No gift or no amount of flowers can match the kind of memories a trip can leave you with. And your mother deserves the best of everything in this world, isn’t it? We’re sure a day is not enough to celebrate our incredible superwomen – our mothers, but at least we can make one day memorable for her this Mother’s Day.
If you’re planning to buy impersonal greeting cards or clichéd gifts, stop right there! Your Wonder Woman deserves a lot more so surprise her by jetting off to a destination with her that ensures loads of fun, pampering, exploring, and happiness.
Read on to know our list of thoughtful destinations for every kind of mom. We’re sure she’ll remember this gift for a lifetime.
Leh, Ladakh – For the Nature-Loving Mother
Leh Ladakh is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers, with unspoilt mountains, lakes and monasteries drawing in tourists from around the world. Its unique location between the West Asian countries and China means you can witness rich heritage and diversity in this region. Adrenaline-loving moms can participate in activities like mountaineering, river rafting, mountain biking, paragliding, or skiing. Others can simply sit back, relax, and even meditate in the peaceful surroundings of Leh Ladakh.
You can visit the historic Leh Palace, the serene Pangong Tso, and the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. There are over 100 monasteries in the region, the most prominent ones being Hemis, Thiksey, and Diskit.
How to Reach: The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport of Leh is the main airport serving the region. It is connected by regular flights to all the major cities in India through New Delhi by Air India and GoAir.
Seoul – For the Mom who loves shopping
From luxury brands to street fashion, from high-tech gadgets to traditional crafts, the bustling city of Seoul offers a range of shopping areas, each with its own distinctive character and charm. Whether you are looking for designer goods, trendy clothes, cosmetics, souvenirs, or antiques, you will find something to suit your taste and budget in Seoul.
One of the popular places for shopping in Seoul is Myeongdong, a major tourist hotspot that is famous for its abundance of makeup stores, including Innisfree, Nature Republic, and Too Cool for School. Another place to visit is Garosugil, a chic street in the upscale Gangnam district lined with ginko trees and stylish boutiques where you can browse the racks of both domestic and international designers.
Where to Stay: Signiel Seoul, RYSE Hotel, and LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong are some of the most spectacular hotels in Seoul. For a more authentically Korean stay experience, check out Rakkojae Seoul or NagNe House Boutique Hanok.
How to Reach: You can fly to Incheon International Airport, located on Yeongjong Island in the neighboring city of Incheon, about 50 km from Seoul. The airport is connected to Seoul by a train service called AREX (Airport Railroad Express), which takes about 45 minutes to reach Seoul Station. You can also take a taxi, a bus or a shuttle service from the airport to various destinations in Seoul.
Jaipur, Rajasthan – For the History Buff Mum
The city of Jaipur is a living testimony of the royal legacy and architectural splendor of the Rajput kings who ruled the region for centuries. Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Jal Mahal are some of the key historic places of interest. Take a hot air balloon ride over Jaipur and witness the beauty of the city from high above.
Jaipur is not only a city of monuments, but also a city of festivals, arts, crafts, and cuisine. The city celebrates many festivals throughout the year, such as Teej, Gangaur, Kite Festival, Elephant Festival, and Jaipur Literature Festival.
How to Reach: Jaipur International Airport (JAI) is well connected to major cities in India and abroad by various airlines. You can find direct flights to Jaipur from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, as well as Kuala Lumpur, Sharjah, Dubai, etc.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – For the religious & thrill-seeker Mom
Varanasi is one of the oldest and most sacred cities in India, revered by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. Situated on the banks of the holy Ganga river, it is also known as the City of Temples, as it boasts of hundreds of ancient and magnificent shrines dedicated to various deities. Some of the most famous temples are Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, New Vishwanath Temple and Durga Temple. Don’t miss out on the Ganga Aarti on Dashaswamedh Ghaat.
Varanasi is not only a place of worship, but also a place of learning and culture. Varanasi is a city that offers a unique and unforgettable experience to its visitors, who can immerse themselves in its spiritual and historical charm.
How To Reach: Varanasi’s international airport, Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, has daily flights to Mumbai, Delhi and some other cities.
Goa – For the beach lover Mummy
If you want to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and tranquility, Goa boasts many secluded and serene beaches that are perfect for a relaxed holiday. Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and rich history, Goa has something for everyone, whether you are looking for adventure, romance, or rest.
Visit Agonda, Palolem, or Cola beach in South Goa to relax in the soft sands, swim in the clear water, and watch the sunset over the Arabian Sea. Try water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, and kite surfing at some of the popular beaches like Baga, Calangute, and Anjuna.
How to Reach: You can fly to Goa Airport (GOI) or Goa Mopa Airport (GOX) with airlines like Spicejet, IndiGo, Go First or AirAsia India.
Turkey – For the Street-food-loving Mommy
Turkey is a country with a rich and diverse culinary heritage that reflects its multicultural influences from Central Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. One of the best ways to experience the authentic flavors of Turkish cuisine is to sample its street food, which is cheap, delicious, and widely available. Whether you are looking for a quick breakfast, a satisfying snack, or a late-night treat, you will find something to suit your taste buds on the streets of Turkey.
Some of the most famous street foods in Turkey are Balık Ekmek, Simit, Kumpir, Midye Dolma, and Dürüm. Kadikoy Waterfront, Emaar Square Mall, Galata Bridge, and Istiklal Street are some of the best spots for street food in Istanbul.
How to Reach: Flights are easily available to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Ankara Airport (ESB) with airlines like Turkish Airlines, Air India, Air Arabia, Ukraine International Airlines, Oman Air, Kuwait Airlines and EgyptAir. You may have to take connecting flights via Mumbai, Delhi or other cities.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur – For a bon-vivant Mom
A staycation at the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel is a perfect way to pamper your mom this Mother’s Day. This 5-star hotel is located on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by lush gardens and courtyards offers elegant rooms and suites with private pools and terraces, decorated with traditional Rajasthani art and furnishings. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the lake, the City Palace, and the Aravalli hills from their windows and balconies.
Indulge in a pampering session with your mum at the spa, which offers Ayurvedic treatments, massages and beauty therapies. Relax at the outdoor pool and its sunken bar and hot tub, or get active with the hotel’s yoga and meditation sessions, cooking classes, cultural shows, boat rides and sightseeing tours.
Where to Stay: Book yourself the Kohinoor Suite with the private pool and get a taste of luxury at its finest.
How to Reach: Fly to Udaipur Airport (UDR) with airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet or Air India. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle service to the hotel, which is about 27 km away and takes about 45 minutes.