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Shimla, the eternal favoriteTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

Since time memorial, Shimla has been the favorite spot for a mountain getaway and especially for the honeymooners. Attracting honeymooners for quite some time now, Shima is India's most famous romantic destination. What works in Shimla’s favour is that it is easily approachable. Though it is in hills, but you don’t feel it to be that tough. Big city, buzz all around, fits into all pockets. This wonderfully cool and charming town sprawls along a mountain ridge, enveloped in oak, pine and rhododendron forests. It's quite famous for its colonial Tudor and Neo-Gothic style buildings, and historic railway. The Kalka-Shimla train is a picture of romance as it slowly winds its way through the misty mountains and thick pine forests. If possible, try and book one of the special Shivalik Queen compartments for honeymooners. The fresh, crisp air is so invigorating and enlivening, while the scenery will transport you to a world far away from urban tensions, where romance comes naturally. Old timers might like to look around for some peace, but Shimla will retain its position at the top.

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There are plenty of romantic ideas for Shimla, best being taking a stroll on the Mall, holding hands. Kufri is always the must go in any Shimla trip. For those who like adventure and adrenaline, there are also plenty of activities such as trekking, horse riding, and ice skating (in winters) on offer. But then a honeymoon trips has to be different from a normal tourist trip. Stay options for all type of budgets.

Agra, the monument of loveTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

Unremarkable Agra offers one of the most remarkable and romantic sights in India, the magnificent monument of love that is the Taj Mahal. Don’t need to say much about one of the seven new wonders of the world- Taj Mahal. Probably the biggest draw for the honeymooners is the fact that this was built by an emperor all because of his love towards his queen. ‘Will you build a Taj Mahal for me?’ might seem a joke but a whole generation of lovers feel a satisfaction and inspiration for their own love by just having a view together of Taj. And that implies not just for honeymooners in India but from across the world. Agra also represents the greatness of India’s all accommodating culture. Presumably Taj is just a class apart with no comparison but Agra has a plenty of monuments besides Taj, which by themselves are worthy of a visit, whether it is Sikandra or Red Fort or Fathepur Sikri or Itmad-ud-Daula.

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What could be more romantic for your India honeymoon than having a close up and uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal from your hotel window! One of the most splendid sights you can possibly have is your own private view of the Taj Mahal, as it takes on different colored hues in the changing light of the day. There are a few hotels near Taj which offer a view from the room itself. If you feel, Taj is a bit crowdy affair, then go to other side of Yamuna to Mahtab Bag. You will not just enjoy the romantic peace, but also have the unparalleled panoramic view of Taj with Yamuna flowing in the foreground.

Nainital, cool and scenicTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

Just a five-six hour’s drive from Delhi make it a very popular bait among tourist, especially honeymooners. Named after the lake Naini, this hill station is a beautiful spot for couples to soak in the beautiful scenery and splendid mountain landscapes. This again is one of the most traditionally popular honeymoon spots. An erstwhile summer retreat of the British, Nainital is a lovely little hill station popular with nature lovers and honeymooners for its tranquil environs. Ensconced amid the Kumaon hills, the eye-shaped Naini Lake is the lifeline of Nainital. All activity in Nainital is centered around this lake and almost always can you spot tourists and locals sailing on boats and enjoying the breeze. Just across the emerald Naini Lake runs the Mall Road lined with shops bursting with colorful woolens and candles, on either side. Some popular attractions in Nainital are the Naina Devi Temple, Hanuman Garhi and other points of dramatic scenery such as Snow View, China Peak, Lands End and Tiffin Top.

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Take a horseback ride and go for one of those wilderness trails or simply surround yourself in the enchanting scenic beauty by renting a paddle boat and floating along the Naini Lake. Lot of things to do. Too many budget hotels around Naini Lake. Since it is the centre of all activities, many prefer to stay around. But exactly for same reason many honeymooners will stay on some uphill resorts or hotels away from the maddening crowd.

