A Family Adventure to Northern India & Oman
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur & Muscat
This family itinerary combines a colorful glimpse into India combined with some beach time at the end in Oman. Highlights include the Taj Mahal, painting elephants, hot air balloons, tiger safaris and some down time on the beach.
At a Glance
Great combination of culture, wildlife and adventure in India and beach and relaxation in Oman
Great family itinerary, ideal for children 6+
Perfect for Christmas and New Year, February Half Term, Easter and October Half Term. Possible for May Half Term (but hot), and the summer (rainy season, but good value and Ranthambore closes from July to the end of September)
Experiences completely designed for children including rickshaw rides through Old Delhi, washing and painting your own elephant, hot air balloons and hand-picked guides that don't bore you
Great contrast of places to stay - from the colonial Art Deco Imperial Hotel, the luxury Amarvilas, a tented camp and a heritage hotel in Jaipur
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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 (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.
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 all around them before returning to the colonial charm of the Imperial Hotel where you can sip tea on the lawn.
In the morning, head to Delhi's main train station for a short journey to Agra. 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 color as the sun rises and hearing the stories of Shah Jehan and Mumtaz Mahal. At night, have a family meal on your balcony overlooking the Taj.
Continue to the Ranthambore National Park, home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. Your home will be a luxury-tented camp close to the park and we suggest two game drives inside the park in search of the tiger. The park 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.
Finally, drive to Jaipur for three nights in Samode Palace, a beautifully restored heritage hotel about an hour’s drive from the city. With stunning architecture, it is a hotel like no other. You will adore going on 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. The children will then get a chance to showcase their artistic skills by face painting their very own elephant before riding it through the countryside and having dinner under the stars.
You then fly back to Muscat for four nights in the Shangri La in Muscat, which ideally breaks up the return journey and gives the family a chance to wind down before you all return to school and work.
|Fly to Delhi (via Muscat)|
New Delhi, India
|The Oberoi Amarvilas|
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
|Suján Sher Bagh|
Samode, Rajasthan, India
|Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa|
|Fly home from Muscat|
Location & Directions
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur & Muscat
The Imperial is centrally located on Janpath, the erstwhile Queensway, it is steps away from the renowned shopping district and major city attractions and 1 km from the central business district of New Delhi. From New Delhi you'll travel south to The Oberoi Amarvilas which is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, one of the largest states in India. The resort is located at a distance of 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and approximately 15-minutes from the city center. Then onto Sher Bagh on the outskirts of Ranthambhore National Park, 13km from Sawai Madhopur and 300km (6 hours by car) from Agra. Next to Samode Palace which lies about 42 km north-west of Jaipur. Your final stay is in Muscat at Shangri La Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa, which is exclusively located on the bay at Barr al Jissah, overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Only 15-minutes to Ruwi business district, and within easy reach of the old city of Muscat and Muttrah.
When to go
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).