Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge….Lekin Kahan in India

Honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes with different budgets, whether you choose a beach vacation, a jungle safari, an adventurous trip or prefer a romantic hill-station— it all depends on your taste and budget. Here is a list of few breathtaking places in India where you can experience the best time of your life. From beaches to hill-tops to Himalayan ranges to desert, this list covers all the hottest tourist destinations making your honeymoon not less than a fairy-tale.
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In India you have a handful of choices, why to go abroad and spend thrice than your budget when you can have equally good experience in your own country? Once you have finally decided to go for a “Shuddh Desi Honeymoon Experience”, you haven’t settled for anything less. Here is a list of top honeymoon destinations that will kick your wanderlust, after all your honeymoon is meant to be a lengthy affair.

Here are the best experiences you can have in these places mentioned below: 
Houseboat Stay, Botanical Gardens, Lakeview stays, Shikara rides, Lip smacking Food, Shopping spree, Ancient forts and palaces, Luxury resort/hotel stays, Trekking, Local Music, Art & Dance, History, Desert Safari, Forts & Palaces, Festivals, View of Himalayan Ranges, Water Sports, Sunbathing, Temples & Monasteries, People & Culture, Hiking, City Tours, Havelis, Houseboats, Backwaters, Paragliding, Tea Gardens, Wildlife Exploration, Ayurveda & Wellness, Lifestyle, Waterfalls, Landscapes, Bird-watching and a lot more.

1. UDAIPUR

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Considered to be the most romantic city in the Eastern India, Udaipur exudes the peace which no other city in India can offer. The lavish streets with its rich culture and well-maintained green city deliver a tantalizing taste of Rajasthan’s cultural past.  Within the old city walls, the market provides a happy ambience with a rush of tourists, artisans and craftsmen, making the city a perfect delight for the newly married couple. Being a tourist hub, Udaipur boasts world-renowned hotels and resorts along with five-star culinary delights, where you get to spend a romantic time. Known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur encircles the blue waters of Lake Pichola which reflects the delicate marble based architecture of the monuments above, just viewing the Araveli range from the lake is a romantic treat in itself.

Other places to visit: Taj Lake View, Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary, City Ppalace, Fateh Prakash Palace and a lot more.

2. JAIPUR

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The Capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur, definitely holds its position out there. The historic monuments based on Hindu architecture are spread throughout the pink city. Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and Palace, Jantar Mantar, Sheesh Mahal, Panna Meena ka Kund, and City Palace are few among the many places to visit. If looking for entertainment along with a romantic time, Elefriend, Raj Mandir Cinema and Albert Hall Museum will make the trip worthy. Foodies can have a gala time eating at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar, Peshavari and Peacock Roof Top restaurant.
Jaipur is renowned for Galtaji, Birla Temple and Govind Dev Ji temple, while the adjoining district of Ajmer which is 130 km approx. is also a popular pilgrimage centre especially for Muslims.

3. MANALI

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Manali is one of the most exciting hill stations to get spiritualized by breath-taking natural beauties. The clattering sound of Rahala, Jogini, Rozy and Zana waterfalls, the 300mtr snow lift at the Solang Valley and hot water springs in Manikaran create a paradise of sorts. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so a romantic trek to reach the falls and hot water springs, rafting and road trip at the Rohtang pass with Tea n Maggi as a highway retreat is something that one must experience. As a pilgrim, pay a visit to the holy Manikaran Gurudwara, and Raghunath, Hidimba and Manu temples.

4. SHIMLA

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The hub of Indian tourism, Shimla is perhaps the most romantic place enveloped by snow-capped mountain ranges in winters, and tall trees. The wonderful locations and calm atmosphere made Shimla the summer Capital of India in British era. Fagu, Summer Hill, Hatu Peak and many other locations are perfect spots for experience seekers. Other places to check-in are The Mall Road, Kuthar Fort, State Museum, Jakhu temple, Tattapani, Himalayan bird sanctuary etc. Within no time you can reach the outskirts entering Chail, Kufri and other beautiful locations to add adventure to the amazing trip.

