It might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a family holiday but India and its colourful culture and illustrious history sits waiting to be discovered by travellers of all ages. Discover the mesmerising cities and attractions that promise family-friendly adventures and mind-expanding journeys.
Home to 16 million people, Delhi in all its vibrant glory is the gateway to India. With nods to past empires sweeping the city, this bustling metropolis is a hub of culture waiting to be explored. Head to Rashtrapti Bahavan and marvel in the grandeur of the presidential palace and the largest residence of any head of state in the world. For a slice of untouched history, visit Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it’s one of the earliest examples of classic Mughal architecture and served as the inspiration for many iconic structures including the Taj Mahal. Old Delhi, a must-visit, is a walled city full of winding lanes, the iconic Spice Market, Red Fort and the former British Colonial Area.
Where to Stay: The Lodhi
Arguably one of the trendiest hotels in Delhi, The Lodhi features 40 rooms and suites, multiple dining destinations, a swimming pool, gym and spa. A welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, the boutique Indian resort affords families easy access to the capital’s historical attractions.
South of Delhi, Agra was once home to the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty and today beckons visitors with its inspired architecture and most notably, the Taj Mahal. A modern cultural paradise, the city flourished under the Mughal empire and became a revered destination for poets, artisans and musicians. Beyond the must-see Taj Mahal however, is the beautifully restored Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah, a mausoleum boasting an intricately latticed, white marble and mosaic façade.
Where to Stay: The Oberoi Amarvillas
Located just 600m away from the Taj Mahal, this premium hotel is the place to stay when visiting Agra. Close but still removed from the overwhelming crowds, Oberoi Amarvilla’s 102 rooms and suites promise uninterrupted views of the majestic world wonder. Connecting rooms accommodate families and the onsite children’s programme ensures adults get a chance to relax in the peaceful spa area.
Jaipur is the colourful and chaotic capital city of Rajasthan with its labyrinth of bazaars, beautiful temples, and opulent palaces. Known as the Pink City, the distinct terracotta-coloured stone with which each structure is made, represents hospitality and was chosen by Ram Singh II, Maharaja of Jaipur, in his efforts to impress England’s Prince Albert during his 1876 tour of India. Head to Hawa Mahal and marvel in the palace’s five-storey, striking pink façade or for insight into the regal history of the city, visit the museums within the City Palace complex. For a taste of Bollywood, head to a movie studio for an afternoon packed with music and dance, or visit the Old City and take part in the popular sport of kite flying with local children.
Where to Stay: Taj Rambagh Palace
An architectural reflection of the city’s regal history, this iconic five-star hotel welcomes guests with its opulent interiors and luxury facilities. Set amid 47 well-groomed acres of magnificent Mughal gardens, family-friendly facilities include four restaurants, swimming pool, crochet and table tennis amenities, and mini golf.
South of Jaipur, Sawai Modhopur is known as the gateway to Ranthambore National Park. A stark contrast to the hustle and bustle synonymous with Indian cities, Sawai Modhopur is a welcome treat for discerning travellers in need of some adventure. Head to the national park for a safari tour and get a glimpse of the elusive and protected tigers or stop by Ranthambore Fort – which sits on a hilltop overlooking the park – for unrivalled views and insight into the history of the Rajasthan state.
Where to Stay: Suján Sher Bagh
Set on a private estate just minutes away from Ranthambore National Park, these 12 luxury tents are perfect for families looking to immerse themselves in nature. Lush jungle and wildlife sits at the doorstep of the safari-style accommodation which feature bathrooms, spacious living areas, snug bedding and verandas.
Udaipur, also known as the Venice of the East, captivates visitors with its marble palaces, surrounding hills, and picturesque lakes. Stop by City Palace (a sprawling multi-structure palace) for some history and a glimpse into the work of local craftspeople all while admiring the majestic views of Lake Pichola. Explore the bustling Old City by foot with a guided tour through the markets and colourful streets before witnessing the skill of Jal Sanjhvi, the ancient and religious art of ‘drawing on water’.
Where to Stay: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Set at the water’s edge, The Oberoi Udaivilas offers picturesque views of Lake Pichola and Udaipur Town. The 86 rooms and suites are well-appointed with fine Indian textiles and custom furniture with the magnificent surrounds promising a busy itinerary of village tours, camel riding and sight-seeing.