Best Vacation Spots for Senior Citizens in India

Age shouldn’t limit your life; instead, it should expand it. Whether you want to enjoy the thrilling outdoors or enjoy a leisurely stay, there are ample places to travel in India for the elderly and that too at discounted rates.

But, as the dialogue from Yeh Jawani Hai Dewaani says –“ Kahin pe pahunchne ke liye, kahin se nikalna bahut zaroori hota hai”

So, pack your bags and plan your trips to these amazing destinations!

PLAN THE BEST TRIPS FOR SENIOR CITIZEN WITH SPECIAL TRAVEL DISCOUNTS

Before you figure out trips for Indian senior citizens, it is better to understand the travel benefits that come with holding a senior citizen card!

Air Travel – Indian senior citizens above 60 years, are eligible for a 50% discount on economy fare for domestic travel at Air India.

Rail Travel – Men above 60 years of age and women over 58 years are eligible for a 40% and 50% discount, respectively. These discounts can be availed at all classes of Mail/Express/Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi/ Duranto trains.

Road Travel – Selected municipal corporations and the state government-run buses provide concession on bus fare to senior citizens. Moreover, they even reserve seats for them.

REINVENT YOUR ROMANCE IN GOA

How about falling in love all over again with the person who stood by you in every moment of your life? Just imagine, taking a romantic stroll on the pristine beaches of Goa, under the sky full of stars!

Wouldn’t it just be mesmerizing?

You’ll definitely feel relaxed amidst the scenic ambiance of the coasts, beaches, and abundant greens. Don’t forget to delve into the delicious Goan cuisine – the fresh seafood and the local fanny – with your best friends or your better halves.

Who knows, the famous dialogue of Dil Chahta Hai, “Hum Logon ko har saal ek na ek baar Goa zarur aana chahiye” might become your travel mantra?

BEST TIME TO VISIT

November to February

HOW CAN YOU REACH GOA?

Airways – Dabolim Airport – 27 km south of Panjim

Railways – Major railheads in Goa are Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama

Road – Take buses that go to Kadamba bus stand in Panaji.

TOP ATTRACTIONS

  • Deltin Royale Casino
  • Chapora Fort
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Pandava Caves and Arvalem Waterfall
  • Palolem Beach
  • Goa Carnival
  • Vagator Beach

BE AT NATURE’S LAP AT JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK, UTTARAKHAND

A wildlife safari amid 400 species of flora and 550 species of fauna will certainly remind you of The Jungle Book. And, if you get lucky while exploring the animal kingdom, you can spot your Sher Khan – The Royal Bengal Tiger in all its royalty. You’ll be surprised how easily you get in sync with Mother Nature.

And, as Baloo says in the Jungle Book, “Look for the bare necessities. The simple bare necessities. Forget about your worries and your strife” – You will undoubtedly find the much-needed solace while enjoying your stay at a comfy high-end resort or a forest house that you must book while planning your senior citizen trip.

Just make sure you carry binoculars to get a better view of the opulent wildlife!

BEST TIME TO VISIT

November to June

HOW CAN YOU REACH JIM CORBETT?

  • Railways – The nearest railway station is Ramnagar – 15 kms from Jim Corbett National Park.
  • Airways – The nearest airport is Dehradun,156 km from the Jim Corbett National Park.
  • Road – Well connected by roads, especially with Delhi, Nainital, Lucknow, Moradabad, and Bareilly.

TOP ATTRACTIONS

  • Jeep Safari
  • Elephant Safari
  • Camping and Fishing
  • Corbett Waterfall
  • Bird Watching
  • Garjia Temple

SPEND QUAINT AND QUALITY TIME AT COONOOR, TAMIL NADU

The serene panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls, Coonoor is perfect for a getaway. Book a stay in a cottage in the tea estate and relive the beautiful moments of your life while creating new ones. Its rich greenery, manicured foothills nestled in the Colonial culture and amazing sceneries, will leave you inspired to view the second innings of your life with a different perspective.

HOW CAN YOU REACH COONOOR?

Railways – The nearest railway station is Mettupalayam- 45 km from Coonoor and Coimbatore – 75 kms. The toy train in Ooty is also a great option.

Airways – The nearest airport is Coimbatore – 45 km from Coonoor

Road – Excellent connectivity with all five southern state capitals

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit is October to March (the winter season).

TOP ATTRACTIONS

  • Catherine Falls
  • Sim’s Park
  • Droog Fort
  • Heritage Train
  • St. George’s Church
  • Law’s Falls
  • Dolphin’s Nose
  • Lady Canning’s Seat
  • Highfield Tea Factory
  • Lamb’s Rock
  • Ketti and Hidden Valley
  • The Taj Garden Retreat
  • Ayurveda Retreat
  • Kattery Park
  • Wellington Golf Course – Oldest Golf Course

RELISH A ROYAL HOSPITALITY AT JAIPUR

Experience the rich cultural heritage of the royal era at Jaipur with numerous Havelis and forts that let you time travel to the bygone age of opulence. You’ll also get an opportunity to walk on the sets of popular Bollywood movies like Mughal – e – Azam, Lamhe, Jodha Akbar, Baji Rao Mastani, Zubeidaa, and Rang De Basanti which were shot at the pink city of India, Jaipur. No wonder it is regarded as one of the best vacation spots for senior citizen in India.

Here is a bonus tip – sweep your partner off her feet with a dialogue from Mughal-e-Azam, “Taqdeerein badal jaati hai, zamana badal jaata hai, mulkon ki tarikh badal jaati hai, Shahenshah badal jaate hai ... magar is badalti hui duniya mein mohabbat jis insaan ka daaman thaam leti hai ... woh insaan nahi badalta.”

If you catch her blushing and smiling, do thank us later!

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The winter season from October to February

HOW CAN YOU REACH JAIPUR?

Airways – Sanganer Airport is 10 Km away from the main city.

Railways – There are three railway junctions – Gandhinagar Railway Junction, Durgapura, and Jaipur main

Road – Jaipur is connected with NH8, NH11, and NH12

TOP ATTRACTIONS

  • Galtaji
  • City Palace
  • Amber Fort
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal
  • Jantar Mantar Observatory
  • Albert Hall Museum

All the above-mentioned places are the best vacation spots for senior citizens in India and are well-connected, safe, and provide all modern amenities to enjoy a comfortable stay. And, some minor discomforts on the way isn’t a cause of concern because it often translates into stories we love to tell.

So, get going because “Babumoshay.... zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi”- Anand