5. NAINITAL

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A place with endless exploration opportunities, Nainital is one of the shining stars of the Himalayan range. The Lake District is pleasant throughout the year with the highest temperature of 27 degrees and a minimum of 10. Enjoy boat ride and ropeway at 2270mts above the beautiful Naina Lake to have a glance at the Kumaon region, and don’t forget to pay a visit to the Tibetan Market which is famous for its momos. Naina peak, Lands’ end and China Peak give a 360degree view of the mountain ranges at Tibet border and the Himalayas which is a heaven in disguise for photographers and adventure seekers. Eco Cave Park, Mall Road, the historic Raj Bhavan and the local zoo are few places to go along with children, while the famous Nanda Devi temple, Mukteshwar Temple and Hanuman Garhi are few must visit temples for those who seek religious peace in the hills. For an extended trip, bird-watching and sight-seeing at Sattal, Tiffin Top, Palgot & Kilbury bird sanctuary, and Khurpa Taal are highly recommended.

6. KERALA

a. MUNNAR

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Known as the Kashmir of South, Munnar is situated in the lap of Western Ghats, where you are sure to get mesmerised by the nature’s beauty at the confluence of Kundali, Nallathanni, and Muthirapuzha rivers. Munnar has a lot of scenic spots to range over; Mattupetty Dam and the Kundala Lake welcome you to boat around and observe the greens, whereas the Echo Point, Valara Waterfalls and Karadippara View Point give a kaleidoscopic view of the Western Ghats. The hill station is well-known for its tea, rubber, pineapple and spice plantations; in fact, visiting the Tata Tea Museum is highly recommended. The canopy surrounding Munnar is Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park which is a popular attraction for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Ibex), whereas an ayurvedic massage after the rugged elephant safari and trekking is heaven in disguise.

b. THIRUVANANTHAURAM

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Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum aka “evergreen city of India” has numerous places to visit including beaches and temples. The city’s rich cultural heritage is portrayed in Kowdiar Palace, the Kanakakunnu Palace, Sree Chithra Art Gallery and Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, while Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, and Attukal Temple hold religious significance. The pristine beaches of Trivandrum are silent and eco-friendly, while the localites are accommodating which gives a glimpse of what Kerala has to offer. The white sand and blue water front at Shankumugham Beach offers peace of mind. Lion safari at Neyyar Dam, an excursion at the Napier Museum and Zoo with children, and a family picnic at the Veli Tourist Village will wrap up your trip to Kerala’s capital with some recreation.

c. KOCHI

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The largest agglomeration in the prosperous state of Kerala, Kochi (Cochin) is one of the most-frequented travel hubs of South India. The Chinese nets at the Kochi Fort facing the sea give a beautiful start to explore the God’s own country. Vypin Island is easily connected by ferries, and here you can enjoy boat ride and spot dolphins at the beautiful Cherai Beach. The walk at the Marine Drive promenade gives a picturesque view of the waters. The cosmopolitan city is also famous for many holy places like Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Ernakulathappan Temple, Ettumanoor Shiva Temple, Kadamattom Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica. One can spend some quality time at Wonderla Amusement Park, Kashi Art Gallery, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Jewish Synagogue, Folklore Museum, Museum of Art and Kerala History, and Cochin Cultural Centre.

Other Places to visit: Cherai, Thekaddy, Kumarakom, Kovalam and many more.

7. HAVELOCK ISLAND

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The transparent blue water that surrounds the island surely makes a tantalizing sight. Water sports or a sun-bath can be cherished before high tide. White sand, turquoise blue water and a pleasant atmosphere awaits your presence at the Radhanagar Beach. Neil Island where you’ll find the Sitapur Beach, Laxmanpur Beach, and several other beaches named after the characters from Ramayana, Mark Bay Beach, Kaala Pathar Beach and Guitar Island are other natural beauties that you must visit. Other luxuries like steam, sauna and massage can also be experienced at and around these pristine locations.
Andaman Island offers a great scuba diving experience. The breath-taking coral reef is sure to lead to an unforgettable experience. Have the time of your life with elephant ride and jet-skiing at the Elephant Beach. If you are a daredevil, Havelock Island is the place to challenge the Bear Grylls in you. Hiking and trekking in the sub-tropical forests, and reaching the saddle peak should also feature on your bucket list.

