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Where To Travel In India If You Are A Senior Citizen

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Times are changing and senior citizens are fast becoming the new globetrotters. Read on for where to go and what to do when you travel in India.

Senior Citizen? Explore India and its corners.

Senior Citizen? Explore India and its corners.

When you think about it, it makes complete sense–you’re retired, your children are independent, and you have a lot of leisure time on your hand. You might even have a pension or investments that are now paying off. A lot of senior citizens choose to spend this time by travelling to new destinations and exploring new cultures. Plus, the Indian government has made travel easier for senior citizens by offering various benefits, such as senior citizens concessions on economy class air tickets and flat 30% off on train fares.

Some of the places that serve as the best destinations for senior citizens include:

Goa For Senior Citizens

The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa

Go back in time and explore the charming Basilica of Bom Jesus church in Old Goa

Goa has been awarded the Traveller’s Choice Award in 2017 and with good reason. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, this beach lover’s paradise is the ideal destination when all you want to do is sit back and relax. Senior citizens can visit one of the several gorgeous beaches here and spend hours on end, enjoying delicious cuisine and pints of beer (or fresh fruit juices). Architecture lovers should head to Old Goa to marvel at the baroque architecture of the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hire a private car and roam around Goa in comfort!

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Location: In the coastal region in Western India bordered by Maharashtra in the north
How to Reach: You can reach Goa via the Goa International Airport, the South Western Railway Line, the Konkan Railway, or the National Highways
Official Language: Konkani
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Tropical monsoon climate
Food & Drink: Goa is known for its fresh seafood. Fish recheado, chicken cafreal, rava fried fish, pork sorpotel, and chicken xacuti are some of the most popular dishes in Goa.

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Amritsar For Senior Citizens

soak in the beautiful sunrise and seek blessings at the Golden Temple

Soak in the beautiful sunrise and seek blessings at the Golden Temple, Amritsar

Amritsar is the spiritual capital of the Sikhs because of the beautiful Golden Temple here. Visit this temple after dark to see the illuminated golden dome and the beautifully lit up premises. Open for approximately 20 hours a day, eating the free meal served here (langar) is a must. History lovers must visit the site of the horrifying Jalianwala Bagh massacre and the Wagah border ceremony. Since most of these attractions are located close to each other, senior citizens will not need to walk much.

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Location: A city in the north-western state of Punjab
How to Reach: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport is the main airport of Amritsar. Amritsar is well-connected to the other Indian cities by roadways as well as railways.
Official Language: Punjabi
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Semiarid climate
Food & Drink: Sarson ka saag, Amritsari kulcha, lassi, tandoori murg, and Guru ka langar are some of the dishes that you must try in Amritsar.

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Kerala For Senior Citizens

The backwaters of Kerala, are sure to mesmeriser you and make you visit the 'God's Own Country' again and again

The backwaters of Kerala, are sure to mesmerise you and make you visit the ‘God’s Own Country’ again and again

Dubbed as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala has a number of things on offer for senior citizens – right from the scenic backwaters to the world famous Ayurveda treatments. Go on a backwaters cruise and enjoy breath-taking views of sunsets, or choose to go on a moonlight cruise at night. Get rid of all your body aches by pampering yourself with one of the well-known Ayurveda massages in Kerala.

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Location: South Indian state bordered by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and the Lakshadweep Sea
How to Reach: Well-connected to the major Indian cities by three airports, roadways, and railways.
Official Language: Malayalam
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Maritime tropical climate
Food & Drink: Some of the most famous dishes of Kerala include mussels stir fry, pumpkin and lentil stew, spicy chicken fry, dosa ghee roast.

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Rajasthan For Senior Citizens

Visit the time-honoured Amber Fort which is soaked in royalty on you visit to Jaipur

Visit the time-honoured Amber Fort which is soaked in royalty on your visit to Jaipur

Stunning desert landscape, spectacular palaces, larger than life forts, legends of romance and bravery–Rajasthan is a destination that offers all this and more. The state has ensured that most of the attractions here can be accessed by senior citizens. For example, instead of climbing the hill to Amber Fort in Jaipur, senior citizens can take an elephant ride and enjoy a royal experience.

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Location: Largest state of India, sharing its border with Pakistan
How to Reach: Rajasthan is home to three airports – Jodhpur Airport, Jaipur International Airport, and Udaipur Airport. Several major cities in India like Delhi, Indore, and Ahmedabad are connected to Rajasthan by roadways and railways.
Official Language: Rajasthani, Hindi, and English
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Tropical desert climate
Food & Drink: Rajasthani kadi, gatte ki khichdi, dal baati churma and badam ka halwa are some of the must-try dishes in Rajasthan.

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Rishikesh For Senior Citizens

On your visit to Rishikesh, don't miss out on visiting the iconic Lakshman Jhula

On your visit to Rishikesh, don’t miss out on visiting the iconic Lakshman Jhula

When you want to go on a spiritual journey, there is no better destination than Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. This spiritual and cultural mecca is also known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and is the best place for senior citizens to meditate and learn yoga. If you want to try your hand at adventure sports like beach camping, river rafting, and bungee jumping, this is the place to be. Get in touch with your spiritual side in the that the Beatles meditated in!

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Location: At the foothills of Himalayas in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand
How to Reach: Rishikesh railway station connects this city to all the other major cities in India. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is located 35km from Rishikesh.
Official Language: Hindi and Sanskrit
Currency: INR (Indian Rupees)
Time Zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Climate: Humid subtropical climate
Food & Drink: Some of the dishes that should be tried in Rishikesh are banana curry, dal makhni, and moong dal pancakes.

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  1. Alaknanda Shankar
    July 30, 12:56 Alaknanda Shankar

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    August 19, 13:20 Gopal

    I have travelled with you a few times earlier
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    May 10, 12:25 Arunapriya

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