Weddings are special but honeymoon even more so. After numerous wedding functions, religious reeti-riwaaz and photo sessions with a myriad of friends and family, heading for the honeymoon is a much-deserved break for the tired, newly-married couple.
While Goa, Ooty and Manali in India are seen as favourite locales for a week filled with romance, Paris, Bali and Maldives are popular on the international front. But what if you want something more exotic, adventurous or unexpected? What if you don’t want to choose the same old honeymoon city?
What do you do? Confused? Don’t be!
Luckily, we have a list of places that will give you exactly what you are looking for. We believe that you should keep the romance alive – no matter where you are with your better half. Hence, take a look at these destinations and tell us what you think:
1. Sapa, Vietnam
Terrace fields, lush greenery and balmy weather – If you and your partner love all this, then this quaint little Vietnamese town is the place to be. Sapa is ethnically diverse and is specifically known for the Bac Ha Market – that is 3 hours away from it. What you both will also enjoy is mingling with the local tribes.
2. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
This north-eastern city is the wettest place on Earth. Surrounded by hills adorned with lush greenery and pine trees, this gorgeous cloudy town is home to natural waterfalls and crystal clear streams. Cherrapunji is peaceful despite the constant rains. And of course – rains are synonymous with romance!
3. La Rioja, Spain
Barcelona and Madrid are the two most popular cities in Spain. But what most people don’t know about is La Rioja – the country’s northern wine region. If you both are huge foodies, then head to nearby city of Logroño to get a taste of traditional tapas – a wide variety of appetizers prepared on the streets.
4. Alleppey, Kerala
Kerala and greenery go hand-in-hand. And when one thinks of Alleppey, it is hard not to think about the backwaters and boat house rides. Quite interestingly, you can book an entire boat house for a couple of days and take a tour of the waters, surrounded by nature and peace. It’s an absolutely unique experience – one that you will never forget!
5. Tanzania, Africa
If you and your spouse love the nature and deeply care for animal life, then this African country won’t disappoint you. It is home to more than 25,000 large mammals including Masai giraffes and black rhinos. You both must visit Lake Manyara and Serengeti which is the country’s oldest game reserve for a wild safari ride.
6. Lakshadweep, India
Mostly inhabited by the local tribes, this cluster of islands is not easily accessible by the rest of the country. It is often considered a beaten down version of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, it is not so. Lakshadweep is a rather beautiful destination – complete with clean beaches and watersports.
7. Bodrum, Turkey
This historical city is located on the country’s southwestern coast. Bodrum is known for its stunning beaches, tranquil backstreets and exotic nightlife. Do you know its cafes run along the ancient ruins of Ephesus? If you both are interested in putting on your tourist caps, Bodrum is the right choice since it has an upbeat city rhythm.
8. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
Do you know this place is also known as the “Valley of Flowers”? Situated in the Northern state of Sikkim, this chilly place offers a sight to behold! If you want to spend some quality time with your better half in the midst of nature and with the ice-capped mountains in the background, then Yumthang Valley is perfect!
Nearby is quaint, hardly populated village called Lachung. You must also go to Zero Point which is located at an altitude of more than 5000m! And even if you go in June, you might get to see snow there. It’s a beautiful place. There are no other words to describe Yumthang Valley!
Yes, these are pure honeymoon gems and you must be wondering why you never thought of these places before. Well now that you know, rush to make your bookings and don’t forget to have a blast with your spouse.
Embark on your first trip together post marriage to a more tropical destination!