Skip the traditional Father's Day present and treat your father to a travel vacation based on his interests this year. This mini-vacation can be kept simple or entirely customised with activities of his choice. Here are our suggestions for seven landscapes and activities where he can spend quality time engaging in activities that he loves doing.
For The Love Of Hills And History
WelcomeHeritage Elysium provides an entirely new perspective on Shimla's iconic hill station. Whereas the hill station is famed for its colonial architecture and influences, Elysium reimagines the Shimla experience through modern and contemporary amenities. A stay at Elysium resort provides a 360o panoramic view of Shimla, the lush green valley, and the magnificent temples, providing a whole new approach to appreciating the area's magnificence.
Recommended Activities: In addition to the usual visits to the mall road and bazaar, join a guided tour to explore some charming temples and the British influences that remain in this former summer capital.
For History Enthusiasts Who Favour Tropical Locales
Brunton Boatyard reveals the unique history of Fort Kochi which is a combination of cultures, from the Arabs and east Asia to the Jews, Portuguese, Gujaratis, Dutch, British Raj, and many others. It has always been wanted for trade, shelter, the native spices including the Black Gold, or simply as 'home' by many travellers. The hotel's history is influenced by the iconic Fort Kochi harbour, where it is conveniently placed. Whether it is the colonial architecture and local aesthetics, or the flavorful fusion of different cuisines that is a cultural tale in and of itself. Elegant and earthy sea-facing rooms and suites (even the windows adjacent to the beautiful bathtubs face the water) are furnished with all modern conveniences and reflect the city's strong local flavour. On could enjoy a scenic view of the ships and fishing boats pass by, Chinese nets in work, and dolphins playing in the waters from the comfort of your hotel.
Recommended Activities: Discover local flavours, visit the History and Armoury, take a complimentary guided walking tour, visit Mattancherry for the Palace and Synagogue and stroll through Jew town, and stop by the Pandal café at David Hall Gallery for more delicacies and a glimpse of the thriving local art culture.
For Leisurely, And Eco-Friendly Living
Spice Village in Thekkady is an eco-living experience - a re-imagined tribal village - located just a stone's throw away from Periyar National Park. Exuding the untamed spirit of pristine nature, the retreat embraces all things spicy, including insights into hyperlocal community and environment encounters. This house is ideal for accommodating multigenerational guests, including the elderly, due to its proximity to misty hills and woodland, mild temperature, and easy-to-navigate terrain. There are numerous experience alternatives available for individuals of all ages, interests, and fitness abilities. An appropriate son-father-grandfather vacation.
Recommended Activities: Introduction to spices with plantation visits, on-site interpretation centre, forest nature walk, Periyar forest reserve trip, rafting, camping, and excursions are suggested activities.
For The Jungle Adventures
Wayanad Wild is located near to the edge of a forest reserve with an ecology teeming with a variety of animals, birds, insects, and reptiles. Wayanad Wild has been intended to take you to a portion of the Nilgiris Biosphere (one of the few 'Hot Spot' biospheres) - an adventure that is sure to enchant you! Ideal for fathers and small children who can bond with the discovery of the region's unique animal life, including birds, arthropods, and amphibians. The thrilling night expedition to study the nocturnal forest life is not to be missed.
Recommended Activities: include bird watching, an evening with a naturalist, night expeditions, walks, treks, wilderness lectures, and interactions with nature.
For Unrivalled Wildlife & Safaris
This is for a father who appreciates an all-inclusive wildlife retreat with touches of luxury. The Samode Safari Lodge provides a luxurious wilderness and animal experience, surrounded by a level of elegance that is not typical for an Indian safari lodge. Ambience, vibe, and hospitality are unique and the decor and architecture are influenced by the neighbouring hamlet to effortlessly integrate the neighbouring village. However, the wildlife experience is highly regarded here. The lodge employs some of the most skilled and enthusiastic naturalists and trackers, who join you on jeep safaris, walks, and birding excursions and regale you with conservation success stories, folklore, and forest insights.
Recommended Activities: Safari drives and conversations with naturalists are recommended for a dose of forest tales and thrills.
For The Foodie
Jehan Numa Retreat offers a brief getaway to surprise your father to a two-day festival of native Bhopali food. At the edge of VanVihar Park, the 12.5-acre luxury retreat with its earthy cottage and thick flora conceals a legendary gastronomic experience: 'Under the Jamun Tree' serves signature dishes from the kitchens of the Bhopal royal family. Inspired by the slow food movement, "The Green House Bistro" is a restaurant with a farm-to-table concept where you can pick your own veggies and ask the chef to prepare them! The retreat can also provide you with access to 'The General's Table,' a pre-reserved private dining experience at the Jehan Numa Palace featuring a seven-course meal curated from General Obaidullah's celebratory menu. And if all of this isn't enough to entice you, there's also the Bhopali street cuisine to try!
Recommended Activities: Gastronomic experiences of The General's Table and Bhopali food at Under the Jamun Tree; a dinner at the contemporary 'The GreenHouse Bistro,' if time permits, a glimpse into Bhopal's past at Jehan Numa Museum at the Palace or a guided city stroll that begins at the Palace Gates.
For The Love Of Culture
Mantra Koodam, located in Kumbakonam, in the Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, will transport you to the old Chola motherland. Mantra Koodam is an authentic recreation of a tranquil typical village found in the region. It is inspired by the Tamzih culture and provides an immersive opportunity to celebrate Tanjore's enduring legacy of arts, crafts, architecture, music, philosophy, astronomy, religious and predictive sciences. Chola temples and monuments that are UNESCO world heritage sites, valuable bronze sculptures and castings, and the interesting naadi shastra can all be examined. The resort's traditional architecture with temple-like shrines, ponds, courtyards, coconut palms, and winding Agramahan alleyways serves as an introduction to this ancient civilization. The unusual Chola food prepared by the people is a hallmark of this area. In the CGH tradition of understated elegance, Mantra Koodam offers the ideal combination of authentic Tanjavur cultural experiences, nostalgia and pride in our country's historical heritage and all modern luxuries for an unforgettable father’s day vacation.
Recommended Activities: Visit captivating local marketplaces, kalamkari communities, and Kanchipuram silk weavers, discover UNESCO-protected temples and monuments, and join up for bullock cart excursions through local villages.
Also Read: We’ve Put Together A List Of Thoughtful Summer Gifting Ideas For Everyone