India is over one-third of the size of the USA, and it is home to over 1 billion people. It is filled with hundreds of unique cities and villages, making it a wonderful travel destination – but for some reason, it mostly attracts solo travelers and young couples. Families tend to avoid it in favor of other popular tourist spots, but in reality, India is a great place for a family holiday.
Here are five reasons why India is a great family vacation destination.
It Provides A Unique Cultural Experience
One of the best things about India is how unique it is (especially to children raised in a Western country). The pace of life is very different, but that isn’t all; the buildings are different, the food is different, the nature is different – even the driving is very different! This is often fascinating to children and teenagers as it is unlike anything they have ever experienced before. So if you want your children to have memorable, unique holidays that broaden their mind, India is definitely worth considering.
It Is Surprisingly Good Value
While flights to India can be fairly expensive, the country itself is actually very affordable. There are hotels and hostels to suit every budget, and most tourist attractions are cheap when compared to other countries. There are also lots of online India tour packages that you can use to make the trip even cheaper (while seeing some of the best sites that India has to offer).
You Can Visit Temples And Forts
India is filled with hundreds of ancient, crumbling temples and forts that look like they are straight out of an action movie. While some of the temples are busy tourist attractions, there are lots of quieter temples where your kids can walk around and explore (such as the temples in Orchha). Many of the temples are filled with stunning paintings and empty rooms, so there are lots of things to discover – and it is likely that your children will gain an appreciation for ancient history as they explore.
There Are New, Tasty Foods To Try
Indian food is well-loved across the globe, but if you really want to try the authentic flavors, you have to visit the source. And there are hundreds of different dishes to try, from classic curries to interesting delicacies. Before you know it, you’ll be recreating the curries back at home and impressing your friends and family with the use of spices you picked up from there.
There Are Animals Everywhere!
The final reason to visit India with your family is because of the animals. India is known for being the land of the sacred cow, so you will see cows everywhere as you travel (including holding up traffic in the road), but that isn’t all; you will also see monkeys, camels, pigs and chickens roaming the streets independently. This will appeal to most children, especially if they love animals! This is a unique place to visit.