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3 Best Luxury Hotels in Andaman and Nicobar Island

Come and feel at home in the highly- rated luxurious hotels of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Well-equipped with all the necessary requirements, Fortune Resort Bay Island, Silver Sand Beach Resort and Sinclairs Bayview present you the world of comfort and ease. Whether you are a nature lover, adventure enthusiast or a honeymoon couple, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are counted among those destinations which never disappoint its visitors.

The elegantly designed interiors, amazing housing spaces, modern amenities and en suite washrooms attract a lot of Indian as well as International visitors. The staff here serves you with finest services and luxuries.In-addition to all modern comforts, these resorts also offer thrilling adventures opportunities and sightseeing tours.

Settled at a distance from all hustle-bustle of city life, these resorts are in close proximity to Port Blair airport. Let us know more about these resorts in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Fortune Resort Bay Island, Port Blair

Fortune Resort Bay Island in Port Blair
Fortune Resort Bay Island in Port Blair
Listed among the best stay options in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Fortune Resort Bay Island offers you the world of luxury and comfort.  The resort is settled on Marine Hill with close proximity to some of the important places to visit in Port Blair namely Forest Museum, Cellular Jail and Sippighat Farm.

The striking building is put up with ‘Padouk’ wood; beautiful red timber, found only in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The supreme resort offers you all the comfort and ease you crave for.

Overlooking the pristine water of Bay of Bengal, the resort is well-facilitated with all basic amenities and boasts of 45 luxurious rooms. All rooms are fully- maintained as per modern traditions with warm fire-places in each room. Washrooms too are well facilitated with proper facility of shower along with toiletries.

Room Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Laundry
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • TV
  • Parking
  • 24 hours room services
  • Doctor on call
  • Currency exchange
  • Car rental facility
  • Conference hall

Leisure

  • Swimming Pool
  • Games Room
Dining: Like the luxury rooms, the Fortune Resort Bay Island has also taken a good care in dining options for its customers. Enjoy the mouth-watering Seafood, Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes at Mandalay; an open deck restaurant offering an amazing sea view.

Rooms:  45 rooms 

Address:  Marine Hill, Port Blair,  Andaman and Nicobar Island
Distance:  Nearest Airport Port Blair (few minutes)

Silver Sand Beach Resort, Havelock Island

Silver Sand Beach Resort in Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Island
Silver Sand Beach Resort in Havelock Island
Silver Sand Beach Resort is another notable luxurious resort; counted among the best beach resorts in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a 4-star beach resort, located near Vijay Nagar beach; in the heart of Havelock Island. With comfortable housing spaces, the resort owns 34 luxurious air-conditioned rooms based on various layouts. Serving you the finest luxuries, the beach resort features plush interiors, fitted with all modern facilities.  Washrooms too are well designed with good water supply, shower along with toiletries.

Silver Sand Beach Resort in Andaman and Nicobar Island offers an amazing experience to its visitors, the whispering sounds of waves, sitting on vast stretch of sand with a camp fire and enjoying the nightlife is worthwhile. Moreover, beach resorts appear more captivating during nights.
Other than just pampering yourself with supreme facilities, you can also indulge in exciting adventures such as fishing, snorkeling, diving and joyful boat rides.

Room Facilities

  • Tea/Coffee machine
  • Mini refrigerator
  • TV
  • Bar- serving Indian Spirits, Wine and Beer
  • Travel desk
  • Conference hall
  • Doctor on call
Dining: Enjoy the mouth-watering cuisines at multi-cuisine restaurant.

Rooms: 34 rooms in three different layouts- Andaman Lagoon, Andaman cottage and Andaman Villa.

Address: Vijay Nagar Beach, Havelock Island.
Distance: Port Blair nearest airport, around 62km.

Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

Luxury Hotel Sinclairs Bayview in Port Blair
Sinclairs Bayview in Port Blair
Sinclairs Bayview is one of the unique resorts offering spectacular view of ocean from almost all of its rooms. Settled at South point in Port Blair, Sinclairs is like a wonderland for nature lovers. The resort is fully equipped with all basic requirements and boasts of 43 guestrooms and 3 deluxe suites. Washrooms too are well-designed with proper facilities of shower along with other toiletries.

In-addition, couples here can spend romantic evening at the terrace with some good food and enjoy the feel of open sea.

Room Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • TV
  • Luggage space
  • Wi-Fi
  • Telephone
  • Coffee machine
  • Car rental facility
  • Travel desk
  • Parking
  • Doctor on call

Leisure

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
  • Games room
Dining: With a panoramic view of Arabian Sea you can enjoy the mouth-watering cuisines at The Bayview with deck; a multi-cuisine restaurant.  

Rooms: 43 rooms and 3 suites (deluxe rooms and premier rooms)

Address: South Point, Port Blair
Distance: Nearest airport Port Blair (few minutes)

[ Browse through over 16 Hotels in Andaman & Nicobar at Indianholiday.Com ] 

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Top 16 Things to do in Munnar

Picture-perfect landscape, meandering roads, sprawling verdant tea plantations, pleasant climate, wonderful attractions, cool breeze, rich flora-fauna in abundance and several viewpoints are the words that perfectly describe the enchanting hill station of Munnar in Kerala. Placed at an altitude of 6000 feet above the sea level, Munnar stands at the convergence point of 3 mountain streams- Kundala, Mudrapuzha and Nallathanni. Summer resort of erstwhile British rulers in southern India and the largest tea-growing region of South India, Munnar today possibly is the most popular hill station of Kerala. A haven of tranquility, it attracts a crazy number of tourists every year from all around the world. It also has Anamudi, the highest peak in South India.

