India’s romantic honeymoon destinations

India’s romantic honeymoon destinations

Traditionally the bride and groom set out for their honeymoon the moment they leave the wedding reception. Perhaps they stay in a hotel at the airport on the way to their destination, but that is all part of the big holiday.A honeymoon is expensive, it takes you away from your “real” life, and it involves planning — when you may already feel overwhelmed by wedding details. No wonder that some couples decide not to have a honeymoon, or at least to delay theirs.Yet there are valid and compelling reasons to organize a honeymoon and schedule it as close to your wedding as possible. These are some of the best reasons to have a honeymoon:

  • To Relax Even the most modest weddings are stressful and tiring. And if you’re like most couples, you’ll spend more time with your guests than your new spouse at your wedding. A honeymoon is your opportunity to relax alone together.
  • To Celebrate You’re married! Finally! Allow yourselves some time to kick back and celebrate your new status as an official couple.
  • To Make Love Okay, you don’t need to pack a suitcase to do this. But on a honeymoon you can make love for hours undisturbed. Doing so in a beautiful setting away from home fosters intimacy, a cornerstone of a strong marriage.
  •  To Explore A honeymoon sends a couple out into the world together, and it’s one of life’s joys to experience new places, foods, and more together.
  • To Plan for the Future  A honeymoon gives a couple quiet time to imagine their future. What kind of family do you envision? Where do you want to be in five years? Ten? Twenty? More than sweet nothings are whispered on long honeymoon strolls on the beach and candlelight dinners.

Now imagine where you want to kick back, relax, play and create wonderful honeymoon memories with your new life-partner. Whether your honeymoon is five days, a week, or more, this time together will be much needed. Honeymooners have lots of places to choose from, so whether you’re planning on going to an exotic and adventurous location, a relaxing beach vacation, a nonstop safari, a romantic ski trip or even a cruise to various islands, your trip should be based on your joint personality.Here are some beautiful places in India to choose from for that ideal post-wedding holiday. From picturesque beaches to tranquil mountain hideaways—India has an abundance of post-wedding getaways. Here are some of the most popular honeymoon destinations that you and your significant other can reminisce about in the years to come.

Kerala

keralaKerala is one of the most visited and favored vacation destinations in South India from tourism point-of-view. Also known as the God’s own country, Kerala is highly visited by both national as well as Inter-national tourists to witness the charm of the nature here. Characterized by riffled topography, religious diversity, numerous languages, captivating landscape, interesting history, Kerala has it all.

Kerala is quite diverse in terms of the culture and festivals from rest of the country. The major cause is that people from different religions, believes and cultures have mingled and co-existed here in harmony for decades. Spindle network of rivers and lagoons, nourish a seemingly infinite number of rice paddies and coconut grooves. Sleek houseboats cruise the water highways from one bucolic village to another, sandy beaches beck on the sun-worshiping crowd, vast plantations of spices and tea raise the beauty of the state like moon shining in night.

The rich vegetation, biological diversity and gentle pace of village life in the backwaters beckon all kinds of honeymooners to Kerala. Spend an evening lounging on a serene beach or a day exploring the splendid backwaters, and you have your perfect getaway.

Kerala is one of the India’s most romantic destinations and within its boundaries there are several cities that are perfect for couples. Most of the common destination for honeymoon lies in Central Kerala region. Even though, Poover and Kovalam in south Kerala and Vythiri in north Kerala are popular for love birds too. The enchanting beauty of the palm fringed beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the serenity of the pristine backwaters of Kumarakom & Kuttanad, the majesty of the waving hills of Munnar and Vagamon and the enchanting woods and forests of Thekkady and Silent Valley will have you bowled over. That such a small terrain can hold diverse geographical features and cultures is a wonder in itself.

Alleppey Beach is one of the most popular tourist spots in the state. In addition to undergoing a rejuvenating experience through Ayurveda, Yoga and a very tranquil atmosphere, Somatheeram, World’s First Ayurveda Resort, in land of Kerala offers you some unique services. Kerala feast which comprise rice and a large number of side dishes and curries, all specially prepared in Kerala style and served in plantain leaves, is sure to give you an entirely different experience. Kerala has several forts, palaces, cemeteries and citadels, Each dynasty, each rule and each era has left behind a legacy which is now a part of Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.

