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#61 Dec 8th, 2009, 06:08
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kids in india..

3 adults and 2 children (2 and 5years old) friends of mine, were in india for a few months and the kids stayed healthier than the adults. the indians loved attending to the children and gave them heaps of attention.
some people seem to go to india, thinking of all the things that can go wrong. like tourists that come to australia, terrified about all the deadly snakes and spiders they are going to meet.
it is good to take some precautions but children are not necessarily as fragile as some people assume.
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does anyone know if you can buy a Pack N Play or something similar in India?
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Pushkar Recommendation

If you go to Pushkar I can highly recommend the Blue Diamond guest house, its a little bit off the beaten track (that's why I liked it) but calm, beautiful and surrounded by nature.

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Originally Posted by zillahandben View Post hello
i am going to india in january with our son (my partner is travelling for 6 weeks before us and meeting us off the plane in mumbai).
My son is 2 1/2. i feel comfortable about vaccinations cleanliness etc but have NO IDEA where to go !
We have decided to spend the first couple of weeks on a beach in goa to get used to daddy and being away and jetlag (having spent one night in mumbai...any tips for good places to staying would be fab)
But then we have a blank canvas for 2 months. i have been told that pushka is great but it will take us AGES to travel there.
So any places that we should visit ? and particular hotels/ houses.


bit of a vague post i know...sorry

many thanks in advance
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Hi
We have 3 children now aged 16 (first vist to India aged 4) 6 (first visit to India aged 3) and 3 (first visit to India at 6 months old). So I guess we have been through most of the issues asociated with traveling with children of all ages! I also went out while I was 6 months pregnant.

My advice is if you plan carefully and logically, travel with children is a magical experience. I was brought up travelling spending 5 months in SE Asia during my teens.

The most common problems that have been brought up;
Flights - well long flights with small children are tough, no point trying to sugar coat that one but if you really think the ends justifies the means grit your teeth and do it. We have tried all ways rounds going to Goa
Non - stop flight to Mumbai from Heathrow (we live near Scotland so there is a 5 hour car journey to the airport) Flight from Mumbai to Goa. Complete nightmare our longhaul was delayed and we missed our flight.
Non-stop flight Heathrow - Mumbai (spent 2 nights in a good resort and hour out of Mumbai then train - Goa. This was OK but felt it took away some days in Goa.
Flight manchester - Helsinki - Mumbai - taxi - 8am day train although a real tough journey this is probably our prefered route - book for the evening train too as then if you miss it your have a back up and at about £3 each it won't break the bank.

Bathing babies has been brought up - we puzzeled over this as our youngest at 6 months would drink water if in the shower, the solution we bought a small paddeling pool for 200 rps and set it up like a bath. Turns out babies love outdoor bathing.

Food - all of our children eat curry, nan breads, rice, masala flavoured baby rice and nan bread was also a huge hit with our small baby. Be sensible no salad, no ice, no ice-cream, eat where it is busy and stay away from the touristy places the locals know best. If you eat bacon and eggs and sausage and chips well you may well be ill touch wood in 6 trips no one has had any tummy issues at all (but no one had eaten bacon and eggs either)

Sleeping - we bought a real travel cot off the internet they are not cheap but my word has the investment been worth it. It looks like a dome tent and is impregnated with anti mozi stuff as well as having a secured net.

General travelling - we have never stayed in one place we have travelled all over by train, bus, taxi. We have visited North Goa as we have a familiy member who lives there but ours and our childrens heart will always be in Paloloem staying in the tents at the Palolem Beach resort was amazing, there were tears when they took them away to build more little huts. Another faveorite is Wildernest with its infinity swimming pool ... I could go on and on.

Please anyone thinking about travelling with small children be careful, plan properly take advice but please, please DO IT...
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Bonjour
Je voudrais aller pour un mois en Inde avec ma femme et ma fille de huit ans.J'y suis aller il y a trente ans,et la misère était choquante;ma question estensez_vous qu'une petite fille de huit ans puisses voyager en Inde sans être trop choquée?Bienvenue à vos expériences. Jean_Paul
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Originally Posted by babolaia View Post Bonjour
Je voudrais aller pour un mois en Inde avec ma femme et ma fille de huit ans.J'y suis aller il y a trente ans,et la misère était choquante;ma question estensez_vous qu'une petite fille de huit ans puisses voyager en Inde sans être trop choquée?Bienvenue à vos expériences. Jean_Paul
"I´d like to go for a month with my wife and my eight year old daughter. I went many years ago and the poverty was appalling : do you think my eight year old daughter can cope ? Please share."

.. and please keep it in the one language we all can cope with here. I´m sure travelling parents will chip in soon , welcome to the community.
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do you think my eight year old daughter can cope?
Sure. Why wouldn't she?
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defintely, it shouldn't be a problem.
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8 month child will not be able to experience anything , why do not you leave the baby at the home with your parent's ..
coping in india is not hard but understanding india is very hard .

if you desperate to carry the child with you ,
come with lot of medication ,

what else can i say , be prepared to fight with mosquitoes ,
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@horizonrays: OP's Daughter is 8 years old, not 8 months. That old enough to see, experience, remember and form opinions.
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here are a few things you might want to take with you: (a) Simethicone drops, (b) Pain balm (such as Arnica gel), (c) Mosquito repellent (such as Off/Cutter), (d) Tylenol. And, be careful about the water. If you can, try to boil the water.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post @horizonrays: OP's Daughter is 8 years old, not 8 months. That old enough to see, experience, remember and form opinions.
oops my mistake but joshuarubin child is 11 month old . i was talking about him
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Without having had the experience of having a baby, leave alone traveling with one, I do feel this is too much of an alarmist discussion... I grew up in India, and I have nieces and nephews having a good time here.

For children, all I would say is that keep a number of a good pediatrician handy - and there are tons of great ones in the large cities. I get much better service from quality doctors here than I ever did in US.

Also, the selection of toys is not as great, so carry some that they like.

And lastly, baby care products in India are pretty decent - so no need to carry too many. you get good brands (Pigeon, Farlin, Pampers, Huggies, Chicos) and there are a few good stores and online sites that deliver home.
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Hi, i've read through this thread, thanks everyone for your expertise, opinions and time.
We are travelling to india with our 19 month old for a week. I know people say it's not worth going for such a short time, but we're living in Oman, so only 2+ 1/2 hrs direct flight. My husband has been in india for a long while before, i haven't, but have done lots of travelling. We will be flying into mumbai at 4.30 am, then heading straight to Matheran hill station for our whole stay. We'll try and get out and back to the airport as quickly as pos to avoid the hecticness of the big city. Hopefully it'll be a bit quieter at that time of day.

According to a lot of sites there isn't much malaria in the area, and none in matheran itself, i hope that's the case.

As for general health, unfortunately he's been weaned for 2 months now (not so unfortunate for me, 17 months was my limit i'm afraid!), so no longer has the immunity from my milk. He is pretty healthy so as long as we take reasonable precautions i hope all should be well? We eat indian food over here which is pretty hot, he can take it hotter than me actually! He's very sociable, and as long as there are people about is amused. He's used to lots of attention from living in oman, so won't be that fazed i don't think.

Like other people who've posted on here, i travelled a lot as a kid, and do believe it is good to broaden your childs horizons, as long as you're not endangering them needlessly. I'm not the kind of parent who believes in strict routines if more can be learned from different experiences.

Some of the posters here have obviously worried me, can anyone offer any comment on our situation? Thanks!
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well, one question please.

an infant of 1 and a half month or two months old can travel by plane?
what do doctors say? or what do people say?
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