Jet-Set With Your Parents For A Trip Down The Memory Lane

Wanderlust has taken over our generation and we have become obsessed with YOLO and traveling solo. Vacations for us today are all about clicking artsy pictures, posting them on Instagram with tons of filters and a philosophical quote that could make us sound cool and give us social validation. Wanderlust has become all about “exploring your inner self”. But it is not just that. 

Remember the times when planning a vacation with family once a year was the most exciting thing in our lives? We used to wait for summer and winter vacations so that we could spend some time with our parents and get a break from our mundane school lives. But with every one of us growing up now, we have forgotten the joys of exploring an unknown city with our parents. So here are some places which you can visit if you wish to #Wanderlust with your parents. 

1. Explore the limitless beauty of Munnar

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An enchanting hill station best-known for its natural beauty, Munnar might just be the place for you and your parents. The sprawling lush tea farms surrounded by the Western Ghats will be a peaceful escape for them and the exciting activities like trekking, paragliding, and jungle safaris will be an adventure-filled experience for you. Join your parents while they explore the beautiful rose garden and Atukkad Waterfalls and I am sure, they will love watching you explore the adventurer in you.  

2. Indulge in a gastronomical experience at Pondicherry

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The French capital of India, Pondicherry (recently name as Puducherry) is sure to evoke the foodie in your parents. The assortment of flavors from the continental, south Indian, European, French, and other Western cuisines delight every taste bud.  The urban escapers are going to love the serenity of untouched beaches, lakes and classical French colonies. With activities in store for every age and interest group, the city is perfect to delight the entire family. 

3. Bask in the natural surroundings of Ooty

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Calm mornings and peaceful evenings - that’s what Ooty is all about. Go boating on the Ooty lake, behold the sights at the milky waterfalls of Pykara and Avalanche, or simply discover the scenic charms at the Botanical Gardens. The aroma of tea gardens in the arms of nature is sure to please you and your folks. 

4. Let the magnificence of Hampi astonish the entire family

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Join your parents in witnessing the glorious monuments at the northern Karnataka village of Hampi. Going down the bygone times, exploring magnificent statues, temples, and architectural heritage is sure to be a cherishable experience for your parents. Let them bring out their devotional side at the Virupaksha Temple, Hazara Rama Temple and Krishna Temple while you soak in the stunning beauty that these temples have to offer. 

5. Thrill and beauty combined at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands is an offbeat location to be explored with your parents. With islands so beautiful, and adventure activities so thrilling, the place is sure to be enjoyed by your family. Your parents can accompany you as you go scuba-diving or sea water swimming and you can join them at the light and sound show at the Cellular jail. Whatever it is that you decide to do, remember that experiences are best enjoyed when shared with loved ones. 

6. Relive the good old days in the classic Kashmir

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Cliche yet classic, Kashmir is an old world charm with surreal beauty. Chances are your parents have already visited this place, so it will be an added trip down the memory lane for them. And if not, it’s never too late to make them dress-up in ethnic Kashmiri costumes and click their happy faces. Magnificent gardens and lakes surrounded by the tight security are sure to remind them of the Bollywood classic Kashmir ki Kali and you of Mission Kashmir. 

7. Wander through the pristine landscapes of Coorg

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Locally known as the Kashmir of Karnataka, Coorg lets you explore wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, coffee plantations, and stunning sunset points. Often dubbed as the “Scotland of India”, Coorg is a paradise for all age groups with activities like camping, rafting and trekking, and places to see like Abbey Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, and Omkareshwara temple. And when you have seen enough, watch the stellar weather work its magic on your parents.

8. Soak in the holy spirit of Varanasi along the local flavor

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This one might sound a bit too religious and only-for-parents destination. But trust me, the holy chants and echoing aartis will make you fall for the spirit of this place. Located by the ghats of Ganga, the city of ghats, temples, old streets and roadside babas will make you want to explore more. Buy your mom a Banarasi saree from the Banaras Emporium and explore with your dad the exquisite collection of vintage cars at the Ramnagar Museum. 

9. Explore the far away land of Shillong in Meghalaya

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If you wish to take your parents somewhere far from the usually visited north, Shillong in Meghalaya is a sure-to-please beauty. With rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and forests, the natural beauty is in abundance. The undiluted charm of Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake, and Ward’s lake impresses both youngsters and oldies. The blend of culture and natural marvels at Shillong gives it the name “Scotland of the East” and makes for an uninterrupted holiday destination in the lap of nature. 

10. Live like royals and enjoy the desert safaris in Rajasthan

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Relive the classic Hum Saath Saath Hain in Rajasthan with your parents. Visit the majestic havelis, live king-size in mahals, and don’t forget to take the desert safari. Your parents will love the astonishing stories of the past that the guides tell them. You might also want to visit the Ranthambore National Park and join your parents in exploring the jungles and wild animals. This is one place that never fails to amaze and is a sure-shot way for them to have a good time. 

Take a break from the usual solo trips and vacations with friends to experience the nostalgia while traveling with parents.

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