Meeting so many international tourists during my travels, one thing that I got to know about them is that when they are in India they take their kids to the mainstream places, like Agra. However, in India there is much more to see than places like Agra and Rajasthan.
India has such a varied culture that to fully understand the country one should go to all the four corners to understand what the country is all about.
Below, I am listing down six must visit places that you and your kids should definitely go to while here in India.
Dalhousie lies in the North Eastern side of India amidst the Himalayan ranges. This place is near Sikkim and is visited by people for its picturesque landscape. But the thrill it provides to kids is beyond words.
Dalhousie is famous for its Toy Train that runs on the mountains, amidst the meadows and long stretches of the hills. Kids enjoy this ride very much. The train is really colorful and small in size. It takes the tourists from one place to another in Dalhousie. The journey is so peaceful and picturesque and you can feel the breath of fresh air throughout the journey which makes the entire tour a fun filled one.
A pro tip, carry a blowing bubble machine along with you and blow these while in the train with your kids.
Lonavala – Right outside the Jungle Book
Lonavala lies in the Maharashtra region near Mumbai and during monsoons this hill station becomes so green that it becomes almost unbelievable. In here you can visit numerous waterfalls, peaks and go in an adventure park.
Kids will thoroughly enjoy these activities. Pavana Lake of Lonavala is famous for its picnic and leisure spot and is located at the outskirts of Lonavala. On the other hand, there is a theme park here called Della Adventures. This park offers 100 different adventure sports where kids can extensively enjoy activities like bungee jumping, horse riding, etc.
This is not only a rejuvenating experience for the kids, but it is also refreshing and a fun filled experience for the entire family.
Alleppey is in the Kerala region and Kerala is in South India. Kerala is known as “God’s Own Country”, as well as “Land of Coconut”, and once you visit this place you will clearly know why. The place is so green with coconut trees all around you.
One of the best places to visit in Kerala is Alleppey where you can enjoy the backwaters and also a stay in the boat house. The best thing to do in this boat house is to watch the sun set. It is such a peaceful feeling even for the kids. I have personally seen kids rest their faces on the railing of the boat house and watch the golden reflections of the sun on the back waters while it is setting.
Another thing you can do here is to go to the Boat Jetty Bridge, from where you can see the stretch of the entire back waters and the sunset just behind the rivers. The bridge is built over a water canal and you will find numerous Shikaras, houseboats, and canoes lining beside the shore. The place indeed feels magical then.
Jaisalmer is a beautiful desert in the state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is not just about forts and the Pink city, but if you go a little ahead, you will be able to experience the Rajasthani culture along with the Thar desert.
Jaisalmer is the best to be during the New Years’ time where the festival is celebrated in its full glee. From puppet shows to Rajasthani folk dance, your kids can witness it all. It will be an all together a different experience for them. Plus, they can see the traditional side of India through this.
Early in the morning, the next day, one can go on a desert safari from where you can enjoy the wind in the desert as well as driving around in the soft sand. This is really adventurous for kids as well.
Lying in the Himalayan region, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Bir Billing is the perfect adventure spot for anyone. From kids to adults, anyone can get high on adrenaline. Bir Billing is a go to spot to fly in the sky and enjoy para gliding. This sport is guided by trained men here and thoroughly enjoyed by the tourists.
You hike or take a cab to reach the flying spot and from here you fly in the sky with the help of the gliders. One can see the entire valley of Billing from the top which is so beautiful and mesmerizing to fly amidst the mountains full of greenery.
Although do remember that flying during the monsoon season is difficult due to clouds and unclear weather, hence during this time para gliding is not functional. So plan before you go here and check for the weather conditions.
Walk in the Waters of Andaman and Nicobar Island
Andaman and Nicobar Island as the name suggests, is an island. It can be reached by ferries as well as direct flights. This place is really famous for its scuba diving activities and surfing. Usually Indians go here to be certified by PADI. But, you and your kids can thoroughly enjoy the water activities here as the water is really pure and clean ocean lets you witness so many marine animals.
Kids can walk here in the ocean, play all kinds of water sports and relax. It is the perfect spot where children can get a thrill on adrenaline.
There are several other things you can do in India apart from the six things mentioned above. India is a huge country with a variety of things that your kids can enjoy. You can learn different culture in different states and each state will offer something new to offer to the kids. But if not others at least the above six activities will give you a taste of all the four corners of India.
Guest Author: I am Radhika Sharma, a travel blogger, YouTuber, adventure seeker and an influencer. I am based out in the capital city of India – Delhi with a degree in MBA. With more than two years of experience in blogging and working as an influencer, I offer a unique skill set of engaging my audience of travel enthusiasts towards a particular location or a brand.
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