With 10 days in India, you can see at least three destinations. Families visiting for the first time can hit the highlights of the Golden Triangle. Or, satisfy a range of ages with cooking lessons, wildlife safaris, a houseboat experience, and more in Kerala. Families with a sense of adventure will appreciate the monastery visits and outdoor activities, including camping at Pangong Lake, in the Himalaya, while those seeking beach days and cave temple exploration should head for Mumbai, Aurangabad, and Goa.

Itinerary #1: Family Adventure in India's Golden Triangle

This family adventure is ideal for families visiting India for the first time and interested in hitting the classic Golden Triangle route. You'll find a balance of historical tours in Delhi and Jaipur, wildlife viewing in Agra and Ranthambore, and cultural experiences, including a block printing workshop. Pack your binoculars; this itinerary is also an excellent choice for budding bird-watchers, with opportunities to search for hundreds of species of birds in Chambal Sanctuary and Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

Kids enjoying sweet treats near Jaipur
Kids enjoying sweet treats near Jaipur
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi Delhi
Day 2 Tour of New Delhi, National Rail Museum & Humayun's Tomb Delhi
Day 3 Transfer to Agra, Sloth Bear Rescue Center & Taj Mahal Agra
Day 4 Chambal Sanctuary River Safari & Agra Fort Agra
Day 5 Transfer to Bharatpur via Fatehpur Sikri Bharatpur
Day 6 Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Transfer to Ranthambore Ranthambore
Day 7 Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort Ranthambore
Day 8 Transfer to Jaipur, Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort & Village Trip Jaipur
Day 9 Tour Jaipur, Block Printing & Elephant Experience Jaipur
Day 10 Fly to Delhi, Depart  

All aboard your first stop: the New Delhi National Rail Museum, where train-loving kids can explore the railway yard and ride a steam train. Tour other significant sites around the city, including the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, and learn about India's history. Meet the residents of the Sloth Bear Rescue Center en route to Agra, then let the kids stay out after dark for views of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh. Budding bird-watchers can spot some of the 316 bird species on a river safari at Chambal Sanctuary, and a wander through the carved doors and corridors of Agra Fort will ignite young imaginations. 

Let the kids stretch their legs as they explore Fatehpur Sikri on Day 5, and continue to Bharatpur and impress little artists with the peepal tree leaf paintings at the Government Museum. Task the kids with spotting birds, antelope, and other wildlife on a rickshaw ride through Keoladeo Ghana National Park before searching for tigers on a Ranthambore National Park Jeep safari. On Day 8, snap family photos as you tour the "Pink City" of Jaipur, then visit a traditional village where the kids can learn about daily life. Create family keepsakes in a block printing workshop and visit an elephant sanctuary before departure. Learn more

Itinerary #2: India's Monasteries & Mountains for Families

Families with a strong sense of adventure will appreciate the mountainous terrain, multiple monastery visits, and night camping at Pangong Lake on this North India itinerary. This is also an excellent option for families that are repeat visitors to India and looking for unique experiences, such as the camel ride and hot springs in Hundar. Given the high altitude (which can be physically challenging for some people) and the inclusion of active outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, this may be best suited to families with adventurous, older children. 

Curious, adventurous families can discover the wonders of the Himalaya on this 10-day tour
Adventurous families can discover the wonders of the Himalaya on this 10-day tour
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi, Explore  Delhi
Day 2 Fly to Leh, Guided Walking Tour of Leh Leh
Day 3 Monastery Tours, Rafting Adventure on the Indus River  Leh
Day 4 Driving Tour of Leh, Shey Monastery, Stok Village & Palace  Leh
Day 5 Transfer to Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, Hundar Nubra
Day 6 Hundar Sand Dunes, Camel Rides & Hot Springs  Nubra
Day 7 Transfer to Sumur, Samstanling Gompa Monastery Sumur
Day 8 Transfer to Pangong Lake, Camping Adventure on the Lake  Pangong Lake
Day 9 Transfer Back to Leh, Browse the Leh Market Leh
Day 10 Fly to Delhi, Depart  

Take a guided tour of the Red Fort, then refuel with Delhi favorites (momos are a popular choice for kids!). Catch a flight north to Leh, and ease into the higher elevation with a gentle walk and dinner at the bazaar. Check out the views and a two-story image of the Future Buddha on a monastery tour the next day, then take intrepid kids for a rafting excursion on the Indus River. Immerse in the sights and sounds of Buddhist culture during morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery, and test your archery skills at Shey Palace. Create another unique family memory as you drive along Khardung La—the world's highest motorable road.

