Short of leave post the wedding? You can still take your better half to some beautiful places within the country! Check out some of the stunning honeymoon destinations in India where you don’t have to worry about visa, mode of transport or budget.
The Indian subcontinent is blessed with all kinds of landscapes, as gorgeous as anywhere else in the world. From mountains to forests to deserts, we have it all right here. Your first vacation will be no less than grand and there is no need to look elsewhere.
Here are some honeymoon destinations within India you’d like to take your better half to.
Let’s take it from the North, shall we? Pick a stone on this land; throw it in any direction, wherever it settles will be somewhere insanely beautiful. Whether you are riding a Shikara on Dal Lake, gazing the Shivalik ranges on Patni top, fishing in Sonmarg, skiing in Gulmarg, lost in the meadows of Yousmarg or amongst butterflies of Dachigam national park, this place will leave you enchanted. One of the topmost honeymoon destinations in the country, it is truly a paradise on earth.
2. Leh & Ladakh
Where the barren lands are the most beautiful! Best described as the ‘cold desert’, this land is the only one of its kind on earth. You cannot call yourself a true explorer unless you have visited this part of the country. The drive through Khardungla Pass, Nubra Valley, Magnetic hill, Lake Pangong Tso is inspiringly beautiful. Here we have the world’s highest motorable roads, highest markets and everything that holds our heads high. Visit this offbeat destination for your honeymoon and you will have a lot to tell about your adventures.
3. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
For beach bums, Andamans is the trendiest place to go to for your new chapter. With variety of engaging activities, sights to explore, secluded beaches and resorts of all budgets this place will fulfill your holiday desires. Be sure to try out the water sports activities, especially scuba diving in its pristine waters. For an appealing resort with private beaches, Havelock Island is a must visit.
4. Lakshadweep Islands
This is a cluster of around one lakh islands and a lesser crowded alternative to Andaman. Enjoy your precious moments around sandy white beaches and emerald blue waters. Experience snorkeling over its coral reefs, try the water sports and stuff yourself with the flavorful local cuisine. The sunsets and sunrises here, are all about romance and magic.
Auli is another adventure destination for the warm-blooded thrill seekers. Popularly known as the Alaska of India and rightfully so, here in Uttarakhand. With stunning mountain ranges carpeted with snow in winters, this is India’s answer to the Swiss Alps. Things to do include- cable car ride, hiking and most significant of all- Skiing! During summers one may just lay back in its meadows and enjoy the scenic mountains covered with wildflowers.
How can we ever ignore Himachal from this list? Though most of the hill stations in the State are now commercialised, this gem is still connected with its roots. From its scenic landscapes to its monasteries, it is a peaceful place to spend some quality time.
Travel one way from Shimla and return from Manali side. Via these routes you will get to cover various secluded places in Kinnaur valley- Narkanda, Sangla, Pin Valley, Kaza etc. Make sure you keep a day aside to halt in Chitkul- India’s last frontier village before China. Also, if you are going during fall, visit Sangla to observe fields pink with bloom of local Bajra wheat crops.
An exhilarating destination for the high-spirited couples in the ‘Scotland of the East’. Trek to the double decker ‘living root bridges’, the only one of its kind in the world for a new experience. Take a boat ride over the crystal clear Dawki River; explore the blue Bada Pani Lake which is man-made, visit the place with highest rainfall- Mawsynram, drive to the incredible Krang Shuri falls where rainbows often come to visit, go on a caving quest in one of the many natural formations and so on!
Sikkim is home to the ancient silk route and rich with nature’s bounty. Visit the glacial Tsomgo lake, take a Yak safari to Nathula pass, spot Red Pandas in the colorful Rhododendron sanctuary, trek to Zuluk village for snowy mountain views, see how identical Gurudongmarg Lake is to Pangong etc. There’s a lot to do in this part of India.
Not very frequented and hence a perfect zone for your honeymoon. Confess your love under the cherry blossoms or one of the many dreamy waterfalls. Take a spiritual trip to the monasteries and learn a thing or two about happiness from the peaceful monks. Take part in trekking of a few trails less ventured, visit the quaint villages and savor their local delicacies.
Now let’s have a little romance with history and heritages, in the realm of a glorious past. Start with the mighty Mehrangarh fort followed by Umaid Bhavan palace and museum, which is now a hotel. Or you could fly over it, with the six zip lines spread throughout.
Take a road trip to Jaisalmer and watch the sun melt over sand dunes of the Thar. Discover the intricate stone carvings of the Jain temple and Pattva Haveli. Stay at the ancient palaces or fort hotels and feast like a king on the native food cooked with desi ghee.
Let’s take a drive down south and head to God’s own country! Spend the night in a houseboat in the backwaters of Alleppey or drive through the lush tea farms of Munnar. Discover the quaint hamlet of Kumarakom, take a walk on the heavenly trails of Wayannad or even visit Thekkady for the love of forests and rare wildlife. Meanwhile, Kovalam and Varkala are great for some beach fun. Thrissur is lovely for the majestic Athirappilly waterfalls and Vagamon- the para gliding capital of South India- to fly over the Nilgiris.
So, start off a new chapter with a journey of a lifetime. Explore and experience the beauty that our country has to offer and take back memories.
We hope your first trip with your better half will not just be unforgettable but also the start of an entire lifetime of adventures. After all, that’s the best gift you could give anyone.
Cheers to a happy first vacation and happier life together!
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