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Precautions to take, things to do – Leh Ladakh travel guide! | Day 8

So, here the beautiful journey of Leh-Ladakh trip comes to an end after completing 7 nights 8 days journey. My sister and her husband left for Mumbai the very next day but few couples who took night stay at Pangong Lake came the next day back to Leh. After reaching Leh, they took rest in the afternoon and then went to the market in the evening for shopping. The very next day they took flight with beautiful memories back to their destinations. Today, along with the experience, I am sharing a complete Leh Ladakh travel guide and itinerary.

I shared the entire journey and the beautiful experience of Leh-Ladakh trip with you all as guided and discussed by my sister. I hope you all liked it. After reading my blogs on Leh-Ladakh trip, I am sure many of you might plan their very next trip to Leh-Ladakh. No doubt, you should definitely plan and should visit, but should go with all the necessary things and complete precautions.

traveling in Leh LadakhBelow is the list of things and precautions you should take care of while traveling to Leh. Complete Leh Ladakh Travel Guide!

  1. You should plan a trip in such a way, that you should keep 1-1 day ideal at the beginning and end of the journey.
  2. Couples if having kids of age less than 5 years should not travel to this place.
  3. People above the age of 60-65 having medical problems should avoid visiting this place.
  4. People having health issues like asthma, severe sinus problem or any other big illness and severe breathing issues should also avoid going to this place.
  5. It is advised to carry enough warm and woolen clothes when you plan to visit Leh-Ladakh.
  6. It is one of the cleanest places of India, where littering at any place and also throwing garbage anywhere is a serious offense.
  7. If you are a pure vegetarian, then carrying enough food with you is necessary or either you can opt for tours who provides pure vegetarian food like Heena Tours.
  8. Even after reaching Leh-Ladakh, if you face any health issues you must discuss it with your tour guide.
  9. It is the best place to visit for youngsters.
  10. If you are nature and adventure lover then you must visit Leh-Ladakh at least once.
  11. Many youngsters also opt for a bike tour to travel and visit entire Leh-Ladakh.

Leh Ladakh Travel GuideSo, after the complete Leh Ladakh travel guide. Here I am sharing the Itinerary of Heena tours for Leh-Ladakh trip.

My sister after returning from Leh-Ladakh trip also discussed some feelings of her regarding what she liked the most about this trip. She said the most she loved the helpfulness and friendliness of the people staying there, they were always ready to reply whenever you ask them about anything regarding that place. The changing weather of this place is another thing she liked the most, during the morning it was mild cold while in the afternoon it was normal temperature and during evening time, the place used to turn in heaven.

Then were the different Monasteries, it’s peaceful and the architecture she liked very much. The places like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake were the best places among everything and she wished to visit at least once again to this place whenever destiny gives her another chance to visit Leh-Ladakh. Overall she was just amazed by the entire Leh-Ladakh trip and had beautiful and memorable memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Read Day 1 of our traveling in Leh Ladakh 

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Do not miss the fun Day 3 Leh Ladakh post!

And, here’s Day 4 in Leh Ladakh

We had a blast on Day 5 in Leh Ladakh

Day 6 Leh Ladakh Diaries

Witness the beautiful Pangong Lake on Day 7

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Witnessing the beauty of Pangong Lake – Day 7!

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 7

After a tiring and long journey of Day 6, they left for visiting Pangong Lake. Pangong Lake is said to be the best place of the entire Leh-Ladakh trip. Most of the tourist visit Leh-Ladakh to see this beautiful place. Pangong Lake gained popularity amongst the Indian as well as International tourists after the release of Aamir Khan’s movie 3 Idiots. At this place, the climax scene of the movie was shoot, which was liked by almost all the people who saw the movie, 3 Idiots. After which, it becomes a famous hot-spot for many other movies too.

The sparkling and mind-blowing Pangong Lake is situated in the Himalayan region of Leh-Ladakh at the height of approximate 4350 meters. This beautiful Lake is 12 km long and extends from India to Tibet, among which 2/3 lies in the Tibet region. Since this Lake connects India and China, a lot of security is maintained there. No water sports and no swimming are allowed in this Lake. It is a salty water Lake. The temperature of this place ranges from 5’C to 10’C because of which this Lake freezes completely during the winter season.  One of the unique features of this Lake is its color, which never remains the same and changes from light blue to green and even grey too.

