India family vacation

“Tailor made 12 day vacation capturing all the fun that this company founder has had again and again in India with her kids, usually on a bike. You have a chauffeur guide. ”

Highlights

Delhi | Shekhavati, Rajasthan | Camel trek | Jaipur | Ranthambore National Park | Karauli village | Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary | Fatehpur Sikri | Agra | Taj Mahal

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
The most important thing to pack is patience on a family trip to India. When you go with the flow, you can have the family trip of a lifetime.
Trip type:
Tailor made to suit family ages and requirements.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
4 nights in 3-4* hotels, 2 nights in luxurious mud huts, 2 nights in heritage guesthouse, 2 nights in Maharaja’s residence, 1 night in a deluxe tented camp.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, chauffeur guide in private a/c vehicle, activities.
Meals:
Budget £3.50 for a really good quality lunch. £1 for street food.
Overview:
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
Wheelchair:
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveler with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveler with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travelers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveler with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
LGBT:
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.
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Responsible tourism

India family vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

We operate all of our tours in India in conjunction with a local partner that share our environmental values and have pioneered many social and environmental programmes within India. As an example, we often send travelers to a lovely eco-resort in the Shekhavati area of Rajasthan. The resort uses photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity for all accommodation and also to provide hot water. All food at the resort is sourced locally and is organic, with a zero tolerance to any kind of chemical fertiliser and pesticide.
In general in India we use small locally owned and family run accommodation which has been built (and furnished) using local materials.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

Community

As with our environmental promise, our local partners in India are committed to ensuring that tourism brings about positive social change. Together we have scoured India for unusual heritage properties, in many cases persuading owners of smaller properties to open their houses for small scale tourism. The money that this generates helps to preserve the property but also provides an invaluable source of income in remote village areas.
We also support an initiative whereby we try to support the drivers who escort our groups, to be able to purchase their own vehicle. This means that they are able to be self-sufficient and not dependent on a particular employer for work.
We also support a small village near Jodhpur which has been very active in developing work opportunities for women, something which is fairly uncommon in rural India. The village has set up a very small scale arts and crafts center which sells good that have been made by the village women, ensuring that all profits are returned directly to the families involved. Many of our travelers visit this village, spending time with the local people and, if interested, visiting the local school.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were many memorable experiences - our rickshaw ride through the Dehli markets was definitely a highlight....what a culture shock! The noise, smells, heat and totally manic traffic dodging around cows in the streets is imprinted on the memory. Seeing the rural life in Rajasthan was amazing - how the locals live in their mud houses, working on the land by hand, and how friendly the people were to us. Staying in a Maharaja's palace was an experience. Seeing the Taj Mahal was so spiritual. And the many palaces, forts, temples and havelis with their frescoes were so interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be vigilant with hygiene if you want to avoid a stomach upset - lots of antibacterial hand gels, avoid meat, dairy and uncooked/unpeelable fruit and veg, and be careful of swallowing swimming pool water. July/August was very humid but the monsoon rain did not affect our trip and made the heat more bearable than May/June time. Begging is rife and hard to ignore. Take pens for the village children. I would not recommend our trip for very young children, but was fab for teenagers.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Staying in local homestays/havelis provided much needed income for locals, as did visiting villagers to witness their crafts and purchase goods they had made. The Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary was worth visiting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


After some initial concerns about traveling around Dehli and Rajasthan with 2 teenagers, we were pleasantly surprised. Although the itinerary was very busy there was nothing I could really cut out and it has definitely given our two rather spoilt kids a lot to think about! We were only disappointed by one of our many accommodations and we had so much more insight into the culture of the country than if we had stayed in 'chain' westernised hotels. It was a good mix of towns and rural villages and we came home feeling we had definitely got a good understanding of the Indian culture.

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