TOP TEN PLACES TO VISIT WITH THE CHILDREN IN INDIA
Best time to visit Rajasthan: November to February
Rajasthan is the place known for ethnicity in India which makes it a desirable holiday destination.
There is something about Rajasthan that makes it look more Indian than any other state in the country.From luxurious palace you can stay in to humongous forts that take you back in time, Rajasthan has everything it takes for a splendid family holiday. Add to that a desert safari and the spectacular sunset and your trip is complete with activities full of beauty, adventure and luxury.
Vibrant festivals, medieval forts, fairy-tale palaces, camel rides across desert dunes and a well-oiled tourist infrastructure for hassle-free travel.
For older kids there's the thrill of the incredible Flying Fox (zip wires) at Jodhpur.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Goa has earned the reputation of India’s biggest party destination. However, it can be a fantastic getaway for your family and a great way for them to experience a different kind of culture as compared to that of your hometown. And then there are the marvelous beaches like Palolem and Mandrem which are amazing places to visit for their scenic beauty and holiday ambiance. From the local life to the food, everything about Goa is worth witnessing at least once in your lifetime.
If you do not care for beaches, Goa also has some magnificent churches and temples you can visit with your family.
Activities for Children: Spend the day on shores, take them to wildlife sanctuaries, old forts, museums, elephant rides and bathing in the spice plantations.
JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK (UTTARAKHAND)
Best time to visit: November to February
Forests and wildlife are the most precious things on this planet. It is important that our family and kids witness their raw, natural beauty and understand their significance.
The Jim Corbett National Park is a wonderful place to achieve this motive. Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful and provides a fantastic ambiance for a family trip, it also has a wide variety of wildlife for your kids to spot during a safari.You will definitely come back with some very exciting stories!
Activities for children: Forest-stay and exploring the stunning wildlife, safari rides, bird-watching.
ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS
Best time to visit: October to April when the weather is pleasant
An exotic holiday destination in our very own country, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will give your family the feeling of a foreign location.
The white sand beaches,clear skies,turquoise waters and blue lagoons together form landscapes that are unmatched by any other destination in India. You can go snorkeling and scuba-diving or just relax by the beach enjoying the view.The flight across the ocean, and the lovely boat, ferry and ship rides will get any child feeling like they are in a different country. Go island hopping, see some exotic wildlife, try your hand at scuba diving and explore a part of India like no other.
Children love the tropical weather, the abundance of water and adventures.Let the kids enjoy playing on the beach. Do take them snorkeling, swimming with elephants and to watch the multihued corals on a glass bottom boat. Take a break from fun with interactive history lessons in Port Blair where you can teach them about India’s struggle for independence.
Go island hopping for more fun where you can have a view of the active volcano in India at the Barren Island, colony of birds and tropical rainforests.
Activities for children: Snorkelling,glass bottom boat ride to see corals and underwater sea life.
Best time to visit: April to June and September to November
Ooty, the Queen of Hills in the South, is another summer escapade. The hill station not only provides a relaxing atmosphere for parents,but a treat for children with all the chocolate goodies available at the local confectioners.
Increase your child's knowledge by taking them to Honey & Bee Museum and let them learn how honey is gathered.
Chocolates at confectionary stores, Honey & Bee Museum visit, boat ride at Ooty Lake.
RANN OF KUTCH
Best time to visit: August to March
You must take your kids to this place in India. Spread in an area of 7,505 sq km this great stretch of white salt is a sight that your children will never forget and neither will you. Camel rides are available to this place and if in case you plan your travel during the Rann Utsav then you can enjoy the traditional and music here as well.
A trip to Great Rann of Kutch is an excellent opportunity to help your kids realize the diversity in India. You may also introduce your children with the traditional art and craft by taking them to nearby Hodka and Dhordo Village. Also, a sightseeing tour to Bhuj can also enhance the charm of this very informational tour.
Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Daulatabad, Pitalkhora Caves, Panch Chakki Khuldabad, Guatala Sanctuary, Dnyashewar Udyan, Sunheri Mahal, Jayakwadi Dam, Mhaismal are the other places to be visited here.
Activities for children: Visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Camp at Sharnapur, Wildlife tour to Guatala Sanctuary, Bird Watching at Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary
Best time to visit: November to February.
India has no dearth of real-life heroes that not only changed the history of the nation for good but also set an excellent governance example.
To introduce your kids to one of the greatest rulers of India- King Shivaji, take them to Raigad which is one of the best places for children's holiday in India and also one of the most famous forts of Maharashtra.
Hike up the enormous fort or take the ropeway ride, spend a day admiring the excellent landmarks of Maratha history with your kids.
Activities for children: Ropeway ride, visit the ruins of the former palace and the landmarks like the Statue of Shivaji, Maha Darwaja, Khubladha Buruj, Nane Darwaja, Hatti Talav, Gangasagar and the Hirkani Buruj.
Best time to visit: November to February.
Rameswaram is the holy Hindu site but what attracts the travellers to this place is its location. Situated off the coast, Rameswaram is connected with a help Pamban Bridge with mainland India.
Beautiful and pious, this small island is a wonderful place to visit with kids in India. Each place in Rameswaram has a story related to Ramayana and this is what makes this place even more interesting. You can visit the temples, out of which Ramanathaswamy Temple is the most important one and you might also like to take your kids to the beach, which by the way is very clean. Guide your children to other temples present here and make them realize the worth of this surreal place.
Activities for children: Ramanathaswamy Temple, Temple Tanks, Gandhamathana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, Kothandaramaswamy Temple.
Things to do with Kids in Rameswaram: Jeep Safari to Dhanushkodi, Visit Fishermen Village, Stop by Pamban Bridge to Enjoy the View, Climb up to Gandhamandana Parvatham, Visit Beaches Ariaman and Vallinokkam
Best Time to Visit: September to May.
he hills excite families for a vacation. The hill station in Western Ghats, Munnar is ideal for family vacations with children. The natural beauty is perfect.
The kids will love to wander around tea plantations and learn about tea extraction process. The pleasant climate is one of the factors to take your kids along.
The mountain air is cleaner and so much fresher than choked up cities. For adventure, take children for soft trekking on hills or go and visit wild sanctuaries around Munnar. Make sure you visit the tea museum with your kids, to learn about process involved in brewing tea.
Activities for children: Trekking, boating, elephant rides, paragliding, tea plantation tour, museum visits, stay in tree houses, etc.
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year.
The Queen of Hills, Mussoorie is one of India’s top child friendly holiday destinations. Settled in the heart of lush greenery the town is perfect to escape the cities and spend time in the heart of nature.
Families can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The excitements of your holiday include cable car ride from the Mall to Gun Hill.
Explore Jhari Pani Falls, Bhatta Falls, Lake Mist, Mussoorie Lake, Company Garden, Camel’s Back Road,Lal Tibba, and the Sir George Everest. Lastly, you can also visit Mussoorie resident Ruskin Bond, one of the most beloved writers of children’s literature in India.
Activities for children: Soft trekking, cable car rides, bathing in waterfalls, picnic, horse ride, boating, etc.
So, what are you waiting for! Pack up your bags and leave with the kids for an amazing vacation, and spend some wonderful time connecting with them.