What's your ideal travel experience? A spacious resort or a campsite in the wilderness? Spending quality time with your family on a verdant rolling hill or seeing a school of vibrant fish, underwater? You want to go paragliding, skiing, or Instagram-crazy!?
Well, we've rounded up 10 best places to visit in India for you to experience all of the above with your kids, on a vacation. Have a look!
1. Gir National Park, Gujarat
Kids are closer to nature than the adults and this connection can be further emphasised by parents by planning a trip to the famous Gir National Park. Taking your kids to this unusual habitat of the wild is also an excellent way to educate them about being sensitive and friendly towards nature and wildlife that is as much a part of the earth as humans are! Children of all ages are sure to love the wildlife experiences to be had in Gir National Park (Asiatic Lions-viewing safari, anyone?).
2. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Boasting extensive amenities in the town to make parents and their kids feel comfortable, Shimla is one of the most sought after hill stations in India. Be it skiing, ice skating or other adventure activities, Shimla is apt for families looking forward to spending some quality time with their kids on the snowy hills.
3. Jaipur, Rajasthan
This famous historical city with their palaces and forts have the potential to keep children's minds hooked to their history and architecture. For parents, it is more like giving an educational tour to their children before they read about it in the history books.
4. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Allowing you to experience the zest of its wilderness through picturesque views, Darjeeling is one of the kid-friendly places in India. Kids are sure to love all of the toy train rides and picky eaters will have plenty of restaurants to choose from. A trek to the Tiger Hill offers a mesmerising view of the daybreak. Many families have strengthened their bonds by taking a stroll along the famous Darjeeling tea plantations or taking a cable car ride or on the foothills of the cascades.
Offering a perfect blend of nature, adventure and serenity, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a popular family destination that entices tourists with cerulean blue waters, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, palm trees and abundant marine life. Scuba diving, Deep-sea walking, snorkelling and playing other water sports are experiences that kids will treasure forever. Besides fun activities, the famous cellular jails also aid us to reminisce history closer to our time
6. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Don't let the distance discourage you - Gulmarg is a blast to visit with kids. Gulmarg, far-famed as "heartland of winter sports in India" is one of the best ski destinations in Asia. The natural grasslands of Gulmarg are covered with rare wildflowers like daisies, buttercups, and forget-me-nots during spring. Moreover, the viewpoint on the Apharwat peak in Gulmarg offers scenic views of Harmukh and Nanga Parbat of the Himalayan ranges.
7. Majuli, Assam
Situated by the banks of Brahmaputra River in Assam, Majuli is the most extensive river island in the world! Majuli is a perfect haven for wildlife photographers and nature-lovers as it is abode to many exotic and migratory birds. This incredibly friendly tourist destination entertains children and family, with its teeming natural bounties. Upholding the cultural significance of Assamese civilization since the 16th century, Majuli hosts all the major events such as Ras Mahotsav and Majuli Mahotsav attracting tens and thousands of people.
8. Hampi, Karnataka
Time stands still in Hampi, and for most families travelling with kids, this ancient paradise is ideal! To have a sight of the culture and history of India and its lost glory, pay a visit to Hampi. Hampi is among the best heritage sites in India; thus it was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The ample things to do in Goa; from trying authentic cuisine and adventure activities to basking in the sun, make it a popular holiday destination to visit with kids. Kids will never have a quiet moment on vacation here. For adventurous kids, there are many water activities, jet ski, swimming, banana rides, parasailing and much more. When you are done exploring the beaches, you can visit tourist attractions like museums, churches, old forts, cascades and wildlife sanctuaries.
10. New Delhi
Delhi is one of the family-friendly holiday destinations in India and it offers a lot of family activities to choose from. There are various tourist attractions and interesting museums, where your kids can have a lot of fun. The toilet-related paraphernalia Sulabh Museum of Toilet rail museum, Bal Bhavan, Nehru Planetarium, and The International Doll Museum are some of the recommended places. The old monuments, gardens, heritage landmarks, and even the local markets are fun for kids.