13 Places In India You Must Visit With Your Family-

By: Tipsdekho

2018-06

13 Places In India You Must Visit With Your Family-

A magnum of places, people, culture, traditions, colours and religion, India is a country that will surprise you with its never ending allures.

Witnessing the trails of the architectural pasts to experiencing the serenity of valleys, drenching in the salty sea waters or soaking in the religious rituals, India can delight you in more ways than you imagine!

Dotted with innumerable charms, a journey across these 13 destinations will bond you with your loved ones like never before. What are you waiting for? Start planning now!

1. The Golden Triangle: Delhi – Agra – Jaipur

Visit the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur) with your family

Delhi

Explore Akshardham temple, Humayun tomb, street food of Delhi

From the ancient Mughals to Afghans, experience the phenomenal monuments to unique restaurants, bustling bazaars of Old Delhi to fascinating malls of New Delhi, street shopping at Janpath or Sarojini to the street food at Chandni Chowk, Delhihas something for every traveller.

Must Visit:
– India Gate as a tribute to the country
– Connaught Place for amazing food
– Old Delhi for Chandni Chowk & Asia’s biggest mosque- Jama Masjid
– Janpath or Sarojini Market for bulk shopping!

Galtaji temple, street market colors textiles, amberfort elephant ride in jaipur

Further ahead lies the journey to the traditionally colourful city of Jaipur, inviting you to the majestic architectures and hand crafted souvenirs. The city boasts of its royal Rajput influence, lifestyle intricacies, and rich art & cultural history.

Must Visit:
– Hawa Mahal for its architecture
– Nahargarh fort for an enticing city view
– Johri Bazaar for impressive gemstone work and jewellery
– Chokhi Dhani for the ultimate Rajasthani experience.

Tip: A trip to Chowki Dhani is a must if you’re short on time and want to have to real Rajasthani experience.

Agra

Taj Mahal, boat ride in the bank of Yamuna, Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra

Finally, stop by at the city of love – Agra and immerse in the beautiful Taj Mahal. Situated by the banks of Yamuna, this symmetrical monument took about 22 years to complete and is celebrated as an epitome of love all across the world.

Must Visits:
– Fatehpur Sikri for the amazing glassware
– Agra fort for the marvellous architecture
– Agra markets for Inlay work on marvel and traditional carpets.

Tip: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. Plan your trip accordingly.

Best time to visit the Golden Triangle: October to March

2. Serenely Adventurous Himachal Pradesh

Breathe the fresh Himalayan breeze by paragliding & mountaineering in Manali

Travelling with family and planning to miss the state, you could lose out on a lot! Right from river rafting to trekking expeditions to scenic landscapes, Himachal is an apt choice for a traveller with kids. Soak yourself in the mild sunlight and breathe the fresh Himalayan breeze while your kids go paragliding, mountaineering, jeep safari and more.

Must Visit:
– Manali and Rohtang Pass for snow clad mountains
– Shimla for the scenic beauty
– McLeodganj for trekking trails
– Kufri for Yak rides
– Solang Valley for adventure sports

Tip: Avoid trekking trips with children below 10 years and elderly. Temperature at Rohtang Pass is usually very low, hence heavy woollen clothing is advised.
Best time to visit: In Spring, April – June and In winters, November to February

3. Heaven on Earth – Kashmir

Kashmir - famous for Shikara weave, srinagar textile, Kashmir valley

This mini Switzerland of India attracts tourists from all over the world, across various age groups and is always on the list of every Indian. You definitely need to visit this paradise on earth and meditate in the flower valley hearing the laughter of your loved ones.

Must Visit:
– Srinagar for houseboats and shikara rides
– Gulmarg for Skiing
– Pahalgam for Baisaran Valley

Tip: You can opt for skiing classes at the Skii Institute

Best time to visit: In spring, April – June & In winters, December – March for Skiing.

4. The unexplored North East

The tea estates of Darjeeling, monastery, highest peaks & deepest valleys, North East

Experience living in the foothills of Himalayas and wake up to the highest of peaks & deepest of valleys. Away from the hustle bustle of the city, reside in the tranquil hills. A trip to north east definitely invites you to the tea estates of Darjeeling. Taste the authentic momos and Darjeeling Tea!

