As the flavour of the New Year celebrations lingers on, the beginning of the year starts with new plans, new wishes and new resolutions. People make many resolutions, to get fit, save more, travel more, work less or materialise a wish-list.

At work, a new year typically translates to fervent work plans towards a successful first quarter and profitable year ahead. Many working professionals make resolutions to find a work-life balance, although not many succeed in putting their families first. What about you? What are your resolutions that you want to accomplish this year? Is one of your resolutions to put your family first?

Family holidays are a great way to bond and put your family first. Here are some ways in which you can make your family holidays more meaningful:

Unplug and connect with your family

When travelling on a holiday, have you seen a family sitting at the table all engrossed in their own devices? Or do you know families who take a vacation without actually spending quality time together?

We all spend too much time on our cell phones and other devices. As you plan for your upcoming family holiday, resolve to unplug your mobile and other gadgets. Vacation is a time to spend quality time with your family. Use the time to tell stories to your kids, spend some quiet time with someone special, or just sit back and relax.

Because you follow a hectic routine back home, you may find yourself thinking, “What will I do there?” when planning family vacations. At the Club Mahindra Binsar Valley resort, there are many ways to have fun with your family from bird watching, wildlife sanctuary tours to getting a ‘pahadi’ massage and experiencing the sunrise and sunset at Mallika Gananath. You could also try night camping with your family and cook meals together over a bonfire. It is a great time to let yourself go, all you need to do is to make a resolution to digitally detox to connect with your family.

Get up close and personal with nature

Take a walk with your kids in nature and share a relaxing experience in the cool environment of the forests. Bird watching is also a fun activity where you can spot a variety of birds and wildlife. The scenic trails that surround the resort give you the perfect setting to stroll around. It gives you the space to have conversations with your family, something that you may not have at home. This is also the best time to connect with your children and get to know what they are doing at school, the fun activities they are involved in, the friends they have and everything that is happening in their lives. What better way to spend your holiday than to share quality time with your family. It’s priceless!

Explore the unexplored

There are many new things you can do with your family to make your holiday exciting and meaningful. For instance, near the resort in Binsar valley, an exciting trip to a limestone cave temple is something your whole family will enjoy. Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a 6000-year old cave complex with 65 temples. With deep valleys and snow-capped mountains, the view alone is worth a visit. As your guide regales fascinating stories about the about the site, a unique tour like this is a different experience your family can take back home.

Do something different with your family

Did you ever consider making your own clay pot and baking it? Or have you shelved a creative endeavour? A holiday is the best to do something creative with your family. At the Club Mahindra Binsar Valley resort, you can go on a camping trip with your family and cook traditional dishes in clay pots over a bonfire. If you are not into camping, there are many activities you can do at the resort. Make your own clay pots or make puppets and host your own puppet show, and explore your creativeness at the resort. You can take them home so that your kids can host shows for their friends. There are a whole lot of hobby workshops at the resort – unleash your creativity together with your family.

Enjoy a family meal together

If you would like to spend some quiet time with your family – or with your spouse, a unique experience is the ‘Ghar ka Chulla’ offered at the resort. You can get a chance to cook your own meal under the guidance of the experienced chef. Cooking exotic dishes for your partner outside your villa, under the open sky, is definitely an experience you will cherish.

On the other hand, if your kids are old enough, you can make it a family affair with everyone lending a hand. If you have senior citizens in your family, who prefer a quiet meal, they can always enjoy local Kumauni food at the restaurant.

Add a romantic touch

It is a known fact that a family that eats together, travels together, does things together and shares experiences, stays together. The beginning of a new year is the time to make new plans, new promises and new dreams. Now, is the time to make a resolution to put your family first!Every couple deserves a chance to celebrate their relationship. Revisit the journey of your life together with your partner. Indulge in a relaxing ‘pahadi massage’ by the local expert masseurs. The aroma of the pure apricot oil they use is soothing to the body and mind. After a relaxing massage, you can indulge in a romantic evening with a private, exotic meal under the stars.

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About Club Mahindra

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.

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