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India Family Holiday

14 days India, Asia
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
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Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
Trip code: 
HHFA
Trip Highlights: 
Marvel at the famous Taj Mahal & Palace of the Winds
Go on safari in search of tigers
Live like a Maharaja at a restored fortified palace
Get back to nature as you safari for rare animals in Periyar National Park
Explore this amazing environment from the relaxed comfort of a houseboat
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £2,127 Adult £2,363
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
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Child £1,265 Adult £1,406
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Itinerary

Trip Highlights: 
Marvel at the famous Taj Mahal & Palace of the Winds
Go on safari in search of tigers
Live like a Maharaja at a restored fortified palace
Get back to nature as you safari for rare animals in Periyar National Park
Explore this amazing environment from the relaxed comfort of a houseboat
Trip Overview: 

Travelling through India is like turning up everything in your life – the volume with the throbbing streets of Delhi, the colour with the markets and spice bazaars, and the brightness with the sight of the white Taj Mahal. Take the family on an adventure through the north and south of India, through the unique cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, then fly to the relaxed south to float worries away on the waters of Kerala and Kovalam. Live out the ‘Jungle Book’ life in the forests and jungles of Periyar and Ranthambore. From landmarks to national parks, this adventure has it all.

Day
1/2
Delhi

Delhi

Board your flight in the uk on the evening of day 1 and fly overnight to Delhi. Delhi is a city of contrasts. The present metropolis is the eighth city to have been founded on this site; its predecessors have been largely razed to the ground. After a chance to freshen up and have some lunch, this afternoon you’ll take a guided sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.  In Old Delhi you travel by local transport, and explore this intriguing city.  Ply your way through the crowds as you head into New Delhi. Its wide boulevards and imposing buildings conjure up images of the British Empire at its peak. You visit the main sights - Parliament House, President House and India Gate before returning to your hotel. 

Hotel Taj Princess or similar - Breakfast included

NB: Our group flights into Delhi are  scheduled to arrive late morning into Delhi. 

Day
3
Agra

Agra

Rise early to catch the morning sun and a train to Agra (approximately three hours). The city once alternated with Delhi as the capital of the Moghul Empire, and it still grips to its glory days linked with the most famous of India’s rulers. On arrival, take some time to relax after the early start until mid-afternoon, before heading out to see the city’s big attractions. Agra’s not just about the Taj Mahal, it’s also home to one of the finest looking forts in India, a Friday Mosque and royal tombs.

The Retreat or similar - Swimming pool - Breakfast included

Day
4
Taj Mahal & Ranthambore

Taj Mahal & Ranthambore

You set off early today to get to the Taj Mahal in time for the sunrise so that you can watch the warm colours wash over the masterpiece that shelters the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Many people believe it to be the most perfectly proportioned building ever constructed; at first glance it appears to be simply white marble, but closer inspection reveals that the surface is inlaid with a profusion of semi-precious stones which form stylised flowers and bowers. Words fail to do it justice; only by visiting it can you appreciate its exquisite beauty.

Afterwards you take the road leading to Fatehpur Sikri, some 38km (about two hours) away. Along the way are the remains of the Kos Minars - wayside markers which survive only as crumbled towers, pointing the way to this city built of rich red sandstone. Akbar the Great built Fatehpur Sikri, (the ‘City of Victory’), outside Agra as a tribute to a sage who foretold the birth of three sons. He duly moved his court to this new capital, only to abandon it after 15 short years because the water supply deteriorated. Today its rose-coloured walls provide the visitor with an unforgettable impression of the majesty of a 16th century royal court.

You continue by road to Bharatpur and then take a train journey of just over two hours to Sawai Madhopur and Ranthambore National Park, arriving tired, but rewarded. 

