• Aditya Sharma

Top 10 Favourite Picnic Destination Spots In India

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

India is home to the countless family destination spots. From the great famous Indian Himalayan range in the north to the shimmering coastline of Indian Ocean in the south, and from the famous Gulf of Kutch in the west to the shores of the Bay of Bengal in the east, India has countless famous picnic destination spots.

The most gorgeous picnic destination spots that one must visit once in his/her lifetime are -

. Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar (Kashmir) is much celebrated heaven on earth. Srinagar is also known as the jewel of Kashmir which happens to be the favourite destination of almost everyone in India. Srinagar is rich in nature, hospitality and experiences that blends well the amazing weather. This bustling capital of Kashmir is the best picnic spot to visit for a family trip in India.

Major Tourist Attractions Spots: Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Tulip Garden, Pari Mahal and Chashme Shahi Best Things To Do: Shikara ride at Dal Lake, Visit the Hazratbal Shrine and Explore the Hari Parbat Best Time To Visit: April to October How To Reach There: Major airlines like VIstara, Air Asia, Air India, Spice Jet have flights on Delhi-Srinagar route. You could also took a train from New Delhi to Jammu and make your way to Srinagar Places To Stay: Asian Park Hotel, Vivanta Dal View, House Boat on Dal Lake Famous Food Items: Dum Aloo, Kashmiri Pulav, Mutton Rogan Josh Eating Places: Ahdoos, Shamyana Restaurant, Nathu Sweets, Mughal Darbar Tips To Remember: Keep yourself updated about the local affairs

. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is the vibrant city which has a lot of things to offer in its bosom. Rishikesh is also known as Yoga Nagari or Yoga Capital of the country and is the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas. This city is famous for its adventure sports activities, famous temples beside river bank of Ganges and the famous Lakshman Jhula. Rishikesh is also famous for river rafting.

Major Tourist Attractions: Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat Best Things To Do: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Paragliding Best Time To Visit: April to September How to Reach: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is just 35 km away from Rishikesh. You could also take a direct Volvo Bus from New Delhi to Rishikesh. There are a number of trains from New Delhi to Haridwar, half-an-hour drive to Rishikesh Places To Stay: Hotel Ishan, Rishikesh Valley, Skyard Rishikesh Famous Food Items: Aloo Puri, Malpua Eating Places: The Sitting Elephant, Ganga View Cafe, Bistro Nirvana Tips To Remember: Be part of the camping experience in Rishikesh

. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is served as the summer capital in the British era. Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is considered to be the most famous retreats of all the best travel destinations spot in India. Being the most sought destination place for all kind of travellers, shopping at Mall Road and relishing the charm of the toy train are few of the best things a person can do in Shimla which are enjoyed by kids and families alike.

Major Tourist Attractions: Famous Jakhoo Temple, The Ridge, Rashtrapati Niwas, Shimla Heritage Museum and Christ Church Best Things To Do: Shopping in Mall Road, Toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla and Johnnie’s Wax Museum Best Time To Visit: March to September How To Reach: The most convenient way to reach Shimla from Delhi is by driving in your own car. You could also board one of the overnight Volvo Buses from New Delhi. If you want to experience the ride on toy train, then you will have to begin from Chandigarh Places To Stay: Radisson Jass Shimla, Hotel Willow Banks, The Oberoi Cecil Famous Food Items: Chaa Gosht, Himachali Chana Daal, Momos, Baked Sweets And Goods Eating Places: Eighteen 71 Cookhouse and Bar, Cafe Sol, 45 The Central, Hide Out Cafe Tips To Remember: Carry enough amount of cash as there are connectivity issues in the hill

. Goa

Goa is famous for its incandescent beauty of beaches, late night parties and the tropical vibrations which make this spot a standout amongst the most adorable holiday destination place in India. Goa is famous for many adventures sports, forts, Portuguese churches, countless beaches and unlimited seafood options. If you are planning for some thrilling activities or some romantic getaways with your beloved one then Goa is the best place that strike in your mind.

Major Tourist Attractions: Dudhsagar Falls, Fort Aguada, Museum of Christian Art, Church of St Cajetan and Naval Aviation Museum Best Things To Do: Wildlife safari at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum, Beaches like Calangute Beach and Anjuna Beach Best Time To Visit: Mid-November to Mid-February How To Reach: The best way to reach Goa is by taking a flight. You could also take a train which is cheaper, but it is also time-consuming unless you like train rides Places To Stay: The Lalit Golf and Spa Resort Goa, The Park Calangute Goa, Santana Beach Resort Famous Food Items: Pork Vindaloo, Chicken Cafreal, Goan Fish Curry Eating Places: Ourem 88, 32nd Milestone, Osal Restaurant Tips To Remember: It is recommended to rent a scooter in order to explore Goa

. Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur also known as the ‘Venice of the East’ is the proud city of the Rajasthan. This is the place which you wouldn’t want to miss out on for your next family holiday trip. It has various temples alongside the breath-taking views of the temples the experience of which you do not want to miss your lifetime. If you’re around Lake Pichola, a boat ride is not something you would want to miss out on with your family.

Major Tourist Attractions: City Palace, Jag Mandir, Lake Palace Best Things To Do: Sightseeing, Visiting temples, Boating Best Time To Visit: October to March How To Reach: You could take a direct flight to Udaipur. There are two trains, Chetak Express and Mewar Express, which run between New Delhi and Udaipur. Places To Stay: Raddison Blu, Hotel Lakend, Lake Pichola Hotel

Famous Food Items: Dal Bati Churma, Mirchi Bada, Dal Kachori, Pyaaz Kachori Eating Places: Shamiana Rooftop Restaurant, Khamma Gani Restaurant, Restaurant Ambrai Tips To Remember: Carry enough water to avoid dehydration

. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital is the favourite holiday destination place of the people of India. Set around a shimmering lake, it serve as the best place to spend the summers by India people. It has many places to visit such as it involves a lofty forested valley around the namesake lake Naini, cable car ride and boating which make your trip a hit. It is also encompassed by mountains and also blessed with the best scenic views.

