Where to Travel with Your Mom: 7 Handpicked Experiences for Mother's Day

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There's nothing like a holiday with mom! How about one this Mother's Day?

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Our first journey into this world was through our mothers and so, we truly believe that mothers are the best travel companions! How about experiencing some of the best places in India with the most special woman of your life? While you think of a Mother’s Day gift this year, check out this list of handpicked travel experiences that you both will remember for a long time to come.

1. Indulge in a rejuvenating spa therapy at Ananda Spa and Resort:

Strengthen your bond with your mother with a rejuvenating spa session at Ananda in the Himalayas. You can opt for unique courses based on your wellness goals, such as detox, weight loss, fitness, rejuvenation, de-stress and anti-ageing, among others. A typical day at this luxury spa resort is about beautiful mornings, an organic lifestyle, refreshing therapies and Yoga. Fancy a stay?

Gift your mom a rejuvenating spa therapy! | Credit: Ananda in the Himalayas

Photo of Ananda Spa In The Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand, India by Ragini Mehra

Where to Stay: Ananda, a destination spa resort in the Himalayan foothills, surrounded by Sal forests and overlooking the Ganges.

How to Reach: Dehradun airport is well connected to major cities in India. Once you reach the airport, a stunning 40-minute cab ride in the hills will take you to Ananda.

2. Soak in culture as you experience a homestay in Kerala:

This is your chance to live like the locals on your next trip to Kerala. The homestays in Kerala are extremely popular with travellers across the globe. More often than not, a super comfortable stay at these homes is topped up with cooking classes that teach you about their age-old secret recipes, traditional Ayurvedic treatments, stunning views of the backwaters or the plantations and delicious local cuisine.

Where to Stay: The award-winning Emerald Isle Homestay in Alappuzha, Coconut Creek Homestay in Kumarakom and Tranquil in Wayanad are extremely well known for their comfort and hospitality.

How to Reach: Most big cities in Kerala are well-connected by air or road. Once you reach Cochin airport, Kerala State Run Transport Corporation is the most economical way to get to your final destination.

3. Explore Coorg’s coffee plantations with your mom:

These plantation trails through the hills of Kodagu are well known for the refreshing coffee aroma, the fresh invigorating mountain air and a memorable coffee bean-picking adventure. Take your experience a notch up by booking yourself a stay at a plantation. You can pick from homestays, estate stays and resorts or club a day each at these properties to make your Coorg experience come a full circle.

Coffee plucking experience in Coorg

Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Ragini Mehra

Where to Stay: Copperhill Villa Homestay, Orange County Coorg and Vivanta by Taj Coorg are highly recommended stay options.

How to Reach: Bangalore airport is the closest to Coorg. You can take a cab from Bangalore to Coorg for a 6-hour drive via NH75. Alternatively you can take the more economical State Transport Bus (KSRTC) which drops you at Madikeri Bus Stand.

4. Get up close and personal with nature in Bandhavgarh:

Depending on how adventurous the mother-daughter duo are, you can pick between a jeep safari or an elephant safari on your Bandhavgarh excursion. Spot animals like the leopard, porcupine, wild boar, spotter deer and more as you head towards the high point of your safari – seeing the oh-so-majestic Bengal Tiger! The best tiger sightings and photo opportunities are from April - June. The morning safari timings are 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the afternoon safari is between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Get set for up close encounters with tigers! | Credit: Bernie Catterall/flickr

Photo of Bandhavgarh National Park, Tala, Madhya Pradesh, India by Ragini Mehra

Where to Stay: Mahua Kothi, Samode Safari Lodge and Tree House Hideaway Resort are highly recommended if you’re looking for luxury in the lap of nature. Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge and Tiger Trails Resort are great options for budget travellers.

How to Reach: Umaria is the nearest railway station and is an hour’s drive away from Bandhavgarh. You can also fly down to Khajuraho and take the 8-hour drive from there to the park.

5. Spend a fun-filled day strawberry picking in Mahabaleshwar:

Get set to click a million selfies with your mother as you walk through the pretty strawberry fields in Mahabaleshwar. March - May is a wonderful time to visit as you’ll find fresh strawberries and mulberries in abundance. Cream Corner and Mapro Gardens are the two most popular places you should head to if you’d like to have fresh strawberries off the farm and to enjoy the best Strawberry with Cream in town.

Enjoy strawberry plucking with your mom in Mahabaleshwar.

Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Ragini Mehra

Where to Stay: Evershine Keys Prima Resort, Citrus Chambers Mahabaleshwar and Hotel Gautam are some beautiful hotels here.

How to Reach: Mahabaleshwar is about 260 kilometres away from Mumbai and makes for a beautiful 5-hour drive via Mumbai-Pune Highway.

6. Plan a luxurious weekend getaway to Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad:

Get set to spend the most luxurious weekend of your life at Taj Falaknuma Palace, the erstwhile residence of the Nizams. Begin your day with a heritage walk and swim your stress away at your private pool before heading to the spa. Mark an end to a day of indulgence as you enjoy the gastronomic delights served at the restaurants here.

That’s not it! While in Hyderabad, don’t forget to shop for gorgeous silk sarees with your mother.

Treat your mom to an uber luxurious weekend at Taj Falaknuma Palace. | Credit: taj.tajhotels.com

Photo of Taj Falaknuma Palace, Fatima Nagar, Falaknuma, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Ragini Mehra

Where to Stay: Book yourself the Nizam Suite, once the abode of the world’s richest man, for a truly magnificent stay.

How to Reach: Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International terminal is well-connected with all major cities. Taj Falaknuma Palace is just a 30-minute cab ride away from the airport.

7. Take a joy ride onboard the toy train in Darjeeling:

The tea town of India awaits you with its freshness, unspoilt beauty and ofcourse, the much talked about toy train. Spend quality time with your mother as you both take the joyride humming Kasto mazza hai lelaima and enjoy the scenic vistas. The train takes you for a round trip from Darjeeling to Ghum and back in about 2 hours. Keep your cameras ready as you stop at Batasia Loop on the way, which offers incredible views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga.

Enjoy your ride!

Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Ragini Mehra

In case you’re not able to get the toy train tickets, don’t miss trying out the train journey between Darjeeling and Kurseong, which follows almost the same route.

Where to Stay: Windamere Hotel, Ging Tea House and The Elgin are luxury hotels that seem to have come straight out of a fairytale. Summit Grace Hotel & Spa, Dekeling Hotel and The Hermitage are budget options, offering uninterrupted hill views.

How to Reach: Bagdogra Airport is well connected to major cities in India and is the closest to Darjeeling. It takes about 3 hours (95 kilometres) to reach the city of Darjeeling from the airport.

With Mother’s Day round the corner, surprise your mother with a gift she would cherish forever. Head to your favourite city for a holiday with her and make memories for a lifetime!

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