Best Family Holiday Destinations in India to Revisit After the Lockdown

hampi karnataka best family holiday destinations in india

On 11 March 2020, WHO declared Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic and reiterated the call for countries to take immediate actions and scale up the response to treat, detect and reduce transmission to save people’s lives. With lockdown remained imposed in most of the cities and towns, a huge number of the population is missing spending time outdoors with friends, family, and loved ones.

With domestic tourism slowly picking its pace, read here to know the four best places where the government has lifted the travel ban.

1. Hampi, Karnataka

hampi karnataka

Hampi is an ancient village in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It’s dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit if you are someone who delights in historical architectural marvels. Hampi was the capital of the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar Empire.

The dry lands of eastern Karnataka present an unimaginable amalgamation of history, culture and nature. These drylands form an excellent dry deciduous habitat for a number of dwindling populations of unique wild animals and birds. 

The nearest airport to Hampi is the Hubli Airport, you can also make use of Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation’s several buses that connect from various states located in South India. The ideal time to visit Hampi would be between October to February.

2. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

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About 107 km from the metropolis of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, are the rock-cut caves of Ajanta nestled in a panoramic gorge, in the shape of an enormous horseshoe. A set of 29 caves, Ajanta is amongst the best examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave artwork and sculptures. These caves incorporate Chaitya halls or shrines, committed to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries, used through Buddhist monks for meditation and the find out about Buddhist teachings.

 Historians believe that these caves were occupied by monks and merchants as a stoppage. The wall painting present here is believed to be the oldest ancient wall paintings to exist in India. 

The best time to visit Ajanta and Ellora caves is June to March and remember when you are in Ajanta Ellora, don’t miss visiting Bibi Ka Makbara. It is called Taj of the Deccan (Dakhani Taj), and situation 5 km away from Aurangabad. It was build in 1661 in the memory of Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife Rabia-Ul-Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum.

3. Skyview Patnitop by Empyrean, J&K

skyview patnitop leading multi activity adventure places in india

The exemplary natural beauty and adventure are some of the many reasons that make Skyview by Empyrean the best holiday destination in India. From Jammu airport to Skyview by Empyrean – a distance of 95 kilometres is covered in approximately two hours, passing through the four-lane highway and several small tunnels.

The major attraction of this location is that the place has the highest ropeways in India in terms of ground clearance and has one of the longest zig-zag ziplines in Asia. Besides the magic carpet, tube sledge, and hiking trails. As per global COVID protocols standards, only 4 pax are allowed to travel in each cable car, against 8pax. 

During the lockdown due to the pandemic, the site was comprehensively audited for COVID-19 preparedness by SGS – the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. A COVID-ready compliance certificate of safety was issued by them just before the reopening making Skyview by Empyrean a safe destination for all visitors and employees with stringent SOP’s like face masks, online bookings, thermal screening, social distancing, sanitization routines, and digital menus, etc.  

4. Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra:

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Kaas plateau, also known as Valley of Flowers is situated 25 km from Satara city in Maharashtra. Spread over 1000 acres, Kaas is a protected biodiversity reserve and has been designated as a World Heritage Nature Site by UNESCO. The entire grassland turns into a valley of flowers during the monsoon season. The cool hill station of Mahabaleshwar is only about 70 km/ or 2 hours away, so for those who prefer staying at the hill station, it is possible to stay there and drive to Kaas Plateau early morning.

The e-pass rule to travel in different districts has been relaxed by Maharashtra state Government. Many Hotels have started operating enroute to Kaas Pathar Satara. We would strongly recommend that you check before making the hotel booking to avoid the frustration of not being to visit the Valley of flowers Maharashtra.

5. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh:

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This hill station is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Nestled amidst picturesque forests of cedar trees, herbs, and pines. Popular among the British officials post 1947, the Victorian legacy is still evident in the buildings of Kasauli.  

Kasauli is famous for its many attractions like the Central Research Institute, Christ Church, Kasauli Brewery, and Sunset Point as well as various activities like trekking, shopping, and even paragliding.

6. Sundarbans National Park:

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Sundarbans National Park is a large coastal mangrove forest, shared by India and Bangladesh. The area is home to the Royal Bengal tiger, plus other endangered species such as the estuarine crocodile and Ganges River dolphin. Additionally, it also includes reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. 

