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#1 Sep 11th, 2007, 05:27
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#31 Jan 27th, 2011, 16:11
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Hi Kazpot,

I summed up all the reasons why people choose not to go to India (with or without kids). We've found out that the challenges are manageble and that even if a kid falls ill, good medical treatment is available. Do read up on our reports at http://bit.ly/hLpnSE. Do not fear and do venture out a bit beyond Mumbai. A trip to eg Goa is absolutely worth it.

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Thanks Hans. Your writings have inspired us to take the plunge! We'll be booking today and we're all very excited! Thanks again for all of your advice.
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@kazpot. Great! Have a wonderfull holiday!
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Hi Guys,

Kaz much like you I am a bit worried.

Awesome article guys..thankyou!

Qantas has a seriously awesome flight deal on at the moment and India is my dream, destination. We are though a bit worried about tragging my daughter who will be just 2 with us as we are worried getting around etc might be a bit hard when she wants to run around etc..also the issue of health. All my friends have had a couple of days of Dehli belly.

We have travelled heaps with her and she has more stamps in her passport then my friends, but we are wondering considering we havent been in your opinion would you wait until she is a year or two older? I.e. 3 or 4

Thanks!
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I might consider it, mrs D. says to wait one or two years. The health issue and the fact that two years old tend t stick anything in their mouths.

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Originally Posted by Neferidian View Post Hi Guys,

Kaz much like you I am a bit worried.

Awesome article guys..thankyou!

Qantas has a seriously awesome flight deal on at the moment and India is my dream, destination. We are though a bit worried about tragging my daughter who will be just 2 with us as we are worried getting around etc might be a bit hard when she wants to run around etc..also the issue of health. All my friends have had a couple of days of Dehli belly.

We have travelled heaps with her and she has more stamps in her passport then my friends, but we are wondering considering we havent been in your opinion would you wait until she is a year or two older? I.e. 3 or 4

Thanks!
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Yes, it is a great experience to take children to India. We took our 5-year-old last year for 5 weeks to Ladakh and Himalchal and we all enjoyed the trip. I was of course worried about health& food issues (sheŽs a really picky eater) but luckily she hasnŽt been ill at all, was the fittest of us in high altitudes and eating cornflakes, pancakes, chapati and the occasional chicken nugget in the restaurant for 5 weeks didnŽt hurt her. SheŽs quite shy but coped with the "take picture with the baby"-requests mostly fine (it was only too much in Agra where the Taj Mahal was full of Indian tourists who were stopping us every minute - so we started walking around calling out "no photos, please"...) And yes, your child will see poverty and he or she will ask questions - a great opportunity to talk about stuff youŽd probably not discuss at home (or not so early) and it is a challenging task to try to explain the world. For us it was helpful that we knew people we also stayed with and she could see that apart from all the differences they also have their everyday life, children go to school etc.

When we`ve asked her recently whether sheŽd like to go again she instantly said yes. So weŽre going again!
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Hi FGHJK (great keyboardcombination by the way),

Thanks for the feedback. As we've stated before: kids are capable of coping with much more than we can imagine. let's hear if and when you return to India.

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Hi Hans & Myriam,
Thank you for your wonderful journal and tips. I will be travelling to Kerala with my two daughters 2 & 4 on the 25th July we will be staying for 5 weeks- your journals have helped calm my pre trip nerves.
My little one will only just be 2 but is quite robust and has never been one to put things in her mouth, as you have suggested I will take vitamins and medication just in case we get sick.
I actually no set plans I have a friend who is sourcing a self contained accomm as we speak, other than a trip on the backwaters I will wait until we arrive to see what we will do.
I tend to overpack even just going away in the uk for a weekend- my little one is still messy so can get through 3 outfits in one day- did you find places to wash your clothes. I really want to take the minimum as it will be me lugging it all around.
Thanks again, I can't wait for our adventure to start..

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Hi Clare,

Laundry is never a problem in India. Someone will pick it up in the morning, and you'll get it back before the sun sets. Expect it to wear a bit though, as the Dhobi Wallahs may still use the rocks beside the river to beat the dirt from your clothes.

Have a great time!

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Hi there,
I've just joined India Mike and read with great interest your article on travelling with kids. We are heading to India in October this year - Delhi for a few nights and then up to Chandigarrh where we plan to base ourselves to explore the area there for about 4 weeks. We have a 7 and 8 year old who I am not worried about at all - but we also have a 8 month old baby who puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. I am wondering if you have any tips for travelling with such a tiny one. He is a robust chap, and I'll still be breastfeeding him, but I am concerned!! Any tips very welcome!
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Difficult one for a guy to answer, so I consulted with Mrs D.

Breastfeeding is good, as it provides extra protection and prevents a lot of illnesses for the kid. To be very honest, we are also concerned and would not take an 8 months old to India. Having said that; a base is good, as you can make sure that that living environment is as clean as possible. Have tiles in your roam. Have your (rented?) house or hotel cleaned with water and Dettol, so there is a place where your toddler can crawl around.

And for the rest: constand vigilance is the only other tip I can provide.

Have fun!
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Hi Hans,

Thank you for this article. It has helped immensely with my questions about what to pack. We are going to India in the last week of September 2011 and hope to ring in the New Year before coming back home to the US. We will be traveling with our sons, ages 10 and 7. They are Legos nuts. Are Legos available for purchase in India?

We plan on being based in Goa and then doing a three week trip to the north and a three week trip through the south with a four week break in between trips.

My younger son swells when he is bit by a mosquito here. We usually use a cortisone creme to help with the itching and swelling. Other than long sleeves and long pants, how do we keep him from being bit? If he is bit, and I run of the cortisone, will I be able to purchase more?

Thank you.
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Use repellent, even in the day. Long sleeves, etc, just add challenge for the mosquito: they can and do bite through fabric.

Please see the many good threads on mosquitoes!

Sorry, I don't know what legos are.
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As suggested by Nick (hi Nick), use repellent day and night. 40 or 50 % DEET works OK. Cortisone-cream is available over the counter in India. BAsically anything except heroin is available.

I cannot remember whether or not Lego is on sale in India. So it's bring your own.

For Nick: http://www.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx ;-)

Have fun,

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Thumbs down Advice please!!

Hi Hans,(and everyone else reading!!)

I have been reading this link and your piece and its been a great help. , but would love some advice / ideas!!

I am Uk expat based in Karnataka and have my two boys (9&6) over for xmas for 2 weeks with their mum. Mum has been to india before and I live here now (big help!!). So what to do??

The boys LOVE aniamls so a couple of days in a wildlife sanctuary would be great, then over xmas I think a stay in a heritige hotel in an old traditional city would be great and atmospheric (4 nights)they love forts etc. Then maybe the rest on the beach (they love beaches!!)

They can fly into either Mumbai, Dehli or Bangalore so I had two ideas;

1/ Fly to Dehli then base in say Bharatpur for 3 days with visit to bird sanctuary and Ranthambore (how busy will this be at xmas though?). Then 4-5 days in maybe Jaipur over xmas period. Then Fly to Goa / Kerala for beachy action before flight home

2/ Fly to Bangalore then travel to Nagarhole NP (2nights) then to Mysore over xmas period. Then from Mysore to say Kannur (this would involve a bus though - not sure how this would be for boys?)

Somewhere would also love to fit in an overnight sleeper train journey and an elephant ride for the boys. As with children its not always the distance - its the hassle factor, for example it may seem more sense staying in south india for the trip but what are the roads like crossing from Bangalore to Kerala?

In just want the boys to have a great time without exhausting them too much!! Would love anyones feedback experience etc

Thanks
James

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