Needless to say, India is one of the hottest tourist spots in the world. The variety is exceptionally vast. From beaches, hill stations, deserts, backwater to wildlife sanctuaries. India’s richness in the exotic travel destinations makes it undoubtedly the best tourist spot that you can think of. Given India's significant history, its vast culture and religions, our country is a land of just perfectly blended traditional places like forts, palaces, temples and colorful streets. Whether you’re looking for a summer or winter vacation, these places will serve your expectations and more perfectly without a doubt. And afterall, everybody needs a break from their routine and rote, from the hustle and bustle of daily life to rejuvenate your mind and body. What better says rejuvenation than a family holiday? However, often we pick out places that are not family oriented but only appropriate for young people, so to avoid that, here we have handpicked for you the most marvelous holiday destinations that are also appropriate for your whole family to visit and have fun.
- 1) Kerala: God’s Own Country
- 2,3) Andaman & Nicobar: Exotic Islands
- 4) Himachal Pradesh: Serenely Adventurous
- 5) Kashmir: A Heaven on Earth
- 6) Rajasthan: The Royal Land
- 7,8) Haridwar & Rishikesh: Spiritual lands
- 9,10) Nainital and Jim Corbett National Park: Nature and wildlife
- 11,12,13) Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal: Kashmir of South India
- 14) North East: The Unexplored
- 15,16,17) Delhi, Agra, Jaipur: The Golden Triangle Tour
- 18) Banaras: The Holy City
- 19) Mumbai: The City That Never Sleeps
- 20) Puri: Architectural Rich
1) Kerala; God’s Own Country
Kerala is everything you want, all the places at once. Whether it's the beach, mountains, backwater, wildlife, heritage or culture. This south indian state offers everything that is on your list. With places like Alleppey, Munnar, Kochi, Athirapalli waterfalls, Kovalam. Thrissur, Wayanad, and many more are just a sight to the sore eyes.
Alleppey, which is also known as Alappuzha is popular for its lush green vegetation and backwaters that networks to lakes and rivers all around this beautiful state. Lord Curzon depicted Alleppey as the Venice of the East. You can rent a boathouse for the sightseeing and cruising through the backwaters whilst getting your hands to the famous, lip-smacking cuisines. The place also connects to the temples and religious buildings for travellers.
If you’re someone who is fond of crowds and busy life, then Kochi will welcome you with open arms. This economic capital of Kerala connecting to numerous islands networking through ferries is also rich in places where tourists like to wander and relish the beauty of the city. You can see the Chinese fishing, Vypin lighthouse, the amusing and engaging shops of Ernakulam, Fort Kochi, and Jew Town.
Not to forget, Munnar, the most popular hill station that will rejuvenate your mind and soul with its blankets of misty fog, mountains engulfed in clouds, and prairie of tea plantations stretched across the place. Munnar is rightly known as the “Kashmir of South India” with the Atukkad waterfalls welcoming you to the hill station, followed by hand made chocolate shops, natural-view points, Eravikulam national park, tata tea museum and echo point.
2,3) Andaman & Nicobar: Exotic Islands
Andaman & Nicobar island is a true example of “Tropical Paradise” located near Bay of Bengal. You can either choose airways or waterways as your means of transport to the place. The island is heavily forested with gorgeous crystal clear beaches, tranquilizing nature and the variety makes andaman and nicobar an ideal holiday destination for people whether you’re travelling alone or with family.
Port Blair being the base city, connecting to nearby islands by ferries. This territory enjoys over 500 islands in total, in which only 37 are inhabitant. Havelock and Neil island are the most popular islands for luxurious resorts and hotels to stay. A vacation in Andaman & Nicobar island can be very relaxing and rejuvenating as it is far away and detached from the city life,in the d eeepest mystical natural landscape that it revitalizes a person in true means.
Other places to visit are Radhanagar beach, ross island, elephant beach, the cellular jail and north bay island. You can also enjoy scuba diving and camping.
4) Himachal Pradesh: Serenely Adventurous
Himachal Pradesh is undoubtedly one of the most visited tourist places in india. The mountains and valleys give you various options to have fun and make an adventurous memory with your family. From hillsations like Shimla, Kullu & Manali, to lush valleys like Kinnar, Kullu and Kangara. There’s a lot you can explore here. You can do river rafting, trekking at kinner kailash & chandratal, pin parvati pass or paragliding at Bir billing, which is also considered as the second highest spot in the world. There are other activities like skiing, rock climbing and camping in the woods. Himachal also offers wildlife tourism in the great himalayan national park or you can just sit and relax basking in the sheer beauty of this state.
5) Kashmir: A Heaven on Earth
Kashmir has a long list of places which reflect the scenic beauty of this state that is hard to miss by anybody who comes here. Beguiling landscape and picturesque views clothed in gleamy white snow is without a doubt the most irresistible sight to the eyes. The state is divided into three parts, Jammu, kashmir and ladakh, needless to say why it is called the Switzerland of india.
