Make your post-retirement years the most fruitful period of your life by exploring some amazing senior-citizen holiday destinations in India. Leisurely paced, comfortable, safe and affordable – these travel destinations will let you create the memories of a lifetime.
Are you looking for some senior-friendly winter getaways in India? Have a read below.
A gift of nature to the world, Nainital is a beautiful township in Uttarakhand.
Dense forests, majestic mountains and beautiful lakes make this tiny hill station, a major tourist attraction. In fact, the serenity of Nainital is only disturbed by the sound of twittering birds. A classic blend of peace and tranquillity, this place is a paradise for senior citizens who are nature lovers.
Tourist Attractions: Nainital Lake, Bhimtal Lake, Sattal, St John's Church, The Mall Road, Kainchi Dham, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Raj Bhawan - Governor’s House, etc.
Things to do: Boating and yachting, horse riding, cable car ride, wildlife safari, etc.
Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City,’ is capital of the royal state of Rajasthan. One of the splendid cultural jewels of the Indian subcontinent, this city is home to many magnificent forts, palaces, temples and museums. Apart from this, travellers can explore a range of heritage hotels, lively bazaars and a host of eateries that dish out lip-smacking Rajasthani cuisine.
This destination never fails to enthral its visitors – be it frequent ones or first-timers. Grandeur and royalty, combined with the warm hospitality – makes Jaipur a perfect getaway for senior citizens.
Tourist Attraction: Amber Fort & Palace, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort.
Things to do: A bumpy elephant ride, camel ride, wildlife safari, bike trip, etc.
- Rann of Kutch
A unique region in Gujarat, the Rann of Kutch, is one of the largest salt deserts in the world.
The region is divided into two distinct areas – the Great Rann and the Little Rann. The Great Rann is home to surreal, silvery landscapes; whereas the Little Rann is a hub of wildlife and salt farming.
The famous Rann festival takes place during the winter months. It is a celebration of all things Kutchi. This festival gives you multiple opportunities to explore the local culture with good food, music and dance.
Pleasurable and cost-effective, Rann of Kutch is the ultimate winter vacationing experience for senior citizens.
Tourist Attraction: Kutch Museum, Bhujodi Village, Kala Dungar, Indo-Pak Border, etc.
Things to do: Camel safari, elephant ride, star gazing, ride in the desert under the moonlight, etc.
One of the smallest states in India, Goa, is known for its Indo-Portuguese heritage, luminous beaches, scrumptious food, and glittering nightlife. This place also boasts beautiful architecture from the colonial era with many churches and old-style bungalows.
Vibrant all around the year, it sees a steady footfall of tourists from all over the world.
If you are looking for an international flair in your own desi neighbourhood, Goa is the best place to be.
Tourist Attraction: Beaches, Forts, Museums, Churches in Old Goa, etc.
Things to do: Water sports like parasailing, scuba divining, snorkelling, boat riding, etc.
Panchgani is one of the most popular tourist places in Maharashtra. Nestled in the Sahyadri mountains, the beauty of the destination lies in its calm and unspoiled air which is as of date free from overcrowding and pollution. Famous for its various sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view – Panchgani makes the perfect winter getaway for senior citizens.
Tourist attractions: Table Land, Parsi Point, Kamalgadh Fort, Devil's Kitchen, Rajpuri Caves, Sydney Point, Mapro Gardens, Dhom dam, etc.
Things to do: Boating, fishing, paragliding, etc.
Situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, Agra is one of India’s prime tourist destinations. Here, you will find Mughal influence in the tradition, customs, food, even language and lifestyle. A nourishing ground for art, architecture, music, poetry, literature, and crafts – this place is home to one of the 7 wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal. Historic, artistic and romantic – this place is definitely among the best senior-friendly winter getaways in India.
Tourist attraction: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Jama Masjid, Kinari Bazar, Korai Village, etc.
Things to do: Wildlife safari, Taj nature walk, etc.
Located on the Malabar Coast of Southern India, Kerala is a home to beautiful backwaters, long coastlines, stunning coconut trees and sprawling tea gardens. Moreover, the view of birds flying in the backdrop of everything blue and green – makes this place more enthralling.
You can explore the rich cultural heritage of Kerala, through its architects, festivals, music, dance and mouth-watering cuisine. Popularly known as ‘God’s own country’ – this place truly provides an enchanting environment for senior citizens.
Tourist attraction: Alleppey Beach, Marari Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Kuttanad Backwaters, Arthunkal Church, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mannarshala Temple, Karumadikuttan Statue, St. Mary Rorane Church, and more.
Things to do: Wildlife safari, elephant ride, bamboo rafting, kayaking, fishing, etc.
If you are already in the second innings of life and if your dream to travel is still pending – why don’t you try the travel destinations mentioned above? After all, it’s never too late to fulfil your dreams!
*Note: There is no age limit on the activities you can take up at these places. However, depending on your medical and physical condition, do seek advice from your doctor on things you must avoid during the trip to safeguard your health.
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