When it comes to searching for the best places to visit in India with your family, you are looking for places that have something as per everyone’s interest in the family. While kids are looking forward to adventurous places, the couples are looking for places of scenic beauty and the elders want a bit of everything along with a spiritual sojourn. While there is no dearth of holiday destinations in India, there are a few places that you should definitely have on your holiday calendar for plans with your family. Keep reading to find out the details on some of them.

Srinagar

The weather in Srinagar, Kashmir may be cold but the warmth of the people will blow you away. So what better option can there be than taking your family to this heaven on earth? Have a cosy time reminiscing childhood days with your folks in a shikara on the Dal Lake or take long walks along the green valley roads right upto Hari Parbat. Explore the beauty of Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Tulip Garden, Pari Mahal, feel spiritual at the Hazratbal Shrine and at night, tuck in your kids and parents as you sit wrapped up in a quilt outside to enjoy the mountain air.

When To Visit: April to October

Shimla

This capital city of Himachal Pradesh continues to be one of the top family holiday destinations in India. Travelling in the toy train is as much of a delight for the kids as it is for the adults. A visit to the Mall Road for shopping woollens and wooden craft items is another activity that a family looks forward to. Johnnie’s Wax Museum near the Willow Bank is a quirky place to spend some time after you have done the usual tour of Shimla which includes a trip to the Rashtrapati Niwas, Jakhoo Temple, Shimla Heritage Museum and The Ridge with your family. 

When To Visit: March to June and July to September

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Nainital

When it comes to short-listing holiday destinations in India to visit with family and kids, Nainital in Uttarakhand tops the list of Indian families. Take your kids for birdwatching at Sattal while your parents chill out in a boat in the Nainital Lake. Kids and couples can also enjoy the Nainital Zoo, Cave Garden and Naini Peak while the spiritually inclined elders can be taken to Hanuman Garhi and Jama Masjid Mosque. The Ropeway ride to Snow View is another activity that cannot be missed on a family trip to Nainital.

When To Visit: April to June and September to October

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Jaipur

The festive city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is counted among the best family holiday destinations in India and here’s why. With a rich royal heritage on full display, you can listen to and share many stories of erstwhile Kings and queens as you hop with your family from Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal and Nahargarh Fort to Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort. On the way, pick up some great souvenirs to be given to extended family members and mementos to be cherished when back home from the well-known Bapu Bazaar, Badi Chaupar, Nehru Bazaar and Johri Bazaar in Jaipur.

When To Visit: November to February

Darjeeling

A search for the best places for children’s holidays in India reveals that Darjeeling in West Bengal is an option you can’t miss. View of the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga, toy train ride of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and a trip to the monasteries at Mirik is what good trips with family are made of.

The Batasia Loop, Bhutia Busty Monastery, Himalayan Zoological Park and Samsing are other fun tourist places in Darjeeling that will bring out the exploration quotient in your family.

When To Visit: October to March

Coorg

When in Karnataka, do this – After you are done exploring the city of Bengaluru with your family, head to Coorg, most famous for its coffee plantations. Explore the flora of the plantations, then head out to see the beautiful Abbey Falls, Sri Omkareshwara Temple, Pushpagiri and have a wild time with a jungle safari at Nagarhole National Park. Do take the kids to view the musical fountains at Raja’s Seat and let them enjoy the views from Talakaveri (which is said to be the origin point of the Kaveri river), Tadiandamol, Nisargadhama, Madikeri Fort and more. 

When To Visit: October to March

Ooty

One of the top hill stations in the southern part of India, Ooty continues to mesmerise couple travellers and families alike. As one of the best destinations for family vacation in India, Ooty in Tamil Nadu has everything to offer for different age groups in a family. Amongst the activities and places not to be missed are Mettupalayam to Ooty toy train ride, boating at Ooty Lake, camping at Avalanche Lake, trip to Botanical Garden, Pykara Lake, Doddabetta Viewpoint, St. Stephen’s Church and more.

When To Visit: October to June

Travelling with family in India is not just restricted to these places. You can explore many more destinations in the Western Ghats and even in the North East. So keep reading and keep travelling to explore more.

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