The James family from Tanglin School, Singapore go camping with elephants…
Why did you choose India?
It was a dream of ours to visit whilst living in Asia. Travelling to such a colourful and magical country, with so much to see and do seemed like the perfect adventure. There’s such incredible history, stunning architecture, fascinating people and varied wildlife – and it’s also a foodie’s dream destination!
What were the trip highlights?
Our children loved meeting well looked after and happy elephants at Dera Amer and camping in the old-fashioned bell tents. There were camp fires for toasting marshmallows, sunset cocktails overlooking the parkland and breakfast served under the trees! We also took a street tour with the Salaam Baalak Trust – a non-profit organisation helping street kids in India. It was so humbling for us all and I was really proud of our kids who were genuinely interested and asked our guide a lot of questions.
Where there any low points?
Not really. We arranged our trip through a bespoke travel company and so always had a point of contact should we have needed anything. Budgets vary and options for India are endless so it’s great to have a helping hand and a trusted source of local knowledge.
What was the one essential piece of kit that you wouldn’t travel without?
We took a well-stocked first aid kit, which included antibiotics in case anyone got sick – which thankfully they didn’t. Also the occasional movie download was a winner for longer journeys.
Your advice to others thinking of doing the same?
Research well and perhaps start with well-trodden paths first. Delhi for the foodie tour of the markets and visiting Gandhi’s house and museum. And perhaps a trip to the Taj Mahal, Ranthambhore Park, Rumathra Fort, Jaipur and if you have time, camping amongst the elephants!
Where are you off to on your next big adventure?
We would definitely like to go back to India, perhaps to the South next!
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