It is a breath-taking 5-6 hour journey to reach Pangong from Leh. My sister and her friends left from Leh around 8:30 in the morning after having breakfast and they reached at the Pangong Lake spot around 2 P.M. While on the way to Pangong, their tour guide suggested them to visit Lake first and then have Lunch and take rest. On the way to Pangong lies the tourist spot Changla Pass, it is another highest point to see and click photographs. There are several modes of transport through which you can reach Pangong Lake but you should make sure whichever vehicle you hire, it should have enough fuel in it and should be completely fine since there are no Petrol Pumps on the way to Pangong.

Pangong LakeAfter reaching Pangong Lake, all the couples enjoyed the beautiful view of crystal waters and gentle hills. They clicked many Photographs since Pangong Lake is said to one of the best Photogenic places. The mesmerizing and the real beauty of the Pangong Lake makes it a favourite destination for film directors for shooting and filming. Many films like Dil Se, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, 3 Idiots, Waqt, Tashan, Heroes etc. have been shot at this place. There are few eatery stalls at this place, where you can enjoy having Maggi and some snacks with hot Tea and Coffee but they took their own snacks at the Lake. One can also find the famous 3 Idiots climax scene scooty model which actress Kareena Kapoor Khan drives in the movie for clicking photographs in the same pose. You will also find the local animal Yak ride there.

The best time to visit this place is during summer Season because during winters the Lake freezes to an absolute turquoise on which one can even walk and the temperature drops to a minimum of – 14’C. And during summer the weather is completely different with open and fresh air with normal temperature and you can also witness migrating birds and other flora fauna.

Many leave on the same day back to Leh, while some opt for a night stay at this place. If you are opting for a night stay, then tents are the only options for stay. The tents there are quite clean, comfortable and cozy. My sister and few couples left on the same day while few couples took the option of night stay to enjoy the beautiful view of the sky at night and also sunrise of Pangong Lake.

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Do not miss the fun Day 3 Leh Ladakh post!

And, here’s Day 4 in Leh Ladakh

We had a blast on Day 5 in Leh Ladakh

Day 6 Leh Ladakh Diaries

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New Adventures on Day 6 – Leh Ladakh Dairies!

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 6

For the day-6 journey, there were another few places of Leh Ladakh to visit, the most important one was the Alchi and Lamayuru Monastery. There was also an option of river rafting but for only those who drop the option of visiting Lamayuru Monastery, since the Lamayuru Monastery was far and also it was not possible to visit all the places and return back on the same day. Since my sister and her husband and few other couples who never did river rafting opted for it. So, the two buses took two different routes, all the places were almost the same except the Lamayuru Monastery and river rafting.  After having breakfast they left from hotel and first visited Shri Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. It was a very beautiful and peaceful place situated on Leh-Srinagar road and was created in the memory of the founder and the first guru of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev ji. T was the first time my sister visited the Gurudwara, she finds it very holy and peaceful.

Leh LadakhEveryone was asked to place some dupatta or cloth on the head before entering the Gurudwara and should be wearing full clothes, no shorts and capris were allowed. The man sitting inside the Gurudwara narrated the entire history behind the ancient stone of Gurudwara and how and why the Gurudwara was built. The story was very inspiring. After that, on the way, they stopped to see the Magnetic Hill. It is basically a small stretch of road located about 30kms from Leh Ladakh towards Kargil, one can clearly see the road ahead going uphill. The tour guide with them explained the mysterious story of Magnetic Hill, he said if you turned off the engine of the vehicle and stand it in neutral, it will start moving because of the magnetic force of the hill pulling the vehicles towards them. And so, like every tourist even they tried doing this and find it true to some extent. While some people try this, some people just pass through this place unaware of the Magnetic hill.

Then they all went to experience the new and thrilling experience of River Rafting at6 zanskar River. It is said to one of the wonderful activity on the land of Ladakh. For the River Rafting, they all were taken to the place where they were given all the information about the River rafting and also its prices. Once they all were convinced, they were asked to change the clothes and footwear available for River Rafting. There were three options for River rafting, Rafting for about 25kms, 16kms or 6kms. They opted for the 16kms one and for kids 6kms. After wearing the rafting costumes, they all were dropped on the starting point of the rafting, there the rafting driver explained all the rules to follow while rafting.

