Northern India and Oman for Teenagers
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur & Muscat
based on 12 nights & selected experiences
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per person based on a family of two adults and two children travelling.
By combining different Oberoi properties throughout India for 6 nights or more you can make considerable savings with our very special Oberoi offer. September is a particularly good time to take advantage of this as the rates are fantastic and the monsoon has come to an end. Talk to our India specialists for more information on how to take advantage of the savings.
At a Glance
Great family itinerary, ideal for children 6+
Great combination of culture, wildlife and adventure in India and beach and relaxation in Oman
Perfect during school holidays, especially over Christmas and New Year, February Half Term Easter and October Half Term
Experiences completely designed for children including rickshaw rides through Old Delhi, hot air balloons and hand-picked guides
Staying at several Oberoi Hotels, enjoy considerable savings at these luxurious hotels
Best time to Visit
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Due to temperatures and precipitation, India can be an extreme place to visit during certain months of the year. The hottest months of the year are May and June, during which time the average temperature is 39. The coldest months are from December until February, during which time the average low temperatures are in the 20's. The monsoon season is from the end of May through to July, during this time the humidity is very high, and rainstorms are frequent. It is not advised to visit during these months.
The most comfortable climate is found during the months leading into summer (February into April), and again trailing the monsoon season (October and November).
The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average at 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.
This interesting itinerary is perfect for families and we think ideal for teenagers with its combination of the highlights of Rajasthan to start and some lovely beach time in Oman to end. In India you’ll be treated incredible experiences such as a visit to the Taj Mahal, hot air balloons and tiger safaris to name a few and for the beach you’ll head to the golden coast and turquoise seas of Oman for some downtime to end the holiday.
Days 1-3: Delhi
Begin in Delhi, a city that can tell countless stories of Mughal Emperors and the British Raj. Children love dashing through the old dusty alleyways of Old Delhi and smelling the spices, enjoying the hustle and bustle of this intriguing city. You’ll have a private guide to show you all the city has to offer and to tailor experiences that the whole family will enjoy.
Accommodation: The Oberoi New Delhi (2 nights)
Days 3-4: Agra
On departure from Delhi, in the morning, head to the city’s main train station for a short journey to Agra, where you will have one night. While in Delhi you'll see people setting off on journeys right around the subcontinent. There is nothing more magical than seeing the Taj Mahal change colour as the sun rises and hearing the stories of Shah Jehan and Mumtaz Mahal, and we have included a private tour for you to experience this.
Accommodation: The Oberoi Amarvilas (1 night)
Days 4-6: Ranthambore National Park
On departure from Agra you’ll drive to Bharatpur, where you will connect to your train towards Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to the Ranthambore National Park, home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. Ranthambore is exceptionally beautiful and surrounds a 10th century fort. It isn’t uncommon to spot tigers sitting in old Hindu temples, or what the guides call ‘their bedrooms’. There is also a huge collection of birdlife, deer, leopards and a plethora of other animals to keep all the family spellbound by their wildlife experience.
Accommodation: The Oberoi Vanyavilas (2 nights)
Days 6-9: Jaipur
Finally, to finish your journey in India you’ll drive to Jaipur for three nights. Here you’re your private guide you’ll have the chance to explore the Amber Fort and a hot air balloon over the beautiful landscape around Jaipur before heading into the city to see some of the sights and do some shopping.
Accommodation: The Oberoi Rajvilas (3 nights)
Days 9-13: Muscat
To end your adventure you'll have four nights in Muscat which you will reach through a connecting flight via Delhi giving your family a chance to wind down before you all return to school and work.
Accommodation: Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman (4 nights)
She could have been a commuter on a dusty Delhi junction. Three jeeps down, the Bengal tigress peered at us from the crest of the road, then padded down the small space between the tyres and a rugged incline.
Coming towards us, all 150kg of her, now six feet away, she moved through the dry grass with grace. Then she was gone, the tiger wed come to see.
We returned through the forest of Ranthambore National Park, amazed at having spotted one of just 30 tigers in an area of 392 square kilometres. Lucky us we went just before a temporary ban on tiger tourism in core sanctuary zones in India, lifted only this week by the countrys Supreme Court.
