Remember waiting eagerly for the summer vacations in your childhood? It usually meant going back home to your native place or sometimes, exploring exciting and new places with your parents. Now with a busy work schedule or getting immersed in our routine often makes us forget the need for a vacation for our elderly parents.
Certain regions might not be ideal to take your parents along, perhaps due to high altitudes or rough terrain. But India is blessed with one too many places that are perfect to go to with your entire family, regardless of their age. Gift your parents a refreshing experience that they deserve by visiting these destinations in India.
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One of the most ancient cities of India, Varanasi, which is also known as Benaras or Kashi, is a revered city that is nestled on the banks of the holy river Ganga.
The numerous ghats of Varanasi are lined with many Hindu temples and therefore, the place has many nicknames like religious capital of India and the city of temples. Located in Uttar Pradesh, some of the places you must visit in Varanasi include Dashashwamedh Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, etc.
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Nestled on the river Yamuna, Agra is a popular tourist destination in India that gleams with the rich heritage of India. Plan a vacation to Agra with your parents and show them the magnificent monuments created by the Mughal Empire.
Hampi is one of the most famous tourist places in Karnataka and is a place that should be visited by people of all ages in order to witness the glorious group of monuments. Hampi is blessed with the architecture of the Vijayanagar Empire, since it used to be the centre of their rule.
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The picturesque hill station of Munnar in Kerala might be just the place for your parents. Spread with fresh tea gardens, surrounded by the Western Ghats range that is coupled with balmy climate is what you can expect in Munnar. Take them through the scenic locations of Munnar, such as the Rose Garden, Mattupetty Dam, Atukkad Waterfalls, Echo Point, etc.
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Fondly known as the Queen of the Nilgiris, Ooty is one of the most loved hill station in South India. It is a perfect escape into the arms of nature that fills your breath with the aroma of tea gardens as soon as you enter the town.
Located in the Land of Kings, Rajasthan, Pushkar is an ancient city that is popular for the 5-day Pushkar Fair that takes place every year, between late October to early November. It is an important pilgrimage site for Sikhs and Hindus and therefore, might be the destination you're looking for.
Pushkar Lake is a holy waterbody where many pilgrims bathe in the ghats; the town is known for the Sikh gurdwaras and temples, like Sri Sawai Bhoj Temple, Varaha Temple, etc.
Coorg is known for the lush greenery that is crowded with coffee and spice plantations that beautifies all of the hill station. Being one of the most sought-after destinations in Karnataka, Coorg, or officially known as Kodagu, is a great holiday destination.
Visit the mesmerising Abbey and Iruppu Falls in monsoon, head to Mandalpatti for a breathtaking panoramic view of the hill station, revel in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, amongst the many things that you must do in Coorg.
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Shirdi gained significance since it was the town of the late saint Sri Sai Baba. It is a popular pilgrimage centre that attracts at least 25,000 devotees everyday. The place where Sri Sai Baba visited as a 16-year-old boy is called Gurusthan and is a popular point of interest. Visit the Sansthan Temple, Samadhi Mandir and Dwarkamai when you're at Shirdi.
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Amritsar is recognised worldwide due to the stunning Golden Temple that is located in the heart of the city. Being the most important pilgrimage sites for Sikhs, Amritsar is a fantastic place to visit with your parents.
Be a part of a bygone era by visiting historically significant places, like Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border; apart from which, you can visit Gobindgarh Fort, Durgiana Temple and try out the fantastic Punjabi cuisine at the street stalls of Amritsar.
Rameswaram is one of the holiest Hindu places that is located in Tamil Nadu. Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram is the most important point of interest, which has the most awe-striking architecture and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
The city of Mysore is known for the brilliant Mysore Palace that was built during the time of Wodeyar dynasty. It is built in a beautiful Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and is also known as Amba Vilas Palace.
Witness a rich culture and tradition of Uttarakhand at Haridwar, an ancient city that is significant since it is one of the four places where the grand Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela takes place once every 12 years. Visit Hari Ki Pauri or go temple-hopping to the many temples of Haridwar, like Mansa Devi Temple, Chand Devi Temple, etc.