Journeys Rediscovered is the culmination of Kirsty Thomas-Thoeun’s 21 years in the travel industry and her passion for the exotic destinations of Asia, Africa and India. Developing wonderful contacts with hotels and local operators allows Journeys Rediscovered to create unique experiences and immersive itineraries for small groups and individuals alike.
Kirsty loves creating itineraries for families and says travelling with children allows for greater interaction with locals. “India is an amazing destination; of course, we all hear stories of travellers getting ‘Delhi belly’, and this may make some hesitant to travel there with children. However, I believe it is such a fascinating and rewarding holiday experience for families with children aged eight and above.
“My 10-year-old daughter Aimee recently accompanied me to India. We explored Delhi and Rajasthan before heading to Varanasi, the spiritual heart of India. We took a side trip to a new upcoming beach destination, the Andaman Islands, and finally the romantic old British cities of Calcutta (now Kolkata) and Madras (Chennai).
“Before our trip, some were surprised I would take a child to Varanasi, but it was a favourite of both Aimee and I, along with Kolkata. The crowds, chaos and frenetic pace of locals coming down to the Ganges was a little daunting for Aimee for the first couple minutes but she held both my hand and that of our guide and quickly appreciated Varanasi as much as I did. We had a private blessing at an old Nepali temple before sailing on the Ganges to Dashashwamedh Ghat to witness the colour and sounds of drums, bells and chanting of prayers. This ceremony is mesmerising, and ends with the release of hundreds of lamps on to the water of the Ganges.”
Journeys Rediscovered has chosen itineraries that are perfect for families. There are some wonderful hotels in India that parents or grandparents will love and that go out of their way to make sure their younger guests enjoy their stay too. Journeys Rediscovered would love to plan an immersive holiday for your family to India or other stunning destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan or Sri Lanka. What are you waiting for?
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