India and South Asia Family Holiday Ideas

Spot characters from The Jungle Book in Ranthambore National Park, go rock pooling on Goa’s coves or meet an orphaned elephant in a tropical sanctuary. Our family holiday ideas for India, Sri Lanka and Nepal make exploring South Asia child’s play. Each is crafted by destination experts from a trusted local travel company.

Highlights

  • Going tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park
  • Paddling in a pristine beachside lagoon in Goa
  • Watching Pinnawala’s elephants take a river bath
  • Pretending to be a Rajput king in Rajasthan
  • Going on an autorickshaw adventure in Old Delhi

Experiential Golden Triangle

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 6 nights

From the glorious Taj Mahal to dinner at a traditional Punjabi kitchen, this unique take on the classic Golden Triangle route combines North India’s star attractions with experiencing the ‘real’ Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. With a classic train journey and a visit to a maharajah’s former hunting reserve – today among the world’s finest bird sanctuaries – included, this week-long trip is as experiential as it is unforgettable.

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Sri Lankan Family Adventure

  • When to go: November – April
  • Duration: 13 nights

From exploring tropical jungle on the back of an elephant to roaming ancient forts beside the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters, nowhere can capture kids’ imaginations quite like Sri Lanka. Taking in its coastal and inland highlights, this magical two-week holiday – which features relatively short journeys, exciting excursions and child-friendly hotels, plus plenty of downtime – is designed specifically for families with an appetite for adventure.

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Essential Nepal

  • When to go: February – May, September – November
  • Duration: 9 nights

After exploring the medieval temples of Kathmandu and Patan, this spellbinding ten-day introduction to Nepal heads west to Bandipur – a ridge-top village tribute to traditional Newar culture – and Pokhara, whose lakeside location is enhanced by a spectacular Himalayan backdrop. After visiting the Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, the trip culminates in Chitwan National Park, where canoeing down the Rapti River is complemented by a jungle safari on the back of an elephant. Welcome to Nepal’s enchanting essentials.

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Wild Golden Triangle

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 6 nights

Explore the rambunctious bazaars of Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, spot little-known Ganges river dolphins not far from the Taj Mahal and take an elephant to Jaipur’s imperious Amber Fort. This ‘wild’ take on the classic Golden Triangle route combines North India’s landmark attractions with off-the-beatentrack experiences; from travelling down one of India’s cleanest rivers to discovering remote caves populated by friendly sadhus.

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Classic Kerala

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 8 nights

Stretching from a palm-fringed Malabar Coast in the west to the verdant peaks of the Western Ghats in the east, Kerala is a state that richly rewards those who explore it. Beginning in historic Fort Cochin – which blends Portuguese, Dutch and British influences – this classic route takes in Munnar’s lush tea estates, Kumarakom’s enchanting backwaters and some of South India’s finest beaches.

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Absolute Golden Triangle

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 9 nights

Stimulate the senses on this extended version of the classic Golden Triangle route, where the thrill of discovering North India’s must-see sights – namely the timeless Taj Mahal, Delhi’s Mughal marvels and Jaipur’s awe-inspiring Amber Fort – is complemented by a tiger-spotting excursion in Ranthambore National Park and a trip down one of the country’s cleanest rivers, the little-explored Chambal.

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Secret Goa

  • When to go: October – March
  • Duration: 7 nights

Beautiful beaches, warm waters and lush landscapes – minus the crowds. Get off the beaten track and discover not only Goa’s best-kept secrets, but the ‘real’ face of this former Portuguese colony. Starting in the sublime south and ending in the nearby north, this week-long holiday combines the state’s coast and backwaters with the finest hand-picked boutique accommodations.

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Resplendent Rajasthan

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 14 nights

Depart Delhi’s Mughal marvels for Mandawa’s marvellous havelis; the first stop on a two-week journey taking in centuries-old Rajput forts, milky-white Jain temples and deserted former capitals. Combining such mesmerising attractions with unforgettable experiences – namely sunset boat rides, exploring sand dunes on camelback and riding a local train into the Aravalli hills – this is Rajasthan at its most resplendent.

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Exclusive Secret Goa

  • When to go: October – March
  • Duration: 10 nights

Discover Goa’s blissful beaches from two secluded seaside retreats. This exclusive take on our Secret Goa holiday allows you to experience a slice of tropical paradise otherwise hidden from view, in the most authentic way possible. Beginning in the north – at a location separated from the mainland by a salt water creek – this unique trip ends in the south at what is, quite possibly, the prettiest beach in India..

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Wild Sri Lanka

  • When to go: July – April
  • Duration: 14 nights

Sri Lanka is wild in just about every sense of the word – from the herds of elephants roaming Yala National Park to the sprawling tea estates of the Central Highlands. The island nation’s wild appeal isn’t limited to land, either – off the coast are schools of flying fish, pods of dolphins and, perhaps most impressively, the chance to see blue whales. Experience all this and more on this luxuriously wild two-week journey through the island nation’s central and southern regions.

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Karnataka: Culture, Coffee & Wildlife

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 9 nights

Sandwiched between central India and the country’s tropical south, Karnataka is among South Asia’s most rewarding destinations – largely because of its fascinating culture, verdant coffee plantations and superb wildlife-spotting opportunities. From exquisitely ornate temples to spotting herds of wild elephants, this is the perfect introduction to one of India’s most captivating – and largely undiscovered – states.

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