Some prefer the traditional pack-up-and-see-everything approach to travel, with a set timer and a list of things to cover. Not my mama. Comfortable travel, lazy afternoons and tea obsessions are everything that make up the mother-daughter getaways for this particular duo, and I have never had reason to complain. Traveling together is all about imbibing a place, staying just long enough to leisurely stroll through its streets and spending time around the hotel, we have booked. Here are five destinations in the country that you will enjoy exploring on a mother-daughter trip:
French villas and white colonial buildings against the backdrop of beautiful blue beaches. There is a romance in its open-air cafes and bakeries that line the streets and promenades. An appreciation of Auroville, a tiny township that promotes harmonious and minimalistic living among people from different cultures, only comes with a companion who understands the importance of positive vibes and an acceptance of different cultures and its people. Auroville is brimming with art and stories, being an experimental township that attracts travellers and peace-seekers from around the world.
A city built around a massive lake, brimming with boutique hotels, luxury resorts and locals in traditional Rajasthani outfits. It might be the most romantic city in the country, with its rooftop restaurants, cafes by the lake and orange sunsets, but is also one of the cleanest. Vacationing in Udaipur is all about the late evening boat rides under a lit up bridge, gulping down heritage at its many havelis and palaces, a 2-hour drive to Ranakpur worth exploring for its stunning Jain temple and a dam tucked away deep inside the village. Udaipur is home to some of the finest, most indulgent resorts in the country, making it the ideal destination for a weekend packed with wellness and pampering.
Winding as the roads might be, they lead to a hill station with just the right amount of nip in the air, with waterfalls, streams and rivers, tea plantations, and lush greenery that makes you stop and stare. Life takes a turn for the slow, almost as if time were stopping still between the Ayurveda massages and tea experiments at massive resorts hidden away in peaceful corners of the hills. Resorts are spread out across acres of silent mountains overlooking picturesque sunsets and sunrises.
Not your typical hill station, Munnar is simply miles and miles of bright green tea plantations as far as the eye can see. A massive tea factory holed up high above the hill station, accessible only by jeep; a vast serene lake and quad-biking where you least expect it. Munnar also has Kathakali and Kalarippayattu performance centres, organic farms and postcard-perfect landscapes. If ever there were a valley with lush green hills and a river flowing through it’s centre- this is it.
The one place in the country where the “Days of the Raj,” in Ruskin Bond’s words, are still strongly visible. Many years later, this little hamlet still retains the essence of the British Raj. Secluded and solitary, Landour is a charming cantonment town where stories from “the good ol’ days” are still doing the rounds among locals and tourists. It’s one of those places where you plonk yourself by the fireplace of a beautiful cottage (much like Rokeby Manor) and and spend cozy nights in sharing a laugh with your loved ones under the comfort of the stars and a view of the mountain peaks.
Author: Nikita Butalia
Nikita Butalia is the founder/editor of Stumbling Around Delhi. A 20-something travel blogger who shows off her experiences in witty and informal blog posts based on luxury weekend getaways around Delhi, short trips around the country and solo travel experiences abroad. She dreams of checking the entire world off her bucket list, Antarctica being at the top of that list!