Munnar will make you fall in love with itself as it offers a plethora of activities for all kinds of tourists- family vacationers, nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and honeymooners. This blog enlists top things to do in Munnar:

Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty dam and reservoir in Munnar
Mattupetty dam and reservoir in Munnar
Mattupetty, placed at a distance of around 13 km from Munnar, is a serene town that is extremely popular for Mattupetty dam and reservoir. Constructed amidst hills, the main purpose of this dam is storing water for hydroelectric projects. One of the main tourist attractions in Munnar, Mattupetty dam is the perfect place to enjoy nice views of the surroundings. The lake created from the dam offers boat rides to both tourists as well as locals for exploring the serene surroundings. One can also spot herds of elephants quenching their thirst on the lakeside.

Top Station

Top Station in Munnar
Top Station in Munnar
Standing at an altitude of 1700 m above the sea level, around 40 km from Munnar, Top Station boasts of being the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road.  Once at the view point during your tour to Munnar, you can admire mesmerizing views of the surrounding Western Ghats, Theni valley and also Tamil Nadu state. At the time when the Neelakurinji flowers bloom, the view becomes all the more mesmerizing. A trek path via Central Station Village leads to Top Station.

[ Read More about Top Hill Stations in India ]

Mattupetty Dairy Farm

Mattupetty Dairy Farm in Munnar
Mattupetty Dairy Farm in Munnar
The Mattupetty town is also famous for an Indo-Swiss Farm, The Mattupetty Dairy Farm. Falling under Indo-Swiss Livestock Project and managed by the Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) Ltd, this is an exceptionally specialized dairy farm, where new varieties of cattle are developed scientifically and over 400 first-rate cattle are reared along with the breeding of cows and bulls. The project was launched in the year 1963. 

The lush farm is spread in an area of 191 hectares of land. This farm is opened on all days of the week and can be visited 09:00 am-11:00 am and then 02:00 pm -02:30 pm. Pay a negligible sum of INR 5 as a fee to visit the dairy farm.

[ Also check out the Top Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala ]

Kundala Lake

Kundala Lake in Munnar
Kundala Lake in Munnar
The picturesque town of Kundala is just 20 km away from Munnar and is en-route Top Station. One of its main attractions is Kundala Lake, which is an artificial reservoir. This lake is a part of the minor-arch-shaped Kundala dam, that is located amidst mountains. When at the lake, enjoy boat riding here while treating your eyes the lush greenery spread all around. One can pick from rowing boats, pedal boats and Kashmir-style Shikara boat, which are available on rent.

Punarjani Traditional Village

Punarjani Traditional Village - Experience the rich and varied traditions and cultural heritage of Kerala
Punarjani Traditional Village in Munnar
Lying in Pallivasal around 8 km from Munnar, Punarjani Traditional Village is an endeavour and a venture by a group of young artists of the region who wish to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Kerala. Punarjani promotes 2 art forms of Kerala- Kalarippayattu (internationally-known traditional martial art of Kerala) and Kathakali (highly popular Classical dance drama of Kerala). Shows of around an hour of both the art forms are organized here on a daily basis. Kathakali show starts at 5 pm and ends at 6 pm and the martial art show starts at 6 pm and ends at 7 pm. The entry fee is INR 200.

Echo Point

Echo Point in Munnar
A scenic view of Echo Point in Munnar
Around 15 km from Munnar, Echo Point is a must-visit place near Munnar. As interesting as the name of the place is, the natural phenomenon that happens here is equally fascinating. Once you scream out loud here and wait for a minute, you can hear your voice echo back. The view from this high point is extremely mesmerizing. Echo point in Munnar is also quite popular amidst adventure seeks who like trekking and nature walks. Climb up to the point and adore the view.

[ Check Out our list of  Top 10 Hiking Trails in India ]

Eravikulum National Park

Eravikulum National Park in Munnar
Eravikulum National Park in Munnar, Kerala
Eravikulam National Park is one of the most popular attractions of Munnar. Covering an area of 97 square km, this national park is known for being home to Nilgiri Tahr- an endangered mountain goat of the region. Lying along the Western Ghats, this wildlife reserve houses a vast variety of animals, birds and rare butterfly species. 

The hilly slopes of Eravikulam look enchanting when the Neelakurinji flower is one its fool bloom, after every 12 years. This wildlife reserve is not only known for its wildlife but also for adventure opportunities that it offers. As Anamudi Peak, the highest peak of South India, lies within the park, it is quite popular amidst trekkers. One can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding mist-clad hills and lush tea gardens.

[ Interested in wildlife? Check out these awesome ideas for Wildlife Vacations in India ]

Tea Museum

Tea Museum - the famous hill station Munnar
Tea Museum in Munnar
Munnar boasts of being the largest tea-growing area of the southern part of the country and thus it makes Tea Museum Munnar, a must-visit attraction. The hill station has a history of origin and evolution of the tea plantations in Munnar. A Tea Museum was opened recently by Tata Tea in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea.

