Mother’s Day is approaching soon and like a lot of dutiful Indian kids, you probably haven’t bought anything yet for your mom. Luckily, the day to treat your mom like the queen is falling on a Sunday (14 May) this year. That means you can use the weekend to take your mother out for a short trip and treat her to an unforgettable experience. So ditch the usual gifts and give your mother something special this year. Here are some popular spots across India that you can visit for Mother’s Day, if you are not sure about what destination to choose. ALSO READ: 10 religious places in India to take your mother on a holiday Also Read - To Fight COVID-19, PM Modi Launches 'CARES Fund', Urges Citizens to Donate
Vena Lake, Mahabaleshwar
If you stay in Mumbai or Pune, you cannot go wrong with a weekend trip to Mahabaleshwar and neighboring Panchgani. The two hill stations lie in the midst of the forests of the Western Ghats, and while the days are pretty hot, evenings and nights are cool. It is a welcome break from the humidity of the plains and the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy the strawberries and assorted confectioneries at the Mapro Gardens and explore the viewpoints around Mahabaleshwar, or take a trek to Pratapgad if you are up for it. Also Read - Earth Hour 2020: Rohit Sharma Wants Citizens to do Their Bit For The Planet on Saturday
For those who stay in Maharashtra or Karnataka, Goa is a destination that is appealing no matter what time of the year. The place does have a reputation for hard partying, but Goa has its fair share of chilled out beaches that are perfect for family outings. Sinquerium Beach in Candolim is a great secluded beach if your mother prefers the roar of the ocean over the beats of EDM. Vagator Beach is another good option; the beach is relatively free of crowds and you also have other sights nearby, like Chapora Fort. And the expansive Baga Beach is also a good place to visit despite the crowds because of its water sports and nearby shacks that offer delectable delicacies. Also Read - Can Feed 4 Lakh People From Today Onwards: Kejriwal Ramps up Efforts to Rescue Migrant Workers Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
A tea estate in Coorg
From the beaches of Goa we move to Karnataka’s popular hill station, Coorg, officially named Kodagu. The weather should be pleasant and cool even now, and there are plenty of things to see and do over here. Treat your mother to some of the region’s authentic Kodava cuisine, with a variety of chutneys and pickles to savor. Tibetan cuisine is also available here. As for sights, Raja’s Seat is a popular point from which you an imposing top view of the Western Ghats. Abbey Falls in Madikeri and the island of Cauvery Nisargadhama in the middle of the Cauvery River are also worth a visit. ALSO READ: 5 best places to take your mom for brunch in Bangalore
Lush green tea estates in Munnar
Lying around 1,600 meters above sea level and at the confluence of the Kundala, Mudrapuzha and Nallathanni streams, Munnar is a perfect little hill station for a getaway in Kerala. Munnar offers plenty of beautiful, lush tea gardens, winding lanes and postcard-perfect views of hills covered in mist. Spend the time with your mother and explore the forests around the hill station. You can also trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in South India at 2,695 meters. There is also the Eravikulam National Park with its rare species of birds and butterflies, boating along Mattupetty Lake and picnicking at Pallivasal.
The streets of Pondicherry
Pondicherry, India’s own little piece of France, is the perfect place for some peace and relaxation for Mother’s Day. Affectionately called Pondy, the little Union Territory is a world apart from the rest of India with its French colonial architecture and culture; a lot of people still speak French here and have distinct French accents. Pondicherry is a perfect destination if your mother is a lover of art, with its beautifully laid out streets and artistic vibe. Auroville and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram are also great places to visit for the spiritually inclined visitors. The roads are clean, beaches are quiet and the French food is delicious. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day?
View of Araku Valley
The Araku Valley hill station lies around 115 km from Vizag, and the journey to this place is a wonderful experience that takes you through lush green forests, long tunnels and scenic bridges that overlook the hills. The valley itself covers 36 km and lies around 1,300 meters above sea level. Here, you can spend your weekend with your mother exploring the coffee plantations and enjoying the sights of misty hills. There are other conventional sights here too, like the Sri Matyalingeshwara Swamy temple, Padmapuran Botanical Garden, Tyda Village and Park and Borra Caves.
Darjeeling, the colonial era hill station that overlooks the famous Khangchendzonga (also called Kanchenjunga), is perfect for a quick getaway this Mother’s Day. The summer months offer you the clearest views of the Himalayan Mountains around Darjeeling without the monsoon mist obscuring everything or the winter cold freezing you. Enjoy the cool breeze and explore the hill station and its various sights, like the famous Darjeeling Toy Train ride or the scenic Batasia Loop. Do not forget to visit Tiger Point, where you get the best view of the Khangchendzonga range and peak. ALSO READ: This Indian woman backpacked across Europe with her one-year-old daughter!
View of himalayas from Mussoorie
Mussoorie lies around 35 km from Uttarakhand’s capital city of Dehradun, and is an easy little destination to visit for the Mother’s Day weekend. The Queen of Hills is pretty much a perfect place to treat the queen of your home, with its cool weather and incredible views. Take a ride through the Camel’s Back Road to soak in the sights of snow-clad Himalayan Mountains and lush valleys or visit the Christ Church, the oldest in the Himalayas. Other popular spots include the Gun Hill, Lake Mist, Kempty Falls and Lal Tibba, which is the highest peak in the region with an altitude of 2,290 meters.
Hanuman Tibba, Manali
Manali in the Beas Valley of Himachal Pradesh lies around 2,050 meters above sea level. It is located at the end of the Kullu Valley and offers plenty of sights and activities, although you cannot do all of them in just one weekend. For Mother’s Day, keep your itinerary short with just one or two things to do. Explore Old Manali with its beautiful little roads, cafes serving delicious foods at low prices, small but busy marketplaces and eucalyptus trees. You can also visit the Tibetan monasteries in Manali or treat your mother to an experience at the Club House. The Vashist Temple and Water Springs, Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple and Raghunath Temple are also great places to take your mother.
View to Old Jaipur city sight from the roof of Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur
The biggest city and capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is full of history, culture and impeccable hospitality. Despite the summer heat, Jaipur still makes for a compelling destination. Pamper your mother with a stay at one of the Pink City’s palace hotels and make her feel like royalty. Or explore the streets of the city and go shopping for handicrafts and other items that you can only find here. Indulge in the delicious food offered in the streets and restaurants. Visit the Jantar Mantar observatory or the honeycomb Hawa Mahal. If you have the time, explore the incredible Amber Fort that lies just on the outskirts of the city. NOW SEE How this 27-year-old globetrotter assures his mom hes fine in this hilarious Instagram account. Have interesting travel photos youd like to share with us? Send photos from your travels to firstname.lastname@example.org, dont forget to mention where youve shot the picture and get a chance to be featured on our website! So what are you waiting for? Hurry! Have something to add to this story? Post your comments in the discussion board below; we will be thrilled to hear from you!