Back at Sher Bagh, the Relais & Chateaux Raj-tastic tented camp, tea was served with freshly-baked biscuits and the children refused to believe anyone would kill these creatures and grind their bones for rheumatism cures.
Wed arrived five days earlier on an overnight flight via Muscat. With three children - George, 12, Alice, 10, and Joe, seven - and unable to go down the private education route, wed made the decision to channel whatever we could into a fun fund and show them Asia, Africa and South America before what is there has gone.
The first stop was Delhi and possibly the worlds most fragrant hotel. Vases of jasmine, lilies, gardenias and roses filled the Imperials marble corridors, built in 1933 by Edward Lutyens as a monument to the final years of the Raj.
After a swim in the pool, we set off beyond its imposing walls, dodging hawkers and beggars, to feast on steaming dosas and fresh juices at the Hotel Saravana Bhavan, a southern Indian restaurant. The bill? About 12. After we collapsed into our crisply sheeted beds back at the Imperial and slept the dreamless sleep of the exhausted.
Few experiences are more exciting than waking up early for breakfast in a foreign clime. The children talked about that buffet spread for days fluffy eggs, crispy bacon, the smell of fresh bread but Rekha, our guide, awaited, with Anil at the wheel for a tour of the Muslim enclave of Old Delhi.
We wandered around the Red Fort, the children fascinated with Rekhas stories about Emperor Shah Jahan, before a rickshaw ride took us through Chandni Chowk, Delhis main market.
Theres a fine balance when it comes to children and sightseeing, and our travel advisers Scott Dunn know the necessary quid pro quo is afternoon pool action. By 3pm they were playing Marco Polo while I lounged nearby, thinking how heavenly some holidays are. Which doesnt negate the need for painful wake-up calls. At 5am the next day, we stood on platform two of Delhi station watching dawn break, waiting for the Shatabdi Express to Agra. This modern train sped through the wheatfields of Uttar Pradesh and deposited us for breakfast at the Oberoi Amarvilas.
Amid the grinding poverty of Agra, you enter a fantasy world of endless sandstone arches and perfectly groomed turbaned staff, with a gilded, cavernous lobby looking directly out onto the Taj Mahal as its centrepiece.
We negotiated a tour of the fort and the baby Taj with our guide as long as the children were back in the Doric-columned pool by late afternoon, where their high jinks attracted opprobrium from honeymooning Italians.
I love India but its food? While enjoying a curry as much as the next Indophile, I should never have eaten that lentil sausage on the train. By the next day, as the family toured the Taj Mahal, I felt as green as the cypress trees that line its central water channel.
A five-hour minibus drive to Ranthambore later that day delivered us to the restorative tented oasis of Sher Bagh, where Russell Brand and Katy Perry celebrated their fated wedding. Of all the places we visited, I loved our two nights at this extraordinary retreat with its stone showers, fireside dinners and organic kitchen garden the most.
Rajasthan beckoned for our final few days at Jaipurs Samode Haveli Hotel less Relais & Chateaux and more relegated hotel, though the courtyard at night was charm itself. The pink city provided us with an astronomy lesson at Jantar Mantar (its 27-metre sundial was a hit with the kids), a history lesson at the Amber Palace and an elephant ride at dusk. Following the most delicious meal of our trip, we watched, fascinated, as elephant polo was played under a new moon.
We left the subcontinent with our heads filled with moghuls and maharajas, our suitcases full of made-to-measure 20 silk pyjamas and a lost tally of one swimsuit, flip flops, sunhat, hoodie, sunglasses and a pair of Crocs.
It was a culture shock to end up a few hours later at Shangri-Las Barr Al Jissah Resort in Oman helped by a new flight from Jaipur to Muscat eating burgers and chips with executives from Weybridge. In truth, it provided a perfect decompression chamber from Indias craziness, allowing us days on the beach reading while the children played in the bougainvillea-lined lazy river.
At the end of a mind-opening, laughter-filled 12 days, I asked the kids: So what was your favourite moment?. The lazy river! they chorused. Grrr, as our tiger would say
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