Family Holidays off the Beaten Path

India

India’s vast selection of travel delights make it a very popular destination. Visit the spectacular Taj Mahal to the relaxing back waters of Kerala; but there are still some places least spoken about. You can take your family on a discovery trip of India, and enjoy every bit of it.

Taj Mahal

[Taj Mahal – Agra, India]

Take your family to an exciting trip to Malpe beach in Karnataka and have a fantastic time on the endless stretch of golden sand and graciously swaying sands. This precious beach lies at the mouth of Malpe River near Udupi. You can enjoy a thirty minutes boat ride and explore the nearby St Mary’s Island which is full of crystallized basalt rock. If you have young ones, don’t panic because the sea between the island and the long curve is placid and gentle. It is the perfect place to introduce them to the wonders of the ocean.

Let your family witness the beauty of the horseshoe-shaped Chitrakoot Waterfalls near the religious city of Jagdalpur. It is also a pilgrimage center for the Hindu religion, so make sure you are decently dressed.

Oman

Oman is a little known Arab state which lies on the nib of the Arabian Peninsula which is fast gaining popularity and attracting a lot of travelers. It has varied and fascinating landscapes which range from lush river valleys to towering sand dunes and rugged canyons. A family holiday in Oman is the perfect way to introduce your kids to a new culture as well as some stunning surroundings.

The rugged Wadi Nakheer village in the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Oman is surprisingly striking and reminds you of the Siq in Petra. You can self drive through this beautiful scenery or hire a driver and be awed by this off beaten track, as the tiny village becomes bigger and bigger as you approach the floor of the valley.

Wahiba Sands will give your family the ultimate desert experience: dune bashing in four wheel drives, quad biking, camel rides and sand boarding. There is something for everyone here!

If you need something to remind you of this exciting trip, then the Friday market at Nizwa is a perfect place not only to purchase souvenirs’ but also an opportunity to integrate with the locals as they haggle over the prices.

Russia

Russia is an amazing country full of inspiration and magical wonder: from the spectacular architecture of St Petersburg to the fresh waters of Lake Baikal. Immerse yourself and your family in the rich history of the Russians and discover why some of the greatest writers were inspired by Russia.

 Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin)

[Catherine Palace – Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin)]

Visit the Tsars village also known as Pushkin and enjoy the history of this little gem. It is a unique ensemble with housing a number of fascinating attractions: palaces, pavilions, lakes and landscaped gardens. The majesty and beauty of the sky blue of the summer residence of Catherine the Great is breathtaking and your family will enjoy the sumptuous decorations of the Tsars era.

Enjoy strolling in the beautiful gardens and get away from the crowds, you may discover some hidden and forgotten statues of the Tsarist era.  You may even recover the treasures of the ‘Lost Amber Chamber’.

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