“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
You have been free-spirited all your life, so why stop now? Just because you have come of age, it doesn’t mean that you give up the excitement and fun that you deserve. Be like Ulysses, who never gave up on life despite his age. Your quest to conquer nations should be just like him, through travel, of course.
There are so many holiday experiences around this time of the year that you can experience. Try taking a trip to India to experience them all, this holiday season. You shall surely have a lot of fun, and you will get a chance to explore new adventures too. Its time to pack your bags and book that holiday now.
No matter your age likes and dislikes, there is always something for you to experience in the beautiful country of India. From spiritualism to yoga retreats, ayurvedic spas to adventure sports and places to relax and unwind too, there is a lot that you can do in India this holiday season.
Without much ado, we would like to present to you seven-holiday experiences in India for older travelers. Please read on and be well-informed. For this is your chance to get out and enjoy what lies ahead.
Seven-holiday experiences you must have in India
Check out the spiritual bliss at Varanasi
You can call it Kashi or Banaras, the charm that Varanasi has is not lost in the name. This place is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh and is known to be one of the oldest cities in the entire world. Such is the grandeur and charm of Varanasi that you don’t have to be religiously inclined to visit this place, the history and ambience of this place is enough to draw you in and enthral your senses.
The treat in store for you and your travelling spirit would be the evening scenic sights at the ghats of the river Ganges, which is in the old city. There are around one hundred ghats, where the Ganga Aarti is performed by priests in praise and honour of deities such as Lord Shiva and Goddess Ganga, the Fire and the Sun Gods too.
Along with this, there are plenty of other temples in the city of Varanasi for you to check out. For example, some of the most famous temples of tourist interest are the Vishalakshi temple, the Nepali Hindu temple, the Maa Annapurna Mandir, the Kaal Bhairav Mandir, the Durga Kund Mandir, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and more.
The best time to visit Varanasi would be in the month of early October to late February. But do consider the weather condition of this place before you book yourself a trip to this holy city. Varanasi for sure will enthral you and charm you with its sights and sounds. So be ready to see the real India through a new perspective.
Spot tigers at the famous Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarkhand.
A jungle safari is what most senior travelers opt for and it fascinates them too. Imagine yourself being on a wildlife safari with binoculars in your hands and you quietly exploring and discovering the wildlife around, waiting to capture a glimpse of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?
The Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarkhand is no doubt one of the best places to check out if you are looking for some unique wild fun and a jungle safari experience that is beyond doubt the best. The wildlife here is opulent and the backdrops around catch your attention too.
There are even forest houses and high-end resorts here at the Jim Corbett National Park, for you to spend nights and enjoy the wild in the dark. These forest houses and resorts have all the basic amenities and the services are commendable too, giving you all the comfort you need.
The best time to visit the national park would be from early November to late June. This is a time when the weather seems to be at its best, and the conditions around are favourable for you to spot the tigers and other wildlife too.
Relive your young days in Manali, Himachal Pradesh
It’s time for you to relive your younger days through a holiday that gives you an adrenaline rush. This holiday in Himachal Pradesh is just not a holiday destination for the young, but for the older travelers as well. Yes, you read that right. Manali is one of the top-notch holiday destinations for senior citizens and those above the age of sixty too.
While your vacation here in Manali, you get to experience and indulge in all types of adventurous activities, which are apt for any older or senior citizen traveler. For example, you can camp around or take on the heights by going on a cable car ride which happens in Solang Valley. Or maybe you can experience both of them side by side.
Some older travelers also go for angling, which you can opt for as well. If you are physically and mentally fit and wish to indulge in adventurous activities, kayaking and trekking are some of the best options. These are also very famous activities for older citizens in the city of Manali.
The best time to visit Manali would be from early October to late February, thanks to the abundant snowfall it has. Even the summer months which are from early March to late June are the best times to plan a trip here, and for adventure activities too.
Dive into the ancient culture of Hampi
Located in the state of Karnataka and nestled on the banks of River Tungabhadra, Hampi is a small temple town which presents the picturesque beauty of historical and ancient treasures. The town is impeccably beautiful and is made up of boulders, megaliths, and ruins of historical edifices. One of the main reasons for being a tourist attraction is its historical connectivity.
The place has numerous beautiful and historical temples such as Vijaya Vittala Temple, which is the 15th Century structured temple. It is believed that Sri Virupaksha Temple is the oldest functioning temple in India. Anjaneya Hill is one of the biggest religious hubs as it believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman.
Apart from that, there are a number of touristy places such as Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex, Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Queen’s bath and Riverside ruins. Another highlight of the place is the colorful, diverse Hampi Bazaar. This market is located in the foothill of Matanga Hill, where you can check out the glimpse of tradition, custom, and culture of Hampi. Do not miss to find a huge Nandi Bull, which is a famous picture spot; click some amazing pictures there to cherish it for a lifetime.
Explore the unexplored North East India
When you come to India, you must take a trip to the foothills of the Himalayas, which would be mind-blowing and breathtaking. You get to wake up in the midst of the highest peaks and the deep valleys too. Far away from the maddening crowds and the city’s hustle and bustle, you get peace and tranquillity here.
The hills come alive with the magical weather and the local culture. Take a trip to the famous tea estates of Darjeeling, and enjoy or relish the authentic momos here along with a hot cup of chai or tea, Darjeeling Tea to be precise which is world-famous.
Some of the places that you must visit here are the Tsomgo Lake, where you get to see the Red Pandas and the migratory ducks, along with plenty of flora and fauna. The Yumthang Valley for its breathtaking scenery, the famous Rumtek Monastery for religious art and culture, and the famous Darjeeling Toy train ride should be done too.
Stop by at the city of love, Agra, India
Make a trip with your loved ones to the city of love, Agra, India. You get to immerse your senses in the beautiful Taj Mahal here, which is located on the Yamuna river banks. This is a symmetrical monument that took around two decades to be built to completion and is honoured as a landmark of love across the globe.
You should also visit the town of Fatehpur Sikri which is famous for its amazing glassware works. The Agra Fort is also a famous tourist hot spot for you to go and spend some time at and its marvellous architecture will surely take your breath away. For inlay work on traditional carpets you must visit the markets in Agra.
Please note, the Taj Mahal is open on all days except Friday. So you must make your plans accordingly should you wish to visit this landmark of love, The Taj Mahal. The best times to visit Agra would be from early October to late March.
Come to Kerala for ayurvedic retreats and sessions
Over three thousand years ago, Ayurveda was born and developed in India. One of the oldest healing techniques in the globe, ayurvedic medicine is known to be a balance of therapies which heals the body, the mind and the spirit.
In God’s Own Country, Kerala, India, there are plenty of ayurvedic resorts along the Malabar Coast, thanks to the moist weather conditions here, and the availability of plenty of medicinal herbs too.
At the Ayurveda resorts in Kerala, you can refresh and rejuvenate your body and mind and spirit, and have a wonderful vacation too. The best time to visit Kerala would be from the months of June to late September. The weather is perfect for ayurvedic treatments at that time.
Some of the best Ayurveda resorts in Kerala are Mekosha Ayurveda Spa Suited Retreat, Trivandrum, Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort at Marari beach, and the KairaliAyurvedic Healing Village, Palakkad district, the Athreya Ayurvedic Center, Kottayam, Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village, Kovalam, Chowara and more.
In a nutshell…
So here were seven of the most enjoyable holiday experiences in India for older travelers you could have in India. Do write in and let us know what you think of these holidays.