Monday, 19 January 2015

Places in India Where You Can Create Memories with Your Parents

Remember the times when your parents have taken you on a great vacation? It is time to return the favour. After all they too need some respite too! India, being the land of a myriad cultures and diverse backgrounds, offers some of the best holiday destinations you could take your parents to. Here is a hand-picked assortment of places laden with picturesque, religious, historical, wild and absolutely jaw-dropping beauty that your folks will approve of.

Alleppey: Backwaters galore

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Known world over for its emerald green backwaters, Alleppey in God’s Own Country makes for a fetching destination. Your parents deserve to be treated with the divine gifts of nature where they can leave all their stresses behind.  Enjoy watching them spring with glee as you take them on the iconic houseboat. You all can cherish moments as you glide along the quiet waters and catch views of the breath-taking landscapes around.
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Adding to the entire experience is flavourful food, fine interiors and warm hospitality. For wildlife enthusiasts, there is also the Periyar National Park and Wildlife sanctuary located nearby. 

Jaipur: A land of royals

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Pamper your parents with a fine tryst with royalty. Along with them, dash off to the imperial land of Jaipur. Reflecting the glory of the past are the rich monuments and palaces that have been beautifully preserved. Let them arrive king style on top of an elephant at Amber Fort. Other places to visit include the finely crafted Hawa Mahal,regal Jaigarh Fort and the splendid Nahargarh Fort.
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You can hire a local tour guide who can keep you all regaled with the fascinating stories behind each magnificent monument. You can even splurge and live in one of the many opulent and lavish places of stay or a palace turned resort that offers great service and hospitality

Kashmir: Switzerland of India

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Crowned as the “Switzerland of India”, Kashmir is where you can surround your parents with surreal and magical beauty. Cosseted in the Himalayas, this is one of the ultimate destinations to take your folks to.
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Let your parents reminisce the classic Bollywood movies (cue, Shammi Kapoor crooning ‘Yeh chaand sa roshan chehra’)with a delightful shikara rideon the dreamy Dal Lake. Even if they are not a movie buff the calm ride and the soothing sights all around makes for quite an experience. Other delights of the place include pretty little hamlets, warm wooden homes,lovely gardens and enthralling lakes.

Ooty: Queen of Hills

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Whisk your parents to the scenic and pleasant hill station of Ooty. Located in Tamil Nadu, it offers many pictorial sights and the bliss of tea gardens. Parents can lap up a refreshing amble through the beautiful Botanical Garden or Sims Park. Another relaxing activity is going boating in the quiet Ooty Lake.
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In case your folks are bit into adventure, you can take them to enjoy the views of Dodabetta Peak and milky gushing waterfalls such as the Pykara and Avalanche falls. Watch the kid in them come alive with a fun toy train experience here. The sights that will be displayed with be etched on your and their minds.

Shimla: The most vibrant hill station of North India

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Many parents favour a visit to Shimla, not only because of its popularity, but also due to its vibrant persona. Lolling in the lap of regal snow dusted mountains, this romantic place features charming British architecture and historical monuments that will leave your parents in awe.
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Some must-visits happen to be the Church on Mall road, Hanuman temple, Gurudwara Sahib, Himalayan National Park and the Arki palace and fort. Lastly, your trip to this place would not be complete without a ride on the popular Toy train that runs between Shimla to Kalka that will give the joy of a lifetime of memories.

Shillong: Scotland of the East

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This capital of Meghalaya rests amidrolling valleys, high plateaus, cascades and winding rivers displaying perfection in natural splendour. Shillong just might be what your parents’ idea of an ideal vacation is.
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Get to exquisite Shillong after a pleasant 3 hour drive from Guwahati making way through fun curves and abundant pine groves. The place was constructed by the British as a summer retreat and hence one can still find the distinct reminisces of the same. Though when here, the great natural beauty cannot be missed. Let them feast their eyes on postcard perfect Umium Lake (also known as Burra Pani Lake), to mesmerising Nohkalikai Falls(tallest plunge waterfall in India) and some tranquil and serene sights on the outskirts. 

Coorg: Land of Coffee and hills

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Another winsome destination to take your parents to is Coorg in Karnataka. The landscape is laced with coffee plantations, waterfalls, pretty environs and rich flora and fauna. Adding to the charm is the pleasant cuddly weather. This hill station is ideal to life up the spirits of your parents.
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Huddled in the nature rich Western Ghats, Coorg boasts of many attractions.Bylakuppe is a Tibetan settlement that can be toured. Here you can unravel Buddhist monastery and get a whiff of the life of Tibetan monks. Other notable places include Talakaveri, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nagarhole National Park. Make sure to take your folks down here to spot some Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards and wild boars.

Manali: Paradise on Earth

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With scenery that is as breath-taking, Manali is a traveller’s treasure trove making it ideal for a family vacation. A stunning hill station in Himachal Pradesh, it is bordered by snowy peaks and lucidriver waters from the Beas. So perfect is the landscape here that it is reminiscent of a post card.
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Charms include natural ones such as orchards to pine and deodar trees, places of worships, adventure activities, and sightseeing tours. Pay a visit to temples, waterfalls, valley and sanctuary with your folks.

Kodaikanal: Princess of Hill Stations

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Kodaikanal is a beautiful city in Tamil Nadu which is bound to mesmerize you with its beauty and tranquillity. Although a honeymooners’ haven, the dewy place that nestles beautifully amidst the folds of the Pali hills is also a family favourite.
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Over here you will find the unique ‘Kurinji-flower’. It flowers only once in 12 years, lending a distinct splendour to the place. Your folks can delight in pictorial hills, enormous rocks, lovelycascades, a tranquil lake, fruit orchards, plush flora. All this makes it one of the most sought-after hill stations in the south of India. 

Gangtok: An abode of diverse ethnicities

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Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, Gangtok is home to people from different ethnicities such as Tibetan, Nepali, Lepchas and Bhutias. The climate of Gangtok is pleasant for most part of the year that makes it favorable for elderly folks to holiday here. The city is also rich in flora and fauna; an abundance of wild orchids in myriad colors and lush green thickets of bamboos can be found growing here aplenty.

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