This museum has a collection of photographs, interesting objects and machinery that have made a contribution in making the tea industry of Munnar a success. This tea museum is quite popular amidst tourists and tea lovers. There is a demonstration room also for tea tasting where different varieties of tea from all across are placed. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Marayoor Sandalwood Forests

Ancient Dolmens at Marayoor Sandalwood Forests in Munnar

Placed at a distance of around 42 km from Munnar, Marayoor is a scenic town which is extremely popular for its natural sandalwood forests. This place is also quite popular for being an ancient civilization belonging to the Stone Age that dates back to 10,000 BC. The natural sandalwood forest of Marayoor has over 65000 trees of high-quality.

If you wish to learn more about the scented trees, there is Sandalwood Regeneration Experimental Plot and a sandalwood depot where you can see the processing of sandalwood. If you wish to embark on a leisure walk in the forest and soak-in the aroma, taking permission from the Forest Department is necessary. Apart from sandalwood, you can also spot various kinds of rare plants and trees.

Attukad Waterfalls

Attukad Waterfalls in Munnar
Attukad Waterfalls in Munnar, Kerala
Sandwiched between Pallivasal and Munnar, the scenic Attukad waterfalls are located at a distance of 9 km from the town. A charming spot, these waterfalls cascade from rocky hills with full flow. Enjoy the amazing view of the scenic beauty and the cool breeze caressing your face.

The place is also quite popular amidst trekking enthusiasts because of the rolling hills of Attukad. The waterfalls are at their top point during the monsoon season. Visiting this place is a treat to the eyes.

Also check out some more vacation ideas in Kerala in monsoon.

Blossom International Park

Blossom International Park in Munnar

Lying at a distance of around 3 km from Munnar, Blossom International Park covers an area of more than 16 acres. This park is an ideal picnic spot for locals as well as tourists visiting the area. Surrounded by lush greenery, this peaceful park with colorful flower is the perfect place to enjoy nature walk.

You can also indulge in other activities also such as cycling, boat riding, roller skating and so on. The park also consists of ropeways, swings and tree houses. Spend some memorable and peaceful moments here with your loved ones.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Munnar
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Munnar
Lying in the eastern side of the southern Western Ghats, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary shares it borders with Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park. Spread in an area 90 sq km, this wildlife reserve boasts of a unique ecology and floral collection. Counted amongst the 12 protected area of Kerala, Chinnar is named after Chinnar trees which it houses in abundance.

Along with a vast variety of animal species such as Nilgiri Tahr, tiger, spotted deer etc, this sanctuary has over 225 avifauna species and 1000 species of flowering plants. Around 60 km from Munnar, this sanctuary is popular for offering eco-tourism activities such as trekking, nature trail, river trekking, camping and more.

[ Check Out our list of Top Wildlife Sanctuaries in Kerala

Tea Plantations

Tea plantation in Munnar
Tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala
Famed as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala, the tea plantations of Munnar are just right to enjoy a leisure walk while soaking-in the fragrant aroma of tea. The lush expansive tea plantation with the backdrop of rolling hills is an enchanting sight. Take a walk here and let the cool breeze caress your face. The whole experience is absolutely rejuvenating for all your senses. There are a number of tea estates in Munnar, which are worth-visiting.

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Lakkom Waterfalls

Lakkom Waterfalls in Munnar
Lakkam Waterfalls in Munnar
Lakkom Waterfalls, also known as Lakkam Waterfalls, this attraction is positioned at a distance of 25 km from Munnar, on the road to Udumalaipettai. This waterfall is a part of the very well-known Eravikulam National Park. When you arrive at this gushing waterfall, adore the mesmerizing surroundings and scenic beauty all around. This waterfall is quite popular amidst nature lovers, honeymooners and locals as well.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Rock climbing and rappelling in Munnar,Kerala

Feel the high adrenalin rush by opting for rock climbing and rappelling in Munnar. The rolling hills of Western Ghats and the countryside region of Munnar offer excellent opportunities for these adventure activities. If you are an amateur, you can take the services of rock climbers who would guide you about the activity. Treat your eyes to mesmerizing views, once you are on the top. Rappelling and rock climbing are also available at levels for beginners. While you experience the thrill of partaking in these activities, soothing aroma from the tea plantations would fill your nostrils.

 [ Check Out our list of Top 10 Adventure Sports in India ]

CSI Christ Church

CSI Christ Church in Munnar,Kerala
CSI Christ Church in Munnar, Kerala
Simply known as the CSI Church or Christ Church, this church is not only a sacred site but also has historical importance because of playing an important role in the British times. Constructed in the year 1910, this church is in rough-hewn granite and has un-plastered walls. Today, the church is managed by the Church Mission Society and is used for medtitation. A popular attraction of Munnar, this church has several brass plates in the memory of tea planters of British times. CSI Christ Church in the present times is the head quarters of CSI Munnar Pastorate.

[Browse Munnar tour packages at IndianHoliday.com]
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16 Ideas for Family Holidays in India

Far from iPads, Androids and internet, consider spending some real quality times with your family. Add to it some fabulous cultural experiences, out of the box exotic experiences and real adventure; being surrounded by crowd more often than not, delectable culinary experiences and sometimes may be Delhi belly but above all some of the most defining and adventurous experiences that might change your life so much so that you go home a changed person. This is what family holidays in India is all about; adventure, incredulity, acceptance of chaotic beauty, new awareness and overall…raw awesomeness.

