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North India Family Holiday

10 days India, Asia
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
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Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
Trip code: 
HHFI
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 £1,278 Adult £1,420
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
Prices without flights from
Child £680 Adult £755
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions related to North India Family Holiday

What age are the children in the school that we visit on the trip and can we take them gifts?

All of our groups visit government primary schools where children are of age 5 to 12 years. Gift are always greatly appreciated. Examples of things you can bring include notebooks, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, drawing books, and colouring pencils and pens. Basically anything of educational value which these children will benefit from.

Will I see a tiger?

Many people have, but sightings cannot be guaranteed - this is not a zoo. Our guides are very knowledgeable and will take you to the places where tigers are most likely to be found and the chances of seeing them are improved in the dry season (October-June) when there is less vegetation for them to hide in. Tigers can be extremely elusive however so there are no guarantees! Whether at Corbett or Ranthambore there is plenty of other great wildlife and birdlife to see.  Seeing a tiger is the icing on the cake.

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What's the food like?

Generally the food will be curry, fish, and lots of vegetarian options. Breakfasts also tend to be Indian in style, although in some places Western options are available - like porridge for breakfast & pasta for dinner.

Can you tell me about mains power and battery use?

European 2 plugs are available everywhere including the houseboat and homestay. Take your own AA/AAA batteries if possible, as local ones are weaker in power and slightly smaller than our ones. Some cameras do not operate with local batteries.

Do I need to take a mosquito net?

You do not need to take a mosquito net with you. Where necessary, mosquito nets will be provided in the hotels. We also recommend using a 'Deet' insect repellent on exposed skin.

Will I be able to buy alcohol?

For anyone looking to relax at the end of a long day with a cold beer, its ok, alcohol is available throughout the country, wine can be expensive though.

Do I need to take water purification tablets?

There is no need for purification tablets as you can buy bottled water, however, we encourage you to buy large bottles and decant into smaller ones to minimise the amount of plastic used, as you will rarely find facilities for recycling in India. Please be aware that most tap water in India is unsafe to drink.

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What's not included in the price?

Generally anything not listed in the itinerary. This includes optional tours and excursions, some meals, visas, vaccinations, excess baggage charges, porterage at hotels, insurance, international and entry/departure taxes overseas, and things of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, room service charges, phone calls, etc. As well as any new government taxes or price increases for hotels, transportation and airfares implemented after the tour programme for this brochure was costed.  

What's included within the trip price?

Everything listed within the itinerary is included; accommodation, on-tour transport, the services of a group leader and local guides, entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as a number of meals. See your Trip Notes for full details. Transfers to and from the airport in-country are also included for those on Group Flights, as well as a mandatory ATOL Protection Charge of £2.50 which protects your booking. 

What do I take with me?

See your Trip Notes, these have a detailed packing list. On most international flights you're restricted to twenty kilograms baggage and we recommend you always pack light. Generally hard suitcases are not suitable.

If I book late is it cheaper?

No, it is not a package with charter flights and accommodation, whereas if there is spare capacity the price is reduced to ensure it fills up.

With small group adventures flights and ground arrangements are reserved separately, due to the flexibility involved. On most trips we have a contract with a preferred airline and an allocation of flights at a special rate. However from between 1-3 months before departure, depending on the airline, we have to hand back our unused allocation. Therefore we have to buy airline tickets on the open market, which can result in flight supplements.

This point is even more prevalent for family trips, where demand for flights is high during the school holidays. Therefore reserving places late is likely to include high flight supplements.

Speak to a Travel Consultant for more information, but the rule of thumb is it’s best to reserve your place earlier.  

Can I book a trip without flights?

Yes you can do this on every trip.

Can I organise a trip with just my friends or family?

Yes, just let us know your chosen trip and we can organise a private departure. Prices may vary from those given on the website, depending on the size of the group and date of departure.

What is a group adventure?

The average group size is between 6-12, although groups can be larger or smaller than this. Generally they will be of all ages and from all walks of life. However, you will have similar interests and the shared experiences on the itinerary soon bring everyone together.

What is the accommodation going to be like?

Accommodation is clean, simple and choosen for its value for money, location and atmosphere. You'll mainly stay in twin rooms which have private facilities within small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area. Sometimes though you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. In such we also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.

There are also camping options on several of our trekking and wildlife trips, for which all equipment is provided, but it might be necessary to bring personal gear such as sleeping bags.

Accommodation commences on the first night of the "without flights" itinerary until check-out on the day of departure. Please note accommodation on all trips are subject to change.

How knowledgeable and experienced is the Group Leader in general?

The local guides undergo extensive training in all aspects of travel in the region. They are full-time professionals and are selected for their empathy and knowledge of the area you are visiting. 

 

Is there a maximum age?

All of our trips are designed to be accessible to anyone with a good level of fitness. If you are travelling on one of our southern Africa tours and are aged 65 or over, you will need to provide a medical certificate signed by your doctor.