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Family Holiday in India

15 nights from £3290pp (excl. international flights)
Delhi  → Agra  → Ranthambore  → Jaipur  → Jodhpur  → Deogarh  → Udaipur


A specially designed family holiday in North India with plenty going on to keep the younger ones – and most importantly the parents - happy.

That’s right, a family holiday in India - where else can you ride on cycle rickshaws, spot tigers in the wild, make your own block print souvenirs, play with tame elephants, fly kites with the locals, cycle through villages and ride camels and camp in sand dunes? These things are fun for all ages.

This trip has been designed to combine all these activities with stays in informal hotels where parents can put their feet up and let the kids run riot. Indian people in general love children and, whether you plan to or not, you are going to end up making plenty of friends along the way.

Remember, this is just a suggested itinerary - your own holiday can be tailored to your preference of budget, duration, locations and experiences. Get in touch to discuss your holiday.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Take to the skies

Take an overnight flight to New Delhi.

Day 2: Welcome to India

Tomb Of The  Emperor  Safdarjung In  Delhi

Safdarjung's tomb in Delhi

On arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your driver who will be with you for your whole holiday, then put your feet up, settle in and get ready for the adventure ahead.

Day 3: Delhi

Lodi  Gardens In  Delhi

Lodi Gardens in Delhi

Set off this morning to experience a bit of Delhi life. Start with a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi and visit spice markets and a traditional perfume shop. In the afternoon visit the Indian Rail Museum, a sprawling 11 acres where kids can get to ride in the toy train, and spend some relaxing time in Delhi’s central park, Lodi Gardens.

Day 4: Agra and the Taj Mahal

Taj  Mahal  India

Taj Mahal

Your driver will pick you up at the hotel for the 3.5 hour drive to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and enjoy a guided Mughal Heritage walking tour to some of the city’s other interesting sites.

Day 5: Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore  National  Park Ruins

Ranthambore National Park

Leave Agra this morning, and after stopping at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, continue on to the Ranthambore National Park, one of the most beautiful tiger reserves in India.

You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch, so check in and spend the afternoon enjoying the surroundings.

Day 6: Tigers! It’s Ranthambore National Park

Tiger Spotting At  Ranthambore

A tiger walks the Ranthambore ruins

Step into the Jungle Book today in Ranthambore, one of the parks in India where you are more likely to spot a tiger. There’s also plenty of other wildlife to see on your two jeep safaris (morning and evening) such as leopards, hyenas, jackals, sloth bears, and marsh crocodiles.

Day 7: Jaipur – the Pink City


Views in Jaipur

The morning’s drive is 3-4 hours to India’s Pink City of Jaipur. After checking in to your hotel we will take you to the small town of Sanganer for a textile workshop where you can make your own souvenirs with traditional block printing.

Day 8: Jaipur – the Pink City

Palace Of  Winds At  Jaipur

Jaipur's Palace of Winds

Your guide will take you on a private tour of Jaipur to visit the milk market, City Palace and Museum, the traditional astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar and the Palace of Winds.

In the evening visit a local home to learn kite flying or pigeon flying (depending on the time of year), and have dinner with the family.

Day 9: Jaipur – the Pink City

Jaipur  Amer  Fort  Gardens

Amber Fort in Jaipur

After a morning visit to the fascinating Amber Fort, enjoy a one-hour rural cycle ride to the tented camp at Dera Amer where you can spend time bathing and feeding the camp’s tame elephant.

Day 10: Camp in the desert

Camel Riding In The  Thar  Desert

Riding camels in the Thar Desert

Leave civilisation today and drive out into the desert to camp out on sand dunes. After settling into your tents, ride out on camels to another nearby sand dune where dinner and live folk music has been laid out for you. Traditional music is lively here and you might just want to get up for a dance.

Day 11: Jodhpur – the Blue City

Blue City Of  Jodhpur

Blue city of Jodhpur

From your desert camp it is a 1-2 hour drive to the blue city of Jodhpur. After checking into your hotel, your guide will give you a private afternoon tour, including the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort which looms over the blue city.

Day 12: Outside Jodhpur

Jodhpur Sunrise

Outside Jodhpur

Set off on a jeep ride through the countryside outside Jodhpur, driving on camel cart tracks through Bishnoi (Hindu) villages to meet local communities in their homes, see craftsmen at work and enjoy a picnic. There’s also plenty of wildlife to see out here.

Day 13: Deogarh

Deogarh  Rajasthan


The morning drive to Deogarh takes about 3-4 hours, and after checking into your hotel head out to explore the nearby villages and beautiful countryside with its lakes and abandoned forts.

Day 14: Train ride & Udaipur - City of Lakes

Udaipur City Of Lakes

Udaipur, city of lakes

No trip to India is complete without the experience of riding a local train, so this morning we take you on a short train ride through the nearby hills. Its then a 1-hour drive to Ranakpur to see the beautiful Jain temples and have lunch before continuing 2 hours to Udaipur.

Day 15: Udaipur – City of Lakes

Udaipur  Lake  Palace

Lake Palace at Udaipur

Your guide will take you for a private tour of India’s City of Lakes, visiting palaces, gardens and temples.

Day 16: Return to Delhi & fly home

Check out of your hotel before 12 noon, and we will drive you to Udaipur airport to fly back to Delhi. At Delhi we will take you to a nearby airport hotel to connect with your return flight home.

Duration: 15 nights

Location: Rajasthan & North India Holidays, India

Price: £3290pp

Our 'Family holiday in India' itinerary includes accommodation, daily breakfast (also lunch and dinner while at Ranthambore and the desert camp, and a picnic lunch outside Jodhpur), transfers & drives in chauffeur-driven AC vehicle, and activities and sightseeing as indicated. Excludes international flights.

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