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There is a wise saying, ‘a family who eats together, stays together’ but in today’s times, the family who travels together is the one who stays together. This vacation, shed all your inhibitions, as we bring to you great ideas for wonderful family vacations in India.

India abounds in adventures and truly wonderful vacations. Keeping in mind the physical capabilities and interest of each member come up with something that everyone can equally enjoy.

Check out our 10 ideas for wonderful family vacations in India:

  • Trekking

Trekking is a perfect idea for a wonderful family vacation in India. Escape the cities and get to the heart of nature. The Himalayan trekking trails and the ones in Western Ghats are great for adventure. There are various trails according to varying degrees of difficulty. Choose one that suits your entire family.

Best time to go: April to June is a good time to go for trekking with family.

Best places for trekking: Valley of Flowers trek, Har ki Dun trek, Bhimashankar trek, Chembra peak trek, Chandrashila trek, and Dongri trek.

  • River rafting

The joy of sailing over untamed rivers is one of the most fun things to do on family vacations in India. The country has a number of swift rivers which flow through rocky terrains and steep slopes is an intense rush. You have a platter of choices for family rafting expeditions in the country. There are rafting stretches of various grades of difficulty, choose one that suits your family.

Best time to go: April to June.

Best places for rafting: River Ganga in Rishikesh, Beas River in Manali, Zanskar River in Ladakh, Teesta river in Sikkim, Brahmaputra in Arunachal Pradesh, and Barapole river in Coorg.

  • Camping

Away from the urban life, camping provides a chance to enjoy the blessings of nature. It is one of the awesome things to do on a family vacation in India. Camping amid natural environs not only rejuvenates body and mind, but it also gives a family time, which most urban people miss in their busy city schedule. Families can have a great time camping in India.

Best time to go: April to June in mountains and for the desert November to February.

Best places for camping: Rishikesh, Manali, Dharamshala, Pushkar, and Jaisalmer.

  • Snorkeling

Thrilling for people of all ages, snorkeling is one of the amazing ideas for family vacations. To explore the underwater world is truly exhilarating. Exploring the colors, the various kinds of fishes and other marine beings, you will have the time of your life. There are a handful of crystal clear water sites in India where you can enjoy the pleasures of the hidden blue world.

Best time to go: October to April.

Best places for snorkeling in India: Andaman, Lakshadweep, Goa.

  • Paragliding

Soaring the skies like a bird! A memorable adventure and one exhilarating memory with family beside you. India has a plethora of paragliding spots. The adventure activity is safe and one which almost every member of family can enjoy. Enjoy breathtaking views while you are up in the air, it is one of the great ideas for family holidays in India.

Best time to go: March to May, and September to November.

Best places for paragliding: Manali, Bir Billing, Yelagiri, Mussoorie, etc.

  • Skiing

With winter comes skiing, one of the thrilling activities for all those adventure lovers. Skiing is a fun filled sport, and definitely one of the things to do on a family vacation. Sliding down the snow, enjoying the cold and picturesque views, there not a single that you are not going to like. Not only for the adults, skiing is also suited for children. Proper training for advanced skiing is also available.

Best time to go: December to February, the season of snow in India.

Best places to go skiing in India: Auli, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Kufri, Mundali, Narkanda and Munsiyari.

  • Wildlife safari

Owing to the country’s rich bio-diversity, India has a gamut of wildlife reserves, in the form of National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. One can find national parks in each and every state. Be it a safari on an elephant back, or on a jeep, or a boat, such wildlife expeditions are prefect for a memorable vacation with family. To add on to the excitement, choose to stay at jungle accommodations.

Best time to go: October to April is the best season for wildlife safari in India.

