Family on a vacation
In India, vacations greet you in all seasons, winter, rainy and the months-long summer vacations. In our children’s dictionary, the word vacation is synonymous with holidays. Your kids are likely to pressurize you to take them on a holiday since their friends are going. With the summer vacations in school just about the corner, it could be a well deserved break for you and your kids to break away from mundane routines and enjoy a few days off! Below are top 10 holiday destinations in India which you and your kid will enjoy:

Top 10 Summer Vacations Destinations In India
  1. Ooty: A very famous hill station in the South. Enjoy the picturesque beauty from awesome wooden cottages perched on hills. The fog and cold weather will surely bring respite in summer.

    Activities and Places to Visit:

    • Toy train through deep jungles and valleys is one of its kind, suitable for the entire family
    • Children can enjoy pony rides and explore botanical gardens
    • Take them to the honey and bee museum and tea factory to see how honey and tea are prepared
    • Enjoy hot cheese omelettes at Pykara and go on a refreshing walk around Pykara lake and falls
    • Try fishing, trekking and horse racing
    • Coonoor, just 17 kms away from Ooty provides numerous other attractions such as Lambs Rock, St Catherine Falls, Lady Canning’s Seat, Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose, Law’s Falls, Ralliah Dam and Droog
    • Relish wholesome seafood, meats and south Indian food

    Accommodation: Prices start from Rs. 1000

  2. Goa: Apart from the fascinating beaches, Goa is famous for scenic beauty, a great dose of adventure, a kind touch of heritage and mesmerizing cultural insights. If you are not sporting enough, you can lay back on the beach, wrapped in sunscreen, sipping fresh coconut water and reading a book. Running on the sand of sun kissed beaches with lapping waves and fresh smell of turquoise blue water is an exhilarating experience in itself.

    Activities and Places to Visit:

    • A host of water sports await you! Sea rides, dolphin spotting, day cruise, snorkelling, jet skiing, para-sailing, wind-surfing, water skiing, knee and wake boarding, speed boat, and scuba diving
    • Goa is a paradise of beaches, some of them are Vagator, Calangute, Anjuna, Baga, Morgim, Bogmalo, Majorda, Colva, Agonda, Palolem, Mandrem and Varca Beaches. Some luxurious hotels have their own stretch of beaches so you can have your own private beach time
    • Enjoy fresh seafood from beach shacks listening to live music
    • Do take time to visit ancient churches and shop around printed clothes

    Accommodation: A number of budget resorts provide rooms starting from Rs.1200 per night.

  3. Jim Corbett National Park: This place is widely known for frequent spotting of tigers and has also featured in the film “Kaal”. Jim Corbett Park has its own thrill and wilderness which is incomparable.

    Activities and Places to Visit:

    • Kids could be thrilled with the unusual experience of elephant safari, jeep safari and horse safari
    • Forest rest houses organise camps. The hotels and resorts also arrange a myriad of activities ranging from setting camps, bonfire and adventurous activities

    Accommodation: Rooms start from Rs. 1300

  4. Kaziranga National Park: Time for some family adventure! Ideal for nature lovers and staying away from hustle and bustle of the city. Famous for spotting one-horned Rhino, turtles and minivets.

    Activities and Places to Visit:

    • Night safaris and Elephant safari
    • Camping
    • Trekking
    • Hotels and resorts organise several excursions and activities
    • Jorhat and Panbari Reserve Forest are nearby attractions

    Accommodation: Economical yet hygienic lodges managed by Assam Tourism Development Cooperation provide room from Rs.900 onwards. If these are not available other resorts and lodges starting from Rs.1500 onwards are also available.

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  6. Darjeeling: The jack of holiday and queen of summers.

    Activities and Places to Visit:

    • Toy train ride from Darjeeling to Kurseong/jalpaiguri enjoy the sheer landscape beauties on this 70 km long journey
    • Rock gardens and waterfalls are sure places to get selfies
    • Tiger hill peak to enjoy the beautiful experience of watching sunrise in tranquillity
    • A cable car ride from Darjeeling – Rangit is something your kids will look forward to
    • Ghoom Monastery, Dali Monastery, Tamang Ghumba and Aloobari Monastery can help your kid acquaint with the north eastern culture
    • Garg World Amusement Park – yes, the kids will love it
    • Other attractions: The Ava Art Gallery, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop and the War Memorial, Botanical Garden, Scrubbery Park, Red Panda Breeding Farm, Himalayan Zoo and Dhirdham Temple Mirik lake and Himalayan Zoological Park
    • Do try the sweet dumplings and mouth-watering momos

    Accommodation: Rooms start from Rs.1500 onwards

  7. Pachmari: The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh surrounded by magnificent Satpura range. You can send your kids for mountaineering or trekking day camps whilst you can go for a leisure walk or on trails surrounded by water and greenery.

    Activities and Places to Visit:

    • Maradeo Hills
    • Take your kids to fascinating Jatashankar and Pandav caves to know more about caves with religious history
    • Satpura National Park. Handi Khoh, Apsara Vihar, Dhoopgarh are few other attractions atop winding hills

    Accommodation: Rooms start from Rs.1300 onwards

  8. Mussoorie: Relax in the nature’s lap gazing at the ups and downs of valleys, spotted with lakes and waterfalls.

    Activities and Places to Visit:

    • Cable car to Gun Hill: Enjoy the panoramic view of Mussoorie from height
    • Kempty falls: Carry the swim seat, buy pool balls and play frisbee under cool Kempty Falls
    • Cloud End and Lal Tibba are other attractions here
    • Shop for souvenirs at Mall Road
    • Ranikhet: Just 63 km away is another ideal destination, where you can go trekking, camping in forest and enjoy traditional Kumaoni cusisine

    Accommodation: Rooms available from Rs. 900 onwards.

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  10. Manali: A very famous destination for honeymooners, is ready to welcome you and your family to the rich, fragrant fruit orchards, ice-clad peaks, steep cliffs, picturesque landscape with pine trees and snow-covered hotel cottages.

    Activities and Places to Visit:

    • Paragliding, river rafting, mountain trekking, ice skiing – Manali Mountaineering Institute provides basic training in these along with water sports
    • Rahala water falls: enjoy picnic with the beauty of nature
    • Solang Valley – an awesome spot to watch glaciers, snow-clad peaks and enjoy snow skiing
    • Vashisht Hot Water springs and temples, Arjuna Caves, Jagatsukh, Tibetan Monastery and Hadimba temple are other must see attractions
    • Manali Club House: After spending the day sight-seeing club house is a decent way to relax and let your kids enjoy indoor sports
    • Kullu is just 40 km away from Manali, which is again a delightful tourist destination famous for adventure sports, temples, wildlife sanctuaries and selling Kashmiri products
    • Manali Mall road is the place to shop for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs

    Accommodation: Rooms start from Rs. 700 onwards

Your kid wants to run free in open spaces, splash in cool waves, and indulge in adventurous activities. Keeping this in mind along with the scenic beauty and varied cuisines, you can give above options to your kid and select a perfect family holiday destination. Book hotels in advance and do pack swimming suit and sunscreen! So pack your bags, get ready to unwind and chill!