My sister and I travelled a lot when we were young. My parents made it a point to take us out every couple of months. Sometimes for a good 15-20 days to an exotic location in some other corner of the world and other times for a quick 2-day trip to a nearby farm or even a homestay. Growing up, I realised that I learned more on these family trips than I ever did in the classroom.
It’s no secret that travelling makes your kids smarter and more aware. It exposes them to new experiences, new adventures and a whole lot of memories that always stay tucked away in a little corner of their hearts. Now it’s not important that you plan extensive vacations, a weekend getaway every now and then is just as good. If you’re based out of Delhi NCR, then you’re in luck, my love. There are quite a few gorgeous properties that you can drive down to with your family. So while you relax and unwind after a hectic workweek, the little munchkins get to indulge in fun new activities.
The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa, Gurugram
Apart from the stunning architecture, spacious rooms and lush greenery, what’ll excite your kids at the first go are the animals that greet you - Emus, ducks, guinea pigs and horses! The resort has a recreational area for your kids to indulge in art and craft and board games and a kids pool to cool off at. You can even take a trip to the nearby organic farm or the SkyJumper Trampoline Park. Add some exercise to their schedule by renting bikes to cycle around the property and do take your little ones for a fishing experience at the lake
Driving time: 1h 30min from Terminal 3, Indra Gandhi International Airport
Room rate: Rs 12,999/night approx
Contact info: 0124 711 2233
Neemrana Fort-Palace, Rajasthan
A 15th-century medieval fort palace built on Aravalli hills, Neemrana Fort-Palace will take you back in time. While the adults can relax in the pool and opt for a rejuvenating massage at their spa, the kids can enjoy a camel ride or a tour of the nearby Neemrana village in a vintage car. You can also arrange for a zipping experience or spend an afternoon at the kids' play area. Your children can learn more about Rajasthani culture as they witness the engaging performances by local musicians and dancers that the property arranges for every Saturday night.
Driving time: 2h from Terminal 3, Indra Gandhi International Airport
Room rate: Rs 9,500/night approx
Contact info: 01494 246 007
VResorts Utsav Camp, Sariska
Are your kids yearning for a wildlife safari and Jim Corbett National Park seems a tad too far off? Take them to Sariska for the weekend! The forest area may not be as big as Corbett but you can spot tigers, leopards, sambar deer, wild boars and other animals. To add to the adventure, stay at the luxury tents at Utsav Camp. The kids are going to love the thrill of a jungle safari followed by camping in the wilderness. You also get to wake up to the calls of rare birds and spend the night star gazing… Now that’s an amazing learning experience for your little ones.
Driving time: 4h 15min from Terminal 3, Indra Gandhi International Airport
Room rate: Rs 5,175/night approx
Contact info: 099833 40616
Karma Lakelands, Gurugram
If you don’t want to drive too far, Karma Lakelands should be on the top of your list. A luxury golf resort, it’s ideal if you or your spouse want to spend a weekend golfing while also keeping your kids entertained. Apart from a trampoline and a play area, you can take your little babies for a tour of the farm and make them meet and feed farm animals. The kids can rent a bike, learn horse riding or even challenge themselves to an obstacle course. Need any more reasons?
Driving time: 46min from Terminal 3, Indra Gandhi International Airport
Room rate: Rs 9,300/night approx
Contact info: 095999 44988
Your children deserve a trip to the Pink City of India. The colours and culture of Jaipur will captivate their imagination with the very first look! It’ll also make for a great Sunday essay when they are back home. Stay at Trident for the property has a dedicated ‘Kids Club’ to keep your little munchkins entertained throughout. From trying their hand at baking, pottery and art and crafts, they even get to grow their own plants and enjoy movie sessions. Chokhi Dhani, a major tourist attraction is a 50-min drive from the hotel.
Driving time: 4h 12min from Terminal 3, Indra Gandhi International Airport
Room rate: Rs 5,500/night approx
Contact info: 0141 267 0101
The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambore
If you’ve got a long weekend coming up, set off for a thrilling vacation at Ranthambore. The jungle safari will be an experience of a lifetime for your little ones and the luxurious stay at The Oberoi Vanyavilas will be for you. Get ready for a romantic candlelit dinner date by the lake while the kids keep themselves busy with a treasure hunt, puppet show or the cookie making classes that the property arranges for on prior request.
Driving time: 7h 19min from Terminal 3, Indra Gandhi International Airport
Room rate: Rs 26,000/night approx
Contact info: 07462 223 999
The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake, Gurugram
A luxurious getaway spread across 20 acres of land near Damdama lake, the lush surrounding will hardly let you believe that you’re still in Delhi NCR. The mini-putting greens allow you to spend the afternoon practising your favourite sport or probably teach your mini version to play a shot. If lazing around the property all day is not what you have in mind, you can take the family out for a trip to Neverenuf Garden Railway or the Heritage Transport Museum nearby.
Driving time: 1h 14min from Terminal 3, Indra Gandhi International Airport
Room rate: Rs 10,500/night approx
Contact info: 0124 267 7200
If you’re planning to get going on a long weekend, I suggest you make your bookings well in advance as most of these properties get booked months prior. Also, do not forget to check out the latest collection at One Friday ‘cuz you want your baby to be looking his/her stylish best at the vacation, don’t you?!