Honeymoon destinations in India

The season of Love is evergreen
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Tying the knot soon? Then you must be looking at options for a picture-perfect honeymoon. Take your pick from the list of some stunning Indian destinations we’ve drawn up for you – from those offering walks on sun-kissed beaches to ones that let you frolic in the snow or go for long romantic drives down serpentine mountainous roads. Some popular, some off-beat…you’re sure to be spoilt for choice!

Varkala

What better place to start your new journey than in the tranquil, relatively unexplored environs of Varkala. Narrow flights of steps cut into the rock-face take you down towards the sea waters where walking hand-in-hand on the wet sands, collecting sea-shells spells bliss. Taking a swim here is undoubtedly thrilling as is capturing the sunrise/sunset, as the waters reflecting the myriad hues of the fiery orb look gorgeous. While spending endless hours having snacks and coffee as you whisper sweet-nothings in each other’s ears is fun, you can also visit the 2,000-year-old Janardhana Swami Temple that stands high on a cliff.

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Beautiful view of sunset in Goa
Beautiful view of sunset in Goa
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Goa

The vistas of this seaside destination, each more magical than the other, are a perfect ode to love. It entices not just with its gorgeous beaches but also with its old Portuguese-style buildings and buzzing nightlife. Hire a two-wheeler and you’ll enjoy feel of the wind in your hair as you take off for the numerous pretty beaches that lie strewn all across Goa. Spend time sipping cool, tall drinks and staring into each other’s eyes in any of the beach shacks that also serve exotic seafood. Needless to say, you’re sure to get back with bagfuls of romance-laden memories.

Magnificent snow covered mountains in Gulmarg
Magnificent snow covered mountains in Gulmarg
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Gulmarg

Synonymous with romance, it’s not difficult to tell why each of Gulmarg’s seasons hold a special charm for honeymooners. Enticing vistas open up at every turn and visits to the gorgeous valleys around- including the picturesque Betaab, named after the Sunny Deol starrer that was shot there- are a must. The adventurous lot is sure to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, golfing and mountain biking. Another must-do is a ride in the world’s highest gondola that takes you to higher altitudes where as you sip endless cups of kehwa, the magic of the mountains is sure to envelop you into its folds.

Pondicherry is a blissful place for lovers
Pondicherry is a blissful place for lovers
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Pondicherry

Enjoy walking down long stretches of a picturesque beach road soaking in the changing colours of sky over the rippling waters of Bay of Bengal and savouring the serene environs of an erstwhile French colony, Pondicherry. While you can just relax soaking in its myriad charms, take time out to visit the Aurobindo Ashram, the old churches (some of which are a replica of those in France), the French quarters, and of course, Auroville that boasts of the unique golden domed Matrimandir, envisaged by the Mother.

Darjeeling is the Queen of Hills
Darjeeling is the Queen of Hills
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Darjeeling

This charming part of the Himalayan countryside has been immortalized in innumerable Hindi movies. Remember Rajesh Khanna in an open-top jeep singing ‘Mere sapnon ki rani…’ to a coy Sharmila Tagore as the Darjeeling toy train she’s in chugs merrily along? It’s the perfect ode to love and that is what pulls many honeymooners to this picturesque hill-town to recreate the delightful magic that these scenes of ‘Aradhana’ unfolded. Walking amidst miles of magnificent tea gardens, watching the amazing sunrise from Tiger Hill, the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga and other mountain peaks- are all experiences that will never let you forget your first outing here as a couple.

Mashobra offers the perfect quietude for couples
Mashobra offers the perfect quietude for couples
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Mashobra

Nestling in a little corner of the Himalayan foothills is the mesmerizing hotspot of Mashobra that, with its snow-capped peaks in the distance and opulent greenery, offers a perfect recipe of peace and quiet and yes, fun activities that you two are sure to enjoy. Though each season holds its special charm, yet when it snows, the beauty of the landscape gets enhanced manifold. Activities such as zip lining and rappelling are sure to leave you both asking for more.

Love meets adventure in Ladakh
Love meets adventure in Ladakh
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Ladakh

If your idea of romance includes a dash of the exotica and of course, the rugged outdoors, then this ‘Rooftop of the World’ is heaven personified. You just need to keep aside the first day for rest to get acclimatized to the high altitude air of Ladakh. That done, your time here can pack in quite a punch with a plethora of activities such as visits to monasteries, motor biking, trekking, cycling, river rafting and not to forget, trips to the Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley that sure are a cherry on the cake.

Sunset at a beach in Havelock island
Sunset at a beach in Havelock island
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Andamans

The Havelock Islands of this archipelago are a perfect place for you lovebirds. Boasting endless stretches of crystal clear waters, white-sand beaches and lush green forests, these are a veritable slice of paradise- something that the shutterbug in you will never tire of clicking. The Radhanagar Beach is amazing, both above and below the water. If the weather permits, do venture into the latter. Banana-boat rides, jet skiing, parasailing, and yes, snorkelling and seawalks open up an exciting world, and as schools of fish swim past, you’ll know your honeymoon here has been truly worthwhile.

Diu

If you’re looking for an off-beat place that offers peace and quiet after the frenzy of wedding activities, then Diu is an ideal choice. Lazy, romance-laden moments are there for the asking and you’re sure to be charmed by the Portuguese influence that’s evident all across. Together with its fort and the Nadia Caves, the beaches too are straight out of a pretty painting. Since this is one place where the siesta is observed, you’re sure to enjoy its languid pace in the true sense of the term.

Lake view in Tawang
Lake view in Tawang
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Tawang

If you want to gift your better half a vacation she’s sure to savour, then head for the road less travelled- towards Tawang. It’s for those who love the mountains and enjoy the thrill of watching tall waterfalls gushing playfully down deep gorges, and walking hand-in-hand close to the azure waters of its lakes; check out the picturesque Sangetsar Lake in particular. Take a trip to the quaint Zimithang and monasteries such as Galden Namgyal Lhatse perched on the highest point in Tawang, among others. You could also try skiing on the enchanting Pankang Teng Tso Lake that lies at 13,000 feet above sea level.

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