Exclusive: 7 Overrated Honeymoon Spots in India You Should Avoid; Choose these alternatives instead
Whether it’s love or an arranged marriage, whether you’ve known your partner for years or months, that first holiday after marriage — the honeymoon — is a special occasion for every couple. You want your honeymoon to be perfect and the choice of destination is very important. There are some places – while they have their own charm – that are so common that it’s best to avoid them and choose a more peaceful and less touristy destination for your honeymoon.
Best Exotic Honeymoon Destinations in India
Alapati Krishna Mohan, MD, Southern Travels, gives a list of growing alternatives as honeymoon destinations in India, tailored to the needs of couples seeking solitude and personal travel.
1) See the sun-kissed Himalayan ranges at Chakrata, Drop Mussoorie
The quaint charm of Mussoorie, a stunning city, has been a tourist destination for many years and since then, it has gradually grown into a bustling city in terms of crowds, markets and the construction of many hotels or buildings. And apart from the nearby Kempty Falls, there is nothing around the market area to try and escape the city life. If you have already visited Mussoorie or are looking for an alternative destination, Chakrata is an ideal honeymoon destination, especially for couples who want to be together and don’t want too many tourists.
Surrounded by lush green forests, Chakrata Hills is perfect for those who want a relaxing vacation away from the daily hustle and bustle. Couples can enjoy the thrill of adventure by doing activities like trekking, skiing, climbing the Garamba mountain and being mesmerized by the diverse flora and fauna.
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2) Enjoy a yak ride on the breathtaking Somko Lake in Gangtok, not Darjeeling
Darjeeling, a beautiful city in West Bengal, is one of the honeymoon destinations that couples usually choose, but it has now become overpopulated and may not be an ideal vacation destination for people who want to enjoy the tranquility surrounded by enchanting nature. And not to mention the iconic Kanchenjunga sunrise from Tiger Hill, you have to fight the morning traffic to reach your desired destination.
In contrast, Gangtok is a dreamscape of beautiful scenery and a mesmerizing environment. Snow-capped drives, monasteries, sparkling lakes, towering mountains and lush green valleys all contribute to the romanticism. It will amaze you with its mesmerizing beauty and well-known trekking destinations. You can go sightseeing around Gangtok and see Kanchanjunga and other peaks from Tashi view point. Tourists can go for a thrilling cable car ride and mesmerizing yak safari or indulge in some adventurous activities on the Teesta including trekking, paragliding and river rafting. Also, Rumtek Monastery, Natula Pass, Chomko Lake, Hanuman Dok and Namchi are some of the places that will make your trip memorable.
3) Instead of Ooty, enjoy local coffee straight from the plantations in Coorg
Ooty, the world-renowned hill station in the south, thronged with visitors from all over the world, gradually succumbed to commercialization over the years. Also, hotels and restaurants offer poor value for money and with frequent water shortages, you may want to look for a hassle-free alternative honeymoon destination like Coorg.
Coorg is one of the best alternatives to exotic honeymoon destinations in India. Close to Bangalore, this hilly place is famous for its delicious coffee grounds, spice gardens, gushing waterfalls and picturesque hills. You can stay at a coffee farm, witness the beauty of lush green hills, forested slopes, undulating terrain and charming villages, and experience exceptional Kodava hospitality.
4) Explore the amazing murals and ancient temples in Spiti, skip Leh-Ladakh
Like any major metropolis, Leh in Ladakh starts with wide asphalt highways, stops at the Leh Palace, and ends at a very busy market. Also, if you are visiting for a spiritual or religious purpose, you might prefer staying in Leh, but if you need a more adventurous destination for your honeymoon, you can consider Spiti.
On the other hand, Spiti, also known as Little Tibet, will amaze you with its grandeur and leave you speechless. It is surrounded by mountains and glaciers and has various medieval monasteries and villages where visitors can stay. Explore the world’s second longest glacier, the Para-Shikri Glacier, by going on safari or by doing some hiking on one of the many popular trails. Choose this place for your honeymoon instead of another Indian location and enjoy the adventure together.
5) Discover amazing forts in Jaisalmer, not Jaipur
Unfortunately, Jaipur, formerly known as a royal city, has always been a favorite holiday destination for people, be it a newly married couple, a youth group or a family. Also, every year, the capital city of Rajasthan is now considered less attractive as a honeymoon and tourist destination for many reasons. A vacation to Jaipur can be very limited due to expensive accommodation, unpleasant smells, dirty places, conflicted tour guides and the hustle and bustle of a huge crowd.
So, if you are thinking of doing your honeymoon in Rajasthan, you can choose Jaisalmer for your romantic getaway. Be it magnificent forts, historic havelis, or thrilling desert camps and safaris in Jaisalmer, this place has everything you need for a perfect, unique honeymoon. Additionally, enjoy a camel safari, evening folk music and stargazing in the desert while staying in one of the Thar Desert’s opulent tents.
6) Munnar is beautiful, but go bamboo rafting in Wayanad
There is no doubt that Munnar’s tea plantations and misty hills make it breathtakingly beautiful. But after you enjoy the splendor, there is not much to do in Munnar. Also, if you want to have a more thrilling and engaging experience, you can consider visiting Wayanad for your honeymoon. On the other hand, Wayanad is a beautiful place surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats, pristine valleys, lush forests and a sparkling lake. You can explore many tourist spots in Wayanad on your honeymoon and do lots of fun things like climbing Sempra Peak, visiting Mutanga Wildlife Sanctuary to spot elephants and taking a dip in Chuchippara Falls. Or have Idiyappam, Katla and black tea at a roadside restaurant.
7) Taste delicious local cuisine in Mandi rather than going to Manali
Manali is a popular honeymoon destination in Himachal Pradesh and has a lot to offer, including adventure sports at Rohtang and Solong, a notable Buddhist monastery and well-known Hindu temples. However, the rich experience that tourists seek is shortened by significant numbers of visitors, slow-moving traffic through the central city, and the commercialization of the entire region.
Mandi in Himachal Pradesh is a fantastic honeymoon destination for adventurous honeymooners, so plan your trip instead of Manali. The food at Mandi is excellent. Here, you can eat a fusion of Tibetan and Punjabi flavors. You can explore Pressure Lake, Beer Monastery, Sunken Garden, Bhima Kali Temple and the famous markets of Mandi.