Shaadi fixed, shopping started and all geared up to start planning your honeymoon?! Trust us, this is one part of the entire wedding event that you need to give utmost attention to. And before you start planning the little details, it’s the destination you both need to zero down on. While we’ve already told you about the best beach destinations in India, this post is for those who prefer to steer clear of the beaches. If you and your hubby are looking for honeymoon destinations in India other than beaches, here are the 10 most gorgeous ones!
1. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Nestled in the Nilgiri range, this quaint little hill station is ideal for the couple who is looking forward to spending some peaceful time together. Away from the hustle bustle of the city, the tea gardens and waterfalls of Coonoor guarantee a magical time. There are a lot of budget hotels available and you can easily spend 3 to 5 days relaxing and rejuvenating in Coonoor. Added bonus - Ooty is just 20 kms away and you can easily combine the two destinations!
2. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali will always remain a favourite amongst honeymooning couples. From indulging in adventure activities such as paragliding, trekking and river rafting, Manali also offers some very scenic views. Cute little cafes and sunset points are just perfect for the evenings. Manali also boasts of some amazing resorts in various budgets that ensure your stay is filled with fun and romance.
3. Leh, Ladakh
Everyone needs to visit Leh at least once in their life, so why not take that trip for your honeymoon?! For the couple who loves adventure, this place is just perfect. The breathtaking views, the beautiful lakes, monasteries and rustic mountains offer an experience like no other. The best time to visit Leh is from February to June and October to December. The Pangong Lake is a must visit and do take a safari through the Hemis National Park to spot snow leopards!
4. Wayanad, Kerala
A popular honeymoon destination in South India, Wayanad boasts of natural beauty like no other. The lush green forests are absolutely breathtaking and the tranquil waters make for an exotic sight. Take a stroll through the forests or a walk alongside the river. Whatever you choose to do, Wayanad guarantees a romantic time with your bae. Trust us, you’ll cherish this vacation forever.
Rich in heritage and culture, Rajasthan is ideal for the couple who loves history and has a taste for royalty. From enchanting palaces and havelis to charming lakes, from mighty forts to beautiful folk dances… Rajasthan has a lot to offer. The camel rides, cultural evenings and delicious Rajasthani food will make sure that your honeymoon is perfect in every little way. Plan a good 10-12 days vacation and travel across Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer. Ooh, and the desert safari is a must!
6. Shillong, Meghalaya
It’s also called the Scotland Of The East, and rightly so. Packed with the charm of the colonial era, the beauty of Shillong will leave you mesmerised. Hilly roads, pine trees and water falls lend a dreamy touch to this stunning hill station. Shillong also boasts of a fun nightlife so you and your hubby are sorted on that front too! For a week long honeymoon, Shillong is just perfect.
7. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling is magical! The weather, the architecture, the colonial era charm, the quaint little cafes, the beautiful scenery… Everything about Darjeeling will leave you charmed. Snuggle up with your hubby as you enjoy the views from your hotel balcony or a take a trip to the tea gardens. You can even enjoy the most breathtaking views of the sunrise from Tiger Hill. This is one experience you both will never forget.
8. Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is nature's heaven. Wildlife, hills, western ghats, tea gardens - this picturesque hill station has it all. And no matter how far you look, you’ll be greeted with lush greenery. A nature trek or a visit to the Eravikulam National Park, Munnar is ideal for a mini honeymoon of 5-7 days. Best time to visit is from October to March and January to May. Also, as far as your stay here goes, from budget to luxury, you can always find a resort that fits your bill.
9. Coorg, Karnataka
How could this list ever be complete without the mention of the Scotland of India. Scintillating and mesmerizing, Coorg is a nature lover’s paradise. Soak in the rich culture, indulge in some bird watching, go hiking or pay a visit to the breathtaking waterfalls. Coorg will leave you refreshed and the setting guarantees a lot of intimate moments with your hubby. And since it’s a popular tourist destination, you can expect some amazing resorts and homestays too.
10. Srinagar, J&K
The timeless beauty of Srinagar is and will always remain unmatched. To experience some Bollywood type romance, take a Shikara ride and soak in the beautiful views as you snuggle with him. The Kashmiri food, the Mughal gardens, the houseboats, this place will leave you awestruck. For a romantic honeymoon spanning a week to 10 days, Srinagar is just perfect. Internal Images: Shutterstock