If architecture isn’t top of your children’s list of exciting things to experience, then how about tigers, eagles and jackals? Ranthambore National Park, six hours from 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.
Travelling south the pace of life slows significantly and the dusty northern plains are replaced with swaying palm trees, tropical beaches and the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. You will have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourselves in the local way of life, by spending a night on board a traditional Keralan houseboat, cooking up a spicy coconut curry at a family homestay or watching the daily catch being pulled in from Kochi’s Chinese fishing nets at sunset.
Food is a key part of Indian culture and a major focus at festivals and family events. Dishes in the north tend to be drier and spicy, whereas the south offers an abundance of fresh seafood and creamy coconut curries. Vegetarians can delight in expansive menu choices, it is estimated that almost 40% of the population don’t eat any meat. Don’t forget to indulge in a variety of side dishes, breads and chutneys with each meal. There are plenty of options for the less adventurous palate too with western dishes often available if the kids prefer.
India will win hands-down in the sheer variety and vibrancy of culture and activities on offer, ensuring that there is enough to keep the whole family happy.