Ooty, honeymooner’s paradiseTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

Adorned with sprawling tea gardens, dense jungles, tranquilizing lakes and lofty peaks, Ooty is any honeymooner's paradise. Famous places to visit would be Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens and Wax World. As Ooty is famous for its many lakes don't forget to visit the Porthimund Lake, Upper Bhavani Lake, Emerald Lake, and Avalanche Lake. The picturesque hill station of Ooty in Tamilnadu, short for Ootacamund and now officially Udhagamandalam, lies amid four peaks — Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill, and Club Hill. As you chug through the spectacular landscape in the toy train, the wonderfully uplifting smell of eucalyptus fills up the senses. The pretty resort town of Ooty was founded by the British Collector of Coimbatore, John Sullivan, around 1820 to enable the sahibs to escape the searing heat of the plains. Sullivan's legacy is one of the most popular hill stations in India today, drawing everyone from families to honeymooners to wildlife enthusiasts. Ooty's rolling green hills, extensive gardens, lake and waterfalls make it a perfect setting for a romantic feeling.

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The blue-and-cream Nilgiri Toy Train (Nilgiri Mountain Railway) connecting Ooty with Mettupalayam at the foot of the hills is one of the few remaining steam locomotives in the world today. It was added as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway by UNESCO in 2005. The train is popular for its four-hour journey through the beautiful landscape, and has been the setting for many movie scenes (remember ‘Chaiya, Chaiya’ from Dil Se!). This place also has some of India’s finest resorts and tea bunglows.

Manali, for adventurous onesTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

Those who thought Shimla to be a bit dull and those who had some appetite for getting adventurous, Manali used to be always the first choice for a honeymoon. And then Manali always gives you chance to be close to snow all the year round, a possibility loved by many honeymooners. Afterall, a honeymoon always meant a quiet hill station for a romantic retreat. Manali has a lot of many worlds. Not easy to reach by train or a flight, but very good connectivity through roads from Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh and Pathankot. If you both enjoy adventure sports, Manali could be exactly your prime destination. There are various places to see in and around Manali like the Naggar Fort, Hidimba Devi Temple, Rahla Waterfalls, Solang Valley and ofcourse the Rohtang pass, which turns out to be first experience of snow for many honeymooners. In recent years, Solang valley has been an excellent addition to Manali trip due to its serene beauty and many adventurous activities.

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Manali has excellent staying options. Actually, for Manali you can stay in Manali, or you can stay in Kullu or you can stay at many places on the way from Kullu to Manali to escape the tourist rush and get some moments of peace. There are many excellent and affordable resorts and guest houses on the other side of the Beas river.

Goa, for the love of the beachTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

No honeymoon trip is complete without visiting one of the most romantic cities of India, Goa. If you are the couple who enjoys partying, clubbing, the sea and the sand, Goa could be your destination. Beaches and honeymoon make a perfect combination. One of the most visited places in India, Goa is famous for its beaches and there are many of them. Few of them are famous world over. Hence for any beach vacation in India, first name to come to mind is Goa. There are many beaches which are among the most popular ones, hence very crowded such as Baga, Calungate, Anjuna, etc. But then there are a few remote ones down in south Goa. Find a one for yourself. Naturally watersports are extremely popular along with the casinos and the Portuguese remnants. To spend a romantic evening, you and your spouse could head to the quieter beaches like Bogmalo or Varca. Don't forget to indulge in some dirt-cheap shopping at Anjuna beach flea market or visit the various Churches.

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Many beaches on the long Goan coastline. Choose a beach of your taste. Try to stay at any beachside shack. Most of the activities are common on the most of the beaches- dolphin tours, water sports, sunset tours, etc. Nothing beats a lazy stroll on the beach with your partner, feeling soft sand under your feet.

Kodaikanal, idyllic retreatTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

The best way of initiating a new life is by indulging in a honeymoon tour in Kodaikanal. A paradise on earth, Kodaikanal is truly an abode of peace which allows the newly wed couples to fall in love all over again. Breathtakingly beautiful, Kodaikanal, or simply Kodai is an idyllic summer retreat in the Palani Hills within the Western Ghats. Tranquil and serene, Kodai is a perfect honeymoon destination. At 2195 m above sea level, Kodai enjoys a cool temperate climate and harbours a rare range of flora. Its star shaped lake, the Silver Cascade waterfall and Bear Shola falls are fine places to spend time at. Skirting the lake is a steep wooded slope, the Coaker's Walk which permits fantastic views of the surrounding hills. The drive to Green Valley View is a must do in Kodai, with bewitching views of the valley and the Vaigai Dam. Pillar Rocks are a series of three pillars dropping to sudden depths of 112 m and are a magnificent sight when the sun and the mists play hide and seek. Two of the pillars form the Guna Cave which seems to lead to nothingness. At the Berijam Lake 21 km from Kodai, you can spend your day relaxing by the pine forests and wait for the mists to envelop you. You can trek 9 km up to the Kavunji village or further up to Polur to view the waterfalls and the enchanting landscapes.

