Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it is that time when you want to gift your dad something really special (after all he is the most special man in your life!). So, ditch the cliché gifting ideas and take him on a surprise vacation! We are sure that it would make your Papa Dearest deliriously happy. As on your part, you would also get some time off from the normal life and get to reminisce those old childhood tales in the middle of great sceneries.
So, it doesn’t matter whether your daddy is a sports freak or a foodie, likes beaches or hills because we have just the right destinations handpicked for you and your dad. Take a look.
Angling has always been a popular hobby, especially of daddies! So, if your daddy really finds netting a fish exciting enough, take him to the Jia Bhoroli River in Assam.
The river originates in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh and flows through the beautiful Sonitpur district of Assam. The banks of Jia Bhoroli river is one of the most popular angling destinations of India. The river is teeming with fishes such as Golden Mahseer, Saal, Gorua, and Boka. While your dad gets engaged in fishing, you can enjoy the serene beauty around. And if you are lucky enough, you can even enroll your dad in an angling competition, that is organized by the state forestry department from time to time.
- Nearby Tourist Attractions: Tezpur, Nameri National Park
- Other Fishing Destinations: Pabbar Valley in Himachal Pradesh, Ramganga river near Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand.
For sports-loving golfer dad
Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
If your father is a die-hard golf fan, then a stress-free golfing holiday is the best gift you can give him this Father’s Day. Though there are many great golf courses in India, Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar would be the ideal destination to take your dad on a golf-cation.
This 18-hole championship golf course offers panoramic views of Dal Lake and the fir-covered peaks of the Zabarwan Hills. The view of the lake from the tee box will put your dad’s golfing attention to the test. Your dad can take a mid-game break at one of the tea shelters conveniently located along the course’s sidelines.
- Nearby Attractions: Mughal Gardens, Hazratbal Mosque, Shankaracharya Mandir, Nagin Lake, Jama Masjid, among others.
- Other Golfing Destinations: The Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata, West Bengal.
For beach bum dads
Varkala Beach, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
When was the last time you saw your dad doing nothing? They are always tangled between their responsibilities and hardly have some time for themselves. So, what about taking him on a nothing-to-do vacation?
Just let him lay idle on the beach, soaking the positivity of the sun, feeling the mild sea breeze, listening to the waves, and just daydreaming. Your dad will cherish these moments of idleness. Sounds a great idea? Then head for the Varkala Beach, which has been rated as one of the top ten seasonal beaches in the world by Discovery Channel. The beach is surrounded by stunning landscapes, brown sand and clear blue waters. If your dad is spiritual in nature, he would definitely like a bath at this beach. For a dip in the Varkala Beach, also called Papanasam Beach, is supposed to wash away all sins!
- Nearby Attractions: Sivagiri tunnel, Anhinga fort & lighthouse, Janardhana Swami Temple
- Other relaxing beach destinations: Bekal Beach in Kasaragod, Kerala.
For shutterbug dads
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling, West Bengal
How many times have you seen your dad take up the mantle of being the official photographer for all those family trips you took while growing up! There is a photography lover hidden somewhere within every dad. So, it would be great to gift him a vacation to one of the most beautiful rides of his life, filled with plenty of memorable photography scopes.
The slow moving toy train from New Jalpaiguri station moves through a zig-zag route passing by small villages and scenic locations to get you to Darjeeling. You would cross by the rich vegetation zones, small local huts, majestic mountain views at Batasia Loop and Ghum. And you would find your dad not being able to stop clicking! Even when this joy ride ends, there is plenty to click at Darjeeling too.
- Nearby Attractions: Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda, Mirik, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, among others.
- Other Photographing Rides: Kalka–Shimla railway route, Nilgiri Mountain Railway
For adrenaline junkie dads
Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
With plenty of scopes for underwater diving, Havelock Island is the go-to destination for your adventure loving dad. The island would welcome you and your dad with a wide array of exciting adventure opportunities. A dive into the azure waters around the island brings you face to face with clouds of fishes.
Apart from this, your dad can also view the remains of sunken ships. If your dad is not satiated yet, take him for scuba diving or snorkelling! It will surely give once in a lifetime experience to your daddy.
- Nearby Attractions: Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Kalapathar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach
- Other Underwater diving destinations: Agatti Islands in Lakshadweep, Uma Guva Reef in Goa, The Netrani or Pigeon Island in Karnataka.
For Chef Dads
Harita Farm’s Pimenta Spice Garden Bungalow, Kochi, Kerala
Who is the check-in cook in your family? Who takes over the kitchen on odd days to prepare some delicious food items? Well, it is your dad. While your mother might be in-charge of daily meals, your dad takes center stage when something special is cooked. So, why not take him on a cookery holiday!
Harita Farm’s Pimenta Spice Garden Bungalow in Kochi is the best place if you are planning such a vacation. Their cooking lessons range from 2 to 10 days, and you can choose one depending on your tenure of stay. Your father would love his time learning and using various Indian spices and herbs to prepare some mouthwatering dishes. And, the best part is he carries this learning back home, and you know what that means!
- Nearby Attractions: Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, Cherai Beach, Folklore Museum, among others.
- Other Cookery Holiday Destinations: Rita’s Gourmet in Mormugao, Goa
Well, a very Happy Father’s Day to the lovely fathers out there.