Five most romantic destinations around India

Tiger nest monastery in Paro, Bhutan
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The magic and mystery of high mountains spells romance for some, while others prefer to make memories as they relax along golden sands and emerald waters. Whatever you choose, these destinations are within easy reach for a quick getaway with your partner.

Paro & Haa Valley, Bhutan

Excitement begins the moment you fly over the Himalayas, and flying into the Paro airport is one of the finest experiences from a height of 38,000 ft. The aircraft takes you right into the icy heart of Himalayas, gliding past formidable mountains and vast glaciers before dipping into the lush and beautiful Paro Valley, your gateway to Bhutan.

Visit some of the iconic monuments, and then – body and mind willing – flex your calves on a trek out of Paro for some breathtaking views of the country’s loftiest summits. To get off the beaten track, venture into the remote Haa Valley and experience Bhutanese culture and heritage at its unspoilt best. This valley is dotted with some intriguing monasteries and can be accessed by crossing the 3810m Cheli La pass on a three-hour drive from Paro.

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Bentota, Sri Lanka

 

Beach near Tangalle.
Bentota Beach is lined with luxury resorts.
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The ribbon of golden sand that makes up Bentota Beach is a glorious holiday sun-and-fun playground. While it is primarily dominated by big package hotels, it also has some sumptuous boutique hideaways. There are more such places in nearby Aluthgama, a small town that is home to the main train station in the area. Induruwa doesn’t really have a centre – it’s spread out along the coast – and is home to the Sea Turtle Project. If you have time to spare, visit the artistic yet wild Brief Garden. The Bentota area is home to some of the best beaches in the country. Yet despite the huge number of hotels on these magnificent stretches of sand, the beaches at the southern end of this strip are remarkably empty of people. Feel your stress levels drop under the palm trees and get set to be pampered in one of the boutique hotels in the area.

Langkawi, Malaysia

Beautiful Cenang beach at Langkawi island, Malaysia
Langkawi is home to lovely white-sand beaches.
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Langkawi isn’t called the Jewel of Kedah for nothing. Its white-sand beaches, isolated resorts, pristine jungles and acclaimed diving opportunities live up to the metaphor. Cheap drinks (Langkawi is duty-free) and a decent restaurant and bar scene provide a hint of party vibe, while activities, such as the famous Panorama Langkawi cable car ride make it a fun place to be. Kuah is the main town and ferry point, but Langkawi’s beaches are elsewhere. The most developed beach is Pantai Cenang, a lively place to base yourself.

Pokhara, Nepal

Boats in the calm lake of Pokhara
Boats in the calm lake of Pokhara
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Pokhara has a prime position beside a deep green lake, nestling among forested hills with a backdrop of gleaming Himalayan peaks. The dawn views of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna, mirrored in the calm waters of Phewa Lake or from the town’s hilltop viewpoints, particularly Sarangkot, are simply unforgettable and romantic. The town’s Lakeside is a chilled-out version of Thamel, with fresh mountain air rather than traffic fumes. Pokhara also has a booming adventure sports industry and is the gateway to the world-famous Annapurna treks.

Ko Samui, Thailand

Ang Thong National Marine Park, Koh Samui.
Ko Samui is one of the most popular islands in Thailand.
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The Southern Gulf features Thailand’s ultimate island trio: Ko Samui, Ko Pha- Ngan and Ko Tao. This family of spectacular islands, with their powder-soft sands and emerald waters, lures millions of tourists every year . Ko Samui caters to the high-end visitor and spoils them silly, while Ko Samui has the power to grant every tourist their ultimate holiday wish. Stay in Chaweng – the longest and most beautiful beach. When you tire of swimming and sunbathing, explore the inland regions of the island.

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