There is no doubt that places like Switzerland, Hawaii, Mauritius and Greece come to mind when you think of honeymoons. However, there is no dearth of honeymoon destinations in our own India. Given the wide range of weather and landscapes that the country is blessed with, there are varied destinations to suit the whims and fancies of every honeymooning couple – from the gorgeous hill stations in North India to the enchanting beaches of the South. These romantic destinations dot the country from north to south and east to west. The northern part of the country has its own share of exotic spots that can easily give the romantic getaways of the world a run for their money. Here are some of the best honeymoon destinations in North India.
When you think “Honeymoon”, can Kashmir be left behind? This place is so bewitching that the Mughal Emperor Jahangir quoted – “If there is heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.” Kashmir has always fueled the imagination of generations thanks to the multitude of romantic Bollywood numbers being shot in the picturesque settings of the valley. In Kashmir, Gulmarg is indeed a honeymooners dream. Gulmarg, which literally means “meadow of flowers”, was discovered by Sultan Yusuf Shah sometime in the 16th century. The Sultan used to frequent the lovely environs of Gulmarg with his wife and was enamoured of it. In winter a white carpet of snow covers the place as if welcoming the honeymooning couple with the promise of some exhilarating times. During summer, the place is transformed into an enchanting garden full of greenery and colourful flowers.
This scenic hill station is a whopping 6,837 feet above sea level. It comprises of a pristine pear shaped lake surrounded by mountains and beautiful weather. What more can a honeymooning couple ask for? Nainital, situated in Himachal Pradesh, is indeed an idyllic honeymoon destination – a place where one can get lost in the intoxicating beauty of the surroundings. Nainital offers the ideal setting for honeymooners to get to know each other while they admire the beauty around, in seclusion. A quiet and magical cruise on the lake is sure to leave an indelible memory on the minds of the newly-married couple. Soak in the stunning view of the misty hills at Bhawanipur Greens and get lost in the scenic natural splendour.
Shimla is known as the queen of hill stations and is one of the most popular getaways in North India. Located at reasonable distances from Delhi and Chandigarh, Shimla is where many honeymooners head to from across the country. Though the place could tend to be overcrowded, especially during weekends and holidays, it still retains its enchanting aura. The breathtaking views of the valley, verdant woodlands for trekking and horse riding, skiing options in winter and ample availability of luxury hotels and resorts make Shimla a very popular destination for Honeymooners.
Located in the upper reaches of the picturesque Kangra Valley, Dharamshala is a pristine location to head out to for honeymooners. The peace and tranquility that envelops the place is something that will endear itself to the honeymooning couple. For the more adventurous and nature-loving couple, a trek to nearby Triund would be a great opportunity to bask in the loving halo of nature with its stunning views. The presence of the Dalai Lama and the spiritual aura around the place would be a blessing for the honeymooners as they kick off their life’s journey together. Treat your loved ones to a luxurious stay at The Sanctuary and refresh your body, mind and soul.
Trees laden with bright red apples, streams flowing over shining rocks, green pastures that are a treat to the visual senses – all these images flood your mind as you think of Manali. All this and much more have transformed Manali into a honeymooner’s paradise. Manali is the centre from which one can visit a number of destinations ranging from ancient temples, natural springs, skiing centres and places that are embellished by the hands of nature. Complement your holiday with a memorable stay at Manali White Mist and wake up to a breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains.
These places are some of the best destinations to head out to for a honeymoon and script memories to cherish for a lifetime in the north of India. You can also check out the scenic hill stations in South India for the romantic soul. Make memories and fall in love with each other by staying at the remarkable Sterling Holidays.