Must Visit:
– Tsomgo Lake for Red Panda, migratory ducks and other species of fauna
– Yumthang valley for breath-taking scenic grandeur
– Rumtek Monastery for unique religious art objects
– Darjeeling for the toy train ride and authentic tea flavours

Tip: Heavy woollen clothing is advised for children and elderly in higher altitude areas.

5. Rajasthan on Wheels

Explore the majestic palaces, vast deserts, lake palace, wildlife in Royal Rajsthan

The royal Rajasthan and its luxury is worth experiencing with your family. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels offers a chance to explore the vast deserts, majestic palaces, glimpses into the wildlife and the beautiful havelis of Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ranthambore & Jaipur.

Must Visit:
– Udaipur for its royalty
– Jodhpur for Mehrangarh Fort
– Chittorgarh for the treasure trove of Rajputana history
– Jaipur for exquisite handicrafts

Tip: The train makes a trip to Khajuraho Temples, Madhya Pradesh. Select your locations as per your choice.

Best time to visit: October – March

6. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Enjoy scuba diving, white sandy beaches, elephant of Andaman and Nicobar

The once known ‘Kaalapani’ is now a popular tourist destination. The tropical environment, white sandy beaches and coral reefs, lush green rainforests and active volcano make a trip to Andaman an adventurous and mesmerizing one.

Must Visit:
– Havelock Islands for Scuba Diving
– Cellular Jail for the light and sound show
– Andaman water sports complex for sea water swimming and more water sport activities

Tip: Avoid locations with high tribal density. Nicobar Islands are out for bound of tourism activities because a majority of tribes reside there.

Best time to visit: Mid November to April

7. Haridwar and Rishikesh

Famous Laxman Jhula in Haridwar and river rafting in Rishikesh

Planning a religious-fun family tour this year? Haridwar and Rishikesh is the place for your family! Visit one of the most holy cities of India and bathe in the Ganges, wash your sins away. Walk on the swaying Laxman Jhula with your kids and travel to Rishikesh for some adventure.

Must Visit:
– Mansa Devi temple in Haridwar
– Laxman Jhula – the swaying bridge
– Rishikesh for adventure sports
– Har-ki-pauri Ghat for the evening Maha Aarti

Tip: There’s no alcohol or non-vegetarian food available in the holy city. If you can’t deal with a strict vegetarian diet, you might not enjoy the place.

Best time to visit: February – June, August – October

8. God’s own Country – Kerala

Kerala - for elephant bathing, kathakali, temples, coffee plantation

This narrow strip of land along the Arabian sea boasts of its natural vegetation, rich flora and fauna, beaches and backwaters and romantic views. Visiting Kerala would prove to be completely relaxing and rejuvenating trip for your parents and children alike.

Must Visits:
– The beautiful hill station – Munnar
– Backwaters of Alleppey
– Kovalam Beaches
– Thekkady and Wayanad for natural experiences

Tip: Go only to those ayurveda centers that are approved by the Ministry of Tourism

9. Nainital & Jim Corbett National Park

Tiger at Jim Corbett National park, Naini lake Nainital, deer fawn nesting Uttarakhand

Nestled amidst seven lush valleys of Uttarakhand, Naini lake is believed to be found by Tri-Rishi (lake of three sages) and was explored by the Britishers as a holiday getaway spot. Located about three hours away from Nainital, Jim Corbett is a popular wildlife resort. Over 70,000 tourists visit the national park all-round the year.

Must Visit:
– Naini lake for a peaceful boat ride
– Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo for Siberian tiger, wolves, hill fox and more
– Tiffin top for a panoramic view of Himalayas
– Stop by and have fresh bhuttas on the way
– Jim Corbett for an adventurous wildlife tour

Tip: Thrill yourself with a stay in the jungle at the wildlife resort within the park’s premises and you might even get to see a tiger!

Best time to visit:
Nainital: March – June and September to November
Jim Corbett National Park: November – June

Visit Varanasi for a splendid religious experience of aarti at the Ganga ghats

Varanasi or Banaras, is the oldest city of the world. Located by the ghats of the holy river Ganga, the city is a must visit for a splendid religious experience. Symbolizing spiritualism, philosophy & mysticism for thousands of years, Varanasi hypnotizes the tourists with its magical chants and echoing aartis.