Ideas for Family Holidays in India
Wildlife safari is one of the things to do when you are on a family holiday in India Photo courtesy
Family holidays in India will get you out of your comfort zones. It may overwhelm you in the beginning but at the close it is a live changing cultural experience that could be experienced best when you are traveling with your family.From some elefantastic moments in Rajasthan, tête-à-tête moments spent with family over intoxicating aroma of tea where it originates, spending time in wilderness and in luxury if you can afford it, sailing enchanted lands amidst gentle lapping of backwaters or just interacting with the villagers down south or up north, there are plenty of activities that would make India a perfect place for family holidays on this planet.

Here we have compiled for you a select few experience to help you concoct a perfect family holiday in India…Read on!

Have a cuppa in a Tea Estate in Darjeeling

Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
The tea capital of India and an erstwhile sweetheart of British Raj, Darjeeling is one of the most renowned hill resorts in India. So loved it was by British - offering refuge from sweltering heat of the plains and awe inspiring views of Himalayas along with just the right locale for growing tea - that it became one of the most prominent administrative cities of the Raj. They build the Darjeeling Mountain Railways here, popularly referred to as the ‘toy train’ and also some of the best tea plantations that India can now boast of and in between they also built some idyllic bungalows nestled in the most serene recesses of sprawling tea plantations.

The best of the lot is the Glenburn Tea Estate. A restored planter’s bungalow, this luxury tea resort in India offers a tranquil stay amidst the 1,600 acres working tea estate and awe inspiring view of Himalayas. What’s on offer here is day hikes, savory culinary experiences, birding tours and even crossing the hanging bridge to Sikkim. Add to it lamplit dinners under canopy of stars, conversation in the warmth of bonfire, trout fishing and what not. There’s a load of activities to relish some great time with family over here. But above all, when you come here for a family holiday, make it an unforgettable one with tea tour. Learn how tea is made and sip an aromatic hot cuppa. It will be a memorable one we guarantee.

Bonus tip: If you are traveling to Darjeeling with kids don’t miss the Mountain Zoo which will definitely delight your kid.

Do the Rhododendron Trek in Sikkim

Temi Tea Garden, Sikkim

Himalayas is not just about some of the greatest treks like the Everest or the Annapurna. There’s this spiritually and mentally aspect of being footloose in Himalayas. It is joy not just for those looking to challenge themselves and push the limits for also for those who want to slow down, relax and spend some quality time with family and their friends. If you are looking for a quiet family holiday in India, North East India - still uncorrupted from woes of modern tourism - is the place to be. What makes North East India a laid back yet enlightening destination for family holidays in India is that here one could discover panoply of tribal cultures, climates, landscapes and peoples.

When in Sikkim, there are plenty to do and even when you do nothing you’d feel that you have done all that you came to do. Such is the magic of this place. Activities here include enlightening visits to monasteries and institution such as Namgyal Institute of Tibetology; a great way to know and understand the local culture.

Then there are an array of treks - both the short ones and the longer ones that could take you to Bhutan, the land of thunder dragon - that one could choose from. But when you are on a family vacation, it is here in Sikkim that you could undertake an array of mild hikes. With home to over 5,000 species of flowering plants that include several species of orchids and rhododendron, hiking in Sikkim is an experience to treasure with family and take back unforgettable memories to relive.

Ravangla - Khechupelri and Hilley/Soreng- Barsey- Dentam-Pemayangtse are two easy day hikes that would let you cherish some quality family time together surrounded by enchanting forests and Himalayan landscape and in between you’d also cross villages offering a glimpse of local life and culture.
[Read more with Sikkim travel guide or explore packages]

Rendezvous with Tigers in Bandhavgarh

 
Tree House Hideaway Bandhavgarh
Tree House Hideaway in Bandhavgarh
Wildlife Safaris in India offer some fantastic opportunity to have adventure with family. Kids love wild animals and even adults do. In India there’s abundance of wildlife that includes some endangered species like the Great Single-horned Rhinoceros found in Kaziranga and Manas National Park and the Royal Bengal Tigers found in - among others - Bandhavgarh National Park.

Why we recommend Bandhavgarh National Park for family adventure in India is the fact that it has the highest density of tiger population in India in terms of area. What it means is that - as the popular saying goes - you are really out of luck if you haven’t spotted a tiger during your wildlife safari in Bandhavgarh National Park.

Yet another reason Bandhavgarh is a great place for family vacation in India is that you get an opportunity to stay in the tree house. The Tree House Hideaway Resort, located just in the outskirts of this tiger reserve is a great place to stay close to nature and the wild. There are good probability that you could spot some birds and animals - especially early morning - when you are looking out of your accommodation located high above the ground.

Bathe an Elephant in Jaipur


Elefantastic, Jaipur
Elefantastic is just the perfect place to enjoy holidays in India with family and kids
If you are a traveler from overseas, I bet your kid would just love to be with elephant - I have assumed that you already do. Yes! Kids just love elephants. And at Elefantastic you and your family get the best opportunity to get up, close and personal with the much loved jumbos of India.

