5 Fun Family Vacations in India That You Should Not Miss
What’s a family vacation without the entire clan doing exciting activities together? Sightseeing is one, but a holiday becomes more exciting when all the members shares myriad experiences together. Our country has a rainbow of options when it comes to choosing a holiday destination, but some places are particularly great for a family gateway. So whether your family is the ‘head out to enjoy’ type or whether you prefer to take it easy, you can still experience the most out of these retreats.
Here are five vacation spots in India that house Club Mahindra Resorts and these can truly walk away with the ‘complete family fun’ tag.
1. Corbett National Park, near Nainital, Uttarakhand
If a jungle adventure is your family’s kind of holiday, then Corbett National Park is the place to be. Different rare species of birds and animals call it home but its big cats attract visitors young and old alike. Keep your eyes peeled as the park ranger jeeps through the trails with the hope of running into the tiger himself. You can never have enough of the safari experience through the depths of this jungle.
When you’re not prowling through the forest, you could:
- Try fishing from the river that flows along the tiger reserve
- Visit There’s also the local village to experience and get a feel of the culture of the place
- Bond over a day picnic at the beautiful Corbett Falls
The Club Mahindra Corbett resort has a variety of such experiences in store. With tastefully decorated rooms in the middle of the wilderness, the resort offers excellent services from friendly staff to kid-friendly menus to make the most of your family holiday.
How to get there
By air: The resort is 2 hours away from Pantnagar airport and around 6 hours’ drive from Delhi airport
By rail: Ramnagar station in Amethi district is the nearest railhead
By road: Club Mahindra Corbett is 2 hours away from Moradabad via road
2. Varca Beach, Goa
Imagine losing yourself to the sunset on a pristine beach as the waves gently touch your toes while the kids make little castles over golden sand. Varca Beach at Goa is said to be one of the most serene beaches and a visit here is an experience. Your family could soak up the Goan weather or indulge in some serious water sports. Jet skis, banana boat rides or battery operated boats for kids will have everyone giddy with joy.
At Club Mahindra Varca, Goa, your family can also:
- Learn a few Goan dishes at a cookery class and brush up your culinary skills
- Get their hands dirty with a pottery lesson
- Plan a trip to the magnificent Dudhsagar waterfalls
The resort has spacious rooms, done up tastefully with Goan architecture. Each room is well-equipped and boasts of a balcony offering a fabulous view. The spa, swimming pool and multi-cuisine restaurant will make your family’s stay worthwhile.
How to get there
By air: Goa is well-connected to most airports in the country. The resort is a 45 minute drive from the airport
By rail: Madgaon station which is the nearest railhead, is 10 km away from the resort
By road: Goa is a 12 hour drive from Mumbai and 9 hour drive from Pune
3. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
With the pink sun peeking over mounds and ridges of sand as far as the eyes can see, witnessing the sunrise at Jaisalmer is magical. What makes the experience even better, is to witness it from atop a friendly camel. Make countless memories as you play on the sand or click family selfies with infinite dunes as a backdrop. Conclude your camel ride with a visit to a village and enjoy a slice of desert life.
Located in the heart of the desert, Club Mahindra Jaisalmer is the holiday resort of choice if you decide to vacation in the desert city. At Club Mahindra Jaisalmer you can also,
- Learn to croon a note or two and shake your leg to Rajasthani songs. The talented in-house staff can teach you the nuances of folk songs and dances
- Dress up in traditional Rajasthani attire and pose like a supermodel
- Get entertained by local puppeteers and watch your kids clap with delight
- Visit the Gadisar Lake or the 180 million year old Akal Wood Fossil Park
Live like a king in the midst of the Thar desert at Club Mahindra Jaisalmer’s haveli-styled resort. While you enjoy a barbeque under the stars or laze around the pool, the kids can tuck into a child-friendly menu. The warm and courteous staff will ensure your stay is made worthwhile.
How to get there
By air: Jaisalmer is a 6 hour drive from Jodhpur airport and a 9 hour drive from Ahmedabad airport
By rail: Jaisalmer has its rail station and is 45 minutes from the resort
By road: The resort is accessible via road from the city of Jaipur which is 560 kms away
4. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Nestled in the Shevaroy Hills in the midst of acres of plantations, gurgling waterfalls and lush greenery, Yercaud is a practically untouched piece of beauty. Known for its spice gardens, orchards and coffee plantations, it will take you back to the colonial era. Lose yourself in its lakes and forests as you reconnect with nature and breathe in some life at Yercaud.
If you want your family to experience some British style living, head over to Club Mahindra Yercaud where:
- You can camp outdoors and have a rendezvous with the stars
- Indulge in some trekking or rock climbing for an adrenaline rush
- Take off on a boat ride over Yercaud Lake which is a few meters away from the resort
- Watch coffee beans being plucked at coffee plantations
- Head out to a silk farm and watch how silk worms are reared
Built in the middle of a coffee plantation, the resort is delightfully done up with antique furniture, transporting you to a different era. The restaurant at the resort serves both traditional and continental meals for you tuck in. The chef can even whip up baby khichdi for your little one, so even he’s well taken care of.
How to get there
By air: Coimbatore and Bangalore airports are at a distance of 190 kms and 290 kms from Yercaud respectively
By rail: Salem, a major rail station, is just 32 km from Club Mahindra Yercaud
By road: If you decide to drive down from Coimbatore, it may take approximately 4 hours 30 minutes to reach the resort
5. Mashobra, near Shimla
Pine-scented, crisp mountain air and breathtaking views of verdant valleys, Mashobra is as beautiful as Shimla, but not as commercial, allowing you to enjoy the Himalayan holiday to the fullest. Visit the quaint churches or beautiful temples around the area, or spot the musk deer at the forest sanctuary. Wherever you look, you will be treated to a magnificent view of the Himalayas, a view to cherish for long.
Club Mahindra Mashobra is a great place to stay when at Mashobra. From here you can:
- Take your family out to the ripe apple orchards for an apple-picking session
- Embark on a nature walk and discover local birds and trees
- Take your kids for a ride on the toy train to Shimla and indulge in some shopping at the Bazaar
- Head out to Fagu for a breathtaking view of the mountains
Club Mahindra Mashobra is a heritage property with 67 spacious rooms with all the comforts your family needs for a cozy hilltop holiday. Some rooms are even well-equipped with a kitchenette so you can have a snack in the room as you relax. A visit to the spa can soothe your frayed nerves and indoor games and activities will keep your little kids busy.
How to get there
By air: Chandigarh is the closest airport to Mashobra, it takes 4 hours to reach Mashobra
By rail: Kalka, the nearest rail station is 3 hours 30 minutes from the resort
By road: If you decide to drive down from Shimla, it should take you half an hour
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