Planning the Family Vacation of a Lifetime in India

When you go on a family vacation, you’re in it for the experiences and the memories. Vacations abroad offer one of the most intense and beautiful ways to bond with your loved ones.

You’re all out of your comfort zone and in an entirely new place, so will grow closer while learning how to navigate your new environment. A family vacation, when done right, should be more than a couple of weeks lying in the sun and taking a dip in the pool. It should be a real adventure. An immersion in an unknown culture, full of new faces, foods, and activities.

 

Planning the Family Vacation of a Lifetime in India

 

This is why India may well be the perfect destination for your next family trip. It may not be the first place that springs to mind when booking a family getaway. It is usually most popular with students and backpackers and is often associated with stays in hostels and gap year travel stories.

While there are aspects of this in the country, India has so much more to offer to people of a much larger age range and of much broader interests. Here are a few things that should make you consider heading to the planet’s seventh largest country on your next journey.

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Planning

You might think that planning a trip to India is intense and high-pressure. Especially when you’re responsible for organising the trip for your dependents too. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Planning for India is relatively simple, as long as you focus on arrangements sooner rather than later.

With online reviews for almost any destination nowadays, you can easily check out family-friendly hotels of high quality on travel comparison sites and TripAdvisor pages. Flights are just as easy to book: it’s as simple as searching for the best deal and clicking purchase.

 

Planning the Family Vacation of a Lifetime in India

 

If you are considering a package holiday, pop into your local travel agent. The staff here will be able to recommend the best packages available to suit all of your needs. You will need to submit an Indian Visa Application for each person intending to travel. However, this is simple and can also be carried out online within a matter of minutes.

A final necessity is ensuring that everyone has had their vaccinations. Little ones won’t enjoy this much, but it’s an essential part of getting ready to travel. Your family’s health and safety are priority, so it’s important that you prevent any of your family members from contracting any sickness or disease. Check in with your local GP to work out which vaccines you will need and book an appointment to have them administered as soon as possible.

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Packing

When a family is traveling, things can end up getting particularly heavy. Lots of little cases mount up in weight. However, India is a hot destination, and consequently, you will all be able to pack relatively lightly. You will need enough outfits to see you all through the trip, but these should be quite lightweight and breathe easy. The heavier items that must be packed will be toiletries, so keep these to a minimum. There are some items that are indispensable though: sunscreens and insect repellants may weigh a lot, but they are a must. Leave plenty of room in suitcases for little trinkets and souvenirs that you are likely to pick up on your journeys.

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Activities

There are so many activities for families in India. What you choose to do will depend on your interests and tastes, but here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

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Nature

India is renowned for its elephants. Most kids won’t be able to see an elephant in its natural environment, so consider taking a day of your vacation out to visit an elephant sanctuary or reserve. These are animal-friendly places that have the elephants’ best interests in mind.

Avoid paying for things like elephant rides. It’s best to keep your little ones out of direct contact with such huge, majestic beasts. But there’s no harm in looking at them revealing in their home environment. If you have an interest in big cats, you can take this opportunity to see tigers in their natural habitat too. Northern India has plenty of expeditions where you can see the majestic animals roaming free. This is better than any zoo or safari that you can take your kids to back home.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is visited by millions of people every year. This might sound extreme, but there’s a reason why. It’s one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world. Built by an emperor as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, it is a romantic location for you and your partner to visit. But your children will enjoy it too. Get a perfect postcard picture of your little ones in front of the world famous UNESCO heritage site.

Enjoy your trip!  (“apanee yaatra ka aanand len” in Hindi)

 

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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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36 Comments

  1. 07/06/2017 / 12:34 am

    Lovely post. I think India is an amazing destinatiob. There is so much to do and see! The scenery, food and culture is just so diverse and fascinating. Best of all is when you’re actually there items and food are relatively cheap!!

    • 09/06/2017 / 10:44 am

      I think food is the top priority for me. Without food I can not survive. lol! Thank you for popping by. x

  2. 19/09/2017 / 4:24 am

    Even though I was born and raised in New Jersey, I’ve been traveling to India since I was a baby. It truly is a wondrous place, and there is so much to explore. The Taj Mahal is so picturesque, even more beautiful in real life then it is in pictures. It’s a wonderful idea for a family trip and I can’t wait to take my girls there one day. Great post.

