Discover the many faces of India with your family on this 14-day adventure that starts in the bustling city of Delhi. See historic sites and landmarks both on foot and via a rickshaw tour, then it's off to the jungles of Pench National Park for wildlife sightings of tigers, leopards, monkeys, and more! Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Mumbai, visit the ancient caves of Ellora and Ajanta, see lounging crocodiles on Divar Island, and relax, play, and surf on the pristine beaches of Goa.


  • Take in the vibrant sights and sounds of Delhi via rickshaw 
  • See Bengal tigers prowling the forests of Pench National Park
  • Wave hello to sleepy crocodiles lounging in the mangroves of Divar Island 
  • Swim, surf, and play among the white-sand beaches and blue waters of Goa

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi & Explore  Delhi
Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing Tour Delhi
Day 3 Fly to Nagpur, Transfer to Pench National Park   Pench
Day 4 Pench National Park Safari Pench
Day 5 Fly to Mumbai & Explore Mumbai
Day 6 Mumbai Sightseeing Tour, Markets & Shopping  Mumbai
Day 7 Fly to Aurangabad, Tour Ellora Caves Aurangabad
Day 8 Excursion to Ajanta Caves Aurangabad
Day 9 Fly to Goa & Explore Goa
Day 10 Divar Island Adventure, Tour of Old Goa Goa
Day 11 Palolem Beach Day: Sun, Surf & Watersports Goa
Day 12 North Goa Sightseeing, Old Goa Food Walk Goa
Day 13 Free Day in Goa Goa
Day 14 Depart Goa  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi & Explore

Welcome to the vibrant city of Delhi

Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at the New Delhi airport, your driver will meet you and transport you to your hotel. Once you've checked in and had a chance to regroup, step out and start exploring India's capital city! Sitting on the banks of the Yamuna River and part of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, this is a vibrant, dense metropolis with a rich history and plenty to see and do. 

Start your tour with a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, an important Sikh place of worship with gorgeous architecture and a large pool called the Sarovar. This is also home to the world's largest community kitchen, where more than 20,000 people are fed for free each day. Next, head to Birla Mandir Temple, an Orissan-style temple that was erected by a wealthy industrialist in the 1930s and honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. 

End the day with a stroll around Connaught Place, a busy district with a combination of high-end, designer shops, souvenir stands, and restaurants. This is also where you'll find Central Park, a lovely stretch of green space with gardens, fountains, benches, and room for the kids to play. 

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing Tour

All aboard to tour Delhi via rickshaw today! 

Take a guided tour of Delhi today, starting with a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk district, which takes you along narrow, winding streets and shops that carry everything from clothing to essential oils to candy—feel free to have your guide stop so the kids can try a taste! Your guide will provide insight and education into the various sights, taking you past Lal Qila, or the Red Fort, once the residence of Mughal emperors, then to the center of the old city to Jama Masjid. This beautiful red sandstone and white marble mosque is the largest and one of the best-known in India.

From here, you'll visit Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, the Raj Ghat, and India Gate, a stone archway designed by the famous British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens to commemorate the Indian soldiers who were killed during World War I. Afterward, cruise down the Rajpath passage, which takes you past the European-style government buildings of the British era. Your final stop will be the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Humayun's Tomb, a marvelous example of Persian-inspired Mughal architecture.

Day 3: Fly to Nagpur, Transfer to Pench National Park

Do some bird-watching in Pench today

This morning, head to the airport via private transfer and hop on your flight to the city of Nagpur. Upon arrival, your driver will collect you, and you'll make the two-hour drive to Pench National Park. Encompassing nearly 100 square miles (257 sq km), this is one of India's most popular national parks, with lush forests, lakes, waterfalls, and of course, plenty of wildlife! 

After you get settled at your lodgings, the rest of your day is yours. You can take a nature walk around the area, stroll through the forests and do some bird-watching, or head to the nearby tribal village. The Baiga tribe lives in the villages around the park, and you can tour the village, interacting with the residents and learning more about their culture and way of life. The kids might also enjoy a picnic at Pench Dam, which sits on the Pench River and offers lovely, tranquil views of the river and surrounding countryside. 

Day 4: Pench National Park Safari

Take a safari through Pench National Park 
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Take a guided safari tour of Pench National Park, where you'll travel across the diverse terrain of forests, fields, and the Pench River. The park serves as a tiger sanctuary as well as a natural reserve, and your guide will take you to areas where you'll see big cats such as Bengal tigers and leopards, as well as hyenas, wolves, monkeys, wild pigs, and various bird species. The kids can snap some photos of their favorite animals, and later, you'll return to the park's resort and hotel, where the adults can relax while the kids enjoy the hotel's play areas and group activities. 

