Family Footsteps through India
Posted on 25th Jul 2017
Take the trip of a lifetime with your little ones, and at just the right pace to enjoy, experience and be astounded while still enjoying quality free time as a family. There is so much to discover, yet its important to strike a balance between seeing the sights and having some downtime. That’s why this itinerary has been thoughtfully planned, tried and tested by an esteemed Sunday Times journalist who traveled with his small children.
Your trip will start in Delhi, the third largest city in India, before moving onto Jaipur and then some beach time in Goa. You will be taking in painted elephants, fantastic forts, jeep safaris, boat trips, colourful bustling markets and a stunning beach during this 14-day itinerary. India with kids is exciting, educational and magical all at the same time.
Hotels have been chosen for their suitability for families and offer luxury facilities giving you a chance to unwind between adventures.
Arrive in Delhi to be greeted by the VIP rep who will help you through the airport and take you to the Lodhi hotel. Spend the morning relaxing and unwind after your journey in this cool and spacious contemporary hotel. The afternoon can be spent taking in some of the local places of interest including the Humayan Garden Tomb, Shankars doll museum and the rail museum with a private guide.
The bustling labyrinth of the old city gives a fascinating insight into the busy world of Delhi. Marvel at the marble domes, red fort and then enjoy a ride in a rickshaw to the spice market filled with aromatic delights and vibrant colours.
Enjoy a picturesque journey by train to the Ramartha Forte for a personal experience at this beautiful family run property where the owners will be your guides. Spend the night under the stars staying in the fully furnished tents within the historic walls of the fort.
Experience rural life in the village with a local tour conducted by our hosts . Take to the water in the afternoon in a row boat. The lake is home to many types of wildlife, you may even spot a crocodile!
A morning jeep safari through the badlands gives you the opportunity to spot all kinds of animals in their natural habitat. Hyena’s, wolves, deer and more can all be spotted. After lunch you will be driven to the fascinating city of Jaipur with its bazaars and famous pink walls. Here you will stay in the Hotel Samode Haveli, a peaceful haven where you can have a swim in the beautiful pool and enjoy the interiors and architecture.
A jeep will take you up to the spectacular Amber Fort up in the hills. You can explore the gardens, pavillions and ramparts and then take a walk to the textile museum to make your own prints. Later in the afternoon an exciting trip into the Araveli forests for a private encounter with the elephants. Spend time with the elephants where you can bathe, paint and ride these gentle giants, an activity your children will never forget. Enjoy dinner in a private location on the farm.
You can make a choice to visit the monkey sanctuary or take a hot air balloon ride. The monkey sanctuary is a very unique place, but you do need to keep your wits about you as the monkeys are pretty good at causing chaos! If you are looking for a more calming experience, the hot air balloon takes you on a gentle 1 hour ride above the villages surrounding Jaipur. In the afternoon you can visit the City Palace.
Fly from Jaipur airport over to Goa, with its beautiful beaches and unique Portuguese architecture. Goa is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ and when you have seen the stunning coastline you will understand why. Here you will spend the remainder of your stay at the beautiful Leela Goa.
Day 10 and 11
These are free days giving families the chance to explore and enjoy the beaches and soak up the unique atmosphere in the resort of Goa. The beach side hotel means its not necessary to venture far at all to enjoy the seaside element of your trip.
Explore the old town of Goa with a local guide and visit the shops and market. Enjoy some of the finest local Goan cuisine in a beautiful riverside setting.
A day to relax at the hotel and then an evening connecting flight to Mumbai for the journey home.
Day 14 flight home.
Prices for a family of 4, sharing, including return economy flights with BA, return internal flights to Goa, all private ground transportation and guides (some entrances included);
From £4,600 per person« Back to blog home