Schools are closed and yearly bonuses are out, which means that it is time for the yearly summer family vacation. And planning and conducting these vacations are no small feat. It takes a lot to bring parents and kids (and even the odd uncle and aunt accompanying the family) on the same table. But with some planning and a lot of patience, you can pull off a summer vacation. To make things easier, here is a look at some popular resorts that offer an all-in-one vacation experience. Check in at these resorts, and you can be sure that you would not get bored for the duration of your stay. The kids get their adventure, and the parents get their relaxation at these summer vacation family resorts in North India. ALSO READ: Best places to visit in India for summer vacation 2017 Also Read - 'Extend Lockdown Period Till April 30 to Contain COVID-19,' CAIT Writes to Centre
Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Christ Church Shimla on snowy day
The Cecil, or the Oberoi Cecil, is a resort that is housed in a British Raj-era building that was made in 1884. As such, much of the grandness and heritage styling of the building still remains, fascinating its guests. Here, you can find timeless furniture and architecture, along with an incredible view of the valley. Located in the classic hill station of Shimla, Oberoi Cecil offers easy access to monasteries and the forests and mountains nearby. You can relax by the swimming pool or treat yourself to a Thai, Hawaiian or Ayurvedic massage. There are several other beauty treatments on offer here, along with massages and facials, along with a fully-equipped gym. The rooms have a classic charm thanks to the history of the building. Also Read - Dream11 Team Prediction Managua vs Deportivo Ocotal Nicaragua League 2020: Captain, Vice-Captain And Football Tips For MNG vs OCO Today's Match at Estadio Nacional de Futbol 4AM IST
Whispering Pines Himalayan Retreat, Dhanaulti
Dhanaulti in Uttarakhand
Whispering Pines Himalayan Retreat, located in the hill station of Dhanaulti, offers incredible views of the snow-clad Himalayas and the valleys around it. It lies off the Mussoorie -Chamba Road, some 24 km away from the more popular hill station of Mussoorie. The retreat is surrounded by a dense forest of oak, pine and cedar trees and wild flowers. You can spend your vacation right in the lap of nature, with Alpine safari tents and mountain cottages for accommodation that offer a rustic yet comfortable stay. You could even opt for an ethnic hut or dome tent for a more adventurous experience. And the resort offers plenty of adventures, from a moonlit jungle trail to rappelling and rock climbing, mountain biking and much more. Also Read - With New Cases Still on Rise, How is India Fighting Coronavirus Pandemic by Sealing Districts, Areas?
Shervani Hilltop, Nainital
Naini Lake in Nainital
Shervani Hilltop is among the oldest holiday resorts in the scenic hill station of Nainital, with its history tracing back to 1960. It has been a resort since 1981, though, and is spread across the mountain side around 2 km from the arterial Mall Road. Shervani Hilltop has around 47 rooms built like cottages, and is situated far from the hustle of the main city while close to all the major sights of the hill station. Kids can engage themselves in the activities and games available here, and there are several outdoor activities arranged too, like puppet shows, trekking, nature walks, croquet games, paragliding and more.
Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Gulmarg
Lovely Khyber resort in Gulmarg
The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa lies within the Gulmarg Wildlife Sanctuary, surrounded by tall pine trees and in close proximity to the sights and experiences of Gulmarg. A popular choice for those who want to experience the natural beauty of Kashmir, the resort is actually pretty close to the Gulmarg Gondola, the second-highest cable car in the world that offers breathtaking views of the mountains around. Khyber offers great services and facilities, including a spa and heated swimming pools, a mini theatre and a children’s club. There are several choices of rooms available, and they all offer great views of Gulmarg.
