Explore the Best 15 Family Destinations in India – Major Attractions

India has been blessed with exceptional scenic beauty, ranging from the North to the South. The great Himalayas in the North, the vast Indian Ocean in the southernmost tip, the limitless Rann of Kutch in the western border to the waters of Bay of Bengal in the East, India has been the host of the best vacation destinations in India. Here we have gathered some information of 15 paradises of India for you which must not be get missed by you and your family. So here are the listed destinations below that are considered to be the best vacation destinations in the country that are ideal for family trips:

  1. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling offers a marvellous view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains and has been considered as one of the favourite vacation destinations in India. It is the best place to visit for summer vacations for families. Places like Tiger Hill, Kurseong, and other adjoining areas along with the joy of toy trains have made it one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in India.

Major attractions in Darjeeling:

  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda
  • Tiger Hill
  • Batasia Loop
  • Kanchenjunga Mountain
  • Barbotey Rock Garden
  • Tea Garden
  • Darjeeling Ropeway
  • Singalila National Park

Best time to visit Darjeeling: October to March

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/1sDM1VDzesN2

How to reach Darjeeling:

  • Delhi to Darjeeling Distance and Roadmap: 1495 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/SYWz1DKLJ5L2
  • Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (62 Km from Darjeeling), Station Code: NJP
  • Nearest AirPort: Bagdogra Airport (IXB ) (96 Km from Darjeeling)

 

  1. Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar has always been considered the Heaven on Earth and has occupied a very special place for people all across the globe. It has won the hearts of everyone for being one of the most loved vacation destinations in India owing to its hospitality, nature, and rich experiences.

Major attractions in Srinagar:

  • Dal Lake
  • Mughal Gardens
  • Hazratbal Mosque
  • Nigeen Lake
  • Wular Lake
  • Chatpal
  • Betaab Valley
  • Aru Valley
  • Dachigam National Park
  • Shankaracharya Temple
  • Awantipora
  • Gulmarg
  • Shalimar Bagh
  • Jamia Masjid
  • Pari Mahal
  • Tulip Garden

Best time to visit Srinagar: April to October

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/C7vrUFeTb822

How to reach Srinagar:

  • Delhi to Srinagar Distance and Roadmap: 816 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/WaRzcva9ABv
  • Nearest Railway Station: Srinagar railway station, Station Code: SNAR
  • Nearest AirPort: Srinagar Airport (SXR)

 

  1. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Known as the “Pink City of India”, Jaipur is perfect for a winter vacation with the family. If you are looking for family vacation destinations in India, Jaipur is sure to enrich you with a memorable experience. The wonderful architecture, palaces and forts, gardens, and museums, are sure to die for.

Major attractions in Jaipur:

  • Amber Fort and Palace
  • City Palace
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jal Mahal
  • Rambagh Palace
  • Birla Mandir
  • Galtaji Temple or Monkey Temple
  • Govindji Temple
  • Sisodia Rani Garden
  • Central Park
  • Abhaneri Step Well
  • Raj Mandir Cinema
  • Chokhi Dhani
  • Elefantastic
  • Albert Hall

Best time to visit Jaipur: October to March

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/HTu9Fu6nF4m

How to reach Jaipur:

  • Delhi to Jaipur distance and Roadmap: 277 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/od2szumtYPy
  • Nearest Railway Station: Jaipur Railway Station, Station Code: JP
  • Nearest AirPort: Jaipur Airport (JAI)

 

  1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla has always served as the summer capital during the British era. Covered with snow and beautified with apple gardens, Shimla has turned out to be the most sought-after summer vacation destinations in India. Shopping at Mall Road, enjoying the joy of toy trains are amongst the best things that one can indulge in during summer vacation in India.