    • 21/09/2017 / 3:29 pm

      Thank you Sumra. Wow! You have the best of both Worlds! I bet it is a little bit of a culture shock but I guess that’s the beauty of it all. xx

  3. 22/09/2017 / 10:47 am

    We went to India before the girls were born, a fabulous place to visit. It would be an amazing family adventure (if the budget allows!!). You have given some really great tips. #FabFridayPost

    • 26/09/2017 / 10:30 pm

      Oh Wow! How wonderful! Yes, the budget does need to stretch doesn’t it. xx

  4. 22/09/2017 / 2:39 pm

    Hi, I would love to visit India hopefully one day. It’s great that you can find out do much online before you go #fabfridaypost

    • 26/09/2017 / 10:33 pm

      Oh yes I agree with you. Online travelling also stretch out quite far, but I guess the real deal is much more fun 🙂 x

  5. 22/09/2017 / 3:41 pm

    Would make a fantastic holiday. I would love to go, when she’s a bit older. Though we’re enjoying exploring Ethiopia and Kenya and I doubt she’ll remember it. #FabFridayPosts

    • 27/09/2017 / 12:40 am

      Wow! Ethiopia and Kenya sound awesome too! I’d love to go there too.

  6. 22/09/2017 / 3:49 pm

    I can’t wait to read about your trip! Sounds like another wonderful adventure. xx #FabFridayPost

    • 27/09/2017 / 12:41 am

      When I have enough money I will go. This is jus the planning part. I am very excited by the thoughts. 🙂 x

  7. 22/09/2017 / 9:48 pm

    Sounds wonderful! There are so many wonderful places I’d like to take my boys. We really do have a whole amazing world out there.

    • 27/09/2017 / 12:43 am

      Yes, indeed! The culture, food, music, everything is so different!

  8. 23/09/2017 / 2:09 pm

    Ah this sounds lovely, I don’t think some people realise how much planning goes into a holiday. I cannot believe that people still go away nowadays and just book the flight and hotel.. I have to make sure all our activities are planned out and everything beforehand! #fabfridaypost

    • 27/09/2017 / 12:44 am

      I know! It is quite exhausting. It is so expensive when doing it on a spur of the moment.

  9. 25/09/2017 / 1:16 pm

    Wow this sounds amazing! I’ve always been a little wary of India I suppose because it’s so far out of my comfort zone. However, we visited Thailand on our honeymoon and it was unbelievable so maybe I should give it a go! The Taj Mahal just looks awesome! Thanks for hosting #FabFridayPost

    • 27/09/2017 / 12:46 am

      I’m from Thailand & yes, I think like many places – it has its up and down points. I’m glad you have enjoyed Thailand. 🙂 x

  10. 26/09/2017 / 12:17 pm

    I would LOVE to travel as a family to India. We went on holiday last summer to Sri Lanka which as a holiday of a lifetime and one our kids will never forget. #FabFridayPost

    • 27/09/2017 / 12:48 am

      That’s fantastic! I went to Sri Lanka many many years ago. It was AMAZING! One day, one day, we will visit India.

  11. 26/09/2017 / 12:44 pm

    Wow that really does look like the holiday of a lifetime! I would love to go to India, what a beautiful country! #fabfridaypost

  12. 26/09/2017 / 7:46 pm

    India is on the bucket list, and I will save this resource in my, ‘someday’ file! You really do go to the coolest (well in this case hot) places Su! Your kids must be so used to travel! We are a mess trying to drive 4 hours! Ha! Thanks for this post on India and all of it’s beauty. xoxo #FabFridayPost

    • 27/09/2017 / 12:52 am

      Well… I really do hope they will enjoy this trip of their life for sure. 🙂 xx

  13. 27/09/2017 / 5:10 pm

    Wow that really is going to be the trip of a lifetime for you all. Very unusual but so much culture to enjoy. #FabFridayPost

  14. 28/09/2017 / 7:53 am

    I would love to travel to India. Unfortunately my son faints if he sees needles, even on tv, so anywhere that requires vaccinations is out, at least for the time being.
    #FabFridayPost

    • 29/09/2017 / 1:01 am

      Oh no! That stops him being a doctor or a nurse then. 🙁 I hope his fear will fade away in time. xx

  15. 29/09/2017 / 11:39 am

    It has been many years since I went to India but I would love to return one day!

  16. 02/10/2017 / 8:43 pm

    You’ve got me at the elephants! I’d love to take my two when they’re perhaps just a little bit older. We’re trying Spain next year for our first overseas holiday so we’re stepping in the right direction towards something more adventurous. Thanks for linking Su. X #DreamTeam

    • 09/10/2017 / 12:37 pm

      Oh Wow! How exciting for them. We had Rome marked for our October Half-Term, but it is now all ruined by Monarch Air. :'( Hopefully, we’ll get to go there one day & India too! Thank you for hosting. x 🙂 x

  17. 08/10/2017 / 4:00 am

    I would love to see India someday! I’ve been to the Great Wall; it would be cool to also visit the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, and Stonehenge eventually.

    • 09/10/2017 / 12:41 pm

      Cool! I’ve also seen the Great Wall – but I’d love to go again with the kids. I haven’t been to Stonehenge yet – shame on me! lol! x

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