Raj Palace Resort or similar -Breakfast and dinner included 

Day
5
Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is one of the premier national parks of India - 'Jungle Book' brought to life!  A wonderful blend of historical ruins and wildlife, it is the habitat of Bengal tiger, nilgai, sambar and chital (types of antelope) and jungle cat, plus crocodile in the lake. You will make a couple of game drives during your stay here, with hopes of getting a sighting of the majestic Bengal tigers that survive among the ruined forts and temples. Game drives take place early in the morning and in late afternoon for the best chance of animal sightings. Leopards have occasionally been spotted on the periphery of the park, and jackal and hyena can also be glimpsed, so there’s plenty to watch out for!  NB: Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. On those trips affected, we'll visit nearby Mansingh Sanctuary.

Raj Palace Resort or similar - Swimming Pool - Breakfast and dinner included

Day
6
Jaipur

Jaipur

After a leisurely start, you travel for a little over two hours by train north-west to the famous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Travelling on an Indian train is an experience in itself; it’s like being in a town on wheels with a complete cross-section of life aboard. Jaipur, like Delhi, has both old and new parts, and this trip concentrates on the old. Kids will be goggle-eyed as the streets are busy with camels and bullock-carts. Above it all monkeys make their home in the old city walls. During your stay you visit the City Palace, once the home of the Maharaja, before seeing the 18th century Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built by the city’s founder Jai Singh. You’ll also see the famous Palace of the Winds; here royal maidens once watched the streets below through the fabulous jali (lattice screens) which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below the same hideaway.

Suryaa Villa or similar - swimming pool -  Breakfast included 

Day
7
City Palace and Amber Fort

City Palace and Amber Fort

Visit the sprawling City Palace, once home to the Maharaja, an amazing complex filled with fascinating museums and guards whose moustaches are almost as impressive as the building itself. Continue on to the Jantar Mantar observatory and the five-storied Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, with its detailed honeycombed façade filled with concealed windows. Royal maidens once watched the streets below through the fabulous lattice screens, which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below the same hideaway. Climb the twisting roads of the Aravalli Hills and round the final bend to see the massive Amber Fort loom into view (approximately 30 minutes). The opulent palace is packed with elaborate rooms of lavish murals, frescoed arches and delicate jali work. Don’t miss the sparkling Mirror Palace, covered floor-to-ceiling in thousands of reflective tiles.

Suryaa Villa or similar - swimming pool -  Breakfast included 

 

Day
8
Kochi

Kochi

After the last few days of activity, today is a travel day. Say 'goodbye' to the North and jump on a plane to the more relaxing South. Your destination is Kochi, a once important spice-trading centre that’s split between the mainland and a group of islands just off the coast. Cochin, as it is more commonly known, is a fascinating melting pot of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and British influences. Here see spice markets, Chinese fishing nets, a Portuguese palace, the first European church in India, and 17th century Dutch homes. In your free time you can wander down to the beach at sunset, or maybe seek out the best coconut curry in town.

Grand Hotel Kochi - Breakfast included

Day
9
Kochi

Kochi

Take in some of the city’s most interesting sights today on an orientation tour. Hop on a local ferry to Mattancherry and drop by the 16th Century Dutch Palace. It was actually built by the Portuguese, but the Dutch took it over, improved on it, and then presented it to the Rajas of Cochin. Later, amble around the spice bazaars and antique stores of Fort Cochin. This evening you’ll experience a Kathakali performance. This Keralan dance is an ornately costumed display of storytelling, a vibrant and extraordinary form of theatre that requires complete control of the body.

Grand Hotel Kochi - Breakfast included

Day
10

Periyar

From the swaying palm trees, lush rice paddies and winding waterways of the Kerala area, head inland to the thick jungle and spice plantations of Thekkady (approximately four hours). Take some free time to relax and settle into the hotel before exploring the local area. This region is well known for its spice growing, so in the evening prepare for a fragrant tour of a spice plantation and discover local ginger, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove and more.