Major attractions in Shimla:

  • The Scandal Point – Ridge
  • The Shimla State Museum
  • Summer Hills
  • Annandale
  • Jakhoo Hill
  • Naldehra and Shaily Peak
  • Chadwick Falls
  • Tara Devi Temple
  • Kufri
  • Chail
  • Johnnie’s Wax Museum
  • Christ Church
  • Himalayan Bird Park

Best time to visit Shimla: October to March for Snowfall Lovers, April to June to enjoy pleasant weather during summer

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/VZXS3Xgu4M52

How to reach Shimla:

  • Delhi to Shimla Distance and Roadmap: 347 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/KAKst6h5GMM2
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kalka – 15 Km from Shimla, Station Code: KLK
  • Nearest AirPort: Shimla Airport (SLV) – 22 Kilometres from Shimla

 

  1. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Located around a beautiful lake, Nainital is one of the most loved vacation destinations in India. Families can take a cable car ride or even go for boating at the beautiful lake of Nainital with their loved ones to enjoy one of the best summer vacations in India.

Major attractions in Nainital:

  • Nainital Lake
  • Naini Peak
  • Sattal – Lakes
  • Hanuman Garhi
  • Raj Bhawan
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Bhimtal Lake
  • Tiffin Top
  • The Mall Road
  • Snow View Point
  • Nainital Zoo – High Altitude Zoo
  • Eco Cave Gardens
  • Gurney House

Best time to visit Nainital: March – June

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/e79JSU1pPK92

How to reach Nainital:

  • Delhi to Nainital Distance and Roadmap: 300 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/aLTbtecxCzz
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodham (KGM) – 34 Km from Nainital
  • Nearest AirPort: Pantnagar Airport (PGH) – 65 Km from Nainital

 

  1. Coorg, Karnataka

The lush greenery of tea and coffee plantations at Coorg are undoubtedly a treat to the eyes. The churches made in a unique Gothic style, the beautiful forts of the ancient era, the ever-flowing waterfalls have made Coorg one of the best vacation destinations in India.

Major attractions in Coorg:

  • Abbey falls
  • Raja’s Seat
  • Omkareshwar Temple
  • Bylakuppe
  • Brahmagiri Peak
  • Dubare Elephant Camp
  • Iruppu Falls
  • Namdroling Monastery
  • Barapole River
  • Chelavara Falls
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Chettalli
  • Raja’s Seat
  • Mandalpatti Viewpoint
  • Cauvery Nisargadhama
  • Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nishani Motte

Best time to visit Coorg: October to March

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/ucLfpLH4cyL2

How to reach Coorg:

  • Delhi to Coorg Distance and Roadmap: 2,407 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/HUsfoT8Kadk
  • Nearest Railway Station: Mysore Junction (MYS), 95 Km from Croog
  • Nearest AirPort: Mangalore International Airport (IXE) – 135 Km from Coorg

 

  1. Alleppey, Kerala

Being located in Gods’ own country, Alleppey is the perfect place for a family to relax during winter. The beautiful houseboat that floats on the backwaters is surely the best thing to watch while you are at Aleppy. Apart from that, you can indulge in other activities like boat racing, or simply watch a Kathakali show to delight your soul.

Major attractions in Alleppey:

  • Marari Beach
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Arthunkal Church
  • Pathiramanal
  • Mannarshala Temple
  • St. Mary Forane Church
  • Andhakaranazhi Beach
  • Backwaters of Kuttanad
  • Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Alleppey Beach
  • Chettikulangara Devi Temple
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Ambalapuzha Temple
  • Mannarasala Temple
  • Karumadikkuttan
  • Alleppey Lighthouse
  • Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple

Best time to visit Alleppey: Winter: November to February, Summer: March to May

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/KWWKJQNSyy82

How to reach Alleppy:

  • Delhi to Alleppey Distance and Roadmap: 2,749 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/gDwqw5PYMNK2
  • Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha Railway Station, also known as Alleppey Railway Station, Station Code: ALLP
  • Nearest AirPort: Cochin International Airport (COK) – 78 Km from Alleppey

 

  1. Ladakh, Kashmir

This offbeat place in Kashmir has become the new favourite family destination in India. Starting from the sky rocketing mountains, the cold desert, to exploring the lush greens of the Nubra Valley, Ladakh surely is a bit of paradise on Earth.

