India with Kids: Family Destination GuideEverything you need to know about travelling to India with your family
India With Kids: Table of Contents
Family Hotel Review: Oberoi Amarvllas
Family Hotel Review: Jaypee Palace Hotel
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
Family Hotel Review: Hotel Eagles Nest, Dharamshala
Jammu & Kashmir
Family Hotel Review: Hotel Highlands Park, Gulmarg
Family Hotel Review: Dar Es Salam, Srinagar
Family Hotel Review: The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg
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
Family Hotel Review: Kipling Camp
Family Hotel Review: Diphlu River Lodge, Assam
Family Hotel Review: Ranjit’s SVAASA, Amritsar
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
Family Hotel Review: Indrashan Homestay
Family Hotel Review: RAAS Haveli
Family Hotel Review: Ratan Vilas
Family Hotel Review: Devi Bhawan
Family Hotel Review: Khem Villas
Family Hotel Review: Oberoi Udaivilas
Family Hotel Review: Fateh Garh
Family Hotel Review: Udai Bilas Palace, nr Udaipur
Family Hotel Review: Sherlock, Ooty
Family Hotel Review: The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Pondicherry
Family Hotel Review: Itmenaan Estate, Kumaon Hills
Family Hotel Review: Jim’s Jungle Retreat, Corbett Tiger Reserve
Family Hotel Review: Atali Ganga, Rishikesh
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: Why You’ll Love It
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
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
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
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.