 20.593684, 78.962880
Family Holidays in Vietnam: 14.058324, 108.277199
Family Holidays in Thailand: 15.921715, 100.788574
Family Holidays in Sri Lanka: 7.873054, 80.771797
Family Holidays in Borneo: 1.068237, 114.233536
Family Holidays in Cambodia: 12.565679, 104.990963
Family Holidays in Nepal: 28.394857, 84.124008
Amazing Angkor Wat, Cambodia: 13.423016, 103.936844
A Taste of Tunisia: 33.886917, 9.537499
A Panama Jungle Adventure: 8.674027, -81.298485
Magical Mongolia: 47.920000, 106.920000
The Pushkar Camel Fair: 26.489749, 74.551086
Srinagar to Leh by Jeep: 34.152586, 77.577053
Sri Lanka: 6.053519, 80.220977
Holi Family Holiday: 26.912434, 75.787271
The Mountains of Ifugao, The Philippines: 16.883403, 120.969086
10 Things to do with Kids in Sri Lanka: 6.500000, 80.771797
5 Things to do with Kids Around Manila: 14.599512, 120.984219
10 Things to do with Kids in India: 15.000000, 79.000000
Jaipur with Kids: 26.500000, 75.805954
Jims Jungle Retreat: 29.535701, 78.924974
Traditional Homes Swotha: 27.674428, 85.325779
The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu: 27.722117, 85.356978
Pauline\'s Guesthouse, Nr Kathmandu, Nepal: 27.772882, 85.333351
Illuketia, Nr Galle: 6.035268, 80.266791
The Wallawwa: 7.131947, 79.927913
Apa Villa, Nr Galle: 6.030486, 80.240915
The Bayleaf Hotel, Manila: 14.589969, 120.977878
Haadson Resort: 8.739592, 98.244386
Villa Ban Haad Sai, Koh Samui: 9.571675, 100.063103
JW Marriott, Phuket: 8.166198, 98.294973
Villa Sai Taan, Phuket: 7.994743, 98.300971
Gili Eco Villas: -8.339901, 116.032570
Lombok B&B: -8.504688, 116.054106
Family House Lombok: -8.891092, 116.275837
Club Paradise, Dimakya Island: 12.234233, 120.088892
Fateh Garh, Udaipur: 24.568566, 73.640348
Lebanon: 33.901197, 35.660934
Glenburn: 27.083155, 88.336072
Club Villa: 6.426232, 79.995232
Atali Ganga: 30.068860, 78.457750
Snowboarding in Gulmarg, Kashmir: 34.059486, 74.311523
RIFF: 26.297836, 73.018447
Phuket: 7.981046, 98.363883
Nepal: 28.598709, 83.822390
Kerala: 9.498067, 76.338848
Costa Rica: 9.748917, -83.753428
Sherlock: 11.197936, 76.745682
The Dune: 12.049141, 79.875163
The Beach Hut: 6.005545, 80.256500
Epic American Road trip: 35.216834, -101.814725
Devi Bhawan: 26.238947, 73.024309
Morocco MFA: 31.791702, -7.092620
Whale Watching Panama: 8.665203, -79.208679
Maya Mexico: 20.211419, -87.465350
MFA Tokyo: 35.689487, 139.691706
Jaypee Palace: 27.153876, 78.071165
Anda Lanta: 7.488091, 99.083462
Ratan Vilas: 26.273913, 73.030063
Khem Vilas: 26.064852, 76.438331
Villa Baan Chao Lay: 9.559606, 100.036228
Highlands Park: 34.052833, 74.384700
Khyber: 34.042840, 74.386346
Dar es Salam: 34.113766, 74.836167
Ranjits SVAASA: 31.642821, 74.862291
Yab Yum: 15.646221, 73.717183
Olaulim Backyards: 15.570627, 73.870387
Vivenda dos Palhacos: 15.314925, 73.912164
Sur La Mer: 15.642397, 73.723037
Joets: 15.370926, 73.832758
Grand Hyatt: 15.451140, 73.851595
Amarya Shamiyana: 15.646737, 73.716856
The Farm: 26.873023, 75.613542
Jas Vilas: 26.930462, 75.788064
Royal Heritage Haveli: 26.925231, 75.745491
Indrashan Homestay: 26.270218, 73.030876
Alila Diwa: 15.306901, 73.911334
Kumarakom Lake Resort: 9.612555, 76.431248
Emerald Isle: 9.492137, 76.326071
Marari Beach Resort: 9.595008, 76.301175
Marari Villas: 9.583107, 76.302272
Philipkutty\'s Farm: 9.662806, 76.409535
Casa Susegad: 15.330995, 73.980346
Park Hyatt Goa: 15.327473, 73.897707
Coconut Creek: 15.372996, 73.833220
Fishermans Cove Philippines: 13.503281, 120.944008
Shahar Palace: 26.909963, 75.785703
Costa Pacifica: 15.760657, 121.569018
Hotel Eagles Nest: 32.261658, 76.306800
Patan Mahal: 27.801557, 75.976059
Tea Bungalow: 9.962806, 76.245846
The Secret Garden: 9.931238, 76.267315
Dreamz: 9.967115, 76.242319
Old Harbour Hotel: 9.967199, 76.242447
Raintree Lodge: 9.966505, 76.243054
Brunton Boatyard: 9.968819, 76.245611
Tikli Bottom: 28.331856, 77.008482
Kipling Camp: 22.310358, 80.496547
: 13.706898, 120.875911
Aashyana Lakhanpal: 15.525650, 73.762132
Dwarikas: 27.704885, 85.342298