Major attractions in Ladakh:

  • Zanskar Valley
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Spituk Gompa
  • Hemis National Park
  • Pangong Tso Lake
  • Kargil
  • Alchi Monastery
  • Khardung-la pass
  • Nubra Valley
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Hemis Monastery

Best time to visit Ladakh: October to March

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/MN3QqcFHcck

How to reach Ladakh:

  • Delhi to Ladakh Distance and Roadmap: 811 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/5fnJmMCbUd32
  • Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi (700 Km from Ladakh), Station Code: JAT
  • Nearest AirPort: Leh Airport (IXL) – 44 Km from Leh Ladakh

 

  1. Ooty, Tamil Nadu-

Considered as the queen of Blue Mountains, Ooty is one of the best vacations destinations in India. The most delightful places to visit while you are holidaying at Ooty are the botanical gardens, boathouse, Pykara Lake and many others.

Major attractions in Ooty:

  • Ooty Lake
  • Tea Factory
  • Mariamman Temple
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • Botanical Garden
  • Wax World
  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Pykara River
  • Avalanche Lake
  • St. Stephens Church
  • Tribal Museum
  • Kodaikanal Lake
  • Mudumalai National Park
  • Government Rose Gardens
  • Pillar Rocks
  • Dolphin’s Nose
  • Emerald Lake
  • Deer Park
  • Guna Caves
  • Silver Cascade Falls

Best time to visit Ooty: March to June

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/pT7eMPV4fTn

How to reach Ooty:

  • Delhi to Ooty Distance and Roadmap: 2,493 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/XBkSAj9wwj42
  • Nearest Railway Station: Udagamandalam railway station in Ooty, Station Code: UAM
  • Nearest AirPort: Coimbatore International Airport (CJB), 88 Km from Ooty

 

  1. Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman is certainly one of the most beautiful and captivating islands there can be in India. It is due to the marvelling scenic beauty of Andaman that it has become one of the best family vacation destinations in India. There are various adventures that you can indulge yourself in like, underwater snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea diving, water sports, making sand castles on the beaches and much more.

Major attractions in Havelock Island:

  • Radhanagar Beach
  • Elephant Beach
  • Andaman Bubbles
  • Dive India
  • Neil Island
  • Kalapathar Beach
  • Vijaynagar Beach
  • Ocean Tribe Scuba Diving
  • Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
  • Mount Harriet

Best time to visit Havelock Island: October and April

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/N2MmWRyikeJ2

How to reach Havelock Island:

  • Delhi to Havelock Island Roadmap:  No Road transportation from Delhi to Havelock Island
  • Nearest Railway Station: Havelock is an island, so it is not possible to reach here by Train or Road. However, waterways are very active, people can take ferries to reach the island. Seaplane is also available for the tourist to reach Havelock Island.
  • Nearest AirPort: Veer Savarkar International Airport (IXZ) also known as Port Blair Airport.

 

  1.  Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch is the largest district of Gujarat and has a beauty which is of a different kind. If you are looking for a kind of experience that is different from the usual ones, Kutch is the place to be. Kutch consists of nine hundred villages and is an expression of the beauty of rural India. The white desert also is known as the Rann of Kutch is the most popular place to visit while you are at Kutch, Gujarat.

Major attractions in Kutch:

  • Great Rann of Kutch
  • Dholavira
  • Siyot Caves
  • Kalo Dungar
  • Topansar Lake
  • Bhadreshwar Jain Temple
  • Aina Mahal
  • Kandla Port
  • Mandvi Beach
  • Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary
  • Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary
  • Marine National Park
  • Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Narayan Sarovar
  • Kutch Museum

Best time to visit Kutch: November to February

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/4zkyDCbYvU42

How to reach Kutch:

  • Delhi to Kutch Distance and Roadmap: 1,213 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/YWFq8K1F8w62
  • Nearest Railway Station: Bhuj Railway Station – 70 Km from Kutch, Station Code: BHUJ
  • Nearest AirPort: Bhuj Airport (BHJ), 80 Km from Kutch

 

  1. Goa

Goa is as much a family destination as it is a paradise for the hippies. Apart from the endless beaches and countless shacks, there is another side to Goa as well. Goa is a place that is blessed with amazing forts, ancient churches of Portuguese origin and beautiful waterfalls. If you are looking for a different kind of experience with your family you can also choose to stay at one of the homestays in Goa and enjoy the mouth-watering seafood options available.