Leh LadakhIn the beginning, many were scared and nervous but as the Rafting started, they all got busy enjoying the rafting experience with beautiful scenery. The rafting driver also dropped everyone sitting inside the boat purposely to experience how cold the water of the Zanskar river was. At the end point, they saw was the Sangam point. It was a beautiful view, where you see two different rivers flowing in the same direction but not getting mixed i.e the crystal clear water of the Indus River and the muddy water of Zanskar River. After River rafting they all left for Alchi Monastery were yummy and tasty lunch was waiting for them.

Alchi Monastery is considered as one of the oldest and most architecture Monastery. The major attraction point of this Monastery is its temple having elaborate artwork with wood carving and also the view of huge ancient statues of Buddha. Several monks worship and perform ceremonies inside the temple. The temple entrance door still remains the same with low height and is made up of wood. After worshipping, they left back for Leh i.e. to their Hotel.

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And, here’s Day 4 in Leh Ladakh

We had a blast on Day 5 in Leh Ladakh

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In the interiors of Leh Ladakh! Exploring continues on Day 5

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 5

The very next day i.e. on day 5, after having breakfast they packed their luggage completely and then left from their tent rooms to visit some of the few places left to visit of Nubra Valley and then will continue their journey back towards Leh. Among those few places left to visit one of them was the most famous, oldest and the best surviving Monastery of Nubra valley of Ladakh named as Diskit Monastery.  The main attraction of that Monastery was the gigantic statue of Lord Buddha built on top of it. It faces the Shyok River towards Pakistan.

Leh LadakhAlmost all tourists who come to Nubra Valley love to Visit Diskit Monastery and experience the magnificent view of Nubra valley from the top of the Monastery. This Diskit Monastery was constructed during the 14th century by Changzem Tserab Zangpo but the construction of a huge 100-foot statue of Lord Buddha was started in the year 2006 and was inaugurated by the well-known priest of Ladakh Dalai Lama in the year 2010. After that almost all tourist visits this Monastery and like the huge magnificent statue a lot. The main part of this Monastery is a prayer hall which has several images of fierce guardians and it also has a huge drum inside it. Since this Monastery was situated at the high altitude it gave very unique and magnificent view of nearby villages and other scenic beauties. My sister and their friends loved this place a lot and also clicked memorable pics.

Leh LadakhSince we all Ladakh is famous for its religious and cultural festivals and also has a rich heritage of folk dance, so the tourists who love to know and enjoy the Ladakhi folk dance and its music do watch the show held by the local people for entertainment purpose. Even my sister and their friends took the tickets to watch the Ladakhi folk dance for some Rs.100 per person.  Four females performed on four songs which were all different with completely different attire. The dance they performed was though very simple but were very charming and enchanting,  basically, the female dancers were singing songs by themselves with just one person playing drum sitting on one side. The songs they were singing were in Ladakhi language, not understood by any one of them, which was obvious. But still they enjoyed the folk dance very much and the best part was that they all requested that drum player to play the famous Ganpati dance music and Garba dance music for which he was hesitating first but then played for all of them, which became an extra enjoyment for them.

Leh LadakhAfter enjoying this they all left for Leh with beautiful memories of Nubra Valley. On the way back they stopped at the point named as Khardung La pass which is believed to be the highest motorable road in the world. It is situated at an altitude of 5,359 meters and is about 39.7 km away from Leh.

All the tourist’s vehicles traveling to Nubra valley from Leh or vice-versa stop at this place to enjoy the mesmerizing view from such a high altitude and for photo clicks. Since it is at high altitude many tourists face the problem of low oxygen level and so should carry oxygen cylinders with them. This place had an Indian Army post and a temple. After leaving this place they reached Leh in the evening with lots of beautiful memories having completely tiring and adventurous journey. After having dinner, they were advised to take rest. Since we were having another tiring and traveling day the very next day waiting for them.