Best places for wildlife safari in India: Jim Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand), Kaziranga National Park (Assam), Kanha, Pench, or Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh), Ranthambore (Rajasthan), Periyar, Idukki, Waynad, (Kerala), etc.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot air balloon ride is another great idea for adventure family vacations in India. Amongst the safest adventure sports for the families, these rides are known for the aerial views. Sail over beautiful landscapes, as the balloon rise high up in the air. The basket attached to the hot air balloon easily accommodates a handful of people, making it one of the adventures a family can indulge in together.

Best time to go: October to February.

Best places for hot air balloon rides: Mysore, Kashmir, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Hampi and Pushkar.

  • Angling and Fishing

A relaxing picnic kind of activity, angling and fishing is also a great idea for a family vacation in India. Spend a day by the riverside or along the shores of a water body, interact with each other, regale old stories and feel a healthy bond with families. Plus, it puts no bar on the age group as fishing and angling is enjoyed by everyone.

Best time to go: October to June

Best places to angling and fishing in India: Pahalgam, Srinagar, Pancheshwar, Beas Ghat, Ramganga River, Ranikor, Tirthan valley, and Bheemeshwari.

  • Road trip

Road trip in India is a perfect vacation idea for a family. There are so many beautiful trips which you can embark on with family, enjoy spectacular views, stop for fun at various places, feel like nomads in search of life. Road trip in India is a great idea for vacationer lovers, ideal for people who enjoy the journey more than the destination itself.

Best time to go: Throughout the year.

Best places for road trip: Manali to Ladakh, Mumbai to Goa, through Rajasthan, through Himachal Pradesh, etc.

Author Bio – A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures and experiences of her travels.

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Best vacations are those that are planned along with the family members. Months of May and June are quite warm and welcoming and thus is an ideal time to plan a holiday with loved ones. As the weather becomes balmy, it is a wonderful time to for planning an unforgettable holiday sans delay. Do you also wish to plan a holiday with your family? Are you confused about the destination? Here are some of the best places around the world for family vacation in May and June:

  • Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast is a wonderful sample of Mediterranean landscape with picturesque towns, lush forests, rolling hills and glistening bays. It is a wonderful place to enjoy memorable holidays with family members. Enjoy sightseeing here including attractions like a beautiful 18th century villa- Museo Correale and Villa Cimbrone. Indulge in shopping at the Antonello della Mura. There is a lot that can be done with the family. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii, once a prosperous Roman town. It was consumed in ashes after the eruption of Vesuvius on 24 August AD 79.

 

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The waters are warm and clear, thus, you can partake in kayaking along the Amalfi Coast region. Savor the wonderful views of the cliffs and villages. Then, do not forget to explore Blue Grotto on Capri in the evening. Your family is going to love the shimmering blue waters and the mystical caverns. Everyone loves Pizzas and your kids can make their own, if you head towards Naples. This was the place where the world’s pizza was made. As you send your kids to the gelato shops, take a walk on the bustling street or taste local liquor.

  • London, England

One of the best family destinations in the world, London becomes vibrant during these months. It always beckons travelers from all across filled with pleasant evenings and fun-filled days. The capital city of England, this booming city is also the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the nation as it is drenched in history and also has a number of futuristic delights for people of all ages. The inimitable skyline and various majestic architectures are worth cherishing. Enjoy a stroll at the street food of London while relishing some sumptuous delights.

 

London, England

London, England

There are various museums, galleries, amusement parks, theater plays and much more. Some of the highlights are Adventures on Wonderland- family entertainment and largest indoor playground; snow sports at Boler Mountain; theme-based entertainment at Exodus London Escape Rooms; witness the rural charm at Fanshawe Pioneer Village; Storybook Gardens- a unique family-centered park and Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum with more than 16000 artifacts and so on.

