Running barefoot around a temple counting blue-faced gods. Laughter (and lots of splashing) as you get hands-on bathing an elephant. Walking in mountains with your very own yak to carry your bags. And if your children eat with their hands, so much the better – they’ll be doing it just a like a local.

In places rich in traditions so different to our own, it’s important to strike the right balance between being immersed in the cultural extravaganza, and sinking in it. We understand you'll want to expose your children to the differences, vibrancy, history and culture, but stop short of sensory overload.

Getting it right depends on having the flexibility to respond to whatever you happen-upon. Having a private vehicle with an excellent driver is an essential. But what really makes a trip will be a flexible, intuitive guide who’ll help you get the most out of your surroundings.

Freedom to roam, back up when you need it

Whatever you decide to do, we’ll ensure you are fully but discretely supported throughout your trip. Which leaves you and your family free to enjoy your adventure with peace of mind. Read on for answers to some common questions, or talk to one of our experts.

 

How suitable is India for a family holiday?

One of the first things you'll notice is that Indians adore children – they’re invariably the centre of attention in an Indian household, so you and your family will be genuinely welcomed wherever you go. For those seeking education and adventure there are new sights, tastes, experiences, history and discoveries to be found all around. Yes there is poverty, but there is also great beauty to be seen, not only in impressive temples and palaces but in the everyday as well. A holiday in India can bring your whole family together and change your children’s lives. Done in the right way, once into the melee you’ll be hooked.

What about Bhutan and Nepal?

Although Bhutan is incredibly different to countries in the west there's no overwhelming daily culture shock to contend with. However, electricity and plumbing can be erratic and teenagers in particular may be surprised by the lack of fashion and make-up choices, internet connection (which becomes less reliable the further east you go) and tobacco (its sale is forbidden). Parents will probably take all of these things as positive reasons to visit. To make it even more appealing, children aged under 12 are exempt from the minimum daily tariff.

Nepal is bursting with activities that make it ideal for an active family holiday. There is an exceptional choice of treks and walks we can tailor to suit families with children, river rafting for a variety of abilities and chances to search for tigers and ride, wash and feed elephants. For older children there’s exhilarating mountain biking and the adrenalin rush of tandem micro-light flights. The diminutive size of Nepal means that it’s realistic for your family to pack the highlights into a two-week holiday.

What’s the best way to plan my family holiday?

With so many tempting options it can be difficult to stop yourselves from biting off more than you can chew. Journeys can be tiring so we put a great deal of time into planning a trip that suits you and your family. We make sure that you get to do things that really interest you instead of spending your holiday stuck in a vehicle, so your family holiday can be enjoyed more at a walk than a gallop.