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One of the must visit places in India Leh Ladakh – Day 4

Leh Ladakh Diaries Day – 4

Continuing from the Day 3 Leh Ladakh journey to Day 4 today. Nubra valley with its breathtaking views, eye-catching greenery, and friendly inhabitants is one of the beautiful and peaceful places to visit. The best time to visit this place is from July to September. At that time the pleasant autumn season lets you enjoy this beautiful and heavenly place. No matter which month you visit this place, the climate there is always pleasant and loving. Mostly the temperature is low and winter wear is must to carry, especially during night time, it’s very chilling. While traveling to Nubra valley from Leh, there comes a place called Khardung La Pass. From Khardung La Pass, it is a single lane road to reach Nubra valley. During the complete journey from Khardung La to Nubra Valley, you will find the areas having barren hills and lands without any greenery but at some places ice melting water is collected, which then is passed to the nearby villages through canals. So, after reaching Nubra Valley they took rest and the next day went for the sight-seeing of Nubra.

Leh LadakhIt was a beautiful place where they stayed at Nubra Valley. They were many tents of the same sizes and shapes were built. Each couple was given a separate tent house room for stay. It was a completely different experience to stay in the tent rooms. The rooms inside the tents were beautifully architect and were having all the basic necessity things. There was heater attached in every tent room on the sleeping bed. Outside the tents rooms was a small but moving water canal was present. The flowing water sound of that canal during night time was very enchanting. Also, there were many fresh Apricots trees outside the tents house, from which you can pluck and eats those fruits as many as you want. The place for having food was nearby and convenient.

After having breakfast they left for ATV Bike ride. ATV stands for All Terrain Vehicle. It is basically a track available to drive ATV bikes near Khalsar village. There were some people and some 10-15 ATV bikes in different colours. If you wish to go on a drive on the ATV bikes you have to pay the amount asked from them and enjoy. For per person, the charges were around 900 and on one bike a couple can travel together, where both can drive one by one under the guidance of the bike driver. He will sit beside you and will guide. He also takes videos and photos of your while driving and enjoying the ATV bike ride. The experience of driving an ATV bike was new for my sister and for many others present with her.  The overall experience of driving that bike was very lovely and adventurous. It was such a pleasant experience that many enjoyed that bike ride more than once.

Leh LadakhThen they went to see Sand dunes. It is actually a place located at Diskit Village at Nubra, basically at the place called Hunder. This area is also known as cold desert were you can see sand dunes spread to some specific location. There were some special kind of camels with a double hunch and also bit small as compared to the camels you must have seen at Rajasthan or at some other place. Tourists enjoy a camel ride there and also it is a beautiful place for photo clicks. The charges for camel ride were around Rs.200 for per person for some 15 minutes and more than 200 for more time. After enjoying at these places they returned back to their tents rooms. Where some couples enjoyed taking rest in the rooms, some enjoyed clicking photos while some enjoyed playing outdoor games.

In my next post, I will discuss about the next day journey of Nubra and about traveling back to Leh.

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Are you planning for vacations during this summer with your kids and quite confused about the destination? Do not worry, this blog will guide you to select a best kid-friendly destination for this summer holidays. So, without any further discussion, check out these 8 best places in India for spending summer vacations with kids.

 

1.     MOUNT ABU, RAJASTHAN

Mount Abu is a popular hill station in Rajasthan, which is located near the Gujarat border. It is a popular tourist destination during the summer season and it is a kid-friendly destination. This hill station is located at an elevation of 1,220 m (4.003 ft.) above the sea level.

Mount Abu

Here you can find many Hindu temples among which the most famous one is the Dilwara Temples. These temples are comprised of five Jain temples, carved in white marble between 11th and 13th centuries AD.

Apart from temples, the other popular place to visit in Mount Abu is the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, established in the year 1960 and covers the major portion of the mountain.

In Mount Abu, summer prevails from mid-April to mid of June where light cotton clothes are sufficient.

Things to do with kids: Visit Dilwara Temples, Boating on Nakki Lake, Explore Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Picnic at Trevor’s Tank, Trek to Guru Shikhar (If your kids are grown enough to trek easily).

Nearest Railway station: Abu Road (28 km away from the city).

Nearest Airport:  Udaipur (Domestic Airport) which is 210 km from Mt. Abu, Ahmedabad (International Airport) which is 231 km from Mt. Abu.

