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Tropical honeymoon destinations in India

A honeymoon is the perfect time to dream your dream and live your muse; to gather those special moments of idyllic togetherness. So choose a destination that offers pliable and charming tropical breeze, unbelievably exotic sea beaches, and a tranquil and pristine ambiance. And if you opt for rejuvenating spas, refreshing services, delicious cuisine and exciting outdoor activities, well, that would be the icing on the cake!

If you are sold to the idea and already on a mental trip to an imaginary wonderland, then here is a list of some tropical destinations that will surely bowl you over. There is a variety on the platter, when it comes to tropical destinations, ranging from rain forests and sea beaches to deserts, islands and mountains.

Assam, the land of eastern lights!

The state of Assam is located in the northeastern part of India, and is a land of exquisitely beautiful flowers, rare animals and beleaguered natives, proud but inviting. In ancient days, Assam was known as Pragjyotishpura, the "land of eastern lights" and true to its name, Assam offers a fascinating journey into the tranquil wilderness of a never-ending fairytale.

How to reach:

Assam is well connected through air, road and rail network. While the states international Airport is situated in Guwahati there are various domestic airports at Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, North Lakhimpur and Silchar. A strong network of National Highways connects Assam to the other parts of the country. It also has a convenient and exhaustive railway network which makes travelling in and around Assam a lot easier.

Best time to visit:

Summer, monsoon, autumn and spring are the four well-defined seasons of Assam, though it never suffers extreme climatic conditions. Its temperature ranges from 10°C to 32°C with heavy showers during the monsoons. However, the best time to visit Assam is between November and May, when the weather is salubrious and the heat and humidity is tempered by the cool winds blowing from the Himalayan foothills.

The to-do list:

a) Places to visit : the Kamakhya Temple, the Navagrah Temple, the Umananda Temple, the Basisthashram, the Mahabhairab Temple, Madan Kamdev, Poa-Mecca, the Kaziranga Game Sanctuary, the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Manas National Park, the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, the Nameri National Park, the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park, the Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary, the Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.

b) Activities : river cruise on Bramhaputra, Jatinga Steam Safari, angling, golfing, hang-gliding, para sailing, rock climbing, trekking, white water rafting, etc.

c) Shopping : bamboo crafts and cane decorative items, muga, pat and endi-silks, hand woven shawls, wicker work and carved rhinos, Assam tea, etc.

Rajasthan, the land of kings!

The largest state of India, Rajasthan is bordered by other prominent states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Located on the northwestern part of India, the word Rajasthan, literally means the "land of the kings", and is famous across the world for its topography, viz., the Thar desert, the great Aravalli range and Mount Abu. Every year many tourists are lured to this state by the magic of its vibrancy and more than often, is mesmerized by its rich heritage, lush forests, exotic wildlife and the expansive rugged mountain range, rendering it as a destination nonpareil.

How to reach :

The air, rail and road connectivity is quite at par with those paramount in the country. The nearest international airport is at Jaipur, while other domestic airports are at Udaipur and Jodhpur. Mumbai and Delhi, however, also act as the gateway for international visitors. The closest rail station to Rajasthan is at Jaipur. Frequent bus services are available to help you reach any part of the state from the airport and the station. Other local transports are also available for convenient travelling in and around Rajasthan.

Best time to visit :

The topography of Rajasthan is arid and it is mostly a desert region. Hence the state experiences extreme climatic conditions, with bright sunny summers and pleasant winters. The temperature ranges from 8C to 46C. However, the ideal time to visit Rajasthan is between October and March.

The to-do list:

a) Places to visit : Ajmer/Pushkar, Bikaner, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Bundi, Jaisalmer, Kota, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Sariska, Sawai, Udaipur, Nathdwara, Chittorgarh, among others.

b) Activities : explore the Sariska Tiger Reserve and the Ranthambore National Park, play Polo and Golf, participate in Vintage Car Rally and kite flying, enjoy bicycling, trekking, camping, ballooning, para-sailing and water sports, etc.

c) Shopping : jewellery, paintings, miniature art, phads and pichwais, folk painting, leatherwear, stone carving, metal craft, textile, blue pottery, terracotta, dhurries and carpets, wooden artifacts, etc.

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the Shangri-La of India!

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory of India, are located in the Bay of Bengal, and is separated from Burma and Thailand by the Andaman Sea. Its tranquil ambience and a mesmerizing beauty capture the heart and mind of the beholder and any conflicting emotions related to caste or creed, religion of region takes a complete backseat. Such pristine and picturesque landscape is comparable only to Shangri-La... a paradise here on earth! Port Blair, one of the most coveted destinations in the world, is the capital city and the largest town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

How to reach:

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are easily accessible by air and water via Vishakhapatnam, Calcutta or Chennai. One can also directly land at the Veer Savarkar airport in Port Blair. Travelling in and around the Union Territory is made convenient, thanks to the easy availability of auto rickshaws, motorcycles and scooters, boats, rented cars and public buses.

Best time to visit:

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands experiences a moderate and tropical monsoon ambiance. The temperature ranges between 20°C to 32°C and is pleasant in the summers and cool and sunny in the winters. The best time to visit is between December and April.

The to-do list:

a) Places to visit : Ross Island, Cellular jail (National Memorial), Corbyns cove, Wandoor, Havelock islands, Mini zoo & forest museum, Gandhi park, Harriet & Madhuban, Neil islands, T. Samudrika Naval Maritime Museum, Japanese Bunkers, Chiriya Tapu, the Central Agricultural Research Institute, Cinque Island, the Chatam Saw Mill, etc.

b) Activities : Snorkeling, Boat tours, Kayaks, Aqua-glide, Aqua-cycle, Bumper boats, Water scooters, Water-skiing, etc.

c) Shopping : forest, marine, and anthropological museum, Aberdeen Bazaar, government emporiums like the Sagarika and the Samudrika are ideal for collecting souvenirs.

Of course, you have a sea of choices to commemorate your newly-wedded bliss. The world is your oyster, and your spouse, the perfect partner, to explore it with. Treat your honeymoon like an opportunity for a new beginning and create memories that will be engraved in your hearts forever.

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Last updated : January 25, 2016