Planning your holiday is fun. Finding the perfect beach and booking that resort that no one knows about. But once it’s all done starts the painful part. What will you do with your pet? Until recently, pet owners, including us, were really at a loss. You would have to find a pet sitter or book them into a pet care facility where you never can be sure of how they are treated.
But now there’s no cause for worry. You can simply take your pet with you. Pet friendly vacations are already popular around the world and it’s now catching on in India as well. Here are our top five picks where you can have a fabulous vacation with your best friend.
Bangalore: Our Native Village, Hesarghatta
Our Native Village is one of India’s first completely eco-friendly resort and one of the first that proudly advertises its pet friendliness in its brochures. Your pet has ample space to frolic in its vast grounds while you take in the peaceful surroundings of the lake. They maintain a farm with their own pets as well making it a very animal friendly place.
Goa: Presa di Goa, Calangute
Want to see your dog run into ocean waves or your cat laze on soft sand in the sun? Then Presa di Goa is the perfect place. Situated on the breathtaking Calangute beach, Presa di Goa is an old Portuguese style colonial bungalow that offers ample space for your pet to run around. They do state that your pet must be kept on a leash while walking on the property. But when you have the vast expanse of the beach just a few minutes away, why worry?
Nainital: Emerald Trail, Bhimtal
The Emerald Trail has consistently topped all pet-friendly vacation spot lists with its astounding location and services offered to pets. Situated over 7000 ft above sea level this colonial style, wooden cottage in Bhimtal offers delicious home cooked meals, superb views, and a serene setting. Pets have no extra charge and the staff even look after your pet while you take time off to explore or indulge in adventure sports. They explicitly advertise their pet friendliness on their site and even state that pets will be given bowls and beds, meals cooked for them, and that a vet is never too far away.
Mumbai: Camp della Resort, Lonavla
Camp della Resort is a premier resort that offers glamping in style. With spacious tents that even have jacuzzis fitted in, this is a perfect weekend getaway for you and your pet. They offer pet food, beds, walking and pet sitting facilities for your pet so that both of you have a smashing weekend.
Jaipur, Udaipur and Rishikesh: Tree of Life Resorts
Himmat Anand, the owner of the Tree of Life Resorts chain, is a self-confessed dog lover. When setting up the properties he felt the acute lack of pet-friendly spaces in India and made his resorts open to furry friends. Tree of Life does not charge extra for pets and they are allowed to go in the pool. They do have to be kept on leash while on the property and they are not (strangely) permitted in the restaurant but they do have pet-friendly rooms.
So, now what are you waiting for? Take your pet and have a fun-filled holiday!
All pictures courtesy the above mentioned resorts.0