8. DARJEELING

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Darjeeling, West Bengal often referred to as Queen of the Hills, is very popular for its sunrise point at the Tiger Hill which offers a panoramic view of the great Kanchenjunga. Lava, Sandakphu, Chattakpur, Ghanti Dara too are few more spots to view the Himalayan Range. In fact, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling offers training and courses in Mountaineering and has a museum and a memorial (Tenzing Memorial & Rock); close to the institute is the local zoo (Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park) which has the world’s largest single captive population of Snow Leopards. The zoo also has very rare animal species like Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf and Himalayan Bear etc. which will surely excite the children. To add a little more exploration to the journey, Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Ropeway and a Toy Train ride scheduled in the morning and afternoon by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is must to experience. In the evening, a walk at Tibetan Refugee self-help Centre to buy Tibetan handcrafts and accessories is a mesmerising social interaction. The colourful town centre known as Chowrasta offers a fantastic view of the mountains shadowing the promenade. One can also pamper their taste buds with local and cosmopolitan delicacies like momos and thukpa and other Indo-Chinese recipes. Darjeeling is of course renowned for its Tea gardens from where you can buy the freshly-picked tea and leaves. Other places of religious and cultural interests are St. Andrews Church, Japanese Temple, Bengal Natural History Museum, DHR Ghoom Museum and War Memorial.

9. KASHMIR

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The crown of India welcomes you to explore its breath-taking beauties which make it the Paradise on Earth. The snow-capped Himalayan range full of adventure and the silent lakes will leave you asking for more. Kashmir is indeed the most romantic treat India has to offer.

a. Srinagar

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Thesummer capital of the state also known as “Venice of the East” ensures a lot of exploration. Srinagar is located on the banks of Jhelum River; you can enjoy a boat ride near the Mughal gardens which is a must to do in Srinagar and apart from that a lot of religious places like Jama Masjid, Kheer Bhawani Temple, Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi etc. In fact, there is a cable car project that will take you to the shrine of Makhdoom Sahib on the Hari Parbat. Wildlife loving couples can visit the Wular Lake and Salim Ali National Park for bird watching.
A Srinagar trip will be incomplete without a romantic Shikara ride which is the cultural symbol of Kashmir, basically a wooden boat like gondolas of Venice. It’s recommendable to have a boathouse dinner on Dal Lake. Don’t forget to check out the floating vegetable market and floating gardens cruising around the place of interest.
Places to visit: Nushrat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tulip Garden, Chashm-e-shahi, Dal Lake, Nehru Park, botanical Garden, Shankaracharya and Shiv temples etc.

b. Gulmarg

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Gulmarg (Gaurimarg), is the “heartland of winter sports in India”, where one can simply try his luck on snow-skiing, which is the 16th best in the world. Other adventure activities you can experience here are trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, water skiing, and fishing. Golf lovers can check out the highest green golf course in the world here whereas for the religious souls Baba Reshi, Haji Murad at Kreeri and Tangmarg are few destinations to stop by. If lucky, you might have a glimpse of a movie shoot. Bobby, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Highway are the few that have shot here. The peak season to visit Gulmarg is between December and March.
A Gondola ride along with the children is something you must look for in Gulmarg, being Asia’s longest and highest cable-car project at about 13,780 ft., the ride portrays astonishing views of the neighbouring mountain range. The thrilling ride will drop you at the other corner of Khilanmarg to explore more of Kashmir.
Other Places in Kashmir- Sonamarg , Pahalgam, Martand Sun Temple, Aru Valley, Bbtaab Valley etc.

