With the amount of choice that India gives us it is rather difficult to choose a perfect holiday destination.
Let’s make it a little easier for you!
- Travel to the Himalayas & beat the heat
North India can be the best option for families who haven’t taken a break in years and wish to go on a long extended vacation to celebrate the intimacy of togetherness and love. I recommend this to be a long vacation because heaven can’t be visited in a hurry. Be it the disputed land of breathtaking Kashmir, the highly spiritual land of Ladakh, the mesmerizing hilly regions of Himachal which take you from Shimla to Manali to Dharamshala to Dalhousie and you still want more, the land of Ruskin Bond, Mussourie – Nainital – Dehradun in Uttarakhand resemble to be eternal paintings. The north never disappoints you!
- A fun filled wild adventure to bring your family closer
Are you a family looking out for some fun this summer? National Parks are the best place to be this season and India is home to many! It’s a cherry on the top if you have photographer geniuses in the family. You may choose to visit Sunderbans, West Bengal which is only accessible by water and is home to magnificent mangrove forests, one of its kind in the world. Jim Corbett in Uttarakhand is another popular wildlife destination which lets you stay in wooden cottages and enjoy the scary background sounds at night. Bandhavgarh is known for its highest population of White Tigers where as you may just get lucky to spot Asiatic lions at Gir, Gujarat. Ranthambore in Rajsthan, Kanha in Madhya Pradesh, Bandipur in Karnataka & Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu are others which you would love to explore. Go wild this Summer!
- A call from Mother Nature – Lakes and Backwaters await you
Though North has its own beauty, South has a charm which no other part of India has. It is a blissful combination of Mother Nature’s greens and blues. A stay in a luxurious houseboat with a view that is worth living for – Alleppey is the Venice of India. From the Scotland of South – Coorg to the princess of hill stations – Kodai Kanal to mesmerizing Ooty to the tea estates of the toy hill station of Munnar to the tip of India – Kanyakumari, every place has its own grace. Also, there is a reason Kerala is called God’s own country!
- Deserts are home away from home – with a little more warmth
No! Deserts are not just about sand dunes and camels and hot climate. Let’s get it right! Gujarat and Rajasthan in India give you an opportunity to explore the hidden stories and cultures of our land and are a peek into our heritage. You may choose to visit world heritage places in Rajasthan, a land of magnificent palaces and forts or walk down to the golden desert of Rajasthan where the sun is not just golden but many colours. Imagine sitting with your family around a bonfire and talking nomadic tales with authentic Rajasthani food served to you with music to sing or dance to. The Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat will surprise you with its white sand and the landscape it makes of itself during full moon nights with stars twinkling high in the sky. The warm hospitality and cultural vibrance will instantly make you fall in love this place. Offbeat travel is the new in!
- Take a stroll on the beach together and live it up
Don’t have too much time in hand? Get packing and rush to Goa! Every family has to have a Goa vacation to talk about. Goa has its doors open to all ages and caters to everyone in the family. The father can have his beers, the mother her cocktails, the big boy can enjoy water sports, and the little girl can make her sand castles! Oh, the lovely grand moms and grand dads can go on a stroll to the churches and forts around. That’s not it! Together you can go have a swim at any of the innumerable beaches that Goa is decorated with, or go on a boat ride to celebrate the essence of Goa! Casinos could be fun too! Go Goa!
- Bond over spirituality
Wish to pay a visit to the Gods? India has plenty of these destinations and probably the best architectural masterpieces you would ever see. Chanting ‘Jai Mata Di’ in energetic tones while walking your way to VaishnoDevi or standing in a queue just to get a glimpse of the enormously magnificent idol at Tirupatri Balaji, it’s worth every penny spent! You name it – Amarnath, Golden Temple, Nathadwara, Kailash Mansarovar – every place has a story to say and you deserve to hear it!