TRAVEL AS A FAMILY WITH BANYAN
Your sense of adventure doesn’t disappear just because you have children, so why should your family holidays be limited to the usual suspects? India crackles with energy and colour and is a great holiday destination for families. There are vibrant and exciting cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta, blissfully cool tea plantations and the soaring Himalayas. India is easier to get to than most people imagine and a good timetable of scheduled flights means that you can get from Europe to Delhi and into the heart of Rajasthan fairly easily.
Tailor made family adventures, that favour real life experiences over virtual ones, begin with child-friendly hotels (Banyan know the best inter-connecting rooms to use). Then sprinkle in the adventures; a tuk-tuk ride through the streets of Delhi, a Bollywood dance lesson or hands on work in a Sikh Temple's community kitchen or head out on safari in search of tiger in the National Parks.
Rajasthan is a treasure trove for families and long relationships with guides and with the owners of hotels and lodges throughout the State means that we can design each day around a family’s interests. Such things as playing a cricket match against the children of a Rajasthani village or bathing and painting elephants followed by a ride into the forest for dinner are just two experiences that make for perfect family memories.
Travel by mule cart with only the light of kerosene lamps to arrive at a candle-lit dinner, accompanied by musicians and fire-eaters, on the steps of an ornate and ancient well - all organised just for your family. The tropical south has a different pace to the rest of India - the perfect destination if you are looking for a relaxing, yet culturally stimulating escape. Learn to cook Keralan specialities with a charming host and cycle the backwaters with a local guide.
For an off-the-beaten-track trip of a lifetime we recommend the high Himalayas. Ideal for families seeking something beyond five-star luxury and wanting a digital detox for the children, a trek away from the well-trodden paths enables a more intimate experience of India's landscape, people and their living cultures.