Whether you’re a student or a young artist or a corporate executive or a homemaker, you’ll be only too familiar with the situation of being constantly overworked. To counter this, there’s no better remedy than a vacation. It’s the perfect way to take a break from everyday routine and spend quality time with those close to us.
Luckily, we in India are blessed with some beautiful destinations. For children, especially, it’s like a treasure trove brimming with an abundance of unique experiences. Your vacation will be like a storybook, where with each day you turn a page and new tales are unveiled.
There are several activities you and your kids can indulge in during such a getaway. So handle your children’s school break with care and pick one of these states as your go-to spot this summer.
Steeped in tradition, culture, and history, Rajasthan will make you fall in love instantly. Its glorious past is reflected in its extravagant palaces and imposing forts. Some features that put the state on top of everyone’s travel list are its golden-yellow deserts, natural habitats sheltering a variety of wildlife, royal palaces, bustling markets, song and dance, and majestic forts and palaces. These are sure to leave every child in awe. From desert safaris to puppet shows to dance classes to camping to history lessons, a trip to this ‘Land of Kings’ is sure to be packed with adventure, beauty, and luxury.
Popularly called the party capital of India, sunny Goa is also a very family-friendly state. Short travel distances, stable weather, an assortment of foods, picturesque landscapes, and a range of activities for kids of all ages on and off the beach, make it a popular destination. Let your child build sandcastles, wade through warm water, or indulge in adventure activities such as boating, kayaking, parasailing, etc. while you sit back and relax. Apart from fun and frolic, you get to appreciate history at the numerous forts, churches, temples, and museums in the area. Rest assured there will never be a dull moment during your trip.
Forests and wildlife are both available in abundance in Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. It is important that your children witness natural beauty and understand its importance. A trip to this National Park does just that – it brings children close to nature and teaches them many things. With some luck, you’ll be able to glimpse tigers, elephants, gharial, deer, and a range of birds. The diversity of flora and fauna can be seen in the 600 species that inhabit this land. Animal sighting, nature walks, safaris, camping, and bird watching are some of the enthralling activities you can do in this ‘green escape’.
Often called the ‘Switzerland of the East’, Kashmir has stunning valleys, snow-capped peaks, lush gardens, exquisite handicrafts, delectable food, and breathtaking scenery that make it a dream destination. Whether it’s serenely drifting in a houseboat, riding a ferry, boating, trekking, hiking, sightseeing, pony-riding, skiing, sledging, or visiting shrines, there’s plenty to do here. It is one thing to rave about Kashmir’s timeless beauty and quite another to experience all this in person. So pack your bags and get ready for a family trip that will be etched in your and your children’s memories forever.
Cosily nestled in the lap of Himalayas, Sikkim is a popular destination for the adventurous. Don’t let that alarm you – it’s more kid-friendly than you think. The colossal Himalayas and the ancient monasteries will leave every child spellbound. The perfect antidote to soothe your senses, a trip to Sikkim gives you a chance to unwind while your kids pursue adventure activities such as river rafting, trekking, sightseeing, and bird watching. A safe environment with ever-smiling locals, there’s nothing more you would like than to return someday to this land of ethereal beauty.
So introduce your children to these elements of enrichment this summer vacation. Expose them to different cultures, historical monuments, natural wonders, new foods, and engaging activities to ease them out of their comfort zones and make them well-rounded, happy souls.