Have Kids, Will Travel: Best Kid-Friendly Destinations You Must Visit

    Travelling with kids doesn't need to be hard. All you need is great in-house entertainment and ample opportunities for learning and immersion. Here are a few options that are perfect and provide a conducive setting for the kids to learn, evolve, and have fun.

    Note: All the places listed here are following WHO's safety guidelines with regular sanitization of all areas of the property, contactless services, and facial coverings. We strongly recommend following strict personal safety protocols as well and contacting the host properties for any questions you might have prior to departure as services and activities at the property may be affected by Covid-19.

    Kipling Camp, Kanha

    One of the earliest Lodges in central India, Kipling Camp is a vintage set-up that provides access to one of the most diverse forests in the country (it’s also home to the royal Bengal Tiger). Close to one of the main entry gates into the Kanha Jungles, Kipling Camp is set amidst 25 acres of lush forest. The cottages have a charm of their own and activities like walking with Tara (the elephant) to the Banjar river for her ritual daily bath and swim, art workshops with Gond artists, and volunteering for conservation work with WPSI (Wildlife Protection Society of India) provide children with interesting things to experience besides the ubiquitous ‘jungle safaris’.

    Tariff: Starting at INR 18,800 per night

    Jehan Numa Retreat, Bhopal

    Set on the fringes of the city in Bhopal and close to India’s only urban national park, Jehan Numa Retreat can be a base for children to explore anthropology, art, history, and tribal culture. The Retreat is set in an organic farm that spans across 11 acres and provides access to two UNESCO world heritage sites; Bhimbhetka and Sanchi. Museums in Bhopal, like the Museum of Man and Tribal Art Museum, offer great learning and visually-enriching experiences.

    Tariff: Starting at INR 7,700 per night

    Bera Safari Lodge, Jawai

    Jawai Dam is touted to be the largest dam in western Rajasthan and is responsible for bringing water to a large part of the desert-state. The landscape of Jawai is a natural and thriving forest with large granite boulders spread across the area (it is also home to one of the largest population of leopards). The well being of the leopards and their thriving population is all because of the people’s efforts, and they largely live in harmony with each other. Visits to the Rabari tribals, excursions to see the leopards atop the boulders, and listening to the conservation efforts of the owners of Bera serve as wonderful learning opportunities for children.

    Tariff: Starting at INR 7,500 per night

    The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

    If luxury, nature, and the hills are your idea of a perfect family holiday, then The Oberoi Cecil is just where you need to head to. The children's activity center with gaming machines, Xbox, bowling, foosball, snooker, and soft toys is a dream come true for any kid. You can also take your kids on heritage walks to make them learn about Shimla's rich history and go on guided nature walks as a family. Nature walks end in a picnic by a stream, so lovely!

    Tariff: Starting at INR 12,000 per night

    JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa

    Another 5-star, kid-friendly resort, the JW Marriott in Mussoorie is a gorgeous Himalayan property that'll keep your kids busy and the adults pampered. They have a play area, called 'The Den', complete with arcade games, fair rides, and bowling. The hotel also organises farm walks, hiking tours, salsa lessons, and cooking demos for the young ones. 

    Tariff: Starting at INR 13,409 per night