At this elephant care farm, you not only get the opportunities to ride an elephant or go on an elephant safari, but you could also feed, wash and water the elephant. But perhaps the most satisfying and fun experience is to learn about elephant decoration and actually paint an elephant.

Bonus tips: If you are traveling to Jaipur with kids, we’d definitely recommend a visit to Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort where you could see Rajasthan in a microcosm. Activities such as camel ride, haunted house and puppet show along with folk dance performances would definitely delight your kid.

[Check out the complete list of things to do in Jaipur or explore packages]

Dive in the Deep Blue Sea in Andaman

Snorkelling in Andaman
Go snorkeling in Andaman if you are traveling there with kid
Don’t kids just love water or for that matter adventure above or below it. If you are travelling to India with kids, one of the best places to head to is the pristine islands of Andaman and Nicobar which are thankfully still uncorrupted by the rampant tourism and cacophony of tourists and crowds.

Sparsely populated and located far away from the main India inland, Andaman & Nicobar are as much about adventure as they are about culture and nature. There are pristine sun-kissed beaches dotted with palm mangroves, some easy hikes to hills, abundance of coral and wildlife under sea and then there is the snorkeling with the renowned Rajan, the sole surviving snorkeling elephant on the Havelock Island.

One of the recommended activities for family adventure in Andaman is to go Scuba Diving to see the abundance of fishes and coral life under water. Visit to marine museum, Cellular Jail, Anthropological museum are other must haves in your list of things to do in Andaman with family and kids.

[Read more with our Andaman travel guide or explore packages]

Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra

Taj Mahal with Kids
Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic structures in the world and a must visit if you are traveling to India
How can we not recommend a visit to Taj Mahal in Agra when you are traveling in India with family. The most iconic structure of India and declared both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is one place that must be visited once in a lifetime.
Due to its global appeal, you would find it crowded indeed, but therein lie the chaotic beauty of the Taj Mahal.

This monument considered to be the ultimate and undying symbol of love was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It took 22 years, 22,000 workers and 9,000 elephants to finish this modern marvel. According to a popular folklore, it is said that Shah Jahan was so besotted and envious after the construction of this creation that he ordered the hands of the all workers be cut so that Taj Mahal could not be replicated in future. But that’s just a story.
The best time to visit Taj Mahal when you are traveling with family and looking to avoid the chaos is to reach early. Take a tonga ride (carriage pulled by horses) for a morning visit to glimpse the sparkling white marble monument standing in its eternal glory. Sunset views are equally catchy but crowded. Do know this: This monument is closed on Fridays for tourists.

[Know more about things to do in Agra or browse Agra tour packages]

Ride a Toy Train in Delhi

National Rail Museum, Delhi
Enjoy a ride in the toy train in National Rail Museum in Delhi if you are travelling with kids Source
National Rail Museum has an interesting collection of over 100 real size displays of Indian Railways. There are static as well as working models and the most fascinating experiences especially for kids is that one could ride aboard the joy train and a mono rail inside the museum. Historical photographs, antique furniture, signaling equipment and railway related literature are some of the most informative articles inside the museum.

However the star attraction inside the National Rail Museum includes 2 original rail saloons. One is the elegant yet luxurious personal car of the Prince of Wales built in 1875 and the other is the equally plush personal carriage used by Maharaja of Mysore built in 1989.

Bonus tips: Traveling in Delhi with kids; make sure that you check out the Time Out guide for Delhi to know about the upcoming events for kids in Delhi. You may also like to take your kid to the Delhi Zoological Park near Purana Quila. Adventure Island is another fun place to visit with kids in Delhi or even with teenagers.

[Explore our Delhi Travel Guide for more or browse packages]

Spend Night on a Houseboat in Kerala

What Taj Mahal is to India is what houseboat is to Kerala. It is said that you haven’t visited Kerala if you haven’t spent a night in the globally renowned Kerala Houseboats, locally referred to as the ‘Ketuvallams’. Traditionally used as the rice barges to carry across the grains through the labyrinthine of canals and lagoons that are collectively known as Kerala Backwaters, these ‘kettuvallams’ are now transformed into houseboats and ferry tourists across destinations in Kerala along with offering deluxe to luxury category night stays.

The reason why we recommend spending time with family on a houseboat in Kerala is that it once again lets you slow down and offer you a peek into the agrarian lifestyle of rural Kerala, the community as well as the culture from a close quarter. And did you know that your kid could literally steer the houseboat across the palm-fringed backwaters - of course assisted by the pilot :-).

Travelling on a houseboat across Kerala Backwaters gets thumbs up from us because when you are aboard it with your family as it wades along in the morning you catch sight of distant temple and hear reverberating bells and chants of a Hindu priest followed by never before sights like people bathing along the banks, buffalos wading through the water, kids going school, fishermen hauling their catch and Kerala in a microcosm.

Ride a Camel in Jaisalmer

Camel Safari, Jaisalmer
Camel Safari in Jaisalmer. Photo courtesy globetrotting
Camel ride could be a fun and adventure activity, in fact many consider camel rides amidst the undulating sand dunes of Rajasthan to be one of the most amazing and enchanting activities to undertake while holidaying in the land of the valiant Rajput warrior princes.

The vast stretches of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan offer mystical experiences of camel safari which are enjoyed by both families as well as couples. Then there are some places where you could camp or just sleep under the starlit sky.

