Nancy B. Varghese
In a not-so-shocking revelation by The Economist in October, Mumbai and Delhi were ranked the 16th and the 18th most unsafe cities in the world, from a total count of 60 cities in the world. With crimes against women, health problems, and infrastructure safety being the primary factors against which the safety of cities was measured, it was not a good day for our top metropolitan cities to be ranked this high on the list. So to feel a little better about ourselves, we decided to look at the cities in India that rank high on safety, according to the Crime In India statistics by the National Crime Record Bureau. Here are the places that we found, based on their ranking, as well as a popular opinion by people who have made the journey to the destination.
Why Kerala: To put it simply: because God intended it to be that way, of course! Stepping into God’s Own Country’ is not only therapeutic, but the warm hearts of the South Indian community is going to spoil you for all your family vacations yet to come!
Must visit spots: Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Pallivasal, Nyayamakad Waterfalls, Chithirapuram Tea Plantations
Where to stay: Queen of Munnar Hotel for Rs 1,867 per night
Why Himachal: Visiting the Queen of the Hills is never a bad idea when it comes to picking a destination for a family vacation. May it be river rafting in the Satluj, or learning about the British era on a tour of heritage buildings, there’s something enjoyable for every member of the family.
Must visit spots: Rashtrapati Niwas, The Army Heritage Museum, Christ Church, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Kufri Fun World
Where to stay: Hotel Gulmarg Regency for Rs 3,050 per night
Why Rajasthan: For the love of rich Indian culture, and lessons of history that can be enjoyed by young kids and adults alike. Rajasthan is also one of the states known for its impeccable hospitality and generosity of spirit - something that is going to give your memories a chance to look back at these family holidays, and cherish for years to come.
Must visit spots: Sisodiya Rani Bagh, Ram Niwas Garden, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort, Man Sagar Lake
Where to stay: The Orion for Rs 1,700 per night
Why Uttarakhand: Take a walk amongst the cold and snowy lanes, or gaze upon the twisted mass of ridges that are bordered by the Himalayas. The Nainital Lake, in particular, is a great hit with families that want to go boating and engage in fun activities together!
Must visit spots: Naini Peak, Nainital Lake, Snow View, Cave Garden, Jama Masjid Mosque, Mall Road, Hanuman Garhi
Where to stay: Cloud 7 for Rs 3,219 per night
Why Maharashtra: With 38 stunning designated viewpoints in Matheran, you can’t help but smile with glee as you spot monkeys running from tree to tree, some of them brave enough to walk right up to you, or even rent a little private cottage that can guarantee your family a quiet retreat in nature’s arms.
Must visit spots: Alexander Point, Louisa Point, Irshalgad, Prabal Fort, Pay Master Park, Dodhani Waterfall
Where to stay: Swagat Cottage for Rs 1,800 per night
Why Goa: Because beaches are amazing, no matter what age you are or who you’re going with - including family destinations! Paddling in the crystal blue waters, slipping your toes into the warm golden sand, partying in the little shacks by the beaches, or just lazing all day with nothing to do but spend some quality time with your loved ones - it’s all meant to happen in Goa!
Must visit spots: Arambol, Vagator Beach, Dona Paula, Ponda, Mapusa, Arpora, Colva
Where to stay: Hotel Campal for Rs 3,700 per night
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