 

2.     Munnar, Kerala

MunnarMunnar is a town as well as a hill station in the Idukki district of Kerala. This hill station is located at around 1600 m (5,200 ft) above the sea level. Here, your kid will love to know more about the different flora and fauna along with the beautiful tea plantation estates. The greenery and ambience of the places in Munnar make it a beautiful place to visit with your kids.

The summers begin here from March and it continues until June. Munnar is the best places to understand Nature and its creation.

Things to do with Kids: A tour of Tea Valley, Village sightseeing, Bicycling, Sandal Valley Tour.

Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam (130 km from Munnar), Madurai (135 km from Munnar).

Nearest Airport: Cochin (International Airport) which is 110 km away by road.

3. Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong

Generally, the beauty of seven-sister states is being overlooked, but Shillong is one of the finest and beautiful Indian city. Shillong is a capital city of our Indian State, Meghalaya. This city is blessed with natural surroundings, valleys and plateaus.

The summers prevail from April to June, which makes the climate moderate to explore every side of this beautiful and calm city.

Shillong is often called to as ‘The Scotland of the East’ because of its spectacular places to visit. There are beautiful waterfalls, museums, canyons, etc.

Things to do with kids:  Visit Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Enjoy the magnificent garden of Lady Hydari Park, Visit Butterfly Museum which has different varieties of Butterflies from the different parts of the region, boating in beautiful Umiam Lake.

 4. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh National Park is in Madhya Pradesh, which is a central state of India. This national park is famous for the densely populated Royal Bengal Tigers. However, leopards, white tigers, and deer also mark their presence. The mix of the tropical forest, this national park is also a home for different species of birds.

This place makes an ideal destination when travelling with kids as animals and birds are often been referred as the ‘friends of the children’ and at the same time you can teach your children the importance of the wildlife conservation.

Things to do with Kids: Jeep Safari, Visit to Bandhavgarh Fort.

Nearest Railway Station: Umaria (after Katani railway station), which is a 40-minute drive to this national park.

Nearest Airport: Jabalpur, which is 200 km away from the National Park.

 

5. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is located at a height of 1,372 ft. above the sea level in the Satara District of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar gives the breathtaking viewpoints of the mountains and the valleys. This hill station in Maharashtra provides the glimpses of glorious past with colonial buildings and mansions as it was under the influence of foreign hands during the old days. It is nestled in the lap of mountain ranges of Western Ghats.

Mahabaleshwar is open for tourists all the year round; however, the summer season is considered as the best time to visit. Summer begins from April and continues until June.

Things to do with Kids: Visit Panchgani to enjoy the picturesque views of mountain ranges, Visit Mahabaleshwar Temple, which is an example of Maratha heritage.

Nearest Railway station: The convenient and the nearest is Pune, which is 113 km away from Mahabaleshwar.

Nearest Airport: Pune airport is the nearest to this place with a distance of 120 km.

 

6. Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg

Coorg is quite special amongst all hill stations of India. It is nestled in between the lush green valleys and rolling hills. It is at the altitude of 3,500 ft. above the sea level. It has pleasant weather all the year round.

If you are planning to spend your summers in Coorg with your kids, then April to May will be the best time. The driving over the roads will give you a spectacular view of beautiful hills and valley along with spice and coffee plantations.

Things to do with Kids: Enjoy Abbey falls, which is a main attraction of the Coorg. You can also visit Dubare Elephant Camp – a home to many elephants, Visit Iruppu Falls – a pilgrimage spot as well as a waterfall.

Nearest Railway station: Mysore, which is about 120 km away from Coorg. However, Mangalore is also the nearest railway station with a distance of 150 km.

Nearest Airport: Either Mysore or Mangalore can be preferred.

 

7. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

By Omkar k (Own work)

Mussoorie, the Queen of Hills, is a perfect destination for summer vacations if you are planning to travel along with your kids. You kid is going to enjoy the lush greenery of the town and its beautiful surroundings. Mussoorie is a preferred destination all the year round. The weather is cool and pleasant all time. The waterfalls, beautiful mountains give the breathtaking view.

Things to do with kids: Cable car ride, enjoy waterfalls, horse-ride in Mall road, boating in Mussoorie Lake.

