Travel by Foote around India

Travel by Foote around India

So for those asking, here is our plan for where we’re going in India! We’ve quite a while until we go, and we’re only there for 2.5 weeks. See the bottom of the post for a map of the main destinations.

Planning our trip to India

We didn’t really plan where we wanted to go in India very much before we decided that’s where we were going to. I can’t say we’re brilliant at long term travel plans (for example when we were in France I was literally trying to find somewhere to go while Rob was driving, and one night we didn’t have an hotel booked until after 7pm…) but we have at least organised our flights to and hotels in India.

India is so vast and varied, it really is difficult to decide where to go, especially if (as we did) you’ve impulse bought the flights to New Delhi. So we are time constrained and location bound. We, like most people, will be flying into Delhi and we’ll explore Rajasthan, particularly the iconic Golden Triangle, and Varanasi. I think if we have the chance to do another trip to India, we’ll go south, and visit Kerala. Maybe Goa. Maybe – there’s something about Goa I’m not super keen on, I’m not sure what.

Assistance with our trip to India

We have used a company to help us with the itinerary. They helped us by offering a basic route, and then Rob has worked tirelessly to tweak it to cover the places he wants to see. With our time-frame and budget, we have been quite limited and we can’t see everything we want to see. India is, afterall, a huge country! The company we used could have taken care of all arrangements for transport and accommodations, but we have booked our own flights, both internal and in / out of Delhi, and we’ve organised our own hotels.

The company we were in contact with had tried their best to gather information about extra beds for the kids, and they made contact with every hotel to check if they would be sleeping in a proper bed or a mattress on the floor. However, in the end we decided it was something too important to leave to chance or someone else’s word, and also not ideal to have to sleep in a window seat or on a sofa without proper covers. So we’ve booked our own hotels. We’ll see how it works out during our trip!

car travel india

Planes, trains, and automobiles

We’re not really travelling through India by foot (haha, I just liked the phrasing for the post title).

We considered nine-hour drives in India, we really did, but something about it didn’t quite appeal… We considered going by train, too, since it’s such an iconic method of travel through India. However, we didn’t really fancy trying to get two little boys asleep on a sleeper, or lose the night walking a packed train with two wide awake, excited kids. So we have a couple of internal flights booked and we’ll take the hit on the cultural and scenic experiences during this trip to India over convenience.

A car and driver

We discovered that a popular way of getting around India is to hire a car and driver. Self-drive rental cars are relatively uncommon, due to the poor condition of roads and the frequent disregard for road rules in India. We have hired a driver for the majority of our stay in India, but we’ll use hotel shuttle buses occasionally, too. We’ve done our best to cut down the time we’ll be spending travelling in the car, due to the lack of car seats, and bored children who are not strapped in is a recipe for disaster. We feel we can’t take our car seats as we won’t always have a car and don’t want to be carrying such a heavy package regularly. We are considering a blow-up bumper seat or something like that. I’d love to hear your recommendations if you have any, or experience with car travel in India with kids.

hawa mahal jaipur india

Vaccinations and Visas

We contacted our doctor and received lists of the vaccinations each of us has received over the years. We seem pretty much ok apart from Typhoid and Hepatitis A. We’ve been informed that due to a vaccination prioritisation throughout the world, we’re unlikely to be able to get these jabs before we leave. So we have to take our chances. There are steps we can take to reduce the risk of contracting typhoid, for example, frequent hand-washing in hot, soapy water is apparently the best way to control infection. We’ll need to avoid drinking untreated water, eating raw fruits and vegetables, and choose hot foods whenever possible.

All visitors need a visa for India, except citizens of the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Most people are eligible to get an electronic E-Visa for tourism, business and medical purposes. These visas are valid for 60 days, from the time of entry.

Indian culture

We have been watching as much about India as we can manage! We’re working our way down the BBC iPlayer search results for India: such as the BBC Click episodes, as well as other documentaries like Himalaya with Michael Palin.

The boys are familiar with the Taj Mahal thanks to Go Jetters, and we’ve found this puzzle book which James loves.

It will be Holi while we’re there, and I hope we’ll be able to experience the colourful celebration of Spring. We had a little trial when we did a colour run when Noah was a baby – it was lots of fun but seems to have been on a much smaller scale than the articles I’ve read about Holi seem to show.

Planning what to pack

My Pinterest board is coming on a treat with packing tips and posts about what to wear in India. I also have a couple of posts about things to do in India. Please send me pins if you see anything you think might help me! Obviously I will be taking in to account the country’s conservative standards of dress – I have had some practice in Thailand, though I understand that I won’t be wearing shorts in between the places that require even more modest clothes.

Map of our trip

So, here’s the map of places we’ll visit in India. If you know of any unmissable sights or things to do in any of the locations we’ll be, please let me know! Follow along via Instagram too.

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TitleCategoryAddressDescription
Delhi New Delhi, Delhi 110005, India
Varansai Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
Amritsar Amritsar 143001, India
Udaipur Udaipur 313001, India
Kumbhalgarh Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan 313325, India
Jodhpur Jodhpur 342001, India
Pushkar Pushkar 305022, India
Jaipur Jaipur, Rajasthan 302016, India
Agra Agra 282001, India
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10 Comments

  1. January 11, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Wow! Sounds amazing. You are fitting so much in. Can’t wait to see pics from your trip.

    • babyfoote
      Author
      January 11, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      Thanks Caroline, keeping our fingers crossed that it’s not just a totally crazy idea to go to India with young children! x

  2. January 11, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    Oh Wow! That sounds amazing. I’ve been to India several times. The first time was when I was 5/6 but I’ve not taken my girls yet. Every time I’ve been India I have loved it but really do be careful of food.

    Don’t eat salads no matter how tempting they look (unless you are in an expensive hotel and they have said they have washed it with bottled water)! Also, if you are travelling, you sometimes need to be careful about the smell and state of toilets. Random but that is my one bugbear about going to India.

    Travelling by car is the best method – ask for air con. Passenger safety is crazy but just enjoy the ride or close your eyes. There’s no mandatory seat belt laws from what I remember and the roads are getting better. Have your kids in your lap or put a seatbelt on them to make you feel they are safe and then just take in the experience. Alternatively, pray at every temple you pass!

    I do hope to take my girls one day soon so I will be interested to find out how you get on.

    • babyfoote
      Author
      January 11, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much Nisha, those are fantastic tips. I think that I might be the only one troubled by the state of toilets in India as the boys can pee wherever if the facilities aren’t quite up to scratch (or appear dangerously unhygienic as we have experienced in Egypt before).

      The boys will be thrilled about the lack of salad. Although I know Noah will miss eating fruit – I’m guessing the rule is the same for that?

      • January 12, 2018 / 9:12 pm

        Oh yeah, boss have it a bit easier I guess with going to the toilet.

        Same with fruit too I guess unless you can peel it.

  3. January 11, 2018 / 11:11 pm

    Sounds like you’ll be busy busy busy, but how amazing! I’d love to go to India, when the kids are a bit older anyway x

    • babyfoote
      Author
      January 11, 2018 / 11:14 pm

      Yes, that seems to be the main consensus – go to India when the kids are older. I think we might be a little bit crazy (or brave) going with a 5 and a 3 year old! x

    • babyfoote
      Author
      January 12, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      We’ve booked a phone that we can tether our phones to, so we’ll have a bit of wifi while we’re in India. So fingers crossed I’ll be able to keep everyone up to date via Instagram (though I am not the best at stories!)

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