- India Family holidays
India is popular with gap year travellers, and it's not hard to see why many of them choose to hike or backpack through its spectacular countryside. On family holidays to India you might prefer to stay in one place, but day trips and guided tours can allow you and your children to explore the surrounding area in safety, without having to pitch a tent and camp overnight. For an experience they'll never forget, take the kids during monsoon season - this is the most dramatic time of year in India, when the heavens open and bring the land back to life after a dry spell.
How soon is monsoon?
As much as 80 per cent of India's entire rainfall arrives in the monsoon season, and generally this occurs in the summer months from June to September. It depends on whereabouts in the country you are though, and for example, family holidays in India's farthest areas south will get hit by the monsoon rains around May 25th. However, it will not rain as heavily in Mumbai until about June 9th, and then Delhi on June 29th. If you want to experience the rains, make sure you account for how far north you are - and you can also use this as a way to avoid the monsoon, if you'd prefer to stay dry.
All aboard the Toy Train
The so-called Toy Train is a narrow-gauge railway running through the mountains, and you can catch this all the way to Ghum, a city located alongside the peak of Tiger Hill. Once there, from the 2,600m summit, you can look 100 miles into the distance for the chance, on a clear day, to see Mount Everest. Between the train ride, the climb and the view, it's a true adventure for any family holiday to India, especially if you've never seen Everest 'in the flesh' before - just don't be surprised if it looks smaller than expected, as it is so far away that the curvature of the planet makes it appear shorter than some of the closer peaks.
Fun for the family
If you don't think your family would be able to make the climb up Tiger Hill, that's no reason not to book your next family package holiday in India; there are plenty of other places to go and see, and a ride on the Toy Train mountain railway offers great views along the way too.
Why India is so great for families
There is so much on offer for families in India. Experience the cultural holiday you've always dreamed of, treating the kids to the colours, sights, sounds and delicious food on a once in a lifetime family holiday adventure. Or book into one of the Indian Ocean resorts where you'll have all facilities you need to enjoy your stay. However you do Indian family holidays, expect great weather (even in dramatic Monsoon season), warm welcomes, unique experiences and a holiday never to forget for the whole family.