Srinagar is a place that has it all. From boating,trekking to bird watching, you can do several activities here. Among the most visited places in srinagar, Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh are the majorly significant ones that you must not miss. If you're planning to spend your winter in kashmir, Gulmarg should definitely be on your list. Gulmarg is an angelic tourist spot, snow-capped mountains garnished with colorful flowers which is why this place is famously known as “ the meadow of flowers” Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Strawberry Field, Apharwat Peak are other places to check out when you're here.
6) Rajasthan: The Royal Land
The largest state of northwestern India, nothing says royalty more than Rajasthan, the land of kings, Rajputs, and warriors. The deserts, magnificent palaces, and forts are the prime attractions of the state. From the colorfully tinted streets of Rajasthan to golden sand-covered lands, its elegance cannot be parallel with any other place in the world. Tracing Thar, the great desert of India surrounded by Aravalli ranges on the east, on the south by Rann of Kutch, and on the west by the Indus River. Rajasthan is also the shopping capital of the country, from clothes, footwear to aesthetics, the product variety is exceptionally vast and beautiful, items that are intricately handmade by the locals. Places like Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, also known as the pink city. Pushkar, where you can see pilgrimage sites. Udaipur is a land of lakes while Jaisalmer (Golden City) and Bikaner are famous for their magnificent Havelis and forts. There are even palaces turned to resorts to offer a royal and luxurious stay for your holiday. Camel rides are a must when you visit the deserts of Rajasthan.
7,8) Haridwar & Rishikesh: Spiritual lands
Haridwar and Rishikesh fall in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Haridwar means "the abode of Lord Vishnu" and people from all over the world come here to participate in the pilgrimage being conducted for years or to pay their respects to the holy Ganga. A trip to Rishikesh and Haridwar for your family can also be a trip to enlightenment, self-identifying yourselves, and putting your minds to spiritual peace.
Places to visit are Manasa temple, dedicated to the goddess Manasa. To reach the temple you enjoy a small fair in cable cars facing the breathtaking view from the top. Another tourist spot that attracts a lot of people is Bara Bazar where you can get pooja items, handcrafted articles, and milk sweets. Besides, the Sapt rishi ashram is one of the most important destinations in Haridwar which is named so as it is the place where Bhardwaja, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Gautam, Vashisht, and Kashyapa once meditated.
On the other hand, Rishikesh is a perfect place for sightseeing, spending lowkey time with your family on picnics, and long walks through the streets. Lakshman jhula is a bridge over the holy river Ganga, of 450 feet length connecting Pauri and Tehri district. The bridge offers a sweeping view of Rishikesh temples and the river Ganga. You can also do bungee jumping if you’re an adventurous person but if you're more of a religious person you can perform the Ganga aarti that happens in mass. Other places like Neel Kanth Mahadev temple, Ram jhula, also a bridge situated over the river Ganges.
9,10) Nainital and Jim Corbett National Park: Nature and wildlife
Places to visit near Nainital such as Jim Corbett National Park, Almora, Ranikhet, Kausani, Binsar, Chaukori, Patal Bhuvaneshwar and Mukteshwar are the hottest tourist spots. If you're a birdwatcher, Kilbury is famous for birding routes in Nainital, Uttarakhand where you can visit to relax and spend a picnic day with your family and friends. Snow View Point is one of the most visited places by tourists for viewing the majestic Himalayas from Nainital. The Raj Bhawan and echo gardens are also a thoughtful idea to spend your time while holidaying at Nainital. However, for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers, Jim Corbett National park is still the most noteworthy place to visit. It is the oldest national park of the country, home to a wide range of flora and fauna, offering an exquisite experience through safari. The royal Bengal tigers are the pride of the national park at Nainital, apart from birds.
11,12,13) Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal: Kashmir of South India
Ooty is deep within the Nilgiri hills that are also known as The Blue Mountains. One of the notable places is the Botanical Garden, the best tourist attraction that allures visitors from all over the world. This garden was laid out in 1847 by the Marquis of Tweedale and is spread over 22 hectares levitating the slopes on the hill at an elevation of 2,400 meters above sea level. Doddabetta is the highest point of the Botanical garden. Kodaikanal is famous as the king of hill stations, where you can visit the Kodaikanal Lake, Pillar Rocks, Coaker's Walk, Telescope Houses, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Silver Cascade, and Bear Shola Falls.
Lastly, you can visit Dubare Elephant Camp, a perfect place to enjoy elephant rides and bird watching. Coorg is very rich in flora and fauna, you can witness lush forests and breathtaking views, enjoy seeing coffee plantations. Nagarhole National Park, Abbi Falls, Iruppu Falls are other tourist spots that attract a lot of travelers.