  • Malta

A pristine archipelago in the central Mediterranean, Malta is sandwiched amid Tunisia and Sicily. This island nation is an amazing mix of African and European cultures, it offers so much to explore including quaint fishing villages, old ruins, pristine beaches, turquoise lagoons, caves and much more. It surely is one of the best places around the world for family vacation. The place is alive with exhibitions, concerts, harbor cruises, mountain-biking, horse rising, hiking, tours in open-top buses, carnivals, theme parks, movie sets, well-stocked museums etc. Relishing local food is a must. There are various facilities here if you are travelling with your loved ones. Relax and rejuvenate at panoramic beaches and coves like Ramla Bay, Mellieha Bay, Golden Bay, and St Peter’s Pool.

 

Malta

Malta

Malta in May and June is one and the same with outdoor living and safe environment. Enjoy a boat trip to Valletta, exploring its forts and museums. The northwestern part of Malta has beaches with water sports. Gozo and Comino are ideal for diving and snorkeling. Spalsh & Fun Park, Sweethaven, and Malta National Aquarium are the popular theme parks here. If your family loves archeological sites, there are various cave sites like Ghar Dalam Cave, Xerri’s Grotto, Ninu’s Caves, and Mellie?a Air-Raid Shelters. Enjoy visits to museums and sites like Fort St Elmo, Red Tower, Old Prison, and Fort Rinella.

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  • Paris, France

As the summer is arriving, make a plan to visit Paris with your family. There are plenty of things that can be done here. This city is going to be a cultural delight for your child, once in a lifetime experience for them. There are some amazing museums, child-friendly restaurants and various other interesting places for different kinds of wonderful activities. Kids can never stay away from chocolates, you can go for a Chocolate Tasting tour with them. Bakery delights are not behind. Planning a visit to Disneyland Paris is a must for an unforgettable fun-filled day.

 

Paris, France

Paris, France

Book Seine River Cruise that takes you on an hour’s cruise along the Seine River. Visit to the daunting Eiffel Tower is a must. Hike up the stairs to reach the top for amazing views. For a history-loving child, there are museum-palaces at Versailles, Louvre and the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Hop-on Hop-Off Bus tour on four different routes are also available offering the best highlights of the city. Natural History Museum would be another delightful visit for the children. You can also book Fat Tire Bike tours around central Paris region for your kids, while you explore the romantic side of it.

  • Monaco

If you and your children are in love with speed, Monaco is going to be thrilling as the action-packed Grand Prix zooms in. Planning a holiday with family here is not really a problem. This is a luxury destination on the French Riviera, which is often visited by the rich and the famous. Your kids can also indulge in a number of activities such as cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, bird watching etc. You can head to the Nature Reserves to savor the lush scenery and meet the region’s exotic wildlife.

 

Monaco

Monaco

Visit the well-stocked Oceanographic Museum showcasing the colorful under-water world. Head to the Larvotto beach where your kids are going to enjoy. The sea waters are calm and are ideal for snorkeling and swimming. You can also go for sailing and boat tours. Who doesn’t loves car! Have a look at the classic car collection of Prince Rainier III at the Monaco Top Cars Collection. Monaco also has some beautifully situated gardens. Do not miss visiting the Royal Palace and the Monaco Cathedral.

  • Stockholm, Sweden

The capital city of Sweden, Stockholm is known to be a child-friendly destination with a wonderful climate during these months. Thus, it is one of the best places around the world for family vacation in May and June. It is one of the most child-friendly places and there is an abundance of activities for children. Some superb kids friendly attraction in Stockholm are Grona Lund’s Amusement Park, Children’s Library of Kulturhuset, The National Museum of Science and Technology. Tom Tit’s Experiment, Aquaria Water Museum and the National Museum of Science and Technology.

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Visit the world’s first open-air museum in Skansen that also has an indoor-outdoor children’s zoo. Partake in Island-hopping including the fourteen beautiful islands. Organize a family picnic at Rosendal’s Garden. Your family can also enjoy a 10-minute boat ferry between Gamla Stan and Djurgården and capture the scenery in the cameras. Walking tour at Gamla Stan with its medieval wonders would also be a great idea.

