Travelling with kids can be fun but most of us face trouble while selecting a destination in India. Since the country is vast and travelling modes can become uncomfortable at times, we may have to settle for nearby or known destinations each time we plan a holiday with kids. But you know this way, we are losing out on so much that this beautiful country has to offer to us and our children. So, what is the solution? Should we stay ignorant and take our kids to monotonous destinations? No, I say! India is such a colorful land and our growing kids deserve to see the different hues of this iconic country. Here are some of the best places that you must visit with your kids in India. These destinations may inculcate broader perspective in our kids and inspire them to care of the country.
Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir
For obvious reasons Kashmir is at the top of this list because there is so much that our kids can learn from it. Unparalleled beauty can be the first thing that will catch the eyes of kids here but once you start taking them places and explaining why all these destinations are important, your kids might realize how fortunate they are to be here. Having to see the simple lifestyle of Kashmiris and their attachment towards their land despite all the tribulations can give your kids a different outlook towards life. Also, the opportunity to stay in a houseboat; ski in Gulmarg (seasonal); visit tulip gardens (seasonal) and horse riding in Aru Valley might give them an experience for which they cannot be thankful enough to you.
Places of Interest: Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Yusmarg, Gulmarg
Things to do with Kids: Houseboat Stay, Horse Riding, Skiing, Golfing, Trekking
No you don’t have to be a follower of a certain faith to visit a place like Puri. Yes, it is one of the prominent Char Dham sites in India but it has lot to offer in terms of rich architectural heritage. Blessed with a serene beach that is comparatively very clean and numerous ancient buildings including the majestic Jagganath Temple, this place deserves to be in the list to make your kids understand the rich history of the country.
Places of Interest: Jagganath Temple, Puri Beach, Puri Beach Market, Loknath Temple, Raghurajpur Artist Village, Chilika Lake
Things to do with Kids: Visit Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary, Taste the Maha Prasadam of Jagganath Temple, Try Seafood, Visit Konark Temple (35kms from Puri), Sunset View at Puri Beach
As a good parent it is our duty to give our kids the education that their school curriculum do not have and I believe the best way to do it to make them travel to different places. In a country like India where diversity plays an important role, you can impart a great deal of knowledge to your kids that can be helpful all through their lives. So, moving forward in our list, I would add Aurangabad to the list of places you should visit with kids in India. This place in Maharashtra has incredible monuments that can surely interest kids. The famous 2nd century BC Ajanta and Ellora Caves are the places that your kids would definitely be interested in. Apart from it, the Bibi Ka Maqbara, which by the way looks similar to Taj Mahal is also situated here. The bank of Kham River can also be a place to take your kids after a hectic day of sightseeing.
Places of Interest: Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Daulatabad, Pitalkhora Caves, Panch Chakki Khuldabad, Guatala Sanctuary, Dnyashewar Udyan, Sunheri Mahal, Jayakwadi Dam, Mhaismal
Things to do with Kids: Visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Camp at Sharnapur, Wildlife tour to Guatala Sanctuary, Bird Watching at Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary
Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
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.
Places of Interest: Bhuj, Hodka Village, Dhordo Village, Kala Dungar
Things to do with Kids: Camel Ride, Introduction to local art and craft, Sightseeing at Bhuj, Taste the local cuisine especially Khamman Dhokla
Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
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.
Places of Interest: 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
Andaman is a place for all! So, without a doubt it should be mentioned in this blog as well. Situated off the coast on a beautiful island, Andaman is probably one of the best places to visit with kids. The surreal landscape, decent waters ports facilities and rich flora and fauna are the highlights of this place. Also, the fact that it is a less frequented tourist destination adds delight to your holiday plan to Andaman. The kids will love you to bring them to destination with so many adventure activities as well as you get an opportunity to teach them about different kind of flora and fauna. So, it becomes a win win situation!
Places of Interest: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Ross Island, Radhanagar Beach, Little Andaman Lighthouse, Chatham Saw Mill, Lalaji Bay, Anthropoligical Museum, Corbyn’s Cove, Beach 5, Kalapathar, Samudrika Marine Museum, Viper Island, Netaji Nagar, Limestone Caves, Chiriya Tapu Biological Park, Gandhi Statue, WWII Bunker, Clock Tower, Butler Bay
Things to do with Kids in Andaman: Visit Museums, Cellular Jail Tour, Watersports
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is quite an obvious pick for this list as the place is beautiful and has many attractions that might interest kids. A drive to Rohtang Pass, which connects Manali to Lauhal and Spiti Valley and further to Leh is a thrilling experience. If the weather permits, you can enjoy snow scooter, skiing and mountain biking with your kids here. Also, in summer, paragliding can be enjoyed at Solang Valley (16kms from Manali), short trek from Manali to Vashisht can be done with kids too.
Places of Interest: Hidimba Temple, Vashisht Temple and Hot Springs, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Rahala Waterfalls.
Things to do with Kids in Manali: Paragliding, Trek to Vashisht Temple, skiing (winter)
Amritsar can be a good experience for your kids who are learning to travel like a pro. Apart from famed Golden Temple, your kids will have the opportunity to see the India-Pakistan border along with the wonderful beating retreat held in the evening and Jallianwala Bagh, where the heinous massacre took place. Besides Amritsar can be a great destination for a food tour with its scrumptious and mouth watering cuisine.
Places of Interest: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Mata Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama Museum, Baba Atal Tower, Amrit Sarovar, Summer Palace (Ram Bagh)
Things to do with Kids in Amritsar: Visit Golden Temple, Visit Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Food Tour, Witness Beating Retreat