5 Favourite Bucket List Places For Senior Citizen Ladies In India
1. Gulmarg And Srinagar, Kashmir
Explore the intense natural landscape of Gulmarg to relive Bollywood’s golden years
It is for good reason that the Kashmir Valley was called Paradise on Earth by the Mughals. Seniors would be especially aware of its intense natural beauty, since the valley landscape was a firm favourite for many classic Hindi movies from the golden years of Bollywood. So get ready for a ride on a shikara on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, or a skiing trip to the snow-capped slopes of Gulmarg. While many tourists are worried about the political turmoil in Kashmir, you can rest assured that Srinagar and its surrounding areas are extremely safe for tourists, including women and families.
Connectivity: Air travel is the best way to reach Kashmir Valley. Srinagar Airport is well connected with the rest of the country.
Places of Interest: Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg ski resorts
Ideal Time to Visit: March-October for summer flowers and scenery, and December-March if you want to see the snow and enjoy some skiing
2. Munnar And Aleppey, Kerala
Experiment with different types of tea in Munnar, Kerala
Kerala is one of the safest tourist destinations for women, and it has a wide variety of travel destinations, ranging from rich cultural hotspots to incredibly beautiful green scenic spots. A trip to Munnar, a pleasant hill station famous for its tea gardens, is a must when you visit God’s Own Country. And what better way to relax than on a leisurely cruise down tranquil backwaters on a traditional houseboat. A houseboat cruise in Alleppey is a truly special experience, with no equal anywhere in India.
Connectivity: Cochin International Airport is the closest for both Munnar and Alleppey; well-connected by road to the city; major express trains also connect Cochin to the rest of India, through two major railway stations at Ernakulam.
Places of Interest: Tea gardens, waterfalls and Eravikulam National Park in Munnar; houseboat tours, beaches and temples in Aleppey.
Ideal Time to Visit: The winters in Kerala (December to February) are the best time to avoid the tropical heat and enjoy a very pleasant and mild climate.
3. Udaipur And Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Get stunned by the Lake City, Udaipur. Explore palaces, forts and more!
A holiday in the desert should definitely be on the bucket list of anybody interested in travelling. And where better to take up such an adventure that in the glorious royal environs of Rajasthan! Jaisalmer offers large expanses of golden dunes in the Thar Desert, where you can enjoy camel safaris and explore the massive fort ruins. Udaipur on the other hand is a refreshing retreat, situated among a maze of interconnected lakes. Walk amongst the great palaces, while looking out at the serene lake waters – a truly sublime experience. The locals here are incredibly friendly and accommodating, making Rajasthan a very safe tourist destination for women.
Connectivity: Both Jaisalmer and Udaipur have domestic airports with regular connecting flights; all cities are well-connected to the rest of India by rail and state/national highways.
Places of Interest: City Palace and Lake Pichola in Udaipur; Desert Camel Safari, Jaisalmer Fort and Jain Temples in Jaisalmer
Ideal Time to Visit: The winters (October-March) are the best time to visit the desert, as the temperatures tend to be much milder. The monsoons (July-September) are also great as the rains transform the arid desert landscape.
4. Madurai/Kanyakumari/Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
Meenakshi hindu temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India.
Tamil Nadu is a vibrant state with a history and culture that is thousands of years old. To truly understand the depth and breadth of Hinduism in India, a visit to the great temple cities of Tamil Nadu is essential. Madurai is the pre-eminent destination for this, as it’s a great spiritual city and popular pilgrimage destination. Kanyakumari and Rameswaram are also must visit destinations at the very tip of the Indian subcontinent, famed for their ancient temples and scenic beauty.
Connectivity: Madurai has its own airport which has regular connecting flights to Indian cities. Kanyakumari and Rameswaram are closer to Trivandrum Airport, and well connected by both road and rail to the rest of Tamil Nadu.
Places of Interest: Sri Meenakshi Temple (Madurai); Vivekananda Memorial Rock and beach (Kanyakumari); Ramanathaswamy Temple and Dhanushkodi Beach (Rameswaram).
Ideal Time to Visit: November to February is the ideal time to visit Tamil Nadu as the humidity and temperature levels are lower and the weather becomes quite cool and pleasant.
5. Rishikesh and Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Shiva statue in the river Ganga in Rishikesh, India
The higher altitude destinations in the Himalayas may be more suited for the younger crowd, but the Himalayan foothills in Uttarakhand are easily accessible and safe for senior ladies to visit. They offer the perfect mix of natural beauty and spirituality, with many renowned temples, ashrams and pilgrimage spots dotting the landscape. It is known as the Yoga Capital of the world. A visit to the shores of the wildly gushing Ganga in Rishikesh is an unforgettable experience. Haridwar is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage destinations, literally meaning the “Gateway to God”. Located on the banks of the sacred Ganga, it attracts millions of Hindu pilgrims every year.
Connectivity: Dehradun is the nearest airport to both Rishikesh and Haridwar; well-connected by road and rail to rest of North India, especially Delhi and UP.
Places of Interest: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Laxman Jhulas (Rishikesh); Ganga Arti, Har Ki Pauri and temples (in Haridwar)
Ideal Time to Visit: January-March and August October are ideal times to visit these places. June is the peak season for pilgrimage.