Must Visit:
– Jnana Vapi or the Well of wisdom believed to have been dug by Lord Shiva himself
– Boat ride along the Ganges river for the real Banaras experience
– Kashi Vishwanath temple for its gold plated towers
– Ramnagar Fort for its museum displaying vintage cars, royal palkis and more
– Banaras Emporium to buy your wife or your mom the Banarasi Silk Sari

Tip: This city of temples, gallies and ghats will lure you to explore more. Plan your destinations according to the time you’ll have.

Best time to visit: October – March

11. Mumbai – the city that never sleeps

Gateway of India, Marine Drive, and Juhu chaupati in Mumbai

Home to most of the Bollywood celebrities, Mumbai, the city of dreams, literally never sleeps. Be it the mandis preparing for early morning customers or marine drive for a walk by the see any time, places near Mumbai attracts tourists like crazy.

Must Visit:
– Siddhi Vinayak Mandir to witness the religious madness of the city toward Lord Ganesha
– Gateway of India for the view of the majestic Taj, by the sea and ferry rides
– Bandra for a great street shopping experience and stop by at Band Stand, in front for Shah Rukh Khan’s residence Mannat for a peaceful seaside time.
– Juhu for its choupati consisting of tapris serving lip smacking chaats, pani puri or pav bhaji.
– You may also wish to travel to Lonavala, Shirdi and Nashik. Plan your travel wisely.

Tip: If you’re travelling to Mumbai in summers, you may not enjoy much, due to high humidity levels.

Best time to visit: September to March

12. Puri

Visit the beautiful city Puri for Jagannath Rath Yatra and beaches, Odisha

This beautiful city mostly remains untouched throughout the year until the Jagannath Yatra begins. The city welcomes you with a cool breeze even on the most summery days and the majestic temple adds an aura of peace to your leisure travel.

Must Visit:
– Walk by the beach and enjoy the calmness amidst the noisy atmosphere
– Explore the local shops selling alluring age old arts and artefacts
– Chilka Lake for the biggest salt water lagoon and migratory birds
– Sun Temple at Konark for its magnificent architecture

Tip: If you wish to attend the ‘Rath Yatra festival’ plan your trip for the months of June-July

Best time to visit: August to March

13. Kashmir of South India: Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal

Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal for a serene scenic getaway in South India

Planning a trip down south and looking for a serene scenic getaway. Coorg, Ooty and Kodaikanal serve as a perfect destination for a relaxing holiday!

Coorg

Experience the abbey waterfalls, monastery, wildlife sanctuaries in Coorg

Located in the Western ghats, Coorg is locally known as the Kashmir of Karnataka. With over three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park, gorgeous sunset points, waterfalls and plenty of coffee plantations, Coorg makes an ideal getaway with family.

Must Visit:
– Raja’s seat for a gorgeous sunset view
– Coorg’s most popular waterfalls – Abbey Falls
– Bylakuppe near Kushalanagar is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in south India

Tip: In winters, the temperature can drop below 8 degrees. Hence, woollen clothing is advisable.

Best time to visit: October to June

Ooty

Explore the tea plantation, trains, rose garden in Ooty

One of the most popular hill stations of south, Ooty has been referred to as the queen of hill stations, since ages because of its breath taking kaleidoscopic visual treats and soul stirring experiences. Lush green well maintained lawns, rare flora species, tranquil atmosphere are some highlights of this picturesque destination

Must Visit: 
– Botanical Garden for a 20 million year old fossilized tree
– Lake Garden by for the fibreglass dome
– High altitude deer parks of India

Tip: In winters the temperature might drop down to 5 degrees or less and hence, woollens are recommended.

Kodaikanal

Visit Kodaikanal for pillar rocks, creeks, long stretches of forests

The mighty rocks, bowers, creeks, long stretches of forests and the meadows define the charm of Kodaikanal. This princess of hill stations has started gaining popularity recently and offers a perfect getaway resort from the city bustles.

Must Visit:
– Climb to the jutting rocks of Kodai and the Pillar rocks for a delighting view
– Coaker’s walk for thrilling views
– Telescope House for the panoramic view of the valley

Tip: Children are advised to walk carefully on steep trails.

Best time to visit Kashmir of South India: In Spring, April to June; In Winters, September – November

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