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Where to go on a summer vacation in India with family?

Date: 28 Apr 2016   Posted By: Kalyani     Group: Opinion About    Category: Miscellaneous   

We are planning to go on a family vacation to any cool place, a place which we haven't visited before. Could you please suggest me some of the best places in India (except for J & K) which are worth visiting in summer. I have Googled a lot but couldn't decide where to go.

I am a mother of a 6 years old daughter. So please suggest the best places to visit in summer for a family vacation.

Thanks in advance.

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Author: Kailash Kumar    01 May 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

In my considered opinion, it should be Sikkim. The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is about 123 kilometers from the Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and the nearest major railway station are New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri railway station which are about 125 kms and 114 Kms respectively from Gangtok and both the railway stations are well connected to all the major cities of India. The National Highway 31A connects Gangtok with Siliguri which is a picturesque highway running through green forests on the bank of river Teesta on one side and sky touching mountain ranges of Eastern Himalaya on other side.
For visiting Nathula and Gurudongmar Lake and other protected areas of Sikkim inner line permit is required to be taken which can be obtained from the Tourism department of The Government of Sikkim with the help of travel agents. Various tour itineraries are available at -

Author: Venkiteswaran.    01 May 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

There will be summer vacation rush at all places till June second week. As your child is not school going, you can comfortably plan for June also. In that case places in South are not ideal, as rains would have started in those states.
Then you can plan trip to North and North East side places. If you can do homework and plan well a good package or your own itinerary optimum combining of time and money and comfort, then a trip to Simla-Kulu-Manali will be an ideal one. It is worth even repeating. You may have chances of visiting more spots, as by then snow would have started melting from some of the places/passes inaccessible in previous months.
Other alternative is the one given in the just previous response.
However please avoid non-a/c travel in the places other than the summer–spots, because by then the plains would have started getting quite warm in their summer.
A general suggestion from experience. Have in hand an electric kettle and also some readymade, ready to eat food packets (like ready to eat Pulav, biriyani, pongal etc). That will help in case of urgent needs for you and child.

In case you want to take the trip in May itself, then you can visit the places in Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu like Munnar, Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, etc. As all these places have all facilities you may not need much preparation also. You can have a package or plan your own itinerary.

Author: Mahesh    01 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

There are many places where one can go for the summer vacation. Here are some worth visiting.

1. Goa : For obvious reason that goa during summer is worth visiting with family or with friends.

2. Rajasthan: There is a lot to explore and see in Rajasthan and also during summer there are many good things like shows and the programs arranged.

3. Kerala Another place worth visiting and checking out. I'd say this is one good place provided that you like seeing some boating and other water sight seeing.

If you are going to visit the summer regions of north which is during June to August. In such case you should check out the following :

1. Ladakh
2. Himachal Pradesh
3. Darjiling
4. Calcutta

Author: DEEPANKAR DAS    01 May 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

There are many places to go for summer vacation.
1.Puri ,Odisha : The land of Lord Jagannath, Balavadra & Suvadra, temples, sea beach and many beautiful places.
2.Darjiling, West-Bengal : The land of Tea garden, Mountains, and more charming places.
3.Gangtok, Sikkim : The place of Lord Budda Monuments, monks, Mountains covered with ice and many beautiful places.

Author: Chitra Rana Raghav    01 May 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 2

Kalyani, a very genuine question but an incomplete one. Budget is also an important factor while deciding a place for vacations.
I would request you to avoid Rajasthan, Goa and Kerala from my personal experience.
I have y following reason to ask you to not to choose those:
1. Rajasthan is too hot in summer, to know real Rajasthan you will have to walk a lot, till after six p.m there is no condition that you can walk on roads due to extreme temperature. And after 5 p.m most of the forts close their entry time. So going and not seeing anything ill be waste however they keep a few show of local dance and art on 7 p.m, 8 p.m, on getting good number of tourist they may organize till 10 p.m. But these are done more to satisfy tourist that they have not wasted their money as they will not be able to see the whole destinations which can be traveled.
2.Goa and Kerala, Both have beaches, both have high temperatures (however not as high as NCR, Rajasthan) but still its quite high. It causes a lot of tanning. On beaches you will not find the tourist crowd but more locals. You will also notice that boatmen or local who organize adventure sports near beaches will not look interested in doing their business as they seek it as off season time and do not want to work a lot in this heat.
Kerala can be considered over other two options as Munnar there have pleasant weather most of the time. It rains almost daily there.
You do not want to go Kashmir otherwise that's a better option. I have not explored north east so do not know much about there. But one of my cousin (Working in IAF) was posted there for a longer time. So I know weather there is more pleasant then here. Nature's beauty and Eco's scenery cannot be beated by anywhere else in India.

