Kids, make the most of your summer vacation. Here's how...

May 01, 2014, 15:00 IST | Ruchika Kher

Pack your bags and take a break from school, books and homework for an adventure-laden sojourn that will not just turn your summer break into an exciting vacation, but will also teach you valuable lessons

Short trips
Near Vadivali Lake:
It’s important to acquaint kids with nature. They need to climb trees, crawl through the bushes, play in the dirt and mud, chase each other across the field, and explore the wild. During this activity-based day-trip, participants can experience nature awareness methods. The adventure activities will include flying fox, valley crossing, low rope course, climbing wall trial, garden trail and treasure hunt.
Cost: Rs 2,200 per head
Age: group 8 years and above
Call: 9323708809
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Vasind: Get set for an adventure packed summer camp. The three-day camp has tent pitching, tree rappelling, star gazing and kayaking, among other activities. The participants are assured of an outdoor experience, great learning and making friends.  
From: May 8 to 10
Last date of registration May 6
Cost: Rs 6,000 per head
Age: group 9 to 15 years
Call: 9930582878

Kamshet: If you wish to do something exciting and thrilling in your summer vacations and activities like surfing or rock climbing are things that don’t interest you, try paragliding. Have fun as you fly like a bird.  
Cost: Rs 3,000 to Rs 7,000
Call: (0)9323708809

Long escapes
Rishikesh: During this trip, children will spend the first four days rafting and kayaking in the Ganga and Alaknanda River. Next they will undergo a lesson in Hydrology and learn the basics of rafting and kayaking. The rafters will cover the upper sections of the Ganga and take on big rapids. The kayakers will kayak to Beas Ghat where they will camp overnight. Children will also spend two days at the ropes course tackling both high and low elements like the Dangle Duo and Swinging pole.
From: May 28 to June 5
Last date of registration May 18
Cost Rs 30,300 per head
Age: group 14 to 16 years
Call: 9920064414
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Andaman Islands: Become an ocean explorer in this summer break by learning how to scuba dive in the Andaman Islands. Get the PADI Open Water certification, which is valid for life, accepted worldwide and eligible for college credits. The module includes pool training in Mumbai followed by open sea dives in the Andaman Islands. 
Cost Rs 11,236 per head
Age group 12 years and above
Call: 24921541

McLeod Ganj: Experience a different kind of adventure with walks in lush conifer forests, trekking to beautiful stops and staying in a forest lodge overlooking the Dhauladhar Range.  
From: May 10 to 17
Last date of registration May 5
Cost: Rs 15,500 per head
Age: group 8 years and above
Call: 9619182010
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Mukteshwar: Explore this scenic town in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, and make the most of your stay by undertaking  treks to meadows, jungles, and villages. Also, make your trip exciting by trying white water kayaking, rock climbing, and water splash rappelling, etc.  
From: May 28 to June 6
Last date of registration Limited seats on first-come-first-serve basis
Cost Rs 16,200 per head
Age: group 10 to 16 years
Call: 9322181849
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Always stay in a group
>> Follow safety precautions
>> Listen to instructors while performing adventure activities
>> Keep a torch with spare batteries
>> Take care of your belongings
>> Don’t litter
>> Keep extra clothing sets

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