10. DALHOUSIE

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Western Himachal is a package full of nature and beauty. Wherever you look, the landscapes will take you to another world. Dalhousie, the small hill-station delivers an old world charm where you may laze around in luxuries and sightseeing. The old school architecture and few natural spots (Danikund Lake, Chamera Lake, Ganji Pahari) are ideal places to cruise and chill-out with friends and family. St. John and St. Patrick are the two very old Churches, where you can seek spiritual solace. Not so far is Khajjiar, particularly known as the “Mini Switzerland of India”. The Khajjiar Lake and Ground is a picnic spot where the horses are available for you to take a ride around the blue lake. In the midst of the green field is the Khajji Nag temple (12 Century AD) which is a holy place with 5 trees named after Pandavas who built it, as it is believed by the locals. The place is surrounded by thick green lush from behind which makes this solitary destination a must visit.

11. SIKKIM

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The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is a travel destination that must be added in your travel diary. Surrounded by the Himalayan Range and lush green environment, the city has a lot to explore. The numerous vantage points display a terrific view of the Kanchenjunga. Tsomgo Lake, Banjhakri Falls and the popular tourist hot-spots Seven Sisters Waterfall, Naga Waterfall and Bakthang Waterfalls are some of the water bodies describing the beauty of the North-East. The Tashi and Singhik View Points are the nature lovers’ delight to capture the snow coated Mt. Khangchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu on a clear day whereas the animal lovers can pay a visit to the Himalayan Zoological Park in Bulbulay, Deer Park (Rustamji Park) and Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary to witness the wild habitat of the region.
A number of Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples are there in Gangtok, where one can go and seek inner peace. Hanuman Tok, Ranka Monastery, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Enchey Monastery, Do-Drul Chorten Stupa, Phensong Monastery, and Shiva Temple are frequented by tourists.

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The North Sikkim district is perhaps one of the most beautiful places to be in India, bordering China in the foothills of Himalaya. A six hour drive from Gangtok brings you to a bifurcated route going to Gurudongmar Lake (Lachen), which is one of the highest lakes in the world, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and Khangchengyao Range, however only Indian citizens can catch a glimpse of it, others are restricted to Chopta Valley which is 13200 ft. above sea level leading towards the greater Himalayan valley known as Muguthang (15500 ft.) The sister village of Lachen known as Lachung has a lot of exquisite villages in Northern Sikkim and the popular tourist hot-spot is the Yumthang valley where hot springs are scattered and its surrounding areas such as Katao, Zero Point and Yumesamdong give a mesmerising sight. Mt. Katao near Lachung gathers people to enjoy snow-adventures all around the year. Although, few places are not easily accessible being a Defence establishment near the China border but North Sikkim has a lot to explore in this lifetime.

Other places to visit: Namchi and Dzongri and Pelling. If you are a wild soul, then you can go on a trekking tour to Gurudongmar Lake.

12. AGRA

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Situated at the banks of river Yamuna, Agra is one of the greatest cities of historical importance in Uttar Pradesh. Of course, the land of Taj Mahal which is a symbol of love is among the biggest tourist destination in the world making it the most preferred place for the lovers to be.

Other places to visit: Mehtab Bagh in front of the Taj, The Agra Fort, Tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani (Jodha Bai), Ram Bagh and religious places like Guru ka Taal, Mankameshwar Temple, Moti Masjid and the Jama Masjid.

13. JAISALMER

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Every old city has exciting tales to impress and a spirit to live. The desert city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is one such city, which offers facts about the courageous rulers and its royal citizens of the bygone era. Being unique in its beauty, the city lies in the heart of Thar Desert, making it one of the most romantic destinations to spend your honeymoon. The city holds an incredible yellow stone architecture along with other monuments and abandoned villages with local historical importance. Jaisalmer is known for its camel safari and exotic stays in tents, making it an exciting place to be with your loved ones. Jaisalmer may be in the heart of a desert, but the heart of the city is vibrant and pleasant.

Other places to visit: Bada Bbagh, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, The Thar Heritage Museum, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Patwa ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake etc.

14. GOA

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Goa! Words aren’t enough to describe this place. A destination full of fun, from water sports to sightseeing or luxury stays, Goa has every element you look out for in a honeymoon hotspot.  Beaches, forts, churches, temples, bazaars, bars, food shacks, so much to explore at a time, Goa as a state is nt just a destination it’s a place that heals your spiritual self. Here you can party like never before and eat authentic Goan food which is world famous, the serenity and tourist culture will make you blend with the surrounding and all you will wish is to extend your tour package to experience more of it. From romantic parasailing to dolphin spotting and spending lazy time at the exquisite beaches, Goa is the most undisputed tourist place in India.