14) North East: The Unexplored
In the northeastern state of India, with its hills, lush green valleys, and several streams of rivers, the charming arena attracts tourists across the globe. Most popular activities to do here are trekking, visiting parks to spot wild animals in their natural habitat, and visit ancient temples
Places like Kaziranga national park in Assam offer dense forests, elephant grass meadows, and swampy lagoons where the largest Indian rhinoceros reside. Animals like Bengal tigers, Asiatic elephants, swamp deers and wild water buffaloes can also be found here. Another hot spot is Tsomgo lake in Sikkim also known as the Changu lake. Tsomgo lake presents an exotic view of mountains at an altitude of 12,400 ft. Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is also known for ethereal mountains that literally touch the sky. Ziro Valley is home to the Apatani tribe, making it a place where you can gain insights to their culture and tribal lifestyle. Cherrapunji and Mawsymam in Meghalaya is famous for their beautiful rainfall, apparently, these two are the wettest places on the earth, blessed with panoramic beauty. Other important places to visit are Nohakalikai waterfalls, Kem Phyllut, Wakaba falls, Mawsmai caves, Mawsmai falls, Dawki and many more.
Majuli in Assam is yet another tourist destination. It is the cultural capital of Assam and the largest river island in the world. The best thing about northeastern states is that you can learn a lot about their culture, lifestyle as well as the tribal lifestyle and their traditions.
15,16,17) Delhi, Agra, Jaipur: The Golden Triangle Tour
Comprising three famous cities, Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur lavish in their history and staggering beauty. There are several packages on the internet that provide a tour covering all three cities and the important places to visit. While the India gate in Delhi, also known as the Kingsway is one of the most important sites to visit when on a tour. Taj Mahal in Agra is hard to miss either. This medieval city of “nawabs” on the banks of the river Yamuna also has Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri as other magnificent sites. Ancient places in Agra will blow your mind, their delicacy and elegance is a sheer treat to the eyes.
Lastly, Jaipur, the picturesque capital of Rajasthan, also known as the pink city doesn't have less to offer either. Amber palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort aren't the only places that attract tourists here. The city is constituted of colours and royal embellishments, preserving the art and culture of the city up until now.
18) Banaras: The Holy City
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, the spiritual capital of India, and the holiest place to exist in our country. This city is believed to be the most vibrant, beautifully chaotic, Banaras which is also known as Varanasi and Kashi plays an important role in the believers of Hinduism. Whether offering respect and prayers to the sun or to bathe in the holy Ganges. People gather here in mass to perform poojas from all over the world. Banaras is also famous for its ghats. Assi ghat, Dasaswamedh ghat, Manikarnika ghat, the most auspicious place for cremation as believed by Hindus. Apart from the hats, Buddhism has a major presence in this city. Dhamek stupa is one of the major places to visit, the stupa is said to be 1,500 years old. The devotees believe that Buddha came to dhamek stupa to give his first sermon which revealed the eightfold path after he achieved enlightenment. Other places like Chaukhandi stupa, Sarnath Museum, Ashoka pillar and the Tibetan temple are also noteworthy.
19) Mumbai: The City That Never Sleeps
Even when you step out in the wee hours, Mumbai is one city that is as alive, and filled with energy. Known as Bombay before 1995, the country’s cosmopolitan center and economic nerve has a population of over 11.9 million. While Marine drive is the hottest spot of the city, daily receiving hundreds of people just relaxing, jogging or enjoying the sunrise at the coasts of Arabian sea as their views. The hint of Britain is still present in the city with the stone-made gothic buildings and sculptures. Meanwhile, the railway stations here are the busiest of all in the entire country. The gateway of India, the most distinguishing landmark built to celebrate the arrival of King George V & Queen Mary. Bandra- Worli sea link symbolizes the strength of the city while siddhivinayak is the most visited temple in the worship of lord Ganesha. Other places like Elephanta caves, Essel world, Wankhede stadium, CST, the onion-domed beautiful Taj mahal palace, Kanheri caves, and Sanjay Gandhi National park.
20) Puri: Architectural Rich
One of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus, also known as Jagannath puri is in the state of Odisha. The Jagannath temple is the most tourist-attracting religious site, constituting the Char Dham Yatra. Also, the Puri beach is quite exciting with camel rides and relaxing in general. You must have heard about the Chitika lake, boats can be hired to visit the lake for a better and beautiful experience. The overwhelming scenery of this biggest saltwater lake will offer many things to witness. Khandagiri caves are 7 km away from Bhubaneswar, built by King Kharavela in the 2nd century. The place has a connection to mythology and history where you’ll find references to the Kalinga war. Places like Nalabana bird sanctuary, Swargadwar beach, Loknath temple, Daya river, and Golden Beach are also among the most visited places in puri.