  • Peru and Machu Picchu

Peru is known to have a family-oriented society. The history and culture are rich, the people are welcoming and the diverse landscape is charming. One of the most visited attractions in the world, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient Inca city with stunning sunrises, lies on the Peruvian mountains. Enjoy adventure activities like rafting near Cuzco, canopy zip-lining in the Sacred Valley, wildlife in the Amazon, horse riding in the Andean foothills, cycling on the coastal paths of Lima and so on.

 

Peru and Machu Picchu

Peru and Machu Picchu

Your family can enjoy traditional dances at different events. Surfing and beach fun at the Coast would be great too. Head to Lima for sightseeing and other outdoor activities including shopping. Explore the ancient city of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley while riding a horse. Visit the well-stocked Museo Inkariy, one of the most family-friendly museums in the world. Enjoy a leisure walk with the Llama. If interested, you or your kids can also attend a chocolate-making workshop.

  • Kashmir, India

It is not for no reason that Kashmir has been given the epithet of ‘Paradise on Earth’ and thus it is one of the best places around the world for family vacation in May and June. The northernmost state of India, this place has been blessed by immense natural beauty and the mighty snow-clad Himalayas. The list of things to do with family in Kashmir is quite interesting. Relish lip-smacking delicacies of Kashmiri cuisine and yes do not forget to take Kashmiri souvenirs back home including wooden artefacts, woolen clothes etc.

 

Kashmir, India

Kashmir, India

Taking a Shikara ride on the placid Dal Lake, Srinagar is a must. A night stay in the houseboat can also be planned with the family. Visit to the Mughal Gardens in the state’s capital is also a must. Another thing that cannot be missed here is Gondola Ride in Gulmarg, which the second highest cable car in the world. Enjoy a game of golf here at the world’s highest 18-hole golf course. If you are a family that is adventurous, then partake in river rafting in Pahalgam in River Lidder. You can also go for pony ride to the Betaab Valley.

  • Beijing, China

Beijing boasts of owning a pleasant weather in the month of June. China’s capital city is known to be an amalgam of old and new, that is ancient and modern worlds. Luxury properties on one side and the rural life on the other, prosper together with ease. Not one single moment is dull in this colorful and buzzing city, absolute fun for kids as well as adults. The local food is finger-licking too.

 

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

Visit the Great Wall of China by enjoying a cable car ride. Opt for a 10-minute walking tour of Tianmen Square to the Forbidden City to savor wonderful sights. If your kids are interested in history, then you can take them to the National Museum of China. The scintillating Chinese acrobat show at the Chaoyang Theater is a must. Visit to the Sun Park would also be delightful. Live Tank, a 3-D image museum is ideal for people of all ages. Other popular attractions include Shijingshan Amusement Park, Beijing Ocean Park, Beijing World Park, and Fundazzle, an indoor amusement park.

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  • Singapore

Family holidays around the world are incomplete without a visit to the vibrant, bustling and entertaining Singapore. This Southeast Asian island nation has several delights for a family that is holidaying together. A mix of European and Asian cultures, it has colonial structures on one hand and modern buildings on the other. Take your kids to a dairy farm to see the process of milking. Visit the Botanical Gardens with the National Orchid Garden for the love of nature.

 

Singapore

Singapore

Head towards Universal Studios for enjoying movie-based roller coasters and other exciting rides. Do not miss exploring Marina Bay Sand for Gondola ride, tasty food, shopping, SkyPark- a public observation deck and much more. Find delight in Night Safari in the world’s first nocturnal zoo. Sentosa Island with its water park and other rides would be superb for people of all ages. Hit the Gardens by the Bay during nighttime to marvel at the beautifully-lit Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.

About the author: Rekha Bisht is a travel enthusiast who loves to visit the most popular as well as offbeat places of the world. She loves to share her travel experiences with fellow travelers. For planning memorable holidays in India or any world destination, you follow her write-ups.

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