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Top 8 child friendly travel destinations in India

As summer vacations are about to begin, many parents are planning their family holiday vacations. Most parents would like to explore with their children, the best tourist attractions in the country. There are many places which are more children friendly and interesting than others. Children love exploring things and places which give them adventure and thrill.

Let us look at the Top 10 must visit destinations in India with your children.

Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

Manali is not only a beautiful hill station with a picturesque view but it is also famous for its adventure sports activities. The Rohtang pass with snow will allow your children to enjoy and play in the snow.

River rafting in the Beas river is a must for those who are more adventurous. Many adventure sports like paragliding, zorbing etc. make up for a thrilling experience. The skiing experience in the Solang valley is also exciting. Ensure that you have adult supervisors who accompany your child on these adventurous activities.

Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)

The golden desert of Jaisalmer is very exciting. Jaisalmer is also known as the golden city. Children love the overnight desert safari and enjoy the camel rides. A normal camel ride will be for a minimum of 45 minutes and can be increased to about 1.5 hours. The camel ride in the evening with the beautiful stars and the moon makes it one of the most memorable activities.

The Jaisalmer fort on the hilltop is one of the main attractions. A good time to visit Jaisalmer is from October to March.

Thekkady (Kerala)

The Periyar National park is an important tourist attraction in India. The boat ride in the Periyar lake gives you an exciting glimpse of different wild animals like the bison, deer and other endangered bird species. The early morning 7am boat ride is the best as you will be able to see many animals come from the forest interior to the river for drinking water. As there is a huge rush for the boat tickets, you can purchase them online on the web.

The other attraction in Thekaddy is the elephant ride. Riding an elephant and feeding them with fruits can be very exciting for children. These elephant rides are good and you can take good pictures of your memorable holiday.

Goa

Goa is one of the all-time favourite travel destinations in India. The sun, sand, food and the warm and easy going nature of goans, make it a very hospitable tourist destination.

Goa is famous for its beautiful beaches, Portuguese churches, Dudhsagar falls and the seafood served in restaurants on the beach. To watch the sun rising and setting in the sea, is one of the most beautiful and scenic views.

There are many adventure water sports activities on Baga and Calangute beach. It is just an hour by flight from Mumbai and hence it is frequently visited for short vacations.

Mahabaleshwar (Maharashtra)

It is a famous hill-station on the outskirts of Mumbai. There are many interesting places to visit such as the famous Arthur’s seat, Lingmala waterfalls, elephant’s head point, boat ride in Lake Venna and picking strawberries from the Mapro garden. You can try various fresh Mapro products and enjoy eating in the restaurant. Visiting the Mapro garden is a must for children, when you are in Mahabaleshwar. Horse riding on the plain table land is also a must do activity.

Darjeeling (West Bengal)

Darjeeling is a famous hill station on the foothills of the Himalayas. The ride in the famous toy train is exciting and a must do activity for children. The tea gardens on the slopes of the mountains, the famous Kanchenjunga mountain peaks, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan zoo and the cable rides etc., are some of the important tourist attractions in Darjeeling.

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Jim Corbett National park

Nature is one of the biggest teachers for children. Try taking them to different wildlife parks, sanctuaries, zoos etc. They will not only enjoy the experience but will also learn a lot.

The Jim Corbett National park is one of the favourite travel destinations for parents with young children. Excellent flora, fauna and the great Indian tiger can also be seen here. Some of the exciting and thrilling things to do are the Corbett safari, Go wild adventure parks, boat ride on the Koshi river and visiting the Corbett falls.

The best time to visit is this park is from November to June. The thrill of watching tigers at close quarters in the safari ride is a “one of its kind” experience. The forest stay, bird watching and enjoying the wildlife is one of the key highlights of visiting the park.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

This is one more place that should be on the travel destination lists of parents. It is one of the best vacation places and tourist attraction. The serene blue waters and the host of water adventure sports, makes it very interesting and exciting for children. White sand beaches, mangroves, tropical rainforests ferry rides, boat rides, scuba diving, snorkelling, sea diving, adventurous water sports  etc., are some of the most exciting things to do.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is made up of about 300 islands. The best time to visit is from October to May.

The above are some of the exciting places that can be visited along with your children. It is important that you take your children to places wherein they can explore nature’s beauty, wildlife, adventure, sports etc. Children are great observers and love to see and explore things around them. Vacations are a great family bonding time which can be optimised for fun and learning. So these holidays, plan a child friendly and exciting vacation.

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