While visiting India is an iconic, life-changing experience, it is not your typical relaxing family getaway. While the following are not disclaimers, they are important things to remember if you want to get the most out of your trip. Here are some tips to make your Indian adventure unforgettable in all the right ways.

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Consider the ages and interests of your kids (and yourself of course). If you’re ready to jump in to the authentic, bustling, vibrant India, the Golden Triangle is the place to go to tick off those bucket list places. If beaches and yummy food are more your thing, the coastal areas of Goa down to Kerala are a great place to start.

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It’s hot! Although the country covers a huge amount of territory and has a range of climates, chances are its going to be quite warm when you visit. It is hottest in the West and South in April, and in May up North and to the East. The rainy season lasts from July to September. Planning your trip around these times could make a huge difference for you and your family.

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While India is arguably the fastest developing country in the world, it still has its share of poverty. Like many other developing countries, petty crime is a factor that tourists should be aware of. Having a padlock on your backpack, carrying small amounts of money at a time and not waving cameras and phones around will reduce your chances of encountering any potential thieves.

But the most important piece of advice for first-timers as well as seasoned-travellers is to stay calm. Traveling with kids comes with its stresses no matter where you are in the world, so take a deep breath and remember that its all part of the experience (and that travel insurance exists for a reason!).

For more on travelling through India family-style, check out our page dedicated to all things India.