Traveling with Kids in India can be a lot of fun for the whole family. With just a little extra planning, you’ll have the time of your life. Here are a few of my random thoughts on what to see and what you need to know to keep your children happy and safe while visiting my country.
Visiting India is a lot of fun for people of all ages and tastes; even kids love our sites, foods and beaches! Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to my country to explore the country’s rich heritage and culture. While in India, you will feel like you are in a treasure trove of attractive tourist spots, complete with rich colors, tempting spices, and beautiful music.
Many people think that India isn’t fit for children but really it’s great for kids, as long as you do some research (and plan) in advance to keep them safe and happy. As with any other travel, your kids are dependent on you to plan ahead for them and not over stress them. India may require a little more preparation than some countries but planning for them will in fact, also double your own travel pleasure and comfort.
First and foremost, you should really think on what your kids really need while they’re on a trip. What will they enjoy? Are you trying to break them into new interests or do you want a relaxing trip that you know everyone will love? These are things to think about. Are your kids very adventurous? Do they have a keen interest in history and historical places? Are they passionate about wildlife? Since they’re your kids, only you know what they like and what they don’t. It’s only when you’re fully aware of your kids’ or children’s tastes that you can take them to appropriate travel destinations in India.
Here are a couple of my favorite suggestions.
Nature and History
You may have heard about popular Indian cities like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, together known as the Golden Triangle. Located in the northern part of India, these are just the right places to explore the historical riches of India. If you want to take your children to hill stations where they can enjoy camping and connect with Mother Nature, you should head straight to places like Mussoorie, Nainital, Kullu, Manali and Shimla among others. Darjeeling in West Bengal is also a pristine hill station.
Tourist Activities, Sports and Nature
For most kids, however, I would like to recommend Kerala. Located in the southern part of India, the state of Kerala has a lot to offer both in terms of engaging tourist places and exciting activities. It’s a destination packed with beautiful scenes, wildlife and backwaters. Your kids would love to explore the natural treasure of the state while also enjoying a number of soft adventure sports with relentless zeal. Wildlife safari in the national parks of Kerala will also prove to be an unforgettable experience. Do some research on your own and you’ll know why Kerala could be one of the best Indian travel destinations to go to with your kids
If you want an entire family travel package designed for you, it’s advisable to get in touch with a reputed Indian travel agency. And of course, you could always ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations. No matter which travel agency you choose, don’t forget to let them know about your specific travel preferences, tastes and concerns.
Once your trip to India designed, it’s time to sit with your kids and make them aware of the key cultural issues/ concerns in India. You should tell them about food safety issues in India and that they must seek your permission before they eat or drink anything. If your children are a little older, you should advise them to keep away from water in an unsealed bottle, unpeeled fruit and food prepared in unhygienic kitchens. Wash all fruits and veggies with bottled water… yes, this means you probably shouldn’t eat a salad unless it’s in a very reputable restaurant. Also, it’s important for your kids to understand and follow the specific traffic patterns in India and take extra caution around any road, whether it looks busy or not. Most importantly, your kids should be ready to understand the cultural differences in India and be respectful towards everyone they meet. If you have prepared them before the trip, it will make for an awesome adventure for your whole family!
By picking the right travel destinations, planning in advance, adhering to the key safety issues and respecting the Indian culture, your kids and you will certainly have the time of your life in India.
Have you traveled with your kids? Do you think it’s a great way to educate kids? We’d love to hear your stories, thoughts and ideas in the comments below!