A lot of people choose to go to foreign countries and cities for their honeymoons but there are a lot of beautiful places for Honeymooning couples in India. After a bit of research and asking around, I’ve collated a list of some of the best honeymoon destinations from where you can start off your journey of togetherness. Go explore the beauty of India and your relationship by visiting any these amazing places.
4 Best Honeymoon places in India:
1) Nainital, Uttarakhand –
A Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, Nainital can easily be called the storehouse of beauty and is one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in India. The beautiful lanscape makes Nainital absolutely mesmerizing.
Things you can do in Nainital: The star of your trip is definitely going to be the Naini Lake, which is situated in the middle of the town. Stroll around the lake and you’ll feel so relaxed, almost like you just went to the spa. You can also do a boat ride and admire the serene sounds of nature while you relax amidst the gurgling lake waters. The next place you must visit when in Nainital is the Naina Peak situated at an average of 8,579 feet (above mean sea level). The Naina Peak is sure to give you the best views of the entire city as it overlooks the entire valley. You can also watch the peaceful setting sun and the Naini Lake from the top of this mountain. However, it is important to note that Naina Peak also known as China Peak, can only be explored on foot and cannot be accessed if you’re looking at biking up to the mountain. The idea of beginning your journey with a bit of hiking definitely sounds cool, no? The Pandit G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, located close to the Naina Peak is home to lots of exotic and endangered species of animals and birds including the Himalayan Bear, Tibetan Wolf and the Snow Leopard, among various other animals.
Getting to Nainital: You can take a train to Kathgodham (located at the foothills of the Kumaon hills) from major cities such as Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata.
2) Udaipur, Rajasthan –
The City of Lakes, Udaipur is home to five prominent lakes. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II, it was the former capital of the Mewar Kingdom and has emerged as the ‘Venice of the East’.
Things you can do in Udaipur: The Sajjan Garh Palace, a hilltop palatial residence sits at an altitude of 3,100 feet (above mean sea level) will definitely be one of the key highlights of your honeymoon. You can watch the magnificent sunset with the love of your life by your side once you reach the top of the Sajjangarh Palace. You could also check out a lot of places City Palace, located on the banks of Lake Pichola, that happens to be the largest palace in Rajasthan and is a mixture of Medieval, European and Chinese architecture. The Palace itself has 11 palaces and will leave you in awe of its unique representations of the Royal life, antique furniture and elegantly done tile work. The Fateh Sagar Lake, constructed to the north-west of Udaipur is a must visit in the evenings to relax after a whole day of sightseeing. While you both unwind, treat yourself to the heavenly ‘Kulhad Coffee’ (piping hot coffee topped with chocolate, served in earthen pots) that keeps you warm in the chilly weather. Besides these you can visit all these cute cafes besides the lake for some cuddles by the lake. Have I mentioned you can also check of the luxurious hotels ON the lake? Check more about Udaipur.
Getting to Udaipur: The Maharana Pratap Airport is at a distance of 22 kilometres from the city. Udaipur can be reached via train and road from different regions of India.
3) Mysore, Karnataka –
Mysore, now officially renamed as Mysuru was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore and the seat of the former ruling Wodeyar Dynasty.
Things you can do in Mysore: The Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) is located in the heart of the city and is pretty much, the heart of the city. A must visit on Sunday evenings or on festive occasions between 7-7:45 pm as this Palace is lit up with more than 1,00,000 lamps and brightens up your day (quite literally). The Chamundi Hill is located about 13 kilometres from Mysore. The Chamundeswari Temple on top of the hill attracts tourists from India as well as abroad. It widely believed that the Goddess Durga fulfils devotees’ desires and aspirations. The road to the top of the hill enables you to capture a spectacular bird’s eye views of Mysore.
Getting to Mysore: The Bangalore International Airport is the nearest station and is about 170 kilometres away from Mysore. Mysore can be reached within 3 hours from Bangalore by bus, train or taxi.
4) Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir –
Pahalgam, a quiet little hill-station in Jammu and Kashmir is a visual treat. Verdant surroundings line the city of Pahalgam and it is graced by the presence of the mighty Himalayas.
Things you can do in Pahalgam: The mountain ranges and the water-bodies in Pahalgam make for good trekking and fishing spots. The Aru Valley is laden with lush green forests interrupted by cool stream water. If you both love trekking, visit the scenic Kolahoi glacier mounted over the Lidder River that can be accessed by ponies or horses (to an extent) but can mainly be accessed only by foot. Start off your journey of togetherness by seeking blessings at the Mamaleshwara Temple that is built out of pure gold and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pahalgam also has a golf course that golf-lovers can head to and experience the thrill of golfing around the Himalayan ranges. Your honeymoon is not complete without a visit to the market at City Shopping centre in Pahalgam where you can shop for your new families back home. You’ll find everything from Kashmiri handicrafts, delicate tea-sets with local designs, kaftans, Pashmina shawls, wooden trays and boxes made out of walnut wood along with a lot of other locally made products. Don’t forget to sip on the Kashmiri Kahwa while you’re cosying up in the midst of the cold breeze at Pahalgam.
Getting to Pahalgam: Pahalgam does not have its own independent airport but the closest airport to Pahalgam is Srinagar airport from where you can take a direct car that will drop you off at Pahalgam. Another way to reach Pahalgam is to take a train to Udhampur (Jammu) and then hire a car to drop you off at Pahalgam.
These places might come as a shocker to some of you, but these are indeed beautiful. If you want to for some tried and tested places beyond these, you can visit Munnar, Kodaikanal, Kerala, Manali, Shimla and pretty much the whole of Jammu and Kashmir for your honeymoon. If you feel I should include some other places, please feel free to drop a comment on message me on Instagram.