Take a camel ride along the dunes of Hundar and a dip in the hot springs, where kids and adults will be in awe of the otherworldly landscapes of this "desert in the sky." Continue to the Nubra Valley and see the thangkas (Buddhist paintings) at Samstanling Gompa. Then it's to Pangong Lake for an afternoon immersed in nature and a family-friendly evening of bonfires, games, and camping. Return to Leh and spend your final full day in the lively markets where the kids can enjoy perusing the stalls, choosing handcrafted souvenirs, and sampling street food before departure for Delhi. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Family Fun in Kerala: South India's Backwaters to Beaches

The variety of activities on this itinerary of south India makes it an excellent option for families with a range of ages and interests. With cooking lessons, spice markets, and tea plantation visits, this trip is sure to satisfy the foodies in your family. There are also safaris to thrill wildlife lovers, village visits and sari demonstrations for those interested in culture, and a couple of leisurely days in Kovalkam for the beach lovers among you. 

A mother and daughter smiling in an agricultural field in India
Immerse in the natural beauty of India with your family 
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Kochi, Transfer to Cochin, Sunset Boat Cruise Cochin
Day 2 Guided Village Walk, Cooking Class with a Local Family Cochin
Day 3 Transfer to Munnar, Explore Munnar
Day 4 Munnar Tea History Trail Munnar
Day 5 Transfer to Periyar, Spice Plantation Tour Periyar
Day 6 Periyar National Park Game Safari, Lake Cruise Periyar
Day 7 Transfer to Alappuzha, Cruise Kerala's Backwaters Alappuzha
Day 8 Transfer to Kovalam, Beach Afternoon Kovalam
Day 9 Relax in Kovalam Kovalam
Day 10 Transfer to Trivandrum, Depart  

Get the lay of the land and spot Fort Kochi, the Chinese Fishing Nets, and more on a sunset cruise in Cochin. Introduce the kids to local artisans, fishermen, and villagers with a visit to Kumbalangi, then taste Keralean cuisine before buying spices at the market to bring your favorite Kerala flavors home. Let the kids participate in a cooking class with a local family before heading to Munnar. Young naturalists can track the Nilgiri tahr (mountain goat) and visit Lakkom Waterfalls in Eravikulam National Park. The tea lovers among you will enjoy picking their own tea leaves at a 100-year-old plantation.  

Stop for a family picnic en route to Thekkady, then put your noses to the test and see who can identify the aromas found on a spice garden walk. Engage the kids with another evening of culture (and more delicious Indian food!) as they watch the art of sari wrapping, followed by a cooking demonstration and dinner. Search for elephants and monkeys on a game tour in Periyar National Park, then observe local life in the backwaters of Alappuzha before boarding your houseboat for the night. Say goodbye to the lake life and spend your final two days enjoying the beaches and seafood of Kovalam. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Family Exploration of India: Mumbai, Aurangabad & Goa

This family exploration is best for families interested in visiting the cave temples, historic sites, and beaches of India's southwestern coast. Archaeology and art enthusiasts will be particularly excited about the opportunities to explore Elephanta, Ellora, and Ajanta caves. This itinerary also includes more leisure time, and it's perfect for those that prefer a slower pace and fewer hotel changes.  

Little ones won't get bored with this itinerarie's perfect blend of city, nature, and beaches
Little ones won't get bored with this itinerary's perfect blend of city, nature, and beaches
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mumbai, Explore Mumbai
Day 2 Elephanta Caves, Mumbai Sightseeing Tour, Juhu Beach Mumbai
Day 3 Transfer to Aurangabad, Ellora Caves Aurangabad
Day 4 Tour Ajanta Caves Aurangabad
Day 5 Transfer to Goa, Explore  Goa
Day 6 Tour of Goa Landmarks, Old Goa Food Walk  Goa
Day 7 Palolem Beach Day, Sun, Surf & Watersports Goa
Day 8 Excursion to Divar Island  Goa
Day 9 Free Day in Goa, Shopping & Beaches Goa
Day 10 Depart Goa  

Take a catamaran to Elephanta Caves and hear tales of Lord Shiva, then tour Mumbai's sites, find a spot on Juhu Beach to snack on street food (rolling and dipping dosa crepes is always fun for the kids!) and watch the sunset. Fly to Aurangabad and take your young archaeologists to Ellora Caves, where they can marvel at rock-cut Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist cave temples before visiting Bibi ka Maqbara, a shrine that clever kids may notice looks similar to the Taj Mahal. Then it's time to inspire the artists among you with a visit to Ajanta Caves, where you'll find Buddhist carvings and paintings that date back to 480 CE.  

Catch a flight to Goa and hit the streets for a tour of UNESCO-listed North Goa, followed by a climb up the stairs at the Church of the Immaculate Conception for views and a family photo. In the evening, encourage your blossoming chefs to find their favorite street foods on a culinary tour. Spend a day at Palolem Beach and let the kids choose an activity, such as kayaking or a boat tour. Take a day trip to Divar Island, where your guide will lead you through villages, past paddy fields, and to temple ruins. Create more family memories with one last beach day and a little souvenir shopping in the markets. Learn more

More Great 10-Day India Itineraries

Looking for more inspiration for your trip to India? Check out these other 10-day India itineraries, with outdoor adventures, cultural trips, and family-friendly tours to hit the highlights. 


Map of 10 Days in India - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in India - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas