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1. Posted by woofwoof (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

I've had a strong desire to visit India for some time and ideally would like to take my family. My three children are aged 19, 16 and 14. I've read a lot on various websites and spoken to some colleagues at work and to be honest India can sound a little scary.

For that reason I'm looking at an organised tour. Intrepid have a family tour and I'm assuming (perhaps naively) that this is likely to be the softest option I'll find. I'm a little concerned that we could all fall sick at different stages and that on a tour this would be a major issue.

I'd appreciate any advice as to whether I am worrying unnecessarily or is taking a family to India not the best option?

2. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

Hey Woofwoof,

While I agree that going to India can be slightly challenging, its not something you should be "scared"about. Instead i would suggest that you plan properly so u can have a safe and joyful trip.

-For starters, dont come during the summer - the peak is around apr, may, jun... Maybe you could avoid the monsoons too (though however, i think that period is very beautiful , but can get floody etc.)
-Pack dreese which will suit the climate/culture.
-Talk to you travel agent and let him know that you want to stay in good hotels with nice envirnment - maybe try and get 3 star acco whereever it is available and suits your budget.
-Make sure, you are not going to too many 'off-beat' places. I saw some of the trips, and they all seem to cover well known tourist destinations only.
-Target places in such a way you dont spend too much time in an auto or taxi or a bus.
- Lots of economy flights available - use them if necessary.
-If this is an organised tour, does that mean you will grouped with other tourists ? then you will have company and certainly people to help u...
- stick to familiar food. Pack all necessary medicines
- brief your family well in advance so u guys are prepared!

I think thats the basic stuff- people who have had specific experience in bringing kids to india ill probably add more.

hope this helps!

3. Posted by woofwoof (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thanks...we would be looking at December so heat and the monsoons won't be an issue. "Scary" was probably the wrong choice of words but I think you know what I mean. It's one thing to have to look after yourself but having a family in tow can be a different thing altogether. If we go on an Intrepid "family" tour I can only assume their accommodation is chosen accordingly.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello woofwoof

I dont think u are worrying unnecessarily, but I do think u are worrying too much.

Most people just get stomach upsets in Indian and prickly heat and a few other ailments. Nothing life threathening.

I dont think a tour will prevent your family from getting stomach upsets. It happens to most people, who visit Inida. Dont buy a tour, just for this reason. U can always just eat in good restaurants(although, this is also no guarantee, that u wont get sick. Call it risk reduction).

If your kids were toddlers, I would say best skip India, for now. But I think it will be OK, with the ages they are.

Mel

5. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

Quoting woofwoof

Thanks...we would be looking at December so heat and the monsoons won't be an issue. "Scary" was probably the wrong choice of words but I think you know what I mean. It's one thing to have to look after yourself but having a family in tow can be a different thing altogether. If we go on an Intrepid "family" tour I can only assume their accommodation is chosen accordingly.

hehe :) ... i did understand the "scary" u were talking about.

A tour is a good idea ... it takes the hassle of planning off your hands.
Just ensure that the tour doesnt pack too much in too few days. Maybe u should post ur sample itenary out here once u fix on it, so we can tell u if its a good pace or not...

As for the health part of it, talk to a few people here - get a few doctors numbers in hand, which ever city u go to - so in case of anything, u know u are turning to someone trust worthy.

:)

6. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Agree with Aprilsgal. Actually an organized tour is not such a bad idea for a first time visitor to India and with your entire family. Just make sure that you negotiate with your tour operator the places you and each member of the family wants to visit, allowing for some time just by yourselves without guides in tow. Tours tend to pack in a lot of sites so it is good to negotiate in the outset the time you are willing to spend sightseeing.

As you are travelling in the best season for an Indian travel experience, have loads of fun!

7. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member 102 posts) 9y

If you maintain basic hygiene such as washing your hands frequently with soap and drinking bottled water, you will have a safe and joyful trip to India with your children.
India is a dusty continent especially in Summer and that is the cause of hazzles.Pl plan your trip yourself by booking hotels and travel on the internet, you can save lot of money than by going for an organised tour which can be hectic and sometimes guided by commercial interests alone.

8. Posted by woofwoof (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thanks for all your help. Time to discuss it with the family. As a first timer to India trying to organise my own tour seems a little ambitious and something I would probably do if it were just my wife and I going. From what I've read, Interpid seems to have a reasonable balance but there is always the risk with a tour of trying to cram too much in. The Intrepid family tour hits several of the must see places (Taj Mahal, Jaipur, etc) and whilst I would personally like to visit some palces like Udaipur and Jasailmer, I might leave them for another time. I'm seeing this as more of an introductory tour for my family and whilst they are typically going to see touristy type places, I think wherever we go in India is going to be an eye-opener for them. Living in Australia I think they have a fairly sheltered view of the world.

Thanks again.

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello woofwoof

Just about anywhere in India is an eyeopener. Tourist attraction, or not.
And u can always go back, by yourself, and see less touristy stuff.
I have the same thing, at the moment. I sometimes travel, with my 6 year old daughter, so have to be careful, about where I go. But no problem. I often get to travel alone, too. And i know she is going to grow up, and I wont have the priviledge of her company, when I want it, forever. So, enjoy that trip, with your kids.

Mel

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Hello woofwoof

Off the topic, Mel. How did you feel saying this? Hello woofwoof! WAF

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 6, 2007, at 12:14 AM by Wﺭﺍﺪﻤﺎﮐﺭ ]