Travel is one of the most valuable, enriching experiences you can offer your kids. Without even realising it, they’ll be learning all kinds of things that they could never read out of a text book. And no place teaches these lessons better than colourful, chaotic India.

Seemingly trivial things like trying to speak a few words in a foreign language, tasting different cuisines, and learning about history and culture up-close-and-personal actually serve as important lessons in cultural awareness.

India is an enormous country with several distinct regions that are as unique as they are beautiful.

The country’s North is home to stunning national parks with exotic wildlife. It is also the most visited region. Tourists come in droves to travel the ‘Golden Triangle’, a round trip between Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Photo of the front of Taj Mahal with blue sky background in Agra, India

A monumentt that needs no introduction. Photo: Shutterstock

In the East, India shares a border with Nepal and Bangladesh and is a mostly rural region. From the Bay of Benegal to the Indo-Gangetic plains, this region is rich in religious history as it is the birthplace of Buddhism.

Bust street in Kolkata, India. Traffic and people on the road.

Kolkata is one of India’s busiest and most vibrant cities and is also the final resting place of Mother Teresa. Photo: Shutterstock

The South offers a much more relaxing experience than some of the bigger tourist draws in the north. The food is definitely a highlight! Dishes are often served in banana leaves and come in a range of variations and spice-levels. The country is known for its exotic spices, local veggie and lentil (daal) dishes. Vegetarians rejoice!

Indian dishes laid out on table with naan bread and toppings

One of India’s biggest drawcard is surely the food! Photo: Shutterstock

The Western region is popular for its beaches and temples, but is also highly industrialised. Flying is by far the easiest way to get to India’s west, however, less-convenient rail options are available. Because of its sub-tropical climate and Arabian Sea coastline, surfers and beach-goers love visiting Goa. For those who love Bollywood, Mumbai is a top spot!

Fishing boats tied up near the shore in Goa, India

Goa is known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed fishing villages. Photo: Shutterstock

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