10 Things to do in Gulmarg: 34.041603, 74.370477
Video: 10 Things to Do in Gulmarg, With Kids: 34.093610, 74.371948
whale watching panama: 8.627420, -79.037667
Jaipur Video: 26.846128, 75.953979
Bohol: 9.849991, 124.143543
Gamboa Rainforest Retreat: 9.121111, -79.692562
Casa Mariposa: 8.603634, -80.128217
Los Quetzales: 8.869582, -82.566899
Yandup: 9.317597, -78.227778
MFA Singapore Swing: 1.352083, 103.819836
MFA Bohol philippines: 9.849991, 124.143543
New Zealand campervan: -43.532054, 172.636225
Video: Campervan Adventure New Zealand: -42.526243, 172.828825
Casa Tota Mexico: 23.450711, -110.222610
El Diablo y La Sandia B&B: 17.062192, -96.719449
Posada Margherita Tulum: 20.226895, -87.433628
Casa Amarilla: 8.643964, -79.707608
JetWing Beach: 7.243444, 79.841595
Namo Buddha Resort: 27.580712, 85.590484
Why House: 6.007137, 80.266471
River House: 6.269323, 80.037350
Villa Las Estrellas: 20.153443, -87.456997
Meson de Leyendas: 19.198173, -100.130026
La Chevrerie Resort & Spa: 13.732900, 120.887474
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa: 9.158530, 123.242483
The Bungalows: 22.883578, -109.918383
St Joseph Resthouse: 17.085148, 120.901012
Oberoi Udaivilas: 24.576800, 73.672155
10 Things Borneo: 1.068237, 114.233536
10 Things to do with kids in Delhi: 28.613939, 77.209021
Shangri-La Oman: 23.551335, 58.659198
Alphabeto: 7.790297, 98.316714
Riverside Inn Boquete: 8.798225, -82.427238
MFA Tulum: 20.211419, -87.465350
MFA Grand Canyon: 36.106965, -112.112997
Shangri-La Boracay: 11.988269, 121.906216
Coqui Coqui: 20.494404, -87.730531
10 Things to do in Boracay: 11.948647, 121.936569
Dubai : 25.204849, 55.270783
Phuket: 7.951933, 98.338088
MFA Crete: 35.240117, 24.809269
Diphlu River Lodge: 26.578553, 93.255047
Amorita Resort: 9.549948, 123.776424
Los Cabos: 23.079870, -109.712404
Granada Nicaragua: 11.933333, -85.950000
Sol y luna: -13.296530, -72.129460
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu: -13.154402, -72.526342
Tierra Viva Saphi: -13.512817, -71.983037
The Garden House: -13.535587, -71.904965
MFA Peru: -13.163141, -72.544963
MFA Hawaii: 19.542915, -155.665857
The oberoi grand, kolkata: 22.561786, 88.351213
MFA Bali Gili: -8.371399, 116.045580
Chincheros: -13.391999, -72.049284
Museo Inkariy: -13.317499, -71.992301
Bounce Below: 53.004581, -3.942279
Moray & Maras: -13.329857, -72.197144
Ollantaytambo: -13.258369, -72.264268
Pisac: -13.424167, -71.857778
MFA Sigiriya: 7.955154, 80.759803
Tomb of Columbus: 37.385748, -5.993751
Boats of Columbus: 37.211454, -6.928175
La rabida Columbus: 37.207646, -6.926167
Machu Picchu with kids: -13.161062, -72.559204
MFA Bangladesh: 21.439464, 92.007732
Crete top 10: 35.277016, 24.348450
MFA San Blas: 9.507126, -78.803740
Bavarian Forest: 49.126635, 13.120151
Flytographer: 48.428421, -123.365644
Tofino: 49.152984, -125.906618
Xochimilco: 19.257231, -99.102966
Fairmont Hotel: 49.283793, -123.120989
L\'Hermitage: 49.280470, -123.116989
Lodging Ovations: 50.095389, -122.989441
Delta Victoria Ocean: 48.426969, -123.375084
The Wickaninnish Inn: 49.123773, -125.899807
Shangri La Makati: 14.553639, 121.024576
Nobu: 14.523867, 120.992770
Discovery Primea: 14.553381, 121.026953
Day of Dead Part 1: 19.432608, -99.133208
Day of Dead Part 2: 19.414792, -99.081573
Tbex Florida: 26.122439, -80.137317
Best hotels Manila: 14.599512, 120.984219
Tofino 10 things: 49.152984, -125.906618
Sacred Valley: -13.303898, -72.111557
Art in Island: 14.622794, 121.058114
Walks El Valle: 8.609784, -80.131693
10 Things El Valle: 8.601983, -80.119987
Sea to Sky Gondola: 49.701634, -123.155812
Casa Guardia: 8.366792, -80.121831
Awesome Hotel: 16.678999, 120.336555
LivItaly Florence: 43.769560, 11.255814
: 12.001300, 120.193760
Peru for Families: -7.972198, -76.113281
Panama for Families: 9.600750, -79.958496
Cuba for families: 22.796439, -80.914307
Mexico For Families: 22.593726, -103.359375
The Philippines for Families: 11.953349, 119.091797
Canada for Families: 54.367759, -114.609375