Picking out a destination for the most special holiday of your life is anything but easy. While you might have gone the extra mile to plan for your wedding and paid attention to the immaculate detailing, your honeymoon had been given as much importance. Yet it requires careful holiday planning since this is the best time to unwind in each other’s arms. You need to pick a place that will give you enough opportunities to get cozy. How about being a maverick and treading some offbeat tracks? Here are our top picks, some popular, some not-so-popular! Yet, all are close to India and guarantees you a honeymoon to remember for life.
Vivacious vistas of Himalayan Mountains provide incredible views and gurgling waters of clear rivers break the silence- Bhutan’s beauty remains unparalleled. No wonder Carina Lau and Tony Leung, Hong Kong’s top stars found this breathtaking destination the perfect place for their honeymoon. Once in Bhutan, you will have countless opportunities to experience the romance in all its myriad forms. Whether it is in the picturesque, captivating capital city of Thimpu or the stunning peaks of the Mount Jhomolhari, you cannot help falling in love with the country. For the ultimate honeymooning feel, rent an all-inclusive villa harnessed with your own butler and spa services. Tucked amid the tall pine forests atop the Paro Valley, you will most definitely feel like extending your stay in Bhutan for longer.
Are you the adventurous sort? If the mountains and waters summon the Ulysses in you, your honeymoon could be magical. When we talk about adventure, what better place to measure the mammoth mountains and hike on nature trails over Nepal? The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, brims with attractions. A half day tour through the city will take you to some of the most scintillating sights such as the Patan Durbar Square and Krishna Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Balaju Water and Swayambhu Nath Stupa. For a more adventure-packed honeymoon, head to the base of Mount Everest. Better still; take the mountain biking trail through the meandering roads and quaint villages.
Nyingchi Prefecture, with its opulent verdant mountains and autumnal elegance beckons nature lovers to sip in its unspoiled beauty. Check out the gigantic mountain ranges, the Tanggula and the Himalayas. The Baksum Tso Lake and Yarlung Tsangpo River offer serene solitudes while a sojourn to the Pugu Monastery instills feelings of lifelong commitment to each other. Not just Nyingchi, Tibet is a throbbing destination for adventure aficionados as well. The Mount Kailash hike through the white expanses of snow and camping in the tranquil surroundings makes you feel more romantic.
You may be frowning at the mention of this country since Myanmar does not find place in the typical lists of honeymoon destinations. The quiet, laid-back village of Minanthu will trigger you to relax your senses as you hop into a horse-carriage. Explore the striking pagodas and go down the river Irrawaddy in a wooden boat. Opt for a river cruise and soak in the beauty around. A trekking tour through the secluded terrains of Kyaingtonga, a boat journey through the spectacular Inle Lake and exploring the isolated sandy beaches are some of the most coveted activities to indulge in on your honeymoon.
Talking about honeymoons, who can forget the tropical paradise that is Malaysia? Gorgeous sunsets, turquoise blue waters lashing on the stretches of sandy beaches and loads of places to start your new life with the oomph factor- Malaysia is surely the honeymooner’s ultimate nest. There is so much to do in this archipelago. From swimming along the house reef while brushing your bodies against each other to enjoying a scrumptious dinner under the starlit sky, Malaysia never ceases be romantic. Rainforest caves add to the mysterious magic, tuna and turtles lend your honeymoon a fun-filled touch. In addition, the delicious gourmet food needs no introduction. The sheer enigma of the Tudor-styled cottages amid strawberry farms and the plush resorts atop give you enough reasons to spend intimate moments in the lap of this country.
If you are contemplating on a honeymoon nearby India, you do not need to go very far at all. For the exotic island of Sri Lanka with its baskets of bewitching beaches, tantalizing tea plantations, breathtaking waterfalls and lush landscapes, is surely a place of pure bliss. This tropical heaven triggers your sense of romance as you laze on the white sandy beaches. It fills you with serene tranquility when you sip a cup of hot tea at one of the private hill resorts, watching the scarlet sun going behind the horizon. Go on a wildlife safari to the forests of the Yala National Park, surf the turquoise waters of Indian Ocean or admire the captivating colonial culture at the Nuwara Eliya. The last on the list is a scintillating resort situated at an altitude of 6,200 feet, amid Sri Lanka’s best tea plantations. The summer resort is surrounded with several British country-styled houses and the British Hill Club. For those absolute gourmand couples, the spicy gourmet curries are a must-try. Sri Lanka has something for every kind of couple.
Honeymooners looking for some variety and fun under the sun are sure to find Indonesia irresistible. What can be more apt than spending your honeymoon at Bali? While its awe-inspiring volcanoes remain known across the world, what lures romantic couples to this stunning island are the eco-friendly resorts tucked amidst the rainforests. Not to forget the dreamy beach resorts of Seminyak, Sanur and Legian. These are perfect hubs to catch up with the sound of the waves lashing up. Cry “aloha” to surfing if you are in Nusa Lembongan or Kuta. Savor a slice of the vibrant Balinese culture as you watch the psychedelic traditional dance performances in Ubud. Finally, a honeymoon trip to Bali would be incomplete without experiencing a soothing Balinese massage.
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A land reverberating vivid colors, dramatic coastlines and a compelling past of communism and colonialism, Vietnam is often brushed aside as a honeymoon destination. However, once you are here, you cannot help falling in love with its bold landscapes. The limestone islets of Halong Bay with its rugged landscapes and mesmerizing vistas are a true sight to relish. A cruise trip to Halong Bay is truly enchanting. Once there, you can choose to romance amidst the exotic Virgin and Drum caves or trek along the Cat Ba Island or even go kayaking in the turquoise waters. To get a taste of Vietnamese history, join one of the Ho Chi Minh Trail Tours. Take a day off to marvel at the quintessential River Market along the Mekong Delta. Couples on the lookout for some real adventure could check out the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Wish to romance your sweetheart as Leonardo Di Caprio did in “The Beach”? You do not need to traverse very long distance since a similar ambience can be re-lived on a trip to Thailand. The Ko Phi Phi Island with its blend of lush greenery, shimmering golden sand and captivating terrain is just the place to honeymoon at. In case you find this island crowded, head to the lesser known islands such as Koh Lanta, Koh Samui or even Phuket. When you have had had enough of the quietude and serene bliss, head to Bangkok and lap up its spas and massage parlors.
The dazzling country of Singapore encompasses a fine harmony of architectural exuberance, breathtaking landscapes and enthralling cultural enigma. A Singaporean honeymoon will get you up, close and personal with the country’s bustling life alongside its scenic wilderness. The latter can be savored by its unique Night Safaris. The Singapore Zoo cannot be missed out on because of its amazing collection of animal species. A boat cruise along the Singapore River will give you a panoramic glimpse into the illuminated city-state during evenings. No other place can give you a more fulfilling shopaholic experience than Singapore’s vibrant shopping malls. Take a sojourn to The Park and behold its kaleidoscopic array of flowers. Spend time lazing along the majestic beaches and islands in Singapore. With its slew of five-star hotels and stylish hostels, you will have no dearth of accommodation choices fitting all pocket sizes.
With such ravishing international honeymoon destinations near India, plan your honeymoon perfectly without crashing your savings.
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