Nearest Railway station: Haridwar (86 km from Mussoorie).

Nearest Airport: the nearest airport is Jolly Grant Road (Dehradun) Airport. It is 54 km away from Mussoorie.

 

8. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a kid-friendly hill station, situated in West Bengal. This destination makes the dream come true of travelling in a toy train. This scenic ride starts from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, which is approximately 70 km stretch. Kids do enjoy this ride and spectacular views of mountains and greenery. You can visit Darjeeling during summers with children as the weather conditions become very pleasant and moderate to explore the natural beauty.

Things to do with Kids: Toy train ride, cable car ride, visit the tea gardens and Tiger Hills.

Nearest Railway Station:  New Jalpaiguri (73 km) and Siliguri (63 km).

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra (95 km away from Darjeeling).

 

Tips while you are traveling with kids

  • Make sure your kids remain hydrated.
  • Give them fresh fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants.
  • Look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with SPF 30.
  • Avoid sunscreens that contains parabens or those which are scented or tinted.
  • Do carry medical kit along.
  • Don’t forget to carry your DSLR. The pictures may be useful to your kid’s summer vacation project.

 

So, You can read few tips for Summer Protection for kids on my blog.

 

Although the places I have mentioned are very cool & pleasant but still you need to be cautious when you are traveling with your little one.

Happy Vacations!

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Let’s Travel! But What About The Kids?

Any time there are the holidays coming up or a long weekend, what’s the first thing that pops up in our minds? We usually think about taking a vacation, a long one or a quick getaway, whatever our time on hand and our budget permits!But for many couples, those with babies and toddlers, there are a few more factors to be taken into consideration while planning a trip. But yes, it is entirely possible to Traveling with kids and that too, travel smoothly.

Once a trip has been planned, there begins the fun of planning and packing for the trip. What to carry and what not? How much is necessary and how much is enough?  As far as children are concerned, of course, priority has to be given to carrying their essentials, especially medicines for them and food items that they absolutely cannot do without. It would be a good idea to throw in sunscreen and hats if you are visiting a hot and sunny place and woolens if you are visiting a cold place. Babies have a lot of paraphernalia but it makes good packing sense to carry only what is absolutely necessary.

Once the packing is done, it’s time to begin the journey! If planned right, the journey can be more fun than the destination! Whether you are traveling with kids by plane, train, bus or car, entertainment for the children needs to be provided. Books, special toys, puzzles, music, even a favorite blanket, all need to be carried that cater to your children’s taste.

What is necessary When Traveling with Kids

Baby wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer and diapers if required are all a “must-carry”.  Any food that is carried needs to be the type that will not make a mess if dropped. Water has to be on hand in sufficient quantity and that too in a non-spill bottle or glass!  

If traveling with other passengers, parents should try their best to ensure that their children are not a nuisance to other passengers. Every parent can and should ingrain good behavior and a consideration for others in their children. Parents can definitely guide their children not to shout, run around and be a source of annoyance to the other passengers.

Enjoying with FamilyWhenever I have traveled, I have on numerous occasions been disturbed by a child howling or shouting and the parents making no effort to control him or her. I’m sure that many of you have had the same experiences as I have.

Once the traveling with kids is out of the way and you arrive at your destination, the fun should continue. Most definitely, your baby or toddler will need some time to settle down in a new environment.  Parents, you need to be patient and understanding about this.

Outings and excursions, ideally, need to be planned around the baby’s or toddler’s schedule, i.e. naptimes and meal times should be taken into account. Of course, if that is not practically possible, then parents need to take into account that the child/children might get fussy or cranky at certain times.

What is Parents Responsibility?

That is when a very important issue comes in: support. You are spouses to each other and you are also co-parents to your children. You need to work as a team when it comes to handling your children. Do avoid criticising and blaming each other if the children misbehave or something goes wrong.

Do try to give each other time away from the children for a while. Husbands, take care of the children and let your wives go shopping or to the spa. Wives, handle the children and let your husbands go to play a sport or for male buddies drinking session. Your spouse will love you for this!

Parents, it’s equally important that you use your vacation, however short it is, to reconnect with each other as a couple. Spending time with your spouse in a different environment, i.e. away from home and routine, can have a rejuvenating effect on your marriage.