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The tranquil waters of the Kodai Lake and the rolling mountains that surround it make it an ideal location for spending a cozy honeymoon. Keeping the need of privacy and isolation in mind the different travel agents plan a variety of honeymoon tours in Kodaikanal. Couples can enjoy the seclusion of many places along with the natural beauties of the location. The couples can opt for a visit to the mouth of the Bear Shola falls from where one can get an excellent view of the entire city of Kodaikanal.

Darjeeling, land of dreamsTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

Darjeeling has same reputation in east what Ooty and Kodaikanal have in south and Shimla, Nainital and Mussorie have in north. It has always been among India’s favourite hill stations and honeymoon destinations as well. Since the early days of Bollywood it has been loved on and off the screen. ‘Mere Sapnon ki rani kab…’ has made popular the Siliguri-Darjeeling toy train more than anything else. And what a romantic appeal it has. Darjeeling, a small hill station, has become one of the most preferred tourist attractions in the world. Replete with Buddhist monasteries, trekking trails and picturesque mountain views, this place is no less than heaven. Surrounded by tall Himalayan mountains and beautiful valleys, this splendid hill station is also renowned for its tea plantation. Moving around in the town, one will find a large spread of tea gardens which add a lush beauty to the city. If you are in Darjeeling, the one thing which takes your breath away is the view of Kanchenjunga which is the third highest mountain peak in the world.

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Kanchenjunga is so imposing on views in Darjeeling that, you find it everywhere. We would have seen iconic images of mountain from toy train. Sunrise view from Tiger hill is splendid and unparallel. Darjeeling has plentiful options for day-long trips. But for a quiet, romantic sojourn, just go to any tea-estate nearby.

Udaipur, city of lakes and romanceTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

This one is for the newly married couples who love history, architecture and everything vintage. With a plethora of forts and Rajput-era palaces, Udaipur, also known as the city of lakes, in Rajasthan, is one of the must-visit places in India. Udaipur could possibly be the most romantic city in India. It's an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes. The City Palace, which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, leaves visitors spellbound. The way it's been constructed is exquisite, with Rajput military architecture and Mughal style decorative techniques both combined together. For an added touch of romance, there are captivating views of the lake and city below from its many balconies, courtyards, and towers. The imperial destination of India, you are bound to feel majestic amidst the various forts and palaces this place boasts of. Remnants of old forts, palaces converted to museums and numerous lakes, the noble charm of this place is truly capable to give that royal and romantic touch to your honeymoon. Major attractions of the city would be Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Saheliyon ki bari, Jagdish temple, Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace) etc to name a few.

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Since Udaipur is a city of palaces, it's only natural that you'd want to stay in one on your India honeymoon! A trip to this royal place would be incomplete if you don't stay in a heritage hotel. Not only is this possible but there are many options on offer. You'll find a wide range of authentic palace hotels in Udaipur to suit every taste and requirement from lakeside resorts to hotels right in the middle of the lake. Lake Palace hotel, Shiv Niwas Palace, Laxmi Vilas Palace are the good ones. But if they sound out of your budget, then there are many havelis turned into heritage hotels, which can suit small pockets.

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Srinagar, paradise regainedTop 10 Honeymoon destinations

Well what earlier used to be one of the most beautiful places on this earth and lost the way due to political disturbances, it is now slowly but surely crawling back into the top list. Srinagar is ultimate in natural beauty. Bollywood has filmed many of its scree romances here. Why not you have your own? A shikara ride in Dal lake or staying in a house boat is a feeling unmatched. Tourists and honeymooners normally combine it with a trip to Gulmarg. Gulmarg is a beautiful mountain resort where the winter season is very good for enjoying snowfall and indulge in snow-boarding and long-run Skiing. Various sport sports activities are also held. Summers is ideal for enjoying the scenic beauty, a Gondola ride, highest and longest in country. Kashmiris are so gentle and hospitable, one enjoys every part of the trip.

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Stay in a houseboat at Dal or even quieter Nageen lake. It’s a beautiful world. There are tourists, who for days together, won’t even step out of their houseboats, except for a shikara ride in early morning or in evening. Srinagar also has some of the most beautiful Mughal gardens in the country. Besides Gulmarg, there are so many exciting day trips available that you might feel your vacation to be very short.

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