10 Paw-some Pet Friendly Destinations in India

by Shalini Mimani

Aching to travel but hate the idea of leaving your ‘furry’ friends behind. The whole idea may sound alien to a lot of you but only a ‘pet-parent’ can understand the emotions attached to caring for furry friends. In reality, looking out for pet-friendly destinations is still a task in India and not many hotels are ready to accommodate and host our ‘paw-some’ friends. So can a pet owner never indulge in pet-friendly travel?

Well, the good news is that pet-friendly travel is now possible in India in a few hotels and homestays. Thanks to these people, even our furry friends can now enjoy a vacation while the entire family is on the go!

Many tourist destinations now allow you to travel with pets. Moreover, these places allow full access to all common areas, services, and amenities for our ‘paw-some’ friends.

So let’s get going and acquaint you with 10 pet-friendly destinations in India.

1. Goa

Goa is a kaleidoscope of Indian and Portuguese cultures. The whole vibe of Goa is sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, music, and spirituality. All in all, Goa can truly be hailed as India’s pocket-sized paradise.

To top it all, one of Goa’s glorious homestays is one of the few places in India that supports and encourages pet-friendly travel. The homestay, Arco Iris is a 200-year-old Goan house that has been restored to its full glory, complete with all amenities. The homestay overlooks a seasonal lake and is situated not very far from Margao.

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The property is run as a venture of the Neemrana Group of Hotels. The homestay boasts of four bedrooms, three of which are equipped with private balconies. In fact, the hosts themselves are proud owners of a Labrador called Feni and a Beagle called Raffa.

2. Delhi

Delhi truly justifies the statement, ‘a journey back in time’! The whole city is a treasure trove with roots ranging back to the Mughal Empire. The rich heritage, the monuments, the fast pace of life and the bustling streets & back alleys, all define Delhi.

Amongst all this chaos, there is one place that lets you enjoy all this and more in peace. The Deer Park Villa is located in Safdarjang Enclave, one of the affluent areas in Delhi. The homestay is just a ten-minute walk from the sprawling Deer Park, hence making it a perfect spot for your furry friend to enjoy the outdoors. With six air-conditioned bedrooms and a sunny terrace on the rooftop, the place is perfect for relaxing.

3. Puducherry

Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, Puducherry is a quaint little town on the southern coast of India. The distinctive French architecture, the tree-lined avenues, colonial heritage buildings, the never-ending stretches of virgin beaches is the striking feature.

The cherry on the top is the pet-friendly Dune Eco Village and Spa, an inspiring artist hotel. It is one of India’s top eco-friendly hotels and focuses on natural living and nature conservation. This magical property is just a 20-minute drive from the main town and is situated on 35 acres of beachfront land. The sprawling lands make this property one of the top choices while you travel with pets. The property also boasts of four in-house dogs that are uber friendly with the guests and other pets.

 

4. Karnataka

Karnataka is a perfect blend of glittering palaces & ruins, national parks, beaches, yoga centers, and travelers’ hang-outs. The evergreen rolling hills are a perfect respite from the everyday drudgery of life.

To top it all, Our Native Village offers the perfect spot for pet-friendly travel. Our Native Village is a place that tries to recreate a village atmosphere. (Well, worry not; the place is complete with all luxurious amenities).

There is ample space for your pet to run around. The resort lets you be a part of long-forgotten activities such as milking a cow, riding a bullock cart, flying a kite, riding a bicycle and farming. You can even get a bullock cart driving license. (Certainly more satisfying than earning a driving license, eh!)

 

5. Pushkar

Pushkar is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town. The town is bustling with prayers, bells, drums, and devotional songs from the numerous temples. The town of Pushkar has a magnetism of its own and appeals to the youth and elderly alike.

The Foothills Camp, about a ten-minute drive from the main town of Pushkar, is taking tourism to new heights. The place is surrounded by hills and is a perfect destination for all your pet-friendly travel needs. The place is complete with luxurious tents and lets you camp in the wild. The owners too are proud owners of a couple of Labradors and some cats. These in-house furry friends gel well with all the travelers and their furry friends.

6. Ooty

For every mountain lover, Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very popular tourist destination. Anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind, Ooty is the place to be.

Today, Ooty gives us another reason to travel and that too, pet-friendly travel. Destiny Farm Resort is one of the top farms stays in India. The whole feel of the place is sure to make you and your furry friend feel at home. The farm is complete with horses, cows, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, and farm dogs.

Well, the idea of a fully working farm that grows a huge variety of products is enough to motivate pet parents to travel with pets!

7. Kerela

Kerala, South India’s most serenely beautiful state is defined by its layered landscape, a network of glistening backwaters, dotted with fiercely protected wildlife reserves and cool hill stations. Kerala is definitely, a world away from the frenzy of the rest of India.

Kerela has always been a well-known destination among travelers. Today, the Greenex Farms have put Kerela in the map again for another reason, and that too a special one.

The Greenex Farm is a combination of coffee farm and resort, with a wide range of accommodations on offer. You can swim in the pond, relax by the campfire, drink tea, play badminton and go cycling, trekking, or birding. And worry not, your furry friends are probably enjoying themselves too whilst soaking in the sun and abounding in the joy of endlessly running around in the lap of nature.

8. Bhimtal

The ancient town of Bhimtal, a quaint little town tucked away in the hills of Uttrakhand is the perfect place to rewind. The place has the power to put you in a trance-like state where all you want to do is lie down under the shade of nature, close your eyes and experience serenity.

Situated at an altitude of about 1,370 meters above the sea level, Bhimtal today boasts of an eco-friendly resort that supports pet-friendly travel. The Emerald Trail offers the view of the Kumaon Valley on one side and the forest on the other. The setting makes the resort the dream of every nature lover.

What makes the place even more alluring is that it is one of the few pet-friendly destinations in India. The place abounds in space and gives enough freedom to your pet to run around and roll in the grass.

9. Mussoorie

Perched on a ridge 2km high, the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Mussoorie, claims of the best views of the green Doon Valley and the distant white-capped Himalayan peaks. The town is equally popular amongst honeymooners, the elderly and even the youth.

Of the odd 300 hotels in the town, Hotel Nand Residency has set the bar quite high for other players in the vicinity. The hotel supports pet-friendly travel and lets you walk your dogs while you enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Shivalik mountain ranges. The warm hospitality and the ever-smiling faces of the hotel staff is an added bonus.

10. Manali

Manali is a year-round magnet for travelers from all walks of life. Enveloped by high peaks in the stunning Beas valley, Manali is truly an adventure land. Moreover, Manali has etched its name in the travel world for being one of the few pet-friendly travel destinations.

Situated at a distance of about 19 kilometers from Manali, the quaint little village of Naggar houses the Pine Palace. The hotel overlooks the beautiful Beas valley and offers mesmerizing views. The place is ideal for trekking too and offers delicious and lip-smacking home-cooked meals.

On this note, we guess that these hotels are reason enough to give you the perfect excuse to travel with pets. If yes, then hop into the car with your furry friends and all the good vibes. If you need help with planning a trip to any of these places, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. We will help you #MarkAndEmbark on a journey of a lifetime.

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