1. Himachal Pradesh- Himachal Pradesh is among the most beautiful places in India. Well known as a travellers’ paradise, the state is blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes spotted with lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, temples and monasteries. Himachal Pradesh has all that is needed for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing and ice skating. A family visit to Himachal should tentatively be of six days and five nights. A tour to Dharamshala, McLeodganj, Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Chamba is ideal for families. While McLeodganj boasts the beautiful Dal Lake, numerous iconic churches, Bhagsu Nag Temple and Tibetan Monastery, Khajjiar, often known as India’s mini Switzerland, has thick forests of deodar.
Best time to visit: April to June (pre monsoon) and September to October
Pocket Pinch: Rs.20,000-30,000 (per person)
2. Rajasthan- Though temperatures are high during the day, mornings and evenings are surprisingly pleasant and beautiful in Rajasthan. Splendid sightseeing, shopping, cultural events or even a late night ice-cream treat by the lake makes Rajasthan a perfect family destination. Jodhpur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer, are some of the places that one can travel to during summers. The formidable hill forts of Jodhpur and painted palaces, the desert safaris in Jaisalmer and the appeal of Jaipur makes Rajasthan special. Though a tour of the state would need a minimum of two weeks, the three jewels- Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur can be covered in a week’s time. However, travelling here could be a bit costly and tedious.
Best time to visit: November to March
Pocket Pinch: Rs.20,000- 25,000 (per person)
3. Kerala- If South India is on the travel list, Munnar and Kodaikanal are the best bargains. Situated on the hills, the places are blessed with a pleasant climate. Families can opt for plenty of activities like boating, golfing and trekking. One can be united with nature with trips to Eravaikulam and Palani National Park. Home stays are an excellent option to experience the local life. Kerala is among India’s biggest tourist attractions. Its natural beauty and backwaters attract large number of international tourists. Places like Munnar and Alleppey make Kerala the finest state in the country to visit with family and kids. A walk in tea plantations, the thrilling boat races, or a quiet evening in a houseboat is rejuvenating. Travel duration can be five nights and six days.
Best time to visit: September to March (post monsoon).
Pocket Pinch: Rs.10,000- 25,000 (per person)
4. Meghalaya- Meghalaya is the perfect destination in the north eastern part of India. Hills carpeted with tea plantations, little rivulets, a floating lake, peaceful monasteries and the title of the wettest place on earth are the biggest attractions. Lakes, museums, and valleys are places of attractions in the place. Cherrapunjee’s rolling hills and stunning waterfalls are brilliant visual treats. Travel duration can be three nights and four days.
Best time to visit: October to November.
Pocket Pinch: Rs.10,000-20,000. (per person)
5. Madhya Pradesh – Madhya Pradesh is the largest state in India and retains some of the famous historical places. Hindu and Jain temples at Khajuraho are renowned for their carvings. Temples like Kal Bhairav, are famous historical places in the state. Marble rocks, dhuandhar ropeway, Lord Shiva statue, balancing rocks, Bhedaghat, Katangi waterfall are among the major places of attraction in Jabalpur, which is the main city of Madhya Pradesh. Mandla, Kanha and Bandavgarh are also among the major attractions in the state. The Bandhavgarh National Park is highly popular. Children would love this forest, which is cut out of the Jungle Book. The ideal duration of the trip would be six night and seven days.
Best time to visit: June
Pocket Pinch: Rs.30,000-40,000 (per person)