Jaipur

Jaipur_MainJaipur, the land of beauty and history, is an attractive creation worthy of universal admiration. Jaipur is renowned as The Pink City, and if you take one look at the glorious stucco buildings that line this cities wide streets, you’ll understand why this is nicknamed. As per say, this city was planned according to Indian Vashtu Shastra. This royal place is rich in heritage, culture and architecture.With splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis, it has a flourishing tourism industry. Other than these captivating attractions, Jaipur displays exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewelry. This place, even, has brilliant bazaars filled with bright turbans and ethnic attire, hand-dyed and embroidered textiles, pretty jewellery and delicious food. Culture and art and the flamboyance of this place can be experienced only by visiting it.

Jaipur is among the top tourist destinations in India as well as in the whole Asia and is very famous among the honeymooners. The honeymooners from the every nook and corner of the world come to celebrate the awaited occasion of honeymoon. There are numerous scintillating attractions which you would come across on your Jaipur tour and which will truly magnetize your heart and make both of you feel never seen such beauty ever. This royal place is preferred by the honeymooners as the couples truly get the opportunity to see some of the awe – inspiring attractions which really give them cherishable memories forever.

Stunning backdrop of ancient forts: Nahargarh, Amer, Jaigarh and Moti Doongari are apt testimonials of the bygone era and a reminder of their lingering romance and chivalry. City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Birla Planetarium, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Moti Doongri and Govind Devji Temple to name a few among popular and worth to watch. Pink City is well known for its fairs and festivals that are held on a grand level.The festivals include kite festival, camel festival, teej, gangaur and elephant festival. And if anyone of you either both, looking for a unique souvenir, head to one of the bazaars, where you can pick up a pair of camel-leather slippers.

Nainital

rangeAn erstwhile summer retreat of the British, Nainital is a small town settled amidst Uttrakhand’s Kumaon range. The cool waters of the the Naini Lake, the busy town bazaar and a web of walking tracks around the forested hillsides make for the perfect honeymoon backdrop.

 

 

Udaipur 

Udaipur1This one is for the newly married couples who love history, architecture and everything vintage. With a plethora of forts and Rajput-era palaces, Udaipur, also known as the city of lakes, in Rajasthan, is one of the must-visit places in India.Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked streets add to the charm of this Rajasthan destination. Even if you are just wandering around the city taking in the majestic sights or cruising the calm lakes on multiple boat rides—the city is bound to sweep you off your feet.

 

Coorg (Kodagu) 

CoorgKnown as the Scotland of India,  due to its verdant beauty and pleasant climes, the lush green hill-station, also known as Kodagu district, is ideal for an isolated and quaint honeymoon. Accessible from Bangalore, Mangalore as well as Mysore, some of the popular tourist spots here include Talakaveri – place from where river Kaveri originates, Dubare elephant camp where the tuskers are bathed and cleaned every day (and elephant rides are also on offer) as well as Abbey Falls, scenic waterfalls near Madikeri, the main town in this district. Elite resorts nestled into the landscape offer couples an unparalleled window into the Coorg’s lush flora and fauna.

 

The Andamans 

sea If you love sun-kissed beaches but don’t want to head to Goa, visit Andaman and Nicobar islands. Also the hub of adventure sports like scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, the islands offer clear blue waters and a wide variety of marine life. An ideal for couples who are adrenaline junkies.Jet-setting couples favour Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the near-deserted beaches, incredible corals and marine life, and an intriguing colonial past. Newlyweds can enjoy everything from scuba diving and snorkelling to spending time soaking in spectacular views of deep forests and magnificent hills. Plus, the resorts here know only one standard of luxury—extravagant.

Gulmarg 

GULMARG 2Gulmarg, blessed with nature- the magical meadows and the snow capped mountains, is a majestic hill station in northern India with picturesque surroundings, beautiful gardens with mind blowing flowers and fragrance. This tourist destination is attracting millions of tourists throughout its existence with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan Mountains in the back drop. Visitors can enjoy horse Riding and can go riding to the magnificent “Strawberry Valley” , Leopards Valley and ride up to “Kongdori” to see the frozen lake of “Al- Pathar”.

Gulmarg literally means meadow of flowers. Nestled with stunning peaks in the Himalayan ranges, Gulmarg is a spectacular spot attracting especially couples with its lush green backdrop, beautiful landscapes, flowering gardens, serene lakes and pleasant climate during the summers and falls.  And if you are fond of sports activities, Gulmarg is famous for its highest green golf course in the world. While the main reason to come here, at least in winter, is the off-piste, deep-powder, long-run, skiing and snowboarding.

