Road Trip Destinations in India Where You Can Tag Along with Your Elderly Parents
When we hear road trips, we think of adventure travel trips with our friends and peers. Sadly, we rarely include our elderly parents on such trips for reasons like inability to travel or cope with us due to their old age. However, that does not necessarily mean that we cannot choose places where we can take our elderly parents. Here are a few places where you can take road trips in India.
Spirituality clicks well with old age. What better place to offer your parents than a road trip to Shirdi? Located in Maharashtra, Shirdi is a religious sanctum that your ageing parents will not be able to say no to. A small, discreet town bustling with devotees and pilgrims, Shirdi can be the perfect getaway for your parents and you. People come to Shirdi in the memory of Sai Baba and pay respect to his memories. So naturally, all kinds of travellers come here. You will not find a dearth of hotels and accommodation places here. While at Shirdi, you can also visit the nearby places of interest like Ajanta & Ellora caves, Alandi, Nashik and Shegaon.
Where to Stay - Club Mahindra Hatgad (90 km from Shirdi)
Located in Tamil Nadu, Madurai is another of those religious places where you can consider taking a road trip with your parents. Not just your parents, even you will find your body and mind rejuvenated during your stay in Madurai. This temple town is known for its majestic Meenakshi temple. Its monumental architecture and holy environment will surely make your parents ask you to bring them back to Madurai once again. There are luxurious hotels to put up at, as well as club Mahindra resorts to choose from. Besides the temple, you can also take your parents to visit Gandhi Museum, Thirupparankundram and Alagar Kovil in Madurai.
Where to Stay - JKR Resorts & Spa, Rameswaram (173 km from Madurai)
If religious places are beyond your area of interest but you still want to please your parents with a trip that both of you will enjoy, head blindly towards Munnar. The pristine environment and serene ambience of Munnar in Kerala is enough to draw people there of all ages. Munnar is a quiet hill station in Kerala known for its relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. It is a perfect place to relax and chill for a few days as you glide in the hills of Munnar. Even adventure travellers will find their calling here at Munnar. You can find both budget and luxurious resorts, the view from everywhere in Munnar is striking and priceless.
Needless to say, Varanasi is one of the top religious places of India, because of the holy Ganges along the banks of which Varanasi is situated. When you think of Varanasi, you cannot think of anything but orange-hued clothed sadhus, pilgrims taking a dip at the Ganges, wooden boats taking passengers, temples coming alive with their evening aartis and diyas being lit every evening. Varanasi is the dream of most spiritual devotees, especially ageing parents who are bound to get excited at the mention of a road trip to Varanasi. Varanasi is a city of temples, with the Durga temple, Bharat Mata temple, Sankat Mochan temple and Vishwanathan temple to name a few. Each of these temples is dedicated to different Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Offer to take your parents to enjoy the Ganga aarti in the evening, the sight of which will make you feel blessed as well. Take your parents for an early morning boat ride and make them see all the major ghats in Varanasi.
Haridwar is a place in India where more than 90% of the travellers' visit for their religious travels. If you stay in North India, reaching Haridwar is easy on a road trip. The city has a religious vibe which your parents will find charming and glorious. The city is surrounded by chains of hills and dotted with lines of temples. Make sure you take your parents to watch the beautiful evening aarti that is conducted every evening at the ghats by the sadhus. You can also take them to Har Ki Pauri, where they can take a dip in the holy Ganges. Haridwar is visited by thousands of pilgrims and devotees all around the year, so you will not face any difficulty in finding hotels and accommodations in the city.
Where to Stay - Club Mahindra Mussoorie (88 km from Haridwar)
Feed your adventure travel soul by enjoying a road trip to Manali while tagging your aged parents along. If you visit Manali when it is not too cold, Manali can be a perfect destination to travel with your parents. The fresh and unpolluted mountainous air will prove to be refreshing for both your parents and you. While in Manali, try to take walks and strolls to enjoy the best of what Manali has to offer. Take a tour to the famous Hadimba temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashisht Hot Water Springs, Naggar Castle and Gauri Shankar temple. If your parents are up to it, you can also take them to Solan valley and Rohtang Pass. Avoid visiting Manali during winters and monsoons with your parents.
What better place to be with your parents than in Jaipur to make them see some of the most beautiful monuments in India. The delightful hospitality of the locals and the exotic monumental architecture is bound to make your parents remember this trip for a long time. You can take them to City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and numerous other places while in Jaipur. You will find comfortable homestays and hotels where you can stay with your parents. Make them taste the local food of Jaipur. However, avoid visiting Jaipur during the summer season as the heat is unbearable.
Where to Stay - Club Mahindra Jaipur
Travelling has a mysterious power that can make people lift their mood and help them get back on their lives. Travelling to these places with your parents will not only strengthen your bonds with your parents but will also make them feel that you care about them. Even when they are long gone, you will cherish these wonderful memories of a road trip with your parents.
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