The Sundarbans covers 10,000 sq. km of land and water, in the Ganges delta. It contains the world’s largest area of mangrove forests. The best time to visit the national park is from November to March as the weather is pleasant in these months. The safari time is from 8.30 AM to 4:00 PM so remember to plan your trip accordingly to ensure that you don’t miss out on making the most out of this natural wonder.

These are challenging times and we are sure you must be eagerly waiting to revisit some of your favorite places with your family. So here it is, a list of best family holiday destinations in India to revisit after the lockdown period is over.

Planning a Long Weekend Escape in Jammu?

Tourist places in Jammu & Kashmir

When you are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city trying your best to prove yourself on every front, a small vacation escape to the hills is what you need to revive yourself. Though there are a lot of holiday destinations in India worth-visiting, a trip to Jammu is most recommended owing to its immaculate beauty. The city of Jammu offers great tourist attractions, from religious sites to grand palaces, with a lush topography of spectacular glacier-laden hills, mesmerising valleys, picturesque towns, and much more. A perfect retreat for leisure travellers, honeymooners, and wildlife enthusiasts, Jammu attracts visitors from across the country. Let’s get straight to how you can make the most of your weekend vacation and which places to visit in Jammu. We have curated a list of tourist places in Jammu & Kashmir:

Day 1 – Arrival at Jammu and Local Sightseeing:

Early arrival at Jammu will give you enough time to visit some of the major hotspots of the city. A quick trip to Amar Mahal, Bahu Fort, Raghunath Temple, Mandi Palace will give you a brief idea on the historic facets of this ‘City of Temples’. Your stay at Jammu will enhance with some delicious top-ups of local dishes like Ambal, Khatta Meat, Aloo Dum, Pulao, and Maa da Madra, all complimented with famous sweets like Sund Panjeeri, Patisa, and Chocolate Barfi.

Day 2 – Jammu to Katra:

An easy 1-hour drive from Jammu will get you to Katra. There are various places to visit in Katra, each having its religious significance. Being home to one of the most important temples in India, Mata Vaishno Devi, you will find various cultural and religious sites here. It is also filled with undulating hillsides offering breathtaking views of great Himalayas.

For shopping freaks, a wide variety of dry fruits, leather articles, and tapestries are available on the main street to be bought as souvenirs for friends and family.

Day 3 – Katra to Patnitop:

A total distance of 70 km covered with a 2.5-hour drive from Katra, you will arrive at Patnitop. Located at an altitude of 6640 ft. above the sea level, it is nestled amidst the lush and luxuriant forest cover. Offering panoramic views of the Shivalik Range, Patnitop offers a number of places that you can visit. When it comes to the tourist places in Patnitop, you can visit Madhatop, Nathatop, Sanasar Lake, and Naag Temple among others. Each destination offers unique experiences for you to take part in. You can trek through some uncharted terrains at Madhatop, paraglide through the skies at Nathatop, or take a serene stroll at Sanasar Lake.

Day 4 – Adventure Time at Skyview

Skyview Patnitop is a one-stop destination for endless experiences. Be it indulging in the adrenaline-pumping activities or relishing lip-smacking delights from around the globe or simply getting up close to nature, you are going to find it all. There is a reason why we have suggested a full day at Skyview!

Adventure Activities: 

Gondola Ride: Designed with the latest French technology in collaboration with POMA, Gondola at Skyview covers a total span of 2.8 km and adheres to CEN (European) standard of safety norms. It is the highest ropeway in India (highest ground clearance) with the longest span of 849 m between two of its eight towers. With a total of 18 cabins, each capable to accommodate up to 8 adults, you are bound to have a great time, no matter how large is your group. All in all, a great experience for everyone!

Zipline: Participate or compete with your friends along with a series of 9 zip wires. Built-in collaboration with Flying Fox, this activity offers a zigzag ziplining experience. Test your skills and set new records for everyone to break. You surely are going to love it.

Tubing: India’s first grass tubing sledge offering all-season fun; jump in for pure pleasure with your friends. Indulge in an exhilarating experience as you slide down the descending terrain!

Sumptuous Delights 

Referred to as a ‘Paradise for Foodies’, Skyview offers numerous options for your tummy cravings, each offering delicious and finger-licking cuisine from around the globe, never before in Jammu. You can dine at The Wok – An Oriental Restaurant; Banana Leaf – offering flavours from North & South India; Pine View Café, or Skyview Café by Empyrean as per your taste and choice.

After a day full of adventure and fun, you can shop for some souvenirs at the Skyview Patnitop.

Next-Day – Drive Back To Home!

And that’s how your long weekend escape to Jammu will come to an end.