Camel safari in the desert of Rajasthan offer ideal refuge from the hustle bustle and mayhems of the touristy cities of Rajasthan which includes Jaisalmer. And the wonder of it all is that it is not as tough or scary as it appears and could also be enjoyed by kids.

[Read complete guide to Jaisalmer or view packages]

Brush with Spirituality & Nature at Dharamsala

One minute you could be amidst the chaotic McLeodganj and Bhangsunag which are thronged by the tourists round the year and in another second you could be walking the tranquil roads near Dharamkot. Dharamsala is as much about adventure and fun as it is about spirituality and reclaiming the harmony of body, mind and soul.

There are plenty of activities to indulge in when you are in Dharamsala on a family holiday. From the popular Bhagsunag Falls to the Dalai Lama Temple and from the scenic trails of Naddi Village to the moderate hike to Triund, Dharamsala provides numerous activities to offer serene moments as well as adventure and fun with family.

Fly the fox in Jodhpur

Kids love adventures…don’t they? What better than letting them have a go at the flying fox in Jodhpur? Jodhpur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The allure of Jodhpur lies in its resplendent fortresses and spectacular palaces along with several historical monuments and temples.

But when it comes to family holidays in Rajasthan, Jodhpur becomes a hot favorite and the top reson for that is the flying fox zip wire. The reson flying fox across zip wire is one of the most popular family adventure in Jodhpur is that not only does it offers the bird eye view of the city, but the thrills and chills of flying.

You could actually do the batman here flying over one of the 6 zip lines that hang across the ramparts and walls of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Well we are saying feel like batman because this fort was actually used as the location of Batman movie the Dark Night Rises.

However you need to weigh less than 115 kilograms and your children must be aged above 10 to have the thrill of flying over the royal city of Jodhpur.

[Know more about things to do or browse through Jodhpur tour packages]

Do Elephant Safari in Jim Corbett

An elephant safari in national parks in India is as close one could come to nature and wild. Jim Corbett National Park, which also holds the honor of the first eastablished national park in Asia is probably the best place for elephant safaris in India.

What makes it so popular with families is that they could ride together and enjoy the beautiful vista of Himalayan terai and there is very high probability of spotting the tigers diring one of these safaris in the park. Even if not for the sighting of the big cats, elephant safari is one of the things to do with family as it takes you deep into the nature and provides ops to get close to the abundant wildlife inside Corbett National Park.

Conquer the Rapids near Rishikesh

Nothing gets more adventurous than tackling the rapids of the Holy Ganges near Rishikesh and Shivpuri if you are out holidaying with family in India. Rishikesh is renowned world over as the yoga capital. Such is the allure of the place that even Beatles couldn’t resist the call of Rishikesh.

There are not much to do when you are here in Rishikesh but then there’s plenty of things that you could actually do to have fun time with family during your trip to Rishikesh. White water rafting, kayaking and bungee jumping are among the top things to do in Rishikesh never mind you are traveling with family kids or friends.

There are challenging rapids ranging from grade II to IV that could offer you the time of your life and moments to take back and cherish for the rest of your lives. If you are traveling with kids, canoeing and kayaking are two adventure activities that may delight them.

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Fly in the Sky at Goa Beaches

If you are traveling to India with family or kids, Goa is one place that should be on your itinerary. Goa is so unlike India when it comes to ambience but the disparity ends there. Goa also happens to be the most popular beach resort in India thronged year round with visitors from India as well as foreign countries. In fact, Goa is one of those destinations where you will find more foreign visitors than Indians. The charm is colonial at best thanks to the Portuguese influence on the local culture and custom. In fact it was said about Goa that you need not visit Portugal if you have visited Goa.

When you are out for family holidays in Goa, there are plenty of activities to keep you on your toes. On the other hand you might decide to do nothing and spoil yourself in the laid back ‘sussegado’ at the sun kissed beaches of Goa. But if you are traveling with kids, you would like to have some thrilling time at the beaches of Goa that include surf boarding, para sailing and other water sports.

For cultural experiences, try South Goa which houses some of the fantastic relics of Portuguese cononial era. These include the churches and cathedrals of Goa which are now inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then there is the Menezes Braganza Pereira House which carries with itself is 350 years old legacy of colonial era. And it is free to visit and remains open to all from 9 AM to 5 PM on any day of the week.

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Try skiing in Gulmarg or Auli

Kids love snow and so do we. Although not one of the best skiing destinations in the world, India is home to 2 world class skiing destinations which are internationally renowned. Gulmarg in Jammu & Kashmir and Auli in Uttarakhand are the best when it comes to skiing in India. Kids as well as aduly enjoy skiing down the vast expanse of snow from the month of December till March.

There are plenty of slopes at both Auli and Gulmarg where beginners could try their luck at skiingNursery slopes as well as skiing lessons are available at both these skiing destinations in India. But if you consider yourself an advanced skier, the options available to you are countless. In fact you could also try the more adventurous and thrilling heli-skiing.


The reason why recommend skiing as one of the best ideas for family holidays in India is that at both these destinations you could avail the facility of porters. You will be more relaxed and less concerned when you know that your kids could sledge down the slopes to their hearts content and that there’s someone else on hand to pull them back up again!