Day 5: Fly to Mumbai & Explore  

Relax and explore in Mumbai today

This morning, your driver will take you to the airport, where you'll catch your flight to your next destination, Mumbai. The capital city of the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), is a true melting pot, considered to be rich in opportunities for all who come here—hence its nickname, "The City of Dreams." It is also famous for its work in the Bollywood film industry. Visitors will find a wealth of history, with colonial buildings, ancient temples, and diverse cultures. Once you've had a chance to freshen up and regroup, it's time to see more of this amazing city.

If the kids need to expend some energy, start with a visit to Kamala Nehru Park, a 4-acre (1.6 ha) recreational area that is part of Mumbai's Hanging Gardens complex. Here, you'll find lots of green space, shaded pathways, and benches for relaxing. Grab a snack from one of the many food vendors, and let the kids play in the Boot House or Old Woman's Shoe, a giant play structure with an indoor space and stairway that goes up to the top.

Tonight, head to one of the many restaurants in the Colaba and Marine Drive area for dinner. Try local dishes such as vada pav (deep-fried potato dumplings) and pav bhaji (vegetable curry with bread), and let the kids try delicious desserts like gulab jamun (doughnut-type balls in sugar syrup).

Day 6: Mumbai Sightseeing Tour, Markets & Shopping 

Colorful toys for sale on Mumbai's Chowpatty Beach

Get better acquainted with Mumbai on a guided tour. Your driver will take you to the city's most notable sites, including the Gateway of India, a large arch that was built to commemorate the landing of the British monarch George V, and Mani Bhavan, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Cruise Marine Drive and see the Rajabai Clock Towers as your driver regales the family with stories about these historic places. You'll also pass by Flora Fountain, a gorgeous sculpted monument located in south Mumbai, and Dhobi Ghat, an outdoor laundry where chaos, color, and activity create a lively atmosphere. 

Stop by the Prince of Wales Museum, a beautifully-preserved mid-Victorian, Gothic-style building that houses a priceless collection of art and sculptures, then visit the Gandhi Museum, once the home of Mahatma Gandhi. Families looking for awesome shopping and souvenirs should head to the markets at Bhuleshwar or Kalbadevi, where you'll find a fun mix of antiques, flea market finds, and artisan goods, or Crawford Market, a large indoor market that sells spices, fabrics, and fresh fruits. 

Later, take a break from the city heat with a visit to Chowpatty Beach, a public beach near Marine Drive and one of the city's most popular family destinations. Take advantage of the tasty street food snacks on offer, such as the savory puffed rice dish, bhelpuri, or ice cream sandwiches for the kids, or buy a fun toy for the little ones from one of the beach vendors. 

Day 7: Fly to Aurangabad, Tour Ellora Caves

Embark on a family exploration through the rock-cut temples of Ellora Caves

Your driver will transport you to the airport today, where you'll catch a quick, one-hour flight to the city of Aurangabad. Founded in 1610, Aurangabad is considered one of the most important cities in the state of Maharashtra. It is most known for its historic sites, including the 17th-century Bibi ka Maqbara shrine, the Aurangabad Caves, and the Ellora Caves

After you check in at your accommodations, start your visit here with a tour of Ellora Caves. Located about an hour from the city, this outstanding archaeological site consisted of a series of 34 rock-cut cave temples spread out over 1.25 miles (2 km). See the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist caves that were excavated out of the vertical face of the cliffs, with some of the caves dating back to 500 CE. Take in the stunning surroundings as you walk through the site, which highlights an unparalleled time of religious harmony in India's history. 

After your return to Aurangabad this afternoon, the kids might like to spend some time at Siddharth Garden and Zoo, which has landscaped gardens that are perfect for a family picnic, as well as a zoo and aquarium. A visit to Bibi ka Maqbara (Tomb of the Lady) is also not to be missed. This historic shrine was commissioned in the 1600s by the emperor Aurangzeb as a homage to his wife and is styled after the Taj Mahal, almost looking like a replica in miniature! 

Day 8: Excursion to Ajanta Caves

More underground wonders today with a visit to the amazing Ajanta Caves

Get an early start with a visit to Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO world heritage site located approximately three hours from Aurangabad. Cut into the side of a cliff on the Waghur River, the caves are a masterpiece of Buddhist religious art, with paintings and sculptures that date back to 480 CE. A total of 30 caves have been excavated from the site, including Chaityas (places of worship) and Viharas (monk monasteries). Young artists in the family will appreciate the intricate beauty of the carvings and paintings, and the whole family will learn more about the fascinating history of these ancient monuments.

Day 9: Fly to Goa & Explore 

Enjoy the white-sand beaches of Goa, located in India's smallest state on the Arabian Sea

It's off to the beaches of Goa today! After you check out from your hotel, take a private transfer to the airport and catch your flight to this tropical beach paradise. The western state of Goa sits on the coastline of the Arabian Sea and has a long history as a Portuguese colony. Despite being India's smallest state, it's a popular destination with family-friendly beaches, 17th-century churches, and gorgeous architecture. 