Do try your best to spend time with each other, without the children. Even if it is just for a short while, try to grab a cup of coffee or a drink together. Talk to each other, bring each other up to date on what is happening in your lives.

It is perfectly natural that young children might fall ill in the course of a holiday. Parents, please do not panic! Administer the relevant medicines that you are carrying to the child that is unwell. Do call up your pediatrician to ensure that you are giving the right dosage and following the correct treatment.

Angel in Funny moodParents tend to get very anxious when young children are involved. Do remember that children sometimes fall ill when they are exposed to a new environment and experience a change in the air they breathe and the food and water that they consume. It is reassuring to remember that children also recover equally fast.

A vacation can be called a success when you as parents, return from it, happy, contented, charged and with fond memories. If you return from it cranky, irritated and depressed, you need to rethink and rework your vacationing and parenting strategy with your spouse!

So parents, remember that children can be taught to enjoy vacations as much as you. Travelling to new places will serve to give a good exposure and good experiences to your children. Keeping this in mind, let’s get set to plan and enjoy the next getaway. Bon, voyage to you!

This is a Guest Post from Meghasi Bhatt,

Hello, I am Meghasi Bhatt. I started my career as a lawyer but somehow ended up as a teacher and now I have aspirations to write! My first novella Mutiny at Primrose High is available on Amazon and Flipkart and also as an e-book on Amazon Kindle.

Meghasi Bhatt

 

This is a sponsored post written for cars.com talking about car safety features and how to maintain cars for long use.  However the views expressed  are completely personal.

Why safety of cars?

Safety of Car turns to Safety of Yourself. It is always better to be safe then to be sorry. Everyday we read of mishaps on road that takes various lives. Rash driving and speeding may be the cause but at the same time failure of the vehicle might also be the reason. No matter how careful you drive or the amount of experience and skills you have, you are not safe unless your vehicle is in good condition and to keep it in good condition it should be maintained properly.

Why maintanance of the car is important ?

Maintenance of the vehicle plays an important role in your safety on the road. When you are having your own Car, it is your duty to maintain your car properly to ensure Safety of Car. Routine maintenance of your Car should be done regularly. Yes, it is true Routine Maintenance of Car may involve your valuable time and also money but I think, yours and your loved ones Life is more precious than anything else. Neglecting the condition of your vehicle, imagine heavy rain is pouring and you are driving on the highway and suddenly the vision gets unclear because of the false wiper blades or what if while driving any of your Car part fails because of negligence, may result in unpleasant and dangerous consequences. In such circumstances, you are endangering the lives of the people with you too. Prevention is always better than Cure, is what we all know.

Car is my second home.

While travelling, travelers consider their car as their second home. So it’s one’s duty to ensure Safety of Car even while you are out of your home. Knowing the percentage of crime happening in our country, theft and hijacking of the vehicles especially the cars have crossed all the records. If you go to the shop or to the office, or when you hit the gym, or in the circumstances where you find your Car to the only one present in the parking, you should always ensure the Safety of Car. 

1) First of all make sure always that your Car is locked properly and have no valuable belongings in it when you leave. 

2) . Even in slow-moving traffic you should always keep your valuable out of sight and safely in the boot or box or under the seat of the Car. 

3) . One should avoid going to the crime spot alone and at night or early morning.

4) . While driving you should follow all the traffic rules.

5) . One should always carry Car documents and insurance papers every time you take your Car out.

6) . Always follow speed limits, since people often disobey speed limit which in turn increases the chances of fatal accidents and affects the Safety of Car.
7) . One should not Drink and Drive.
8) . While driving a Car during traffic should try to maintain safe distance in the front.

It’s obvious one cannot mitigate the risks of being a victim but at least can minimize the chances of falling prey to the attackers by taking the precautions and following the above tips. You should consider the fitting of anti-theft device to ensure Safety of Car, through which your Car can be traced easily during any emergency. If you take proper care of your Car, your Car will last longer and work better and you can get a good resale value too. Additionally a proper maintained Vehicle is a Safer Vehicle.

You can choose a wide range of cars with varied safety features at http://Cars.com

 

 

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