Major Tourist Attractions: Nainital Zoo, Naini Peak, Cave Garden, Hanuman Garhi and Jama Masjid Mosque Best Things To Do: Boating in the evening at Nainital Lake, Ropeway ride to Snow View, Trek to the Tiffin Top and Bird Watching at Sattal Best Visiting Time: From April to June and From September to October How To Reach: You can take a train or bus till Kathgodam. From here, you will find many private and shared taxis that will take you to Nainital. A private cab will cost you around INR 700-800 if you bargain well Places To Stay: The Naini Retreat, The Earl’s Court by Leisure Hotels, The Pavilion Famous Food Items: Bhatt Ki Churkani, Aloo Ke Gutke, Gulgule Eating Places: Simz Cafe, Sakley’s, Machaan Restaurant, Cafe Lakeside Tips To Remember: 10-15 percent tipping is acceptable in the restaurants

. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty is known as the queen of the Blue Mountains in South India. Ooty is one of the best family holiday destination place in India. There are many delightful places to visit in Ooty like Botanical Garden, Pykara Lake and Boat House. The cool breeze and the foggy weather is the perfect setting for you that make family vacation to be a hit in this hilly paradise.

Major Tourist Attractions: Doddabetta Viewpoint, Rose Garden, Botanical Garden, St. Stephen’s Church and Pykara Lake Best Things To Do: Take the toy train from Mettupalayam to Ooty, Boating at Ooty Lake, Camping at Avalanche Lake and Try the homemade chocolates Best Time To Visit: October to June How To Reach: Coimbatore is the nearest airport to Ooty, 88 km. Places To Stay: Sterling Ooty Fern Hill, King’s Cliff, Sterling Ooty Elk Hill Famous Food Items: Momos, Chocolates, Avial Eating Places: Earl’s Secret, Ponmari Multicuisine Restaurant, Willy’s Coffee Pub Tips To Remember: If you’re planning to take the train ride, book your tickets in advance

. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Mcleodganj is one of the prime crowd pullers place in Dharamsala located in the Kangra district. Mcleodganj is a hilly retreat which serve as one of the popular weekend destinations place. During December season, Mcleodganj explore its full bloom with minimal rains and clouds accompanying the travellers throughout their stay.

Major Tourist Attractions: St. John’s Church, Tsuglagkhang Temple, Namgyal Monastery and Tibetan Museum Best Things To Do: Bhagsu Nag temple, Bhagsu Nag Waterfalls, Boating at Dal Lake and Shopping in the local markets Best Time To Visit: September to June How To Reach: McLeodganj is just a few kilometres away from Dharamshala. You could either take a bus or flight to Dharamshala and then get a cab to McLeodganj. It will cost you 100 bucks. Places To Stay: Hotel Bhagsu, Hotel Norbu House, The Siddhartha Famous Food Items: Momo’s, Brownies, Pizzas Eating Places: Nick’s Italian Kitchen, Tibet Kitchen, Namgyal Cafe Tips To Remember: Avoid staying late outside

. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala is located in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. This is one of the favourite summer family holiday destination place in India. Dharamshala is encompassed by a thick front of deodar cedar trees and is one of the major solid holds for the Tibetan evacuees and the seat of the fourteenth Dalai Lama of the Tibetan faction of the Buddhism. The views of the mountains are very much stunning and the environs is very peaceful.

Major Tourist Attractions: Namgyal Monastery, Kareri Dal Lake and Dharamshala Cricket Stadium Best Things To Do: Kangra Fort and Head to St. John in the Wilderness Church Best Time To Visit: March to July How To Reach: Take an overnight Volvo bus from New Delhi to Dharamshala. Gaggal Airport is just 13 km away from Dharamshala. You can take a private taxi from the airport to Dharamshala. Places To Stay: The Divine Hima, Prakriti Aalay, Zostel Mcleodganj Famous Food Items: Momos, Tibetan food Eating Places: Illiterati, Woeser Bakery, Tibet Kitchen Tips To Remember: Avoid late hours outside staying

. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling is one of the best picnic destination spot in India with a stunning views of the Mount Kanchenjunga in the backdrop. Darjeeling is also called as “Queen of the Hills” and gives a flawless passage to those who are looking to be in concordance with nature. It has delightful tea gardens on the slants of moving slopes, the orchids, pines and rhododendrons and the charming Himalayan toy train shrieking its way through the mountains.

Major Tourist Attractions: Batasia Loop, Himalayan Zoological Park, Peace Pagoda, Samsing, Bhutia Busty Monastery and Rock Garden Best Things To Do: Enjoy a ride in the toy train, Explore the monasteries at Mirik and Camping at the Tiger Hill Best Time To Visit: October to March How To Reach: Bagdogra Airport is just 94 km away from Darjeeling that takes about 3 hours by car to cover. New Jalpaigudi is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling, 64 km Places To Stay: Mayfair Darjeeling, Sinclair’s Darjeeling, Pine Touch Retreat Famous Food Items: Momos, Thukpa, Naga platter Eating Places: Gleanry’s, Sonam’s Cafe, Tom & Jerry’s Tips To Remember: Don’t forget to carry your documents while visiting

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