So you finally did it, you walked down the aisle and married the person of your dreams.
Now, before your life together can truly begin, you must consider one of the most important things that you can do as a new couple—your honeymoon. You could go to a travel agency and check out all the brochures, go online and surf the net for ideas, or you could consider spending a romantic getaway in India.
Here are the best honeymoon destinations in India:
No doubt about it, Goa is one of the most popular and is often considered as the ultimate honeymoon spot in India. It has a number of natural beaches such as the Betalbatim, Agonda, Baga, Calangute and Majorda beaches, coconut trees, heritage monuments, temples and churches. Portuguese influence is very much alive all around the area, as seen in the culture and architecture. Goa is also popular for its vibrant nightlife, so you and your spouse can go out for a night filled with music and dancing.
Accommodations can be found all over Goa, from romantic huts to beachside bungalows. You can frolic in the beach and work on your tan as you sip a cool drink. Parasailing and water skiing equipment are available for rent so both of you can experience the joy of these activities.
It’s an international tourist spot, so keep in mind that a honeymoon in Goa will be more expensive compared to other Indian destinations.
2. Kullu Manali
This is a great place to get close to nature. It’s a dream destination for holidays and honeymoon in North India. The pleasant climate draws people in, and its best known for its lakes, boat riding, water sports, and rock climbing. Want to do a bit of shopping? There’s the Mall Road and Tibetan Market for that. The Naina Peak leads avid trekkers to a forest filled with flowers and humongous trees. There’s even a cable car connecting Snow View to the main town, and you can see the lake while you’re in it.
4. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The exotic environment, top-notch hotels, superior dining, and many adventure sports and activities make this place perfect even for the most finicky of tourists. Enjoy seeing the rich marine life while you scuba dive, explore sunken ships, and marvel at the vastness of the ocean. Go waterskiing or windsurfing to your heart’s content. If both of you are fans of sea food, they cook the best sea food dishes here using traditional Indian cooking methods. And once you’re satisfied, you can head back to the beach and loll around on the white sand.
Also known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is a wonderful city located in the middle of Pichola Lake. It has one of the finest architectural works in all of India and is a cultural marvel. Imagine beautiful palaces built in the middle of the lake—it’s a setting right out of a Disney movie. Udaipur is very popular for its royal weddings, and it is the prime choice for nuptials of the rich and famous, from Bollywood movies stars, tycoons, politicians and VIPs. The palaces will take your breath away, and you and your spouse can enjoy a romantic gondola ride in the lakes.
If you want a different kind of honeymoon experience, and the idea of beaches and ski slopes make you want to yawn, then head on out to Ranthambore for a once in a lifetime adventure. Ranthambore National Park is home to many tigers and other wildlife. You get the experience of being on a safari while having a romantic time with your spouse. You can go on a safari ride in the park and meet the people of the Meena tribe for a taste of the local culture.
Often referred to as the Scotland of India, this place offers fantastic waterfalls, luscious greenery, and the tranquil waters of the Cauvery River flowing through the hills in the area, so if you and your spouse are big nature fans, this is the place to be for your honeymoon. Visit Nagarahole National Park and take a walk in the forest. Plan on stopping by the Tibetan Golden Temple, which is the second largest settlement of Tibetan monks in India. Coorg is famous for its coffee, so visit the coffee plantation. Then, have a cup of coffee at one of the dining establishments there, where you can also enjoy traditional dishes lovingly prepared for both of you.
These places are among India’s many popular honeymoon destinations, and whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a memorable time with your spouse. It’s the perfect way to begin your life as a married couple.