Indian subcontinent appeals to all honeymoon couples, historians, tourists and wildlife lovers alike as there are plenty of options for travel and romantic escapes. There are cities where you enjoy the metropolitan lifestyle, beaches that lure you with their pristine beauty and hill stations that crowns the Indian landscape. Even the quaint villages, backwaters, temples and monuments are worth exploring during honeymoon in India. To make your honeymoon a memorable experience, honeymooninindia.com lists top ten travel destinations in India and romantic places in the country.
Location: Uttar Pradesh
Best time for honeymoon: February-October
This is the first destination in the list probably because, Agra is synonymous as the City of Love being home to the elegant Taj Mahal. Famous as the Monument of Love, Taj Mahal is not only the glory of erstwhile India but also a mausoleum that has a love tale to cherish for more generations to come. Constructed in honor of Mumtaz Mahal by Emperor Shah Jahan, Agra draws couples from all over the world. You can get a Golden Triangle honeymoon package from Indian Holiday. You can dine at a nearby restaurant that overlooks the Taj Mahal, opt for a candle-light dinner after sightseeing the morning and pose for photographs.
Location: Union Territory in the south west
Best time for honeymoon: Throughout the year
One of the most romantic places in India, Lakshadweep is a preferred locale for couples for its tranquility. Its blue turquoise sea to whichever part you look. Known as the coral paradise, Lakshadweep is an exotic archipelago creating an incredible landscape. You can relax in the beach, opt for rejuvenation treatments at the spa resorts, stroll around, read a book together and enjoy the complete bliss. The inhabited islands here are also famous for their water sports activities keeping the couples engaged for hours on the beach. There are facilities for scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking under expert guidance.
Best time for honeymoon: April to December
Another favorite beach destination in India for couples, Andaman and Nicobar is the best place to give a romantic start to your married life. The coconut palm groves, sea cruises and seafood, nothing can be more amazing! The island hotels and resorts will also enhance your stay with luxury services, special rooms and spa amenities. April to December has the best weather and the New Year’s eve in Port Blair will make your trip even more memorable. The best things to do in Andaman Islands are relax and spend the best moments together.
Location: West India
Best time for honeymoon: March to November
The princess of the beaches, Goa is spectacular in its own ways. It has the highest influx of foreign tourists during the months of December-January, also a peak wedding season in India. The long stretch of coastline appeals for its beauty, water sports, palm groves, seafood stalls and romantic beach resorts. An important aspect of honeymoon in Goa is its vast opportunity for sightseeing. The splendid churches, glimpses of Portuguese settlement, Old Goa, museums and fishing villages are worth touring. Cuisine, drinks and night parties are added advantages of being here. Goa beaches of Anjuna and Calangute stand out for open-air parties and trance music.
Location: West Bengal
Best time for honeymoon: Except for rainy season
A refreshing hill station in West Bengal, Darjeeling is bounded by the Himalayan peaks and is a world famous tourist destination. The pleasant weather and the charming hills along the Lesser Himalayan range is the major draw of the place. From beautiful sunset to places like Tiger Hill, Kalimpong, Kurseong and trekking trails to Sikkim, Darjeeling offers so much to the honeymoon couples. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects Tiger Hill and Ghum station that is a beautiful place to see the Kanchenjunga sunset together. In rainy season, Darjeeling is prone to landslides, so can avoid visiting then.
Best time for honeymoon: March-May, October-December
Kovalam is situated around 18 km away from Trivandrum and is an excellent hideout for lovers. There are three beaches in Kovalam offering boating opportunities and sunbathing zone. The main reason why couples are here is the wonderful stretch of coconut groves with cottages, resorts and hotels just minutes away from the beach. Taking long walks in a summer afternoon, boating in the waters and availing Ayurveda are some of the things that engage couples here. Do not miss the authentic Kerala cuisine served at the restaurants here.
Location: Jammu and Kashmir
Best Time for Honeymoon: March to October
The famous Dal Lake and the romantic shikara boats sailing on it makes Srinagar a top honeymoon retreat in India. The serene Dal Lake is best experienced with a stay in the houseboat or a cruise in the shikara. The splendid Mughal gardens in Srinagar are another reason that couples throng this place. The two gardens of – Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh will rejuvenate your senses with its architecture, and setting that is replete with fountains, lawns and pillars. The enclosed gardens are lovely places to take a stroll together.
Location: Himachal Pradesh
Best Time for Honeymoon: March to October
Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and is a stunning hill station famous for its lustrous forests, snow peaks in winter, valleys and tourist attractions. The Shimla Mall Road and markets are also popular among couples who love to take a stroll, shop, dine and hangout. Shimla Mall has a number of restaurant, cafes and shops. Other attractions here are the Ridge, Christ Church, Shimla State Museum and Summer Hill. Shimla also has well laid trekking routes to Manali, Kufri, Dalhousie and Tatapani. Tatapani is a place famous for its sulphur springs.
Location: Tamil Nadu
Best Time for Honeymoon: Throughout the year
The hills of Ooty can be your summer honeymoon destination. Featuring a pleasant climate until October, Ooty is also known as the Blue Mountains or Nilgiri. The Nilgiri cow species is found in plenty in this region. The smoky haze of the morning, the natural beauty, lakes and gardens draw couples from all over the world. Some of Ooty’s prominent landmarks are Ooty Botanical Garden, Government Rose Garden and Ooty Lake. Around Ooty, you have the Doddabetta Peak, Pykara River and Mudumalai National Park, as scenic locales worth visiting.
Best Time for Honeymoon: March to November
The hills of Uttarakhand are also popular for romantic getaways, be it your honeymoon, anniversary or Valentine's Day. Nainital is a city and district located in the foothills of Kumaon range. Couples can enjoy its natural beauty and the many lakes in the district. In the heartland of Nainital is the Naini Lake and Nakuchia Lake. Around 22 km away is the Bhimtal Lake. The Naina Peak is a lover’s hot spot and Pangot is a famous bird watching area.
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