Explore the Eco Park and do Camping in Dhanaulti

Camping it is said is a state of mind. With kids and family, it is not just about staying outdoors far from the internet, din of the city and televisions; it is also about spontaneity, about new perspective and getting up close and personal. Connection with nature and enjoying time together has a way to strengthen the familial ties, to feel more relaxed and ultimately more happy and healthy.

Dhanaulti, when combined with nearby Kanatal and Chamba - is one of the best places to achieve this communion when it comes to family holiday in India. What’s more; you could always go the extra mile and do the kayaking or white water rafting and even bungee jumping to get that adrenaline rush in Rishikesh.

There is just the soothing embrace of nature, fewer people, more trees and eco parks and easy day hikes. And then when you sit across the campfire, sometimes gazing up to see the bright canopy of starlit sky, exchanging the takeaways of the day’s activity, it is the closest you could come to being family.

So what would you choose for family holidays in India? Did we miss any? Do let us know :-)

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Top 16 Things to do in Orissa

Orissa is a state located on the eastern coast of India, with a coastline of about 485 km. So yes, the state is home to exotic beaches too, along with significant shrines, amazing forts, vibrant ethnicity and almost everything beautiful. A radiant flaunt of heritage and history is found in the monuments of Orissa like the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves. Owing to variant landforms, Orissa possesses sparkling waterfalls and indeed a sprawling biodiversity. There is so much to see and do in Orissa, so grab your popcorn while we give you a brisk view of things to do in Orissa.

Jagannath Temple

Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa
Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa (Image Courtesy)
This temple of Lord Jagganath (Shree Krishna) dates back to 12th century and is among the most important temples of Odisha. The temple is popular in other parts of India too, for its Ratha Yatra Festival. Jagannath Puri is an important Hindu pilgrimage center of India, mainly because of the fact that this temple happens to be one of the four destinations in Chaar Dhaam Yatra. Char Dham Yatra circuit is considered to have major significance in a Hindu’s life. 

Other than Puri, Badrinath, Rameswaram, and Dwarka are also included in the holy circuit. It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal and is venerated by the followers of Vaishnavas. Legend says that the King who made this temple had a vision in his dream of Lord Jagannath. In the dream the lord asked the king if could build a temple, and so the king did.

Sun Temple

Sun Temple of Konark - The highest point of achievement of Kalinga architecture depicting the grace
Sun Temple of Konark - The highest point of achievement of Kalinga architecture depicting the grace
Sun Temple of Konark (Orrisa) is popular in India, owing to its striking design. This temple is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God) and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage Site. That’s not it; the temple has also been featured in the list of Seven Wonders of India by NDTV and Times of India. The temple was built in 13th century, by King Narsimhadeva I. 

The temple looks like a chariot, which is ornamented and is believed to belong to the Sun God. The façade faces east. This was done so that the first rays of the sun strike its principle entrance. Some of the structures of the temple fell somewhere around 1837, and a collection of the same has been put into Konark Archeological Museum. Another striking aspect of Konark Sun Temple is its erotic sculptures of Maithunas.

Chilika Lake

Sunrise View of Chilika Lake, Orissa
Sunrise View of Chilika Lake, Orissa
Spread over an area of 1100 km sq and the second largest lagoon of the world, Chilika Lake is home to tremendous amount of bird species, both resident and migratory. The Bird Sanctuary in Chilika Lake’s Nalaban Island is a major attraction here. Chilika Lake is one of the best bird-watching spots of India. Here, you may catch a glimpse of several birds like herons, egrets, spoonbills, storks, teals, pochards and even dolphins.

Lingaraja Temple

Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar ,Orissa
Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar
Lingaraja Temple is dedicated to lord Harihara (Lord Shiva) and is the largest temple in Bhubaneshwar. The temple is about a thousand years old and this is one of the parts of the Golden Triangle of Orrisa (Bhubaneshwar, Konark and Puri). 

The holy text Brahma Purana has a reference of this revered temple. Lingaraja Temple was built in the 7th century by ruler Yayati Kesari. During the whole day, worship services are offered twenty two times in the temple. And the image of Lingaraja is taken to Jalamandir once a year for special offerings.

Nandankanan Zoological Park

Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar
Covering about 990 acres of land, Nandankanan Zoological Park has expansive wildlife, with botanical garden and a lake too. Some part of Nandankanan Zoological Park has been declared a sanctuar. The park is majorly known for its white-tigers, Asiatic lions and Indian Crocodiles.

The zoo also has an aquarium which houses a variety of fresh-water fish. Nandankanan Zoological Park also promotes the idea of Adopt an Animal and manages breeding programs for white tigers, crocodiles and pangolin.

Chandipur Beach

Chandipur Beach, Odisha
Chandipur Beach in Odisha
Relaxing on the Chandipur Beach is an unforgettable and highly rejuvenating affair. This is one of the few beaches of the world where sea waves recede up to 5 km daily. People usually chase the waves by riding a jeep. The babbling waves rising and descending, casuarinas trees stretched to miles and sand dunes conspire to create a peaceful ambience for the weary soul. Chandipur Beach is located 200 km away from Bhubaneshwar, near Balasore Town.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves

Udayagiri And Khandagiri Caves, Orissa
Udayagiri And Khandagiri Caves in Orissa
Carved by nature and mankind, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are situated on two hills mentioned as Kumari Parvat in Hathugumpha inscription. About 35 caves were excavated from both the hills. Hathigumpha (Cave 14), Ganeshagumpha (Cave 10) and Rani Ka Naur (Cave 1) are known for their exceptionally brilliant engravings.