Once you've had a chance to settle at your hotel, the rest of the day is yours. For a relaxing and fun afternoon, take a tour of one of Goa's famed spice plantations. There are several spice plantations in the region, some dating back more than 200 years. The kids can stretch their legs while walking along lush tropical pathways, and you'll all learn about the spices grown on the plantations and how they are incorporated into Goa's cuisine. 

Budding scientists in the family might also enjoy a trip to the Goa Science Centre & Planetarium, part of the National Council of Science Museums and featuring interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, and a 3-D theater. And if the beaches alone aren't enticing enough, you can visit Splashdown Waterpark, where you'll find multiple slides, wave pools, and a kiddie pool.

Day 10: Divar Island Adventure, Tour of Old Goa

Get a look at saltwater crocodiles on Divar Island 

Hop a ferry across the river estuary to Divar Island. The island was once a popular Hindu pilgrimage site and is home to hidden caves, paddy fields, temple ruins, and old Portuguese villas. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the island, which spans more than three miles (5 km), traversing lush forests, waterways, and picturesque villages. Be sure to climb the hill to the Church of Our Lady of Compassion for views of the countryside, and the kids will love getting a close look—but not too close!—of the saltwater crocodiles that live among the island's mangrove forests. 

Later today, take a tour of the historic streets of Old Goa. Located on the banks of the River Mandovi, the churches and cathedrals in this district have been collectively designated a UNESCO Heritage Site. Start at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses St. Francis Xavier's remains in a casket, before walking on to the towering Baroque Se Cathedral, completed in the mid-17th century. With its vaulted ceiling, 14 gold embossed altars, and dazzling Doric arches, it's considered the most beautiful cathedral in Goa.

Afterward, stroll to Dona Paula, a pier and picnic spot with sweeping views of Miramar Beach, and to Goa's capital, Panjim, with tree-lined avenues, cobbled streets, and colorful buildings that showcase its Portuguese influence. And be sure to take the kids by the Church of the Immaculate Conception, where they can climb a zig-zagging, switchback staircase to some incredible views.

Day 11: Palolem Beach Day: Sun, Surf & Watersports

Enjoy banana boat rides and other watersports at Palolem Beach

Head to South Goa's Palolem Beach for some surf and sun. Palolem is one of the most spectacular stretches of sand in Goa, backed by hazy hills and shady palm trees. Take a boat cruise along the coast for views of the shoreline and city, and check out some of the watersports offered here. You can rent Jet Skis or kayaks, take a wild ride on a banana boat, or just grab a beverage and laze in the shade while the kids splash and play along the shoreline's calm and clear waters. There are also several restaurants nearby, which makes it a great place to grab dinner this evening and watch the sunset. 

Day 12: North Goa Sightseeing, Old Goa Food Walk

Try delicious and family-friendly street food in Goa

Today's excursion starts with a sightseeing tour of North Goa. Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the morning, and your family will set out, starting at the Albeit Fort Aguadan, which was built in the 1600s and is the largest and best-preserved bastion in Goa. Your guide will share stories of the many epic battles and events that took place here, an excellent education for both the kids and adults. Then, head to the nearby district of Mapusa and visit Shri Bodgeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini, considered a guardian of the city. Finish with some shopping at Mapusa Bazaar

After working up an appetite on your city tour, get an introduction to Goa's renowned cuisine with a guided food tour! Meet up with your guide and dive into the street food of Old Goa, sampling regional specialties that include pork vindaloo (pork with potatoes and spicy sauce), ras omelets (egg in gravy), and savory samosas (puff pastry stuffed with vegetables or meat). Of course, there will also be plenty of treats to entice the kids, such as Goan coconut cookies called bolinhas, or multi-layered bebinca cakes. 

Day 13: Free Day in Goa

Enjoy your last day in Goa with more beach time 

If the kids are vying for one more beach day, make the most of your last full day in India by relaxing on Goa's peaceful waters and white sands. Head to popular Baga, a long stretch of sandy beach lined by food shacks, or Morjim, a known sea turtle nesting ground with fewer amenities and a wilder, more natural feel. Hang out at Sinquerim if you want a quiet, sedate vibe, or hit the busy shores of Calangute for something more lively. 

You can also take this time to explore the local markets, where you'll find fun souvenirs for both adults and kids, unusual clothing and textiles, and of course, Goa's famous street foods. Visit Calangute Market, located on Calangute beach, where you'll find leather goods and local handicrafts, or head back to Mapusa for those last-minute gifts to take home. End the day at the Arpora Market, an evening event with a wide assortment of sundries and plenty of food stalls.

Day 14: Depart Goa

Farewell to magical India

Your India adventure ends today as your driver transfers you from your hotel in Goa to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels! 

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