Travelling with kids can be fun but most of us face trouble while selecting a destination in India. But the reality is that this vibrant country is in fact one of the most child-friendly places on earth. From lazing on beautiful beaches, hiking in mountainous tea plantations to exploring the jungle and cruising the backwaters, a trip to India is a dream for outdoor families. The climate is good, weather conditions are perfect when it comes to touring in winters and food is finely dished out to suit almost all taste buds. This country offers not only Indian food but also inter- continental food, staying here even for a long time can be quite easy. India’s size and geography also means that there is a lot for families to do and many ways for them to travel around.
Here are some of the best places that you must visit with your kids in India and explore several child activities.
Trek among Tea Plantations
Staying high in the hills of Munnar, you can get first hand views on how tea is grown, processed and sold. Munnar is that little piece of South Indian heaven that you need to explore at least once in your life. The wispy clouds and the emerald hills are all that you need to see about this wonderful paradise on earth. You can also trek to see the different spice plantations and the unique areas around Munnar.
Cruise the Backwaters
Cruising the backwaters is one of the most tranquil things you can do in India with your kids. Backwaters are a long chain of lagoons and inland lakes parallel to Arabian Sea where the traditional and highly decorated boats take you for a fantastic ride. Float through the day watching the lush palm-fringed landscape go by, searching for wildlife, while taking in traditional village life as you pass by. One can do fishing, enjoy fresh coconut water on board and watch village kids playing around the lakeside.
Know More: About Backwaters of Kerala
Play with Elephants
India is a country very well known for its elephant ride and safari. Elephants are present almost in every region of India but if you want to have an ultimate experience then National parks and sanctuaries are the best places. If you want an up-close-and-personal elephant experience then you should head to Dera Amer, a wilderness camp home to well cared for elephants located outside the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan state. Here you can feed and bathe the elephants before climbing aboard for a safari through the Rajasthani countryside. There’s also the option to paint one of the elephant’s trunks or the owners can even organise a game of elephant polo for you.
Ride a camel
The thrill of riding a camel is undoubtedly one that they won’t be able to forget in a lifetime. The Thar Desert around Jaisalmer in northern Rajasthan is one of the most popular places to enjoy this camel ride. Ride through the desert on camel back and camp out under the stars. It’s a wonderful way to escape the cities and witness rural desert life.
Know More: About Camel Safari in Jaisalmer
Zip through the air like Batman
You can zip through the open sky between ridge tops or between two fixed points at Mehrangarh fort. Children must be aged 10 or over and be at least 4’7” (1.4m) tall. Anyone wanting to participate must be no heavier than 115kg. This enthralling Jodhpur flying fox activity consists of 6 zip lines up to 270m long and lasts an approximate 1 to 1.5 hours. Six zip wires hang across walls and ramparts of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort and family members can whizz between them, just like Batman. This exciting activity offers stunning views of the Blue City of Jodhpur along with a bird’s eye view of the Chokelao garden, Rani Ser Lake and Rao Jodha Eco Park.
Know More: About Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur
Visit the Taj Mahal
Visiting Taj Mahal of Agra can be interesting for grown up kids for those who love history and architecture. This monument was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife and took more than 1,000 elephants and 22,000 workers almost 22 years to build. Just outside Taj Mahal is Tonga or horse ride which is equally enjoyable at sunrise or sunset and watch how the marble changes colour with the shifting light.
More Activity: Mehtab Bagh Mugal Heritage Walk
Go on Safari
Going on Safari Rides is one of the most loved activities by children. There are 47 tiger reserves in India and Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to spot one of the royal creatures in the wild. Other best liked places for safaris include Bharatpur National Park , Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary, Corbett National Park and Pench National Park. The forested reserve is home to leopards, wild boar, sambar, cheetal, sloth bears, langur monkeys and, of course, tigers. Safaris include staying in fully equipped jungle huts, yummy dishes prepared in park kitchen and close encounters with wild animals and jungle rides.
Know More: About Wildlife in India
Ride a Toy Train at Darjeeling
The scenic beauty in Darjeeling is a sight to behold. A perfect relief from the scorching summer heat in the rest of the country, this beautiful hill station is a haven for families and kids. Riding in UNESCO World Heritage Toy Trains like Darjeeling toy train is definitely thrilling experience one can go for. The picturesque backdrop of the blue sky, the snow-capped mountains and the lush green tea gardens, experienced from a toy train is definitely what kids will enjoy the most.
Play with Snow
If you are touring around the Himalayas around Jammu & Kashmir, Shimla, Kullu and Manali; then you must try out Skiing. During the winter months the area is covered in a thick duvet of snow that’s perfect for skiing, snowboarding, sledging and snowman building. There are lots of things to do with your kids. Your kids can sledge down the hills to their hearts content and you know that there’s someone else on hand to pull them back up again.
Get lost in the World of Fairytales (Kingdom of Dreams)
Kingdom of Dreams is India’s first live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination for kids. The Kingdom of Dreams is definitely a page out of a fairytale come to life. This huge set-up is out of a child’s imagination and there is nothing that will stop them from getting totally engrossed in these larger than life shows.
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