The Indian Subcontinent is an incredibly diverse corner of the world, filled with epic landscapes, incredible cites and wonderful wildlife. It is also home to countless fascinating cultures so when it comes to a family vacation with a difference, it really is hard to beat.
India is a whirlwind of colour and sound, its energy undeniably contagious. There are incredible palaces and forts to discover, whose stories come to life with expert private guides. There are vibrant bustling cities, quaint colonial towns and peaceful hill stations each offering an insight into the different ways of life in this hugely varied country.
For active families, there are epic hiking trails through the mighty Himalayas as well as cycle paths that wind their way through hills and lakes. And then there’s the wildlife. Few who come to India fail to be mesmerised when face to face with majestic tigers and leopards who stalk through the grasslands, playful monkeys screeching as they swing through the trees and colourful birds flit through the skies above.
Sri Lanka may be small in comparisom, but this island nation packs an awful lot in. Ruined cities, golden beaches, tea plantations and national parks teeming with wildlife make this an incredible destination for families looking for adventure. Sri Lanka is more laidback than India, making it ideal for those with smaller children. Friendly and welcoming locals make it a wonderfully relaxed destination and with so much to see and do, there is something for everyone.
Nepal is another country that may be small in size but more than makes up for it in character. This is a fantastic destination for families who love to hike, with spectacular trails that wind their way through the Himalayas.
Bhutan is another small but incredibly diverse country. The Land of the Dragons is celebrated for its peaks and its unspoilt natural environment hosts a huge range of biodiversity. It is rich in primate life and home to the Bengal tiger, clouded and snow leopard, sloth and black bear and red panda.
And for those that love the beach, the picture-perfect islands of the Maldives are hard to beat. With incredible underwater worlds to discover and luxury hotels with activites for children of all ages, it is a beautiful destination that caters to everyone.
We used Jacada to plan a 3 week honeymoon in Southeast Asia and the Maldives. Our advisor was very responsive, listened to our needs and tailored a package that fit all our requests to our budget. We were very happy with the logistics and hotel selections. Our advisor also put us in touch with a great aviation specialist to help with our long haul flights. We had only three real issues. First, attention to detail was lacking in certain respects. Our names weren't correct on several of our reservations, for example, including printed materials meant to be keepsakes. Or we were told our villa would be at the end of an area, when in fact it was in the middle. Second, while our local guides were all very nice, the tour options themselves were not worthwhile; very perfunctory. I'd not recommend any of the city tours, and we cancelled the one planned for our second city as a result. Lastly, both our advisor and concierge were away during our trip, so when issues arose, they were dealt with by whoever happened to be covering at that time, rather than someone who knew us or our preferences.