From sprawling beaches and exotic deserts to emerald backwaters and fabulous mountains, India has it all when it comes to planning a romantic getaway with your honey!
1) Goa Honeymoon
With its sunny beaches, architectural splendours and numerous places of worship, Goa hits the numero Uno spot on our list.
Best time to visit: During the dry and cool season that lasts from October to mid April.
Why we love it: For its Goan food specialities, the 15th Century Portuguese Architecture, sun and surf at top Goa beach resorts , breathtaking views overlooking endless emerald waters and of course its shopping.
Things to do: We recommend visiting the Anjuna flea market (which is open every Wednesday, except during the rainy season), the Churches of old Goa particularly ‘The Basilica of Bom Jesus’ where the body of St. Francis Xavier is preserved and, if it interests you, the wildlife sanctuaries of Bhagwan Mandir and Cotigao . Scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports are ideal for couples looking for adventure.
Where to stay: Home-stays, boutique hotels, resorts and beach huts – when it comes to honeymooning in Goa, there are options aplenty. The Taj , The Leela and many other luxury resorts offer ideal choices for honeymooners from outside India.
2) Agra and Taj Mahal Honeymoon
Looking for the most remarkable and romantic honeymoon destination in India? Then undoubtedly, it is the Taj Mahal.
Best time to visit: January and February are good months to visit as they are cool and there is no fog. Ideal time to see the Taj Mahal is at sunrise and sunset, preferably on a full moon day. The light is just right and shows the monument at its best. The Taj Mahotsav, a festival showcasing Indian art, culture and heritage, takes place each year from February 18th to 27th.
Why we love it: If it hadn’t been for love, this UNESCO heritage monument would not have existed in the first place. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of The World, the construction of the Taj Mahal took 22 long years. It is truly an epitome of love that attracts millions of people from all over the world.
Things to do: Day trips to Fatehpur Sikri which was the Moghul capital and The Bharatpur Bird sanctuary (which is about 55 kilometres away from Agra) are definitely recommended. You can actually combine your Goa and Agra trip depending on how long you plan on honeymooning. You can also take a day trip to Delhi, the capital of India, from Agra. Emperor Akbar’s tomb is located 13 kilometres from Agra and is one of the must-see places for its Mughal Architecture.
Where to stay: While Agra is not one of the best places to stay on your honeymoon, there are a few luxury hotels including The ITC Mughal or The Retreat which are decent and luxurious. People are also known to stay in Delhi and visit Agra as a day trip.
3) Kerala honeymoon – God’s Own Country
Geographical beauty, holistic spas and beautiful weather are just a few factors that will give you lasting memories of your Kerala honeymoon.
Best time to visit: Best months to visit Kerala are between October and March.
Why we love it: For its relaxing and rejuvenating Ayurvedic spas, of course. The ancient Indian medical science of Ayurveda has been around for centuries and is proven to eliminate disease-causing toxins to restore health and vitality. It also has many palaces, forests and forts that are UNESCO World heritage sites. Kerala is considered the ideal honeymoon spot for true nature lovers.
Where to stay: Definitely the houseboats on the backwaters! These are fully equipped with talented chefs who will please you with lip smacking food at a short notice. Alternatively, the award-winning luxurious Maya Spa at The Zuri Kumarakom, is perfect for couples looking to relax and unwind after a hectic wedding.
Things to do: Get an Ayurvedic spa, or go on a luxurious houseboat cruise in the backwaters. You can also visit temples, go hiking, or take in the artwork in the form of Mural paintings . If you are a tea lover, the state also has top tea plantations that are ideal for trekking as well.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Honeymoons in India series….
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