All set for a monsoon wedding? Let the fun, revelry and romance continue into your choice of an ideal honeymoon destination. From Kalimpong to Kasol and Khajuraho, we offer a list of some unusual places that are ideal for a monsoon honeymoon.
Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
If peace and quiet is what you both are looking for, then get to the Yumthang Valley. This gorgeous place offers all that would make for a veritable paradise – a pretty river, hot springs and yaks quietly grazing in the green meadow. Adding a perfect touch to it all are the rhododendrons – and the best place to see them is at the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. But avoid that temptation to pluck one – it’s prohibited.
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
If you and your partner are inclined towards the arts, then Khajuraho, famous for its exquisitely carved sculptures might be a good option, after all, the temples celebrate love and union. The imposing structures open up a world of sensuality and eroticism that the artist in you is sure to appreciate. Come evening and there’s a sound and light show, and do keep a day aside for the beautiful Raneh and the Pandava Falls too.
Kalimpong, West Bengal
Overlooking the Himalayan ranges, the vistas of Darjeeling’s quieter cousin are no less beautiful and seem straight out of a Bollywood romance. Perched along a ridge overlooking the playful waters of the Teesta River, it offers many picturesque walks along paths laden with flowers that the newlyweds are sure to enjoy. Visit the quaint Buddhist monasteries that will prove to be the perfect backdrop for your honeymoon album.
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Looking for a place where you can just relax and do nothing – except stare at nature? Kasol is perfect. Walking under tall coniferous trees past a gurgling river with snow-capped mountains that offer exquisite vistas at every turn, you are sure to come back loaded with perfect memories. Other exquisite places like Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Kheerganga will prove to be enticing too.
This idyllic world of Malgudi Days (yes, that famous serial was shot here) is known as ‘Cherrapunji of the South’ and is a perfect place to just sit around admiring nature over endless cups of tea and coffee. The thrilling waterfalls like Barkana and Jogimundi and the pretty Kundadri and Kodachadri hills are all worth visiting. And don’t forget the beautiful Sunset View Point.
As drops of rain fall on the bay waters, soak in the beauty of the changing hues of the sky in this erstwhile French colony that boasts a quiet, old-world charm. Besides a visit to the Aurobindo ashram and Auroville, just strolling down the main Gandhi road is a must. Visit old churches dotted all across Puducherry, and roam around the French quarter that’s got colourful houses, with your beloved.
Nothing beats the beauty of this ‘Venice of the East’ during the monsoon when the temperature is cool and perfect for moving around and enjoying its glorious sights. A boat ride on the Lake Pichola may sound cliched but its really romance. Visits to the City Palace, Jag Mandir and Jagdish Temple are a must, as is a walk down the streets to enjoy the city’s buzzing life and colours.
Havelock Island, Andamans
Crystal blue water, white-sand beaches and lush forests, this island is a nothing short of paradise. Don’t miss the sunset at Radhanagar Beach and the boat ride to Elephant Beach. If the weather permits, snorkelling is a great idea to explore the colourful marine life of the world under. If you can wake up early, head to Vijaynagar Beach for the sunrise, you won’t regret it.
The unusual coastal topography of dramatic red laterite cliffs dropping down to small clean patches of sand looks gorgeous. A winding road takes you towards a flat area (helipad) that overlooks the beach. Climb down a narrow flight of steps to get a feel of the cool, wet sands and pick up shells along the way as playful waves dance on the surface of the sea. Sitting in one of the cafes at the cliff-side and watching the sky turn orange as the sun slowly goes down is an experience like no other.
Keen to visit a place where the monsoon turns the landscape absolutely stunning? Coorg is the place to be. Other than its coffee plantations, you must also visit Raja’s Seat that is famous for its misty hills and the picturesque Abbey Falls. Besides the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga temple and the Tibetan monasteries, there’s something for those looking for adventure and adrenaline rush – rafting, trekking, kayaking, hiking, camping and canoeing.