Top 5 Kids-Friendly Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand

Looking for  5 Kids-Friendly Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand ? with your family or children. Uttarakhand offers you some of the best opportunities to encourage your kids to be permanent adventure lovers.  There’s no better place other than Uttarakhand’s  Himalayas. Here, we write you some recommendations for your family and kids ” To-Do activities and some destination to go with your kids in Uttarakhand.

Take your kids to the national parks beyond the Jim Corbett, stay in a Himalayans-styled village homestay, or go for Daak Ghar on your next family trip to Uttarakhand with kids.

1. Choose Daak Ghar (Forest Post-Office Bungalows) 

You choose to stay at offbeat Resorts in Uttarakhand or Daak Ghars in Uttarakhand.  This is the colonial concept of accommodation still functioning in this state.  It is a unique way to familiarize your children or kids with the history & culture. You also find great ways to enjoy forest healing —A Japanese Technique of being with nature by soaking forest energy using all our senses.

During the colonial period in Uttarakhand between the 1800s to 1900s, the British government built hundreds of graceful post-office bungalows. All the bungalows are in the deep of the forests of Uttarakhand.

Where To Stay

  • The Dak Bungalow at Peora (Nainital district) (Contact 91-9719816154)
  • Kilbury Forest Rest House
  • Mahesh Khann forest rest house (To book, contact Divisional forest Office DF0, Nainital 05942-236718/469)
Nanda Devi Park
Nanda Devi Park

2.  Explore National Parks 

Uttarakhand Offbeat Places–  Apart from the oldest and most-visited Tiger Reserve  Jim Corbet National Park, Uttarakhand houses also 7 wildlife sanctuaries and 5 other national parks. Go to the low-altitude Rajaji National Park in Rishikesh or the high-altitude  Nanda Devi and Gangotri National Parks.

The Nanda Devi Biosphere and National Park lie at an elevation of 11,500ft from sea level. The Nanda Devi is bound to give your kids a bewitching experience with its biodiversity and natural settings. The Himalayans snow leopard and black bear live here. In addition, there are musk deer, langur, and other species of wildlife such as birds and plants.

Time of Opening

May –  October and the park are also home to Valley of Flowers.

The Rajaji National Park is perched along the bank of the Ganges on the foothills of the Himalayas.  The park sprawls in the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in Pauri Garhwal and Tehri Garhwal. The park is home to over 500 elephants, 250 panthers, and 30 tigers. During winter over 400 species of migrated birds are living here. Now, It is gaining fame as a birding ng destination for families. For example, Jhilmil Lake Zone, Beatles Ashram Zone, and Vidhyawasini Temple Zone.

The Gangotri National Park lies in Uttarkashi.  Gangotri is the home of the Gangotri glacier and the source of the River Ganga.  The park covers with dense forests and gorgeous clusters of rhododendrons. This is an unmissable experience for kids and families. The rare Himalayan blue sheep or ‘bharal’ is seen here only and many more.

3. Offbeat Homestays in Uttarakhand

I think the best way to introduce children to a true world beyond the bubble of our city-life existence, take them to the offbeat places in the Himalayas. Not only for educational vacation but it also helps to encourage to feel t the beauty of human & nature connection.

When you spend some time at Offbeat homestays in Uttarakhand with your kids. I am sure that they will feel more alive  & connected with the lives of locals. They do some activities like bee-keeping, cooking, and milking domestic cows, and spending days in the orchard fields.

Offbeat stays in Uttarakhand

  • Itmenaan Estate, Binsar (Contact: 9818705508)
  • Pahadi House, Kanatal (Contact:9528730156)
  • The Goat Village Kanatal (Contact:8476033336)

4. Camping  in the Forests

The camping brings great excitement for kids staying under the deep blue sky and sleeping under the night sky. There are plenty of child-friendly activities such as hiking trails, Night Hiking, Sky Gazing, and forest bathing. Uttarakhand is famous for forest hikes and glacier trails at various altitudes and grades of difficulties.  So it’s easy to choose one.

Options To Stay

  • Camp George Everest, Mussoorie (one-day trek)
  • Nag Tibba weekend trek (two days)
  • Deoban weekend trek (two days)
  • Dayara Bugyal (six days)

5. Do Skiing in Auli

The delightful ski-town is the most undervalue destination in Uttarakhand, especially for family & kids.  Auli has the best skiing slopes in Asia, sprawling 10km, and enthralling cable car (4km) runs between the rugged Himalayan range. The Auli is also famous for a ski resort and a high-altitude man-made lake in the world. You can choose a training program for 6 days or 14-day ski with kids.

Where To Stay

  •  GMVN Ski Resort, Auli
  • The Clifftop Club, Auli (Contact: 9818206625)

Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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