Corbett Leela Vilas, Dhikuli
Safari jeeps on game drive watching huge tusker moving in the forest of Dhikala in Jim Corbett, Uttrakhand
For a wilder adventure, Corbett Leela Vilas could be a great option suitable for everyone in the family. The resort lies close to the Bijrani entrance to the famed Corbett National Park. Located in the Dhikuli village, the resort is a perfect base from which you can explore the national park and relax at the end of the day in luxury cottages. You get basic amenities including a travel desk, recreation hall and medical and security facilities, along with a swimming pool for adults and children and indoor games to keep the kids occupied. The rooms are well-appointed luxury cottages with all the bells and whistles.
Neemrana Fort, Alwar
Neemrana Fort Palace, now a heritage hotel
Located in Alwar, Rajasthan, Neemrana Fort is among the oldest heritage resorts in the country and is very close to Delhi. The fort lies a little off the excellent Delhi-Jaipur highway, and its history dates back all the way to the 15th century. Now well-managed and operated by a hospitality group, the fort offers incredible luxury services and a royal treatment from the golden era of Indian history. For those who want to know what it would feel like to be royalty in Rajasthan’s kingdoms, Neemrana Fort offers a pretty accessible way to answer that question. Guests can chose to explore the expansive fort, relax at a spa, take body treatments or zip-line through the fort. The fort also hosts cultural events every weekend.
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas on Lake Pichoola in Udaipur, Rajasthan
The Oberoi Udaivilas is pricier than most other resorts in India, but what you get for that price is matched by very few other hotels or resorts in the world. Located in the royal city of Udaipur, Oberoi Udaivilas lies along the banks of Lake Pichola with a stunning view of the City Palace. It offers a taste of the grandeur of the royal era of Udaipur, with beautiful architecture from that era and luxury amenities like spas, boat rides across the lake, Shikara rides, yoga sessions, puppet shows, croquet games, village tours, elephant rides and more. You also have cooking classes with the chefs here, history sessions that take you through the rich past of the place, astrology sessions, and much more. A family vacations spent here would be well worth it, despite the heat of the summer bearing down on Udaipur. ALSO READ: Top 5 palaces in Rajasthan that you can stay in
Nahargarh Ranthambhore, Khilchipur
Next in our list is the third entry from Rajasthan, and this one lies right beside the famous Ranthambore National Park. Needless to say, Nahargarh Ranthambhore in the village of Khilchipur should be considered if you and your family are wildlife lovers. Nahargarh lies around 700 meters away from the national park, and is a actually a palace built in the style of Indo-Islamic architecture. Here, you get the quintessential Rajasthan hospitality and royal touch, along with a kid-friendly environment with wide laws and courtyards, an outdoor pool, and more. You also have a huge library and lounge to sit down and relax in. Drinks and food are, of course, highlights here. The rooms are spacious and the architecture is bound to capture your attention.
Tiger Safari Resort, Ranthambhore
Tiger in a beautiful golden light in Ranthambhore National Park
Our next entry is also close to the Ranthambhore National Park, but offers less of a luxury experience and takes you closer to the wild side of the forest. Summers can be hot here, but that does not make the Tiger Safari Resort any less of an attractive proposition. The season is the best to spot tigers, and you can arrange your safaris right from the resort or hire a horse or camel ride. Spend your day in the national park enjoying the wildlife, and you can spend your evenings at the resort, which offers massage services and music and dance performances. The Tiger Safari Resort is also budget-friendly, which will make a stay with the whole family less painful to the pocket.
Snow Leopard Adventure Resort, Rishikesh
Whitewater rafting in Rishikesh
And finally, we have the Snow Leopard Adventure Resort, which is among the oldest family resorts in the city of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Lying on the banks of the holy Ganga River, the Snow Leopard resort offers all the adventure activities popular in the region, like river running, rock climbing, hiking, mountain climbing, zip-lining and more. The place may not offer the most luxurious experience, but it still makes for a worthy option to consider. The Snow Leopard resort is also rather popular among school students, since it runs adventure activities for them every day. ALSO READ: List of holidays in 2017 to plan your vacations right away!
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