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Anupriya Bedi Apr 23 2014

I live in Delhi. Could you suggest places to visit with kids in summer

Reet Cheema Apr 23 2014
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Here is a hand-picked list of places to visit with kids. They say life changes after kids. Well, it does change your idea of going on a holiday as travelling with kids is not easy and parents are always looking for a destination that is child friendly and has lot of interesting and fun activities for their little ones. Check out these kid-friendly destinations to visit this summer and start planning right away.

Kashmir

Time taken: A New Delhi to Srinagar flight usually takes around 2 hours to reach.

Nothing beats Kashmir when it comes to picking a summer holiday destination in India. It has a lot of activities you can indulge in with your children. You can take a shikara ride on the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Your children will definitely enjoy the unique experience of staying in a houseboat on Dal Lake. Do visit the beautiful gardens at Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh while you are here. Drive up to Gulmarg and Pahalgam, where you can indulge in angling and horse-riding with the kids.


Photo of Dal Lake (by Basharat Shah)

Nainital

Time taken: A Delhi to Nainital cab or private car takes around 6 hours to reach.

Nainital is one of the popular summer destinations people head to from Delhi. The placid lake dotted with boats at the foot of majestic mountains is bound to enchant you. You can head out for sightseeing via the popular aerial ropeway that starts at Mallital and connects Snow View Point (2,270 m) with Nainital. You can go yachting and boating on Naini Lake. You can also drive to Bhim Tal and Naukuchiatal from Nainital.


Photo of Nainital (by Ekabhishek)


Tip:
Start your trip early in the morning and check ahead on weather and terrain conditions around the hill station.

Mumbai

Time taken from Delhi: 1 to 2 hours by flight

Aamchi Mumbai is definitely one of the best places to go this summers with your kids. Take your little ones for a walk on Juhu Beach or let them experience a ride on a horse-driven buggy at Marine Drive. Kala Ghoda organises one-day art and craft workshops for kids during the summers. You can sip coffee at the Kala Ghoda Cafe or stroll through the art galleries located nearby while your child is happily engaged. Last but not least, a few hours drive from Mumbai takes you to India’s own Disneyland-- Adlabs Imagica. The electrifying rides and fabulous shows and performances will definitely make your little one happy.

Photo of Adlabs Imagica (from the Official Facebook Page)

Tip
: Try to hire an air-conditioned taxi instead of the yellow and black ones for your travel and book it for the entire day (8 hours) as its is cheaper and costs you around INR 1300-1500.

Mussoorie

Time taken: A Delhi to Mussoorie cab or own car would take 5 hours to reach.

Mussoorie is another excellent option. To take in the beautiful sights of the valley and mountains, you can take a stroll or a horse ride on Camel's Back Road. Head to Company Garden and Kempty Falls to spend some quality time with your family. You can also visit Van Chetna Kendra, an animal reserve located 4 km from Mussoorie, which is a home to animals like the wild deer, Himalayan peacock and several species of birds.


Photo of Mussoorie (by RajatVash)

Dubai

Time taken: Takes 4 hours via Delhi to Dubai flight

Travelling to the Middle-East might seem a strange choice in the height of summer. However, almost all places to be seen in Dubai are air-conditioned and cool. Dubai is definitely worth visiting with kids as it hosts a plethora of child-friendly attractions. There is an endless list of attractions aimed at kids in Dubai like water parks, theme parks, edutainment centres (education + entertainment), underwater zoo, aquariums, child-friendly malls and restaurants. The biggest draw for kids is ice skiing and tobogganing at Ski Dubai located in Mall of the Emirates.


Photo of Ski Dubai (by Filipe Fortes)

Tip: Children under 12 usually qualify for discounts on admission fees to most museums, amusement parks, swimming pools and entertainment centres.

Singapore

Time taken from Delhi: Around 5 hours by flight

When it comes to travelling abroad with your little ones, Singapore is the place to head to. It is one of the safest, cleanest and most kid-friendly destinations around the world. It has a number of different options to keep you and your kids entertained during your visit. The Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari at the Zoo, and the Botanic Gardens are designed to make all visitors--young and old--very happy. Families looking for an all-in-one hotspot should definitely head to Sentosa. With its own sheltered beach, nature trails, butterfly park, rides, shows and fantastic dining options, Sentosa is a must do if you are in Singapore.


Photo of SEA Aquarium (by Smuconlaw)

Tip:
If you are travelling with Singapore Airlines, keep your boarding pass with you as you can enjoy special privileges and discounts on hotel accommodation and various tourist attractions in Singapore.


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Time taken from Delhi: 5 to 6 hours by flight

Kuala Lumpur is ‘the’ destination to go with kids this summer. With some really innovative ways to keep your little ones entertained all the time, a vacation to this dazzling city will be a memorable one. Some of the major attractions are the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, Hello Kitty Town, the Genting Highlands theme park and Sunway Lagoon.



Photo of Kuala Lumpur Bird Park (by Bjorn Christian Torrison)


Tip: Try and book the bassinet seat in the airplane well in advance if you are travelling with a baby (6 months-1 year)

So, escape the heat of Delhi this summer. Keep this list of places to visit with kids handy while planning your summer getaway.

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