You can also consider going Shimla, visiting local market which remains open till late night and is quite safe as you can find all the tourist keep visiting almost whole night there. My personal recommendation is to go Shimla, stay there for a night or two and then proceed to Jim Corbett National Park. Your daughter will love the Elephant ride in national park, or you can chose for a jeep ride. They have different zones to offer a beautiful visit during different seasons of year. A real Jungle experience can taken from there. However you will not have a great variety in eatables there but for a day or to one can manage with few options too.(I feel so.) "But before planning to this please try to know about whole present situation there as you may already know about the Jungle fire. There may be a lot of heat as result of that huge fire, otherwise lot of greenery there keep it cool."

You can also consider going Ooty. A nice place to visit and have heard a real explorer can explore much more there, it has peaks, water falls, parks and lake. So definitely a good option.

Author: Juana    20 May 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 7  (Rs 7)    Voting Score: 0

Going on a vacation with a 6 year old can be challenging, especially to a place where the food is different from what a child is used to. Why not look for a destination closer home. There are a number of choices available to you, in close proximity of Hyderabad. Food will not be a problem, since all destinations have state run hotels, where vegetarian Andhra style , hygienic meals are available. All these places have a cool, salubrious climate.

Take a road trip to Ananthagiri Hills, located roughly 80km from Hyderabad, in the Eastern Ghats. The scenic beauty of the surrounding forest is mesmerizing. With the monsoon almost here, you will find clouds caressing you, as you walk through the jungle trails, with birds calling out in high pitched notes. The small hill-station is unpolluted with very few tourists. The temperatures are pleasant during the day, but it can get nippy at night. So, take some woolens along. There are a number of hotels where you can stay, including the Harita Valley Hill Resort run by the State Tourism Department. There is a play area in the premises, with swings and slides and Merry-go-round, which your daughter will surely enjoy. There is a Vishnu temple that over 1000 years old that you can visit.

Also on the Eastern Ghats is the Araku Valley. It is a picturesque little village, with the Gostani River meandering through it. You can rent cottages managed by the State Tourism Department. There are a lot of things to do in and around Aarku. There is a Tribal Museum and a botanical garden in the heart of Araku. There are a number of waterfalls and streams where you can enjoy yourself. Close to Araku are the Borra caves. These are natural caves with lovely stalagmites and stalactites. The tourism department manages a nature camp in Tyda, called Jungle Bells. You can rent a cottage and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding village. The camp arranges treks to tribal villages and a bonfire and tribal song and dance at night.

If you are in the mood of exploring, you can go to Bheemlipatnam, a small fishing hamlet, with a lot of Dutch history. The place is also known for its Black Sands. Close to Bheemli is Visakhapatnam which has a number of resorts lined along the beach front. There is a lot to do and see in Vizag, including exploring ancient Buddhist sites and visiting the Submarine Museum (INS Kursura) berthed on the sands of RK Beach. The cable car ride between Simhachalam (temple) and Kailashgiri hill will be a unique experience. Between Bheemli and Vizag you can walk through Red Sand Dunes, near INS Kalinga.

Other places you can visit include Nallamala Hills. Once here you can visit the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve. Lambasingi and Horsely Hills are two other places that can be on your list of places to visit.

Author: Partha Kansabanik    20 May 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Choice of destination during summer holidays depends on three factors:-
(a) The place where you live
(b) Your budget for this purpose
(c) Number of days of leave you (and your husband) can avail

The destination depends on these issues. As I don't have any idea on any of the three factors, definite suggestion can't be given. However, presuming that you live in the southern part of India and can manage seven days of leave with adequate budget, I would suggest you to visit Gangtok-Sikkim-Darjeeling or Shillong, a hill station in North-East. In this connection, I am referring to one of my articles where I provided the details of some lesser-known hill stations in the district of Darjeeling, West Bengal, for your consideration:-
Some lesser-known hill stations of West Bengal

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