While you can’t always have a long week of fun, frolic and adventure every time you want to go on vacation, the weekend is your best friend if you want to escape. Your kids also deserve some time off school, and you need to keep in mind their energetic spirit. Here are some destinations to offer you relaxation options, while your kids look for adventure.
Jaipur has over the years proved itself to be one of India’s most versatile destinations, and your kids will love the possibilities of adventure, culture, and exploring nature. Here’s a few great weekend options for your Rajasthan getaway.
1. Aerial rides – High above Udaipur
Udaipur is famed for hot air balloon tours, and the vista includes the marble-granite City Palace, the placid blue Lake Pichola while they savour a cold crisp air that most Rajasthani locals can’t imagine! Rajasthan already has helicopter tours from the international airport in Dabok, but its the new 15 minute aerial rides in Udaipur that will give tourists a 1000 feet high bird’s eye view of Lake Fatehsagar, Pichhola lake, Udaisagar, Neemuch Mata hills, Sajjangarh, City Palace, Karni Mata temple, Doodh Talai, Shilpgram, Nehru Garden, Swaroop Sagar.
2. Forts and Palaces
The “classic Jaipur” itinerary can be done quite quickly, including the famed Hawa Mahal, and the Jantar Mantar royal observatory. Kids will love the famous City Palace for its armoury fully stocked with swords and knives. En route, you might want to pick up trinkets here and there as souvenirs.
3. Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort
If you’re on an extended weekend, you can catch the local daily evening Ranthambore Express, for a quick 5-hour journey to Jodhpur. The Mehrangarh Fort rests majestically on a rock and is a sight to behold. The Fort has great audio tours and has been managed by the royal family.
Apart from the aerial view, ‘India’s Venice’, the city of lakes Udaipur is also great for boating trips. It is home to famed lakes including Pichola Lake, Udai Sagar, Fateh Sagar and Swaroop Sagar. Local tours will provide you boat trips through the city, with and guides will hold you in awe of the tales of princely valour.
5. Kumbhalgarh – Where nature and heritage come together
If you’re not one for a packed travel schedule, drop everything and head to Kumbhalgarh. Kids and the elders would love to visit the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. A guided 4-hour walk proceeds from the Palace, through forest and shrub, and you’ll spot highly endangered species, and common jungle wildlife including wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sambhar, nilgai, chausingha and the chinkara.
Nearby is Mewar fortress of Kumbhalgarh, the state’s highest fort and a recognised World Heritage Site. The 15th-century fort stands guard to ‘Cloud Palace’, and its perimeter walls make it second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. This is a 15 km walking trip through medieval temples and forested hills. Proceeding forth, you’ll spot tiny peaceful hamlets and quiet settlements.