Best International Destinations For Indian Families

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Indians are born travellers and we are truly a peculiar kind. While the entire world can't get enough of the concept of solo travel, we prefer going on trips with our tribe. We are constantly on the lookout for places that have a little something for people of all ages given how we usually have several generations travelling together at the same time. And since international travel is no longer reserved for the 'elite', our options have become all the more varied. However, since selecting the creme de la creme of destinations can be quite a task, this list seeks to make things easier for you:

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Photo of Singapore by Sumedha Bharpilania

From indulging in retail therapy at Orchard Road, gorging on bowls of Chicken Rice at Chinatown, exploring the futuristic gardens of Marina Bay, cozying up with nature inside the Jurong Bird Park and having truckloads of fun at the Universal Studios, Singapore makes it to the top of every family travel bucket list. It is a stunning island state with interesting sights, delicious food, great accommodation and convenient modes of transport. A surprisingly affordable destination, Singapore is safe and has direct flights to and from most Indian metros.

Best Places To Visit: Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore Flyer, Singapore Zoo, Merlion Park, Underwater World.

Best Time To Visit: February to April and July to September.

Ideal Duration: 7 Days.

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Photo of Sri Lanka by Sumedha Bharpilania

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island nation with pristine beaches, ceaseless forests, dreamy hills, fantastic cuisine and the most hospitable locals you will ever meet. With all the qualities of a touristy paradise, it is one of the most affordable destinations in the world and a short flight away from India. There is the dynamic capital city of Colombo, the ancient town of Kandy, the idyllic sands of Bentota, the quaint hills of Ella and the sprawling tea estates of Nuwara Eliya to ensure that your family is in for a joyride.

Best Places To Visit: Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Bentota.

Best Time To Visit: South and West Coast: December to March; East Coast: April to September.

Ideal Duration: 10 Days.

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Photo of Cambodia by Sumedha Bharpilania

Cambodia is a pilgrimage, an adventure and a relaxing holiday spot rolled into one. The temples and ruins of Angkor, perhaps the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Site will enthral you with their magnificence, the narrow lanes and bylanes of the capital city of Phnom Penh will bring out the explorer in you and the warmth and hospitality of the locals will spoil you for life. The history of this fallen empire, however, will leave you with vital lessons and will make you want to become a better person. Cambodia is inexpensive, convenient and is great for families with kids and the elderly.

Best Places To Visit: Siem Reap (Angkor temples), Phnom Penh, Kampot.

Best Time To Visit: November to March.

Ideal Duration: 7 Days.

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Photo of Malaysia by Sumedha Bharpilania

Think of towering high-rises, impregnable rainforests, culturally diverse communities and the spiciest food you've ever laid hands on. Churn these together while adding a few tropical islands and beaches into the mix and you have this delicious concoction called Malaysia. The skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur will remind you of Singapore, the streets of Penang will transport you to Phnom Penh, Melaka will evoke memories of Hoi An while the many tangy curries will bring you back to India. Malaysia truly is Asia and like all of the aforesaid destinations, it makes for an excellent family getaway.

Best Places To Visit: Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands, Penang (Georgetown), Langkawi, Cameron Highlands, Melaka.

Best Time To Visit: March to October.

Ideal Duration: 7 days.

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Photo of Thailand by Sumedha Bharpilania

The mother of all budget travel destinations, Thailand needs no introduction. From the many cheap haunts and glittering lights of Bangkok to the exotic beaches and fancy resorts of Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya and the likes, the country is a mesmerising amalgamation of experiences. Despite being (in)famous for sex tourism, Bangkok has a lot to offer to children in the form of its Safari World, Sea Life Ocean World and the mammoth Chatuchak Market. The islands on the other hand are great for your young ones to go on guided nature walks and learn some kayaking and snorkelling.

Best Places To Visit: Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phi Phi Islands, Chiang Mai, Pattaya.

Best Time To Visit: November to February.

Ideal Duration: 10 days.

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Photo of Hong Kong by Sumedha Bharpilania

With its iconic tramways, colourful skyscrapers, diverse cuisine, enticing shopping malls and a rich colonial past, Hong Kong is a quintessential tourist trap, but for all the right reasons. Its home mountains, islands and monasteries only act as the icing on a decadent cake. If you are travelling with children, there's the mighty Disneyland to go gaga over.

Best Places To Visit: The Peak, Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tian Tan Buddha, Ocean Park, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

Best Time To Visit: March to April; October to November.

Ideal Duration: 7 Days.

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Photo of United States by Sumedha Bharpilania

Every person, at least once in his or her lifetime has wanted to live the American Dream. Despite the severely incapable and tiny orange hands the country has fallen into today, the USA continues to be one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world. The biggest economy and a global superpower, America has everything from the White House, the Hollywood sign and the Statue of Liberty to the casinos of Vegas, the Rocky Mountains and the many amusement parks of Florida. A lot of fun is in store for you and your folks, given you have the funds and the visa.

Best Places To Visit: New York City, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park.

Best Time To Visit: June to October; December (for Christmas).

Ideal Duration: 1 month.

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Photo of Switzerland by Sumedha Bharpilania

Switzerland is all about being in a constant state of trance courtesy of its gorgeous blue skies, resplendent green meadows and captivating white peaks. Every single city, town and village of this splendid country has a story to tell and a massive amount of love to share with those looking to explore its beauty. What is supposed to be the ideal representation of paradise, Switzerland lures families with children with its chocolate and cheese factories, petting zoos, picnic spots (in the arms of mountains and valleys) and exciting funicular rides.

Best Places To Visit: Zurich, Geneva, Bern, Lucerne, Zermatt, Interlaken, Grindelwald.

Best Time To Visit: June to September.

Ideal Duration: 14 days.

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Photo of United Kingdom by Sumedha Bharpilania

With the rapid advancement of England, the traditions of Scotland, the mysteriousness of Wales and the rugged beauty of Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom is true hotpot that entices travellers from far and wide. You could gush over English propriety, visit the Loch Ness Monster, pray that the London Bridge never falls down and perhaps even fly a broomstick à la Harry Potter; the UK welcomes families with open arms. Brexit might still be a bit of a heartache, but that shouldn't deter you from bringing back buckets of happy memories.

Best Places To Visit: London, Edinburgh, Wiltshire (Stonehenge), Inverness (Loch Ness), Liverpool, Bath, Glasgow, York, Brighton.

Best Time To Visit: June to September.

Ideal Duration: 14 days.

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Photo of Kenya by Sumedha Bharpilania

There is nothing quite as exciting as trudging the terrains of the wild, surrounded by vast Savannahs and guarded by an indomitable mountain. The equatorial paradise of Kenya is synonymous with experiences such as these and so much more. Home to indigenous communities like the Maasai and the Swahili along with elephants, zebras, rhinos, lions and cheetahs, the country sets a great example by ensuring the wellbeing of its people and conserving wildlife at the same time. Expect family safaris to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Best Places To Visit: Nairobi, Masai Mara National Reserve, Mount Kenya National Park, Tsavo National Park, Amboseli National Park.

Best Time To Visit: June to October.

Ideal Duration: 7 days.

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