Gulmarg’s gondola, which is the highest in the world, is split into two phases. Gulmarg’s newly constructed Gondola lift through pine-clad slopes is an experience of a lifetime. There is immense beauty and various adventure activities that make Gulmarg more than a cool hill resort. This is romantic hub is also one of the convenient base for trek to the Himalayas and also offers various winter sports facilities to the tourists.

 

Lakshadweep 

ExoticExotic and sun-kissed beaches, verdant landscapes and turquoise-hued waters—what more could you ask of a tropical honeymoon? The real attraction of the Lakshadweep islands, however, rests underwater: the pristine lagoons, unspoiled coral reefs and warm waters are a magnet for honeymooners.

 

 

Goa

goaGoa is a beautiful state on the western coast of India, and boasts of its scenic beauty, golden beaches, beautiful rivers and lakes and architectural splendors here undoubtedly make it a “Tourist’s Paradise”. The perfect line to describe Goa is – “The land of Sun, Surf, Sea and Sand”.Goa, the tiny emerald land possesses a unique history and culture. The culture here shows the confluence of the east and the west. While the Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture here speaks of the Portuguese influence on the state. The state of Goa was a Portuguese colony for more than 400 years. Visitors can get a glimpse of the glorious history preserved in forts, villages and cities. Goa plays a host to both beautiful temples and magnificent churches, highlighting a diverse culture. Goa is also popular for its happening nightlife, families and couples love to go out for a night filled with merriment.

A honeymoon in Goa is the perfect way to raise the curtains of a new beginning. The long extended golden beaches fringed with palm trees, Arabian Sea widened up to the beautiful cobalt blue firmament, surrounded by the green hills covered with cashew nut grooves can be an ideally romantic and adventurous destination for couples.The appealing and breathtaking atmosphere of the golden sand beach shore and the mind blowing breezing waves make Goa a perfect Honeymoon Destination and a place to celebrate intimate chemistry relation for every honeymoon couple. Go for a walk on the golden shore in the sun kissed scenery of the beach and share secret vows and promises holding hand in hand with your partner. Remember, such memories will be imprinted forever in your conscious and later you will recall these precious moments that you have spent together at this Romantic Getaway.Monsoon magic of Goa is must check for the newlyweds as well as those in love. Romance at coco huts however is different as they are located at a quiet and isolated place along one side of the beach. With in sea facing beach bungalows you can relax and have a drink while listening to the beautiful sound of waves with your partner. Apart from its beaches, the state is also home to both beautiful temples and magnificent churches.

 

Agra

taj-mahal-agra-indiaAgra of ten times known as town of love, is very popular destination among tourists and one of themost visited destinations for honeymoon in India. This city has witnessed Great Indian architectural and cultural heritage. In Agra, you will have a chance to see monuments of Mahabharata Times as well as 21st century renovation. But here is something else, that compelled Rabindra Nath Tagore to define Agra as “a tear on the face of eternity”. Agra earned the world fame due to Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal, widely renowned for its architectural beauty, is also considered as one of the 7 wonders of the world. Agra Fort, made of red sandstone, are a mixture of different architectural styles. On the Yamuna’s south bank, a moonlight garden called Mehtab Bagh was also laid just across the river. Beside that- Chini ka Rauza, Ram Bagh, Mariyam’s Tomb, Jama Masjid and Dayal Bagh are also places to watch out. This city is also famous for sweet dish ‘Agra ka Petha’. Agra is a well-known place as shopping complex too.

Honeymoon, being the beginning of a journey in marriage offers you an opportunity to know well your partner. Spending quality time in a romantic destination like Agra, the city of the Taj, will surely help to please your partner and celebrate your first few days being together.Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of this late wife Mumtaj, is the main attraction of the city. The beautiful Taj Mahal, built of pure white marble is among the seven wonders of the world. Besides there are two other UNESCO World Heritage sites around the city- the sandstone Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. The city is also well known for its warm hospitality and luxurious accommodation for its guests. Simply enjoy the beauty of the Taj or explore its in and out and collect memories for a life time. Visit the Fort of the Mughal days, just adjacent to the Taj and enjoy the architectural beauty of the mughal empire.

To make your honeymoon more special you can opt for staying in a heritage resort, having the old mughal charm and enjoy its grand royal hospitality. Do not miss to pay a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, few km away from Agra. The place is well known for the world famous Buland Darwaza, a very huge door of 55 feet, the tomb of Salim Chisti, Birbal’s House, Panch Mahal and many other places of historic importance. Agra has always been one of the major hubs that boast a variety of arts and crafts. Buy a souvenir to take back home the memories of Agra.