The Ananta Cave (Cave 3) has carved figures of elephants, athletes, women and geese. Besides the fine exhibition of craftsmanship, you can savor the beautiful view of the vicinity from the summit of Khandagiri Hill. Udatagiti and Khandagiri Caves are popular caves in Orissa.

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Puri

Puri Beache - Natural Beauty of Odisha
Puri Beach - Natural Beauty of Odisha
Besides the renowned Jagannath Puri Temple, Puri is brimming with many other spectacular locations; like the Puri Beach. This is often referred to as the Golden Beach of Puri, credits to the sparkling golden sands.

There are several other religious places to visit in Puri like Shree Lokanath Temple, Bedi Hanuman Temple, Shree Gundicha Temple, Chakra Teertha Temple and Mausima Temple.  Puri is one of the destinations of the most revered Char Dham Yatra.

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Bhubaneswar

Shanti Stupa in Dhauli, Orissa
Shanti Stupa at Dhauli in Orissa
The capital of Orissa, Bhubaneswar has a rich history datable to three thousand years back. The name of the city has been derived from the word Tribhuneswar (Lord Shiva), which literally means Lord of Three Worlds. Insignia of Kalinga Architecture is witnessed in its nooks.

Also regarded as The Temple City of India, Bhubaneswar merges with Puri and Konark to a venerated pilgrimage circuit, The Golden Triangle of Orissa. Other than the attractions of Bhubaneswar listed in this article; Mukteshwar Temple, Brahmeshwar Temple and Dhauli are must-visit locations in Bhubaneswar.

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Konark

Archaeological Museum in Konark,Orissa
Archaeological Museum in Konark
Popular for the Sun Temple, Konark is silently nestled on seashore. As the town is embraced by gurgling sea waves, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Konark also has an exotic beach around its corner, Chandrabhaga Beach. This is one of the best beaches to visit in Orissa.

Konark Dance Festival too is a major attraction of the town. Similarly Magha Saptami Mela is a popular festival of Konark. Kuruma Beach, Archeological Survey of India Museum and Konark Math are other attractions of Konark that must not be missed.

Rajarani Temple

Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Stationed amidst vast paddy fields the Rajarani Temple is locally known as the Love Temple. The reason behind its christening owes to the erotic figurines on the walls. Rajarani Temple dates back to 11th century, and its architecture is believed to have inspired quite a few other temples like Khajuraho Temples and Totesvara Mahadeo Temple in Kadawa. Archeological Survey of India preserves this temple and regards it as an important monument of Orissa.

Simlipal National Park

Elephant at Simlipal National Park,Orissa
Elephant at Simlipal National Park
Simlipal Tiger Reserve or Simlipal National Park is one of the most popular national parks of Orissa. This is a part of Mayurbhanj Elephant reserve; along with Hadhgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary. Talking of Simlipal, it covers 845 sq km of area. Under this sprawling area, there are some beautiful waterfalls, like Joranda and Barehipani. The park is home to Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, gaurs, Chausingha and indeed an expansive biodiversity.

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Barabati Fort

Entrance Gate of Barabati Fort
Entrance Gate of Barabati Fort
Nestled adjacent to Barabati Stadium, Barabati Fort is datable to 14th century. Its moat, gate and earthen mound paint a picture of the past.  It narrates the tale of Ganga Dynasty and overlooks the splendid view of the Mahanadi River. Originally it covered about 102 acres of land and used to be a nine-storied structure. This hasn’t lost its charm however, but today it can be listed a popular fort in Orissa.

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Paradeep Port

Paradeep Port in Orissa
Paradeep Port in Orissa
An important port of Orissa, Paradeep Port is in function 24x7. This also is the largest port of East India. As the shipments cruise along the coast, tourists can indulge in a boating session. It is pleasurable to take a stroll in the Paradeep Beach. In a short distance from the port is Smurti Udyan, a beautiful garden dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the cyclones of 1990s.

To behold the sight of rare species of crocodiles and other animals, proceed to Gahirmatha Beach. One of the popular attractions near Paradeep Port is Bhitarkanika National Park. Also don’t miss to gorge on some drool-worthy sea food around.

Water Falls

Barehipani Falls - one amongst the higher waterfalls in India
Barehipani Waterfalls
Most of Orissa is covered with hills and plateaus and this makes it a state with beautiful waterfalls. Highest waterfall of Orissa is Barehipani Waterfall, which is 399 meters tall.  This is a two-tiered waterfall located in Simlipal National Park. The area is serene and enchanting. Other popular waterfalls of Orissa are Putudi Falls, Khandadhar Falls and Harishankar Falls.

Tribal Villages

Tribal Fairs & Festivals in Odisha (Orissa)

To experience the austerity of an urban township visit the villages of Orissa. Orissa alone is home to about 62 types of tribes. Some of the most popular tribal villages for the tourists in Orissa are Rayagada, Bantalbiri and Onukadelli. Rayagada is known for its wall paintings and its market, Bantalbiri stand out with horticulture and Onukadelli is renowned for its markets.

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