13 day tour
India with Kids
- Go on a leopard safari in Bera
- Spend the night with a Rajasthani family
- Visit the impressive Taj Mahal
This India with kids tour will take you and your family to the most beautiful parts of Rajastan at a relaxed pace. Besides the ancient cities, like Jodhpur and Jaipur with their impressive forts, there are plenty of possibilities to get to know the Rajasthani village life. In Bera you will go on safari! In an open jeep you will try to spot the elusive leopard. You end your India with kids tour in Agra, where you will admire the Taj Mahal in all her magnificence at sunrise.
13 day tour of India:
Route: Delhi – Nimaj – Jodhpur – Bera – Jaipur – Agra –Taj Mahal – Delhi
Day 01 – Start of your India with kids tour – Arrival in Delhi
Your India with kids tour starts in Delhi. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in Delhi.
Day 02 – Delhi sightseeing
In the early morning, you can also choose to do an optional cycle tour of Old Delhi. The tour takes you through the nooks and corners of the walled city as it slowly wakes up. Ride your bicycle through bazaars and narrow lanes, bypass temples and places of worship and see the old colonial buildings and the city come to life. Your tour ends with a traditional Indian breakfast at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will take you to some sights in New Delhi. You visit Qutab Minar, a soaring, 73m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. India Gate, the 42m-high free-standing arch, designed by Lutyens and built in 1931, is dedicated to 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. You also visit the interesting Bangla Sahib Sikh temple, which feeds thousands of people every day through its huge community kitchen.
Day 03 – Delhi to Nimaj via Ajmer
An early morning transfer will take you to the New Delhi railway station to board the train for Ajmer (Ajmer Shatabdi Express departure 06.05; arrival 12.45 hrs). Upon arrival at Ajmer, a driver will be waiting for you to bring you to Nimaj. We recommend you to stay in Nimaj Palace, a lovely heritage hotel which allows you to relive the medieval era of Rajasthan. The palace facade carved in red sandstone makes it a distinctive landmark in the architectural history of India. Relax and enjoy a dip in the cool waters of the hotel pool.
Day 04 – Nimaj
In the morning, you can take an optional bullock cart ride with the “Gadaria Lohars”. This once nomadic people used to travel only on bullock carts with a vow not to construct permanent housing or own land. Their livelihood depends on making and selling farm implements. They take you on their bullock cart to see the village life and understand the life of these people. In the afternoon, you can take a walk or a bicycle trip to the nearby areas to spot blue bulls, chinkara deer and a host of bird life. The various reservoirs built by the Thakurs of the area has had a great impact on the conservation of animals and bird life here. End your afternoon with a magnificent sunset view over the Chhatra Sagar Lake.
Day 05 – Nimaj to Jodhpur
After breakfast, your driver will bring you to Jodhpur, about 1.5 hour drive. In Jodhpur, we recommend you to stay in Chhotaram Prajapat’s homestay, a friendly place away from the city hustle. You will stay in a nice separate cottage with private bathroom. Here you can enjoy typical Rajasthani home-cooked food – mouth-watering delicacies prepared with care. It is a special experience to stay with the Prajapat family. In the afternoon, you will go sightseeing in Jodhpur, often called the Blue City, as many houses are painted in blue. Highlight of Jodhpur is the 5km-long Mehrangarh Fort situated on a 125m-high hill – one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan. Later visit Jaswant Thada – a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble. You end your tour with a visit to the bustling clock tower market of Jodhpur, the main market where the local population does their daily shopping. You can see buyers bargaining with shop keepers, street and pavement vendors selling their stuff, people enjoying spicy street food and much more.
Day 06 – Jodhpur – optional Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Villages
Today you have a full day to explore Jodhpur by yourself. In the early morning, you can also do an optional jeep safari to Bishnoi villages in the surroundings of Jodhpur. You will drive in an open jeep and visit local families of the Bishnoi community. You will visit some families and get to know their traditional way of life, which revolves around domestic animals like goats, sheep and camels. The Bishnois are considered to be the first environmentalists of India – they are born nature lovers. For centuries they have practised eco-conservation with their faith. The village safari enables you to feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan. Witness the little mud houses, the turban clad men and the shy, beautiful women dressed in their traditional costumes.
Day 07 – Jodhpur to Bera
After breakfast, your driver will bring you to Bera, about 3 hours drive away. Bera is an adventurous retreat snuggled in Aravalli Ranges that offers a tranquil and beautiful backdrop to stay in. It’s also one of the country’s most popular leopard gateway destinations. In the afternoon you will embark on a jeep safari for sighting leopards. Leopards are elusive, shy and well camouflaged, so they can be difficult to spot. But if you are lucky enough to spot one, it will be an unforgettable experience!
Day 08 – Bera In the early morning, you will go on another jeep safari in the Bera area for leopard sighting. In the afternoon, we will take you to the Jawai Dam – one of the largest reservoirs in Western Rajasthan. The large reservoir is home to many species of migratory and residential birds and provides incredible sightings of species like the sarus cranes, Indian coursers, ospreys, pelicans, bar-headed geese, water fowl, pipits, larks, pratincoles and other raptors.
Day 09 – Bera to Jaipur
After breakfast, your driver will bring you to Jaipur, about 6 hours drive. In the evening, we will take you to Birla temple to attend the aarti ceremony, a special Hindu celebration. The small but lovely Birla temple is made of white marble and is perched on a small hillock overlooking the surrounding areas. The evening aarti with the lamps and devotees chanting religious hymns creates a soothing and spiritual atmosphere.
Day 10 – Jaipur
Today we will show you the most beautiful sights of Jaipur. First, you will visit Amber fort. Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the fort not only look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting, war and festival scenes. En route to Amber Fort, enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds. Later visit Maharaja’s City Palace, the former royal residence, which has partly been converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions is the Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry from pistols, rifles, blunderbusses and flintlocks to swords and daggers. Afterward you’ll visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. The observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition. You will also do a rickshaw cycle ride through the crowded bazaars of Old Jaipur town, a great experience for both parents and children.
Day 11: Jaipru to Agra
After breakfast, you’ll leave for Jaipur, about 4 hours driving. We will make a stop to visit Chand Baori. Chand Baori is an impressive “Stepwell” in Abhaneri village. It was built during the 8th and 9th centuries and has 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry, which descend 20 meters and 3 floors to the bottom of the well. The stepwell rose to fame when scenes from “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” were shot here. In the afternoon we will take you to Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest Mughal forts in India. From the fort you will have a clear view of the Taj Mahal and the Yamuna River flowing next to it.
Day 12 – Visit Taj Mahal – Agra to Delhi
In the early morning just around sunrise, you will visit the Taj Mahal. With the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built her this memorial. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone. (Please note that Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays). In the afternoon your driver will bring you to Delhi, about 4 hours drive. For the evening, we can recommend a visit to Ghungroo for a cultural show and an open barbecue dinner. The dance drama narrates the story of Delhi through the pages of history. Starting from the first documented ruler of Delhi, Prithwi Raj Chauhan and ending in Bollywood, it showcases the history and spirit of Delhi through dance in an hour’s time. The seating is traditional to give the feel of a bygone era. The performance is followed by an authentic Indian barbecue dinner.
Day 13 – end of your India with kids tour – transfer to Delhi airport
Your India with kids tour comes to an end today. You will have a transfer to Delhi airport to board your return flight back home.