Major attractions in Goa:

  • Agonda Beach
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Benaulim Beach
  • Candolim Beach
  • Colva Beach
  • Panaji
  • Vasco Da Gama
  • Baga & Calangute Beach
  • Mapusa
  • Margao

Best time to visit Goa: November to February

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/XYVhDP3ProC2

How to reach Goa:

  • Delhi to Goa Destination and Roadmap: 1,871 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/JtN3wUXwk5v
  • Nearest Railway Station: Madgaon Junction Railway Station – 29 Km from Goa, Station Code: MAO
  • Nearest AirPort: Dabolim Airport or Goa Airport (GOI)

 

  1. Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok is the home of many Buddhist pilgrimage sites and is also the best place to indulge in trekking. It offers an amazing view of the Himalayan range and has become a paradise for adventure enthusiasts from all over India.

Major attractions in Gangtok:

  • Nathu La Pass
  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Ganesh Tok
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Tashiding Monastery
  • Phodong Monastery
  • Mahatma Gandhi Marg
  • Hanuman Tok
  • Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
  • Namchi
  • Kanchenjunga Mountain
  • Do Drul Chorten Stupa
  • Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sa-Ngor-Chotshog Centre
  • Tsuk La Khang Monastery
  • Flower Exhibition Centre
  • Kabi Town
  • Saramsa Garden
  • Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Ban Jhakri Falls
  • Tashi Viewpoint
  • Seven Sister Water Falls
  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
  • Phurchachu Reshi Hot Spring
  • Pemayangtse Monastery
  • Khecheopalri Lake
  • Yumthang Valley
  • Lachung
  • Magnan

Best time to visit Gangtok: March till June

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/2G2EqM2ureL2

How to reach Gangtok:

  • Delhi to Gangtok Distance and Roadmap: 1,554 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/xe6RSRedAaP2
  • Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station – 148 Km from Gangtok, Station Code: NJP
  • Nearest AirPort: Bagdogra Airport (IXB), 124 Km from Gangtok

 

  1. Shillong, Meghalaya

Home to the seven sisters, Meghalaya offers bewildering views of clouds, gardens, waterfalls and limitless greenery. Blessed with mild temperature, Shillong is one of the most loved vacation destinations in India.

Major attractions in Shillong:

  • Umiam Lake
  • Don Bosco Museum
  • Lady Hydari Park
  • Air Force Museum
  • Shillong Peak
  • Elephant Falls
  • Laitlum Canyons
  • Mary Help for Christian Cathedral
  • Ward’s Lake
  • All Saints Cathedral
  • Mawjymbuin Caves
  • Cherrapunjee

Best time to visit Shillong: March to June

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/9cYjdwJq3bE2

How to reach Shillong:

  • Delhi to Shillong Distance and Roadmap: 2,002 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/KJxWe8kPvco
  • Nearest Railway Station: Guwahati railway station – 105 Km from Shillong, Station Code: GHY
  • Nearest AirPort: Shillong Airport in Umroi (SHL), 30 Km from Shillong

 

  1. McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

McLeod Ganj is the home of peace and serenity and is the best place to visit during summer vacations in India. Located in Dharamshala region of Kangra district, this place offers a hilly retreat to stressed travellers from all over India during summers.

Major attractions in McLeod Ganj:

  • Masroor Temple
  • Triund Hill
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Nechung Monastery
  • Tibetan Museum
  • Dalai Lama Temple Complex
  • Tsechokling Gompa
  • Naddi View Point
  • Kalachakra Temple
  • Kangra Valley
  • Aghanjar Mahadev Temple
  • Guna Devi Temple
  • Sunset Point
  • St. John’s Church
  • Indrahar Pass
  • Vipassana Meditation Centre
  • Tushita Meditation Centre
  • Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake

Best time to visit McLeod Ganj: April to July

Location map: https://goo.gl/maps/8Bhf7MsTngv

How to reach McLeod Ganj:

  • Delhi to McLeod Ganj Distance and Roadmap: 482 Km, https://goo.gl/maps/rb3x5n3FHKT2
  • Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station – 90 Km from McLeod Ganj, Station Code: PTK
  • Nearest AirPort: Kangra Airport, Gaggal (DHM), 10 Km from nearby Dharamsala
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