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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.