Hotel Ambadi - Breakfast included

Day
11

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Venture into the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided nature walk, with hopes to encounter the park’s rich variety of wildlife. Wildlife encounters are never guaranteed, but if luck is on your side you may see some elephants, deer, tigers, leopards or gaur – the world's largest species of buffalo. You're most likely to see Bonnet macaques , the Malabar giant squirrel (a species native to India), and of course the odd leech! In your free time, maybe attend an exciting demonstration of Indian martial arts (kalaripayattu) at the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre.

Hotel Ambadi - Breakfast included

 

Day
12

Houseboat cruise

Swap jungles for backwaters, leaving Periyar and heading back west to discover sleepy Alappuzha (approximately three hours). Once a significant trading port, the town is now famed for the long ‘snake boat’ races that take place in August every year. Here board a typical Keralan houseboat to cruise through the complex system of beautiful lagoons and canals known as the ‘Malabar Backwaters’. These floating cottages have western toilets, private bedrooms, a dining area and sundeck to relax on. The backwaters are best explored by boat as life revolves around the water here – children often learn to swim before they can walk and they row boats before they ride a bike. These waterways are the principal means of communication and trade for scores of homes and villages. Along the banks, at jetties and ferry stops, there's often a wonderful array of produce ready for market, with sacks of cashews piled high next to coconuts. You can learn about the unique culture of local Keralan life with a village tour.

Houseboat - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day
13

Kovalam

Travel down the west coast of the continent to end the trip with a relaxing slice of royally sanctioned paradise. Head to Kovalam via Kerala’s capital, Trivandrum (approximately four hours). Move from sun lounger, to beach, to hotel pool, and then back again, perhaps squeezing in a traditional ayurvedic massage. 

Sagara Beach Resort - Swimming Pool - Breakfast included

Day
14

Free day

Take this final free day to do as you’d like. If you’re keen to explore, there’s plenty to do in and around this coconut tree oasis. Visit the old signalling station of Anchuthengu Fort or the 16th-century Koyikkal Palace, while the nearby town of Vinhinjam has a wide array of Hindu temples and churches. Perhaps hire bicycles and explore the streets, or take a traditional wooden boat ride out on the bay to go snorkelling. Something more? What about making a full day journey to the very south of India, to Kanyakumari, and look south towards Antarctica!

Sagara Beach Resort - Swimming Pool - Breakfast included

 

Day
15

Departure Day

This India Family Holiday comes to an end today and you will be transferred to the airport for the group flight home, arriving in the evening into the UK.

Breakfast included

Video highlights

Travelling in India (with 6 kids...)

Exotic Delhi

Prepare to be amazed by the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of Old Delhi’s narrow streets and hectic bazaars. On our India tour experience the Mosques and temples which are squeezed into unlikely places between shops and market stalls. You'll explore the city's gems by minibus

Taj Mahal

Travelling by train to Agra you set out to discover what has been described as the world’s most beautiful building – the Taj Mahal. Sunrise here is unforgettable on our Taj tours – as the early morning mists clear, the delicately carved marble walls change from rose pink to dazzling white

Explore Cochi

A once important spice-trading centre that’s split between the mainland and a group of islands just off the coast. Cochin, as it is more commonly known, is a fascinating melting pot of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and British influences.

Tigers & Wildlife

The pace slows on our tours of India as you journey to the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, then spend two exciting nights in Ranthambore National Park. On game drives you’ll go in search of crocodiles, deer, leopards – and Indian tigers! We will also visit Periyar National Park for a guided nature walk, with hopes to encounter the park’s rich variety of wildlife. Wildlife encounters are never guaranteed, but if luck is on your side you may see some elephants, deer, tigers, leopards or gaur – the world's largest species of buffalo.

 

Our India Family trip is just one of our many India tours. To find out more visit our India holidays page.

What's included: 

Transport - Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Mini coach, Plane, Shuttle Bus, Train

Accommodation - Hotel (12 nights), Houseboat (1 night)

Meals - 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

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