Bookmark these places to visit with parents that are not religious destinations

Exploring lesser-known destinations in India can offer a unique and tranquil experience, away from the typical tourist crowds. Here are some places to visit with parents for a peaceful gateway.

Hitanshu Bhatt
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Places to visit with parents

If you are planning a vacation with your parents and want to explore some of the lesser-known places in India you have arrived at the right place. These lesser-explored destinations offer a mix of natural beauty, cultural richness, and tranquillity, making them ideal for a peaceful and memorable trip with your parents. 

1. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Mini Switzerland of India
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Often referred to as the "Mini Switzerland of India" due to its lush green meadows and dense forests, Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh is a paradise to visit. The place derives its name from the Khajji Nag shrine, which is dedicated to the serpent god. When you visit, you can explore the Khajjiar Lake and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks and the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

2. Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

Chettinad Tamil nadu
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Chettinad also known as Chettinadu was ruled by the Ramnad kingdom of Pandya Nadu and hence referred to as Chettinadu in Tamil Nadu. It is known for its unique architecture, delicious cuisine, and cultural heritage. When you are there you can visit Chettinad mansions which are in thousands and explore local markets for traditional crafts. Don't forget to try authentic Chettinad cuisine when you are there with your family. 

3. Tarkarli, Maharashtra

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Tarkali can be a perfect place for a gateway in Maharashtra with your loved ones. It is a coastal village known for its clear waters and beautiful beaches. The blue waters of Tarkarli Beach also offer adventurous activities like snorkelling and scuba diving. Sindhudurg Fort to know the historic background and Malvan cuisine to relish the culinary space of Maharashtra are worth visiting. 

4. Kausani, Uttarakhand

Kaunsani Uttarakhand
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If you want to enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas, you can visit this serene hill station in Uttarakhand. This place is known for the Anasakti Ashram famous for the stay of Mahatma Gandhi for two weeks in 1929. The Kausani Tea Estate and the lush green landscapes are worth witnessing. 

5. Patan, Gujarat

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Patan is a village in Gujarat known for its historical step-wells, locally known as vavs, and traditional Patola sarees made from Patan Patola, which have received the Geographical Indication (GI) Tag for their uniqueness to the region. Rani ki Vav, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Sahastralinga Talav (lake) are sights worth seeing. You can also see the art of weaving a Patola saree by visiting the local weavers. 

6. Mandawa, Rajasthan

Mandwa Rajasthan
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Famous for its beautiful havelis and frescoes, Mandawa offers a glimpse into Rajasthan's rich heritage. The Mandwa Fort which was built by Newal Singh, the first descendant of the Shekhawati rulers is a historical site. This place is also famous for its beautiful Goenka Double Haveli and Murmuria Haveli which are a trademark of the Shekhawati region. The Shekhawati region is also known as the world's largest open-air art gallery due to its extensive collection of frescoes and murals that adorn the walls of its numerous havelis (traditional mansions), temples, and forts. 

7. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Chikmagalur Karnataka
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If your parents are coffee lovers you can visit the coffee plantations of Chikmagalur in Karnataka. The pleasant climate here is breathtaking with a view of the Baba Budangiri. Also when you visit the Baba Budangiri hills you can witness the beauty of Mullayanagiri Peak, the highest peak in the region.

8. Kanha, Madhya Pradesh

Kanha Madhya Pradesh
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Kanha is known for its wildlife and forest area. You can visit one of India’s best tiger reserves, offering rich wildlife and scenic beauty. Kanha National Park safari offers the sight of animals like Tigers, jackals and wild pigs. The Bamni Dadar sunset point and exploring the dense forests of Madhya Pradesh can add to a lifetime experience with your family. 

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