In India everywhere you turn there is something for every one of the senses just around the corner, with vivid colours, sounds and smells combining to make the country a favourite of many adventure travellers. From the bustling north to the sleepier south, India has something for everyone, from fantastic architecture to lush jungles, desert and palm fringed beaches.
October is one of the best times to visit northern India. The monsoon rains have cleared up and the searing heat of summer has cooled off. Delhi has an average October temperature of between 20ËšC and 30ËšC - when you compare that to 13ËšC for London and a chilly 10ËšC for Glasgow, the appeal becomes all too obvious.
Of course this isnâ€™t just about warmer weather; you could still pick up a tan in the Costa del Sol or the Algarve at that time of year. Where India will win hands-down is in the sheer variety and vibrancy of culture and activities on offer, ensuring that there is enough to keep the whole family happy.
A visit to just Delhi itself would be enough to keep your clan entertained for weeks. With its juxtapositions of old and new, romantic and urban, and east and west, it is one if the most exciting cities in the world. Packed with markets, imposing architecture and almost 17 million people, this is a place that your children will remember forever.
If you want to get out of the city and see a bit more of the country, there are lots of attractions within easy reach of Delhi. The most famous is definitely the iconic Taj Mahal in neighbouring Agra. Built over 300 years ago as a memorial to the Emperor Shah Jahanâ€™s third wife, it is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
If architecture isnâ€™t top of your childrenâ€™s list of exciting things, then how about tigers, eagles and jackals? Ranthambore National Park, six hours outside of Delhi, is packed with wild animals. In October, water in the park becomes scarce and the animals congregate around the remaining lakes and rivers. This means that you are almost guaranteed some very close encounters of the animal kind.
We canâ€™t leave India without mentioning the food. Although in the UK we like to consider curry to be a national dish, you will probably find the fare on offer in India a world away from your normal chicken tikka masala. Delhi is famous for its food, with an astounding variety of dishes on offer - some more spicy than others. Just make sure you donâ€™t bite off more chilli than you can chew!
With its wealth of culture, wildlife and cuisine, and of course its enviable climate, India is a place not to be missed. With all of the activities and sights on offer your children could well learn more during their half-term than in an entire term at school.
So donâ€™t just sit in your local curry house working your way through a fiery vindaloo this October. Get a real taste of India, and give yourself and your family memories they will treasure for years to come.
How to do it:
A 10-day India Family Adventure Tour with Explore takes visitors on a round trip from Delhi to Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Pachewar, Pushkar and Jaipur. Prices include flights, accommodation, Tour Leader and most meals.