The Best Travel Ideas In India For Tweens:- Everybody loves a vacation, but for families with children, it is quite a task to decide their destination. With their low attention span and fickle minds, kids lose interest in an instant. And, if the spot is not up to their liking, then you can say goodbye to a fun-filled vacay.
A magnum of places, people, culture, traditions, colors 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 destinations will bond you with your loved ones like never before. What are you waiting for? Start planning now!
Here is a list of holiday destinations in India which are perfect for children, while letting parents unwind at ease.
A) The Golden Triangle: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur
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, Delhi has something for every traveler.
- India Gate as a tribute to the country
- Connaught Place for amazing food
- Old Delhi for Chandni Chowk and Asia’s biggest mosque- Jama Masjid
- Janpath or Sarojini Market for bulk shopping!
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.
- Fatehpur Sikri for the amazing glassware
- Agra fort for the marvelous architecture
- Agra markets for Inlay work on marvel and traditional carpets.
Tip: Taj Mahal is closed on Friday. Plan your trip accordingly.
Further ahead lies the journey to the traditionally colorful 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 and cultural history.
- Hawa Mahal for its architecture
- Nahargarh fort for an enticing city view
- Johri Bazaar for impressive gemstone work and jewelry
- Chokhi Dhani for the ultimate Rajasthani experience.
Tip: A trip to Chowki Dhani is a must if you are short on time and want to have to real Rajasthani experience.
- Best time to visit the Golden Triangle: October to March
B) Serenely Adventurous - Himachal Pradesh
Traveling 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 traveler with kids. Soak yourself in the mild sunlight and breathe the fresh Himalayan breeze while your kids go paragliding, mountaineering, jeep safari and more.
- 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 woolen clothing is advised.
- Best time to visit: In Spring, April - June and In winters, November to February
C) Heaven On Earth - Kashmir
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.
- 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 and In winters, December – March for Skiing.
D) The Unexplored North East
Experience living in the foothills of Himalayas and wake up to the highest of peaks and 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!
- 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 flavors
Tip: Heavy woolen clothing is advised for children and elderly in higher altitude areas.
E) Rajasthan On Wheels
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 and Jaipur.
- 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
F) Andaman And Nicobar Islands
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.
- 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
G) Haridwar And 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.
- 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 is no alcohol or non-vegetarian food available in the holy city. If you cannot deal with a strict vegetarian diet, you might not enjoy the place.
- Best time to visit: February – June, August – October
H) God’s Own Country – Kerala
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.
- 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.
- Best time to visit: September to April
I) Nainital And Jim Corbett National Park
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.
- 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
J) The Holy City Of Banaras
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 and mysticism for thousands of years, Varanasi hypnotizes the tourists with its magical chants and echoing aartis.
- 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 will have.
- Best time to visit: October – March
K) Mumbai – The City That Never Sleeps
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.
- 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 are traveling to Mumbai in summers, you may not enjoy much, due to high humidity levels.
- Best time to visit: September to March
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.
- 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
M) Kashmir Of South India: Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal
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!
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.
- 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, woolen clothing is advisable.
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.
- 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.
- Best time to visit: October to June
The mighty rocks, bowers, creeks, long stretches of forests and the meadows define the charm of Kodaikanal. Recently, this princess of hill stations has started gaining popularity and offers a perfect getaway resort from the city bustles.
- 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: On steep trails, children are advised to walk carefully.
- Best time to visit Kashmir of South India: In Spring, April to June; In Winters, September – November.