Planning a winter honeymoon in India? Here’s a list of some romantic destinations to explore this January!
Trying to figure out where to go on your much-deserved post-wedding getaway? Booking.com, the digital travel leader connecting travelers with the widest choice of unique places to stay at has curated a list of honeymoon destinations that can go to in India for that much-deserved to experience a trip of a lifetime. Whether you are looking for adventure and excitement, or a serene getaway, or romantic destinations to spend your honeymoon in we’ve got you covered.
Nothing better than a romantic getaway to the hill stations during the winter. Here’s a list of hilly destinations in India that’s perfect for you and your spouse to cuddle up in.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
If you are looking at unexplored destination for your honeymoon, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is the place to be. Avoid the crowd and enjoy a calm chilly atmosphere as the city shines through white snow and clear skies. You can spend a day exploring the Tawang Monastery, the heavenly Sangestar Lake and the Tawang War Memorial. Interestingly, Sangetsar Lake is also called Madhuri Lake, as it’s named after Madhuri Dixit, who shot a dance sequence for one of her movies here. So, while you plan your itinerary, make sure you pack your snow jackets and boots as the temperature drops till 1 - 3 degrees in Tawang.
Referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong is considered to be the most romantic honeymoon destination in India. The city stands out with its tall pine conifers, pineapple shrubs, and undulating terrains. Honeymooners can go and enjoy some water sports at Umiam lake or walk down the streets of Mawlynnong to explore the wood carvings and traditional craftsmanship while listening to the cultural music.
Peaceful Nature Trails
If you are a couple who prefers to be amidst a peaceful location while still finding your nature-clad adventure, then these destinations should definitely find a top spot in your priority list.
There is a greener paradise full of plantations, forests, and wildlife waiting for all you lovers in Wayanad, Kerala. Falling on the Western Ghats, Wayanad is known for its history and culture and its year-round pleasant weather. Another fascinating thing about Wayanad is its large tribal population of about fifty-strong tribes and their amusing lifestyle. So plan a quick trip to explore various serene locations in the green city such as the Edakkal Caves, Soochipara Waterfalls, Kuruvadweep, and the Banasura Sagar Dam. You could either stay at fancy hotels by the pools or at treetop houses, mud huts in between the jungles.
Araku, Andhra Pradesh
Located on the Eastern Ghats, Araku or Araku Valley is a scenic hill station famous for its coffee plantations. Nature lovers can find themselves enjoying the pleasant climate, lush greenery and waterfalls in Araku. Borra caves, Katiki Falls, Tribal Museum and Padmapuram Botanical Gardens are the top places to visit in Araku which will make you want to pack your bags right away. And if you are lucky, you will get to witness tribal folk dances of Araku called Dhimsa and Mayuri.
Snow-clad mountainsDreaming of snuggling up with your loved one by the bonfire, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the crispness of the air and white of the mountains? Then these destinations are meant for you.
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Often referred to as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is heaven during winters and it is one of the most romantic places to see snow in the country. The vast snow-laden meadows surrounded by snow-capped mountains would make you never want to come back. A perfect destination for your honeymoon, Khajjiar is known to be a laid-back town where you can just sit back and soak in the tranquillity of the Himalayan beauty.
Auli, is one of the best destinations for a winter honeymoon if you enjoy the snow. For many reasons, including its beautiful glittering slopes, crisp winter air and breathtakingly clean environment, Auli is the place to be. A heaven for adrenaline junkies to enjoy winter sports like skiing, ice skating and experience the cable car ride. A honeymoon in Auli will ensure you will return with a bag full of memories and a camera full of mesmerising shots.
For couples who enjoy the wilderness here are some honeymoon destinations to explore and get to watch the animals in their natural habitats.
Sundarbans, West Bengal
For all the wildlife enthusiasts, The Sundarbans National Park is the place to visit during the winter. This lush green stretch of mangrove forest by the River Ganga is one of the best national parks in India. Cruising in the motor boats and spending the night in the forest bungalows make Sundarban Forest one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. Though the park remains open from September to March, the ideal time to visit is November to February to rejoice the thrill of spotting Bengal tigers sunbathing on the banks of the Ganges.
Ranthambore is yet another place that one can explore for your honeymoon this year. Located in Sawai Madhopur region of Rajasthan, this national park boasts of its tiger population. Also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, this is an idyllic romantic retreat for couples. For a memorable honeymoon you can enjoy a romantic glamping experience in the desert and indulge in star-gazing with your partner.
Does every wedding need after-parties? Yes, hence most couples think of their honeymoon turning into a party by the beach. India is known for great beaches & islands, with, of course, Goa being the most visited one. They also say that honeymoon at an island is a cliché. But they don’t know there is nothing perfect than blue waters, open skies, and white shores.
Diu, Daman and Diu
The tiny island city of Diu, in the Union Territory of Daman and Diu, is blessed by stunning beaches on the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea. Spending private moments in solitude and basking in its natural charms makes Diu is one of the most romantic places in India. Walk along the seams of the beaches while watching the sunset or take a dip in the Arabian Sea, for a picture-perfect honeymoon.
A few hours away from Goa, lies Gokarna, a town on the Arabian Sea, in Karnataka. Gokarna is different from other beach towns, as here you trek to beaches with very interesting names like Half Moon Beach, Om Beach, Paradise Beach, and Kudle Beach. And if you are lucky, you can catch the phytoplanktons at midnight at Paradise beach under the stars. Your itinerary should include catching the sunset at Kudle Beach, relishing the roasted chicken steak at Namaste Cafe, Om Beach and riding the Banana boat.
Surrounded by quaint islands, sun-kissed beaches, and crystal clear lagoons, this picture-perfect island group is an abode of sheer romance. Laze on the sparkling sandy beaches or go for a romantic stroll and enjoy the sunset, go snorkeling at Agatti Island, scuba diving at Bangaram Island, and fishing at Kadmat Island there is enough and more for you to do to kindle the romantic fire.
The Thrilling & Adventurous Desert
The idea of camping in a desert excites us all, especially in January, with the fascinating sunsets, sand dunes as the bonfire compliments the chilly weather - a romantic desert honeymoon at the Rann of Kutch or Jaisalmer in Rajasthan sets the perfect vibe for partners to celebrate their connection.
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Considered to be one of the largest deserts in the world, Rann of Kutch is situated in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India. The salt marsh also conducts various desert safaris, ATV rides, paramotoring and other adventure activities for travelers. To enjoy actual desert living, you can opt to stay in a tent on the desert and stargaze while laying on cold sand into the open sky. Among other things, you must include is a visit to the Kala Dungar to get a beautiful panoramic view of the entire desert.
The city of Jaisalmer is a little unique from other desert lands in Rajasthan. The golden architecture adds a different charm to this sand city. Jaisalmer is ideal for honeymooners in January as the temperature is chilly and winter morning sun just adds to it. Before you drive away to the desert for some adventure rides, take a boat ride in the famous Gadisar lake or try the ‘dal-bati choorma’ to soothe your taste buds. You could also camp in one of the luxury tents at the Thar desert, enjoy a camel safari and rejoice some folk music performances in the evening.