Other places to visit: Aguada Fort, Panjim, Baga, Callangute, Mmafgaon, Hilltop festival, Vagator, Deltin Royale Cruise Ship and the list is never ending.

15. JODHPUR

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Imagine entering a Royal city where you will be treated like one of the ruling Rajputana Royalas from the past. Jodhpur being one of the most historic places in India offers a royal retreat of its tourists. Waking up to a beautiful desert morning with your lover and getting to see the first ray of sunlight in the country, isn’t that special? Jodhpur is also called Sun City as the sun rises here every morning at the very first place. The magnificent forts and palaces in Jodhpur with thousands of camel walking around you will surely impress you with its cultural heritage. The best time to visit Jodhpur is during winters when the days and forgiving and calm. You and your lover can explore more than 30 tourist places at any time of the day to get the true essence of Rajasthan and make the best of your honeymoon.

Other places to visit: Mehrangarh Fort, Balsamand Lake, Kailana Lake, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park,Zanana Mahal, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Mandore Gardens, Clock Tower etc.

16. PONDICHERRY

With a rich French culture and architecture, Pondicherry provides a delight for your eyes as well as soul, especially when you are vacationing on your honeymoon. The wide boulevards, spacious promenade alongside the beautiful beaches make Pondicherry a destination worthy of being visited. The Union Territory is untouched by modern day hustle bustle of daily lives and has maintained its vacation feel throughout the decades. The old school European feel with amalgamation of South Indian culture here will leave an indelible imprint on their hearts. The beautiful tree houses at the backwaters of Pondicherry are exclusively made for the honeymoon goers and as compared to other destinations, Pondicherry is much cheaper because of tax rules. Hence, considering this place for a holiday has to be considered.

Other places to visit: Botanical Garden, Raj Niwas, The Promenade, Park Monument, French War Memorial, Auroville, Manakula Vijaynagar Temple and there is a lot more to discover here.

17. OOTY

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Picking up Ooty as your one-stop honeymoon destination will give you a much needed break from bustling city. The hill-station allows you to rejuvenate amid the greenery and most marvelous aspects of Mother Nature. Ooty, today is one of the ideal honeymoon destinations in India. Being far from the city clamor in Tamil Nadu, Ooty dwells a pleasant climate throughout the year which attract tourists from all over the globe. The calmness and serenity here at the Queen of all hill-stations in India, makes it the most esteemed holiday destination. The picturesque settings are a delight for nature enthusiasts and allow you to take in the many eucalyptus trees, verdant landscapes along with vibrant gardens and lake views, making sure nothing is being missed out on a honeymoon trip.

Other places to visit: Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Dobbabeta, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake, Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Mukurti National Park and a lot more places to explore.

18. LAKSHADWEEP

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Lakshadweep is a perfect destination for honeymooners, cruising over the crystal clear water and candle light dinners at exotic beach resorts along with adventures and leisure activities makes this place a perfect honeymoon destination. You and your lover can just sit back and relax here for a week or so, staying away from the daily hustle bustle breaking the monotony. Indian Ocean is perhaps one of the best oceans to witness the Dolphin pods, the spectacular views of the very rich whale and dolphin fauna in Lakshadweep is something which shouldn’t be missed out, especially if you are touring the Union Territory during their migration period. Apart from many species of Whales some commonly found Dolphins in this region are Spinner Dolphins, Risso’s dolphin, Common and Indo-Pacific bottle nosed Dolphins.

The Beach Houses in Lakshadweep are one of the most popular places to stay as the luxury and hospitality here is of highest order. The supersized beach villas offer spectacular view of the blue water from every angle, and an uninterrupted atmosphere at a private beach here makes this place perfect for the honeymooners.

Other places to visit: Bangaram Atoll, Kadmat Island, Kavaratti, Kalpeni Island, Minicoy Island and Agatti Island.