Winter is considered the best time to travel in India. With wedding season in full swing, this also happens to be the time when couples are looking out for best winter honeymoon destinations in India for a beautiful beginning of married life.
Top 10 Winter Honeymoon Destinations in India
1. Shimla: Queen of Hills
|Snowfall post January makes Shimla one of the finest honeymoon destination in North India|
If you are ready to splurge, we'd recommend that you stay at Wildflower Hall in Shimla for your beautiful beginning. For a heritage experience, try Cecil located close to Ridge or the WelcomHeritage Woodville Palace.
Best time to visitBest time to visit Shimla for honeymoon in India in winter is from October till March. The weather is cold but snowfall doesn't arrive till early January.
How to ReachShimla could be reached via a narrow gauge train (The World Heritage Toy Trains) from Pathankot. Jubbarhati airport located 23 kilometers away is the nearest airport with flights from Delhi. Regular buses ply from Delhi and nearby North Indian cities to Shimla.
2. Goa: Susegado and Siesta
|Mandrem Beach in Goa is as romantic as it gets if you are looking for honeymoon in Goa in winter|
But what best than to enjoy some relaxed moments at private beaches, have a candlelit dinner under the canopy of starlit sky by the shores of the Arabian sea and enjoy private moments in the cozy interiors of some fine hotels or private villa; that the stuff amazing honeymoon experiences are made of.
Best time to visitThe best time to enjoy Goa is from October till March.
How to ReachThe best way to reach Goa is by air or rail. Goa is connected to major international and India cities by air. Within India, Goa is also well connected by rail. Travelers from Mumbai or Bangalore could also avail of the regular bus services to reach Goa by road.
3. Jaisalmer: Sand Castles and Dune Bashing
4. Manali: Of Snow and Falls
The appeal of Manali as a honeymoon destination has increased with time. The sight of gradual snowing on the Himalayas, large trees flushed with apples and plums, the magical Beas River makes Manali one of the most eye-capturing destinations for the tourists.
If your idea of honeymoon is to have some snow adventure, to gaze upon the the starlit sky and have a romantic candlelit dinner and relax by the Beas River or embark on a promenade in the blissful Himalayan trails, we assure that Manali is the place for you to choose as winter honeymoon destination in India.
5. Andamans: The Pristine Islands
Emerald islands surrounded by blue waters, nothing can be compared to the stunning beauty of Andaman and Nicobar islands and that is the reason why we have featured Andaman as one of the best beach honeymoon destinations in India in winter.
The picturesque landscape, the dark forests, pristine beaches and water-sports make this a perfect honeymoon destination for couple. Serenity, cultural treats and underwater secrets makes Andaman a truly romantic destinations for honeymoon. A visit to Ross Island, Neil Island, Cinque Island and Havelock Island are a must to enjoy several romantic beaches and indulge in underwater activities.
Andaman and Nicobar islands are one of the top contenders for couples looking for winter honeymoon destinations in India. Have a romantic honeymoon with your spouse among the coconut palm trees, vast forests and tranquil beaches!
Best Time to VisitThe tropical climate of Andamans, makes it an ideal destinations to experience the summer warmth during winter season in India. From October till March is the best time to go here for honeymoon.
How to ReachBy Air:
Mostly by flights from Delhi Kolkata and Chennai. 1 by Jetlite from New Delhi and 2 each by Air India and Kingfisher Red from Kolakata and Chennai daily.
Kolkata – Port Blair: Journey time about 66 hrs (1,255kms)
Vishakhapatnam – Port Blair: Journey time about 56 hrs (1,200kms)
Chennai – Port Blair: Journey time about 60hrs (1,190kms)
6. Munnar: Hills & Tea
7. Sikkim: The Gem of North East
8. Udaipur: Venice of the East
|The shimmering Taj Lake Palace set amidst Lake Pichola in Udaipur|
|Taj Lake Palace has been voted one of the most romantic hotels in the world, a reason why Udaipur should be on your list if you are planning your honeymoon in India during month of Nivember, December or January|
For a off beat luxury boutique experience try a night or two at Rawla Narlai a luxury boutique hotel in Rajasthan located close to Udaipur. There are several off the beaten path experiences on offer including village walks, stepwell dinner and tea by the lake.
Best time to visitFrom October till February is the best time to visit Udaipur when the weather is cool as opposed to hot and humid summer months. However, since Udaipur is also the 'city of lakes' monsoon is also considered one of the best and most romantic times to visit here for a honeymoon in India.
How to ReachThe best way to reach Udaipur from major cities of India is by air as Udaipur is connected by regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi and other main cities of India. Train is another good way to reach here from other cities.
9. Dalhousie: In The Lap of Himalayas
|Dalhousie with distant Himalayas and pine-laden valleys is one of the top places for honeymoon in India Photo courtesy Selvin|
There is much of England you can spot in Dalhousie, British buildings add a shade of colonial charm in this little town. Named after British Governor, Dalhousie has been a popular hill resort since British era. This is the very destination if you want to curl up right in the lap of Mother Nature and breathe fresh air.
Nearby Khajjiar, yet another popular honeymoon destination in Himachal Pradesh is known as “Mini Switzerland of India”, mainly because of the resemblance in landscape and greenery of these two paradises.
You can shop in the local Tibetan Market, trek, go on trials or shopping; there is a lot to explore in Dalhousie. During January, Snow gets sprinkled all over and looks beautiful. There is no better way to spend time with your significant other, so if you are planning your honeymoon this winter especially in January or February, Dalhousie should be high on your list of honeymoon destinations in India.
Best Time to VisitAlthough an all weather destination, the best time to visit Dalhousie for honeymoon depends on the weather preference. For lover of snow and adventure December till Feb is the best time. For those who prefer warmer climate, June till October is the best time.
How to ReachGaggal is the nearest airport located 12 kms from the city. Nearest railhead is Pathankot located 80 kms from Dalhousie. The easiest way to reach is by road from Delhi from where regular luxury buses and state transport buses are available.
10. Kashmir: Heaven on Earth
|Mesmerizing Dal Lake is an ultimate romantic sight in Srinagar throughout the year|
Although currently the situation in tense in Kashmir due to cross border infiltration and deteriorating law and order situation, things are slowly coming back to normal and it is expected that by November, main tourist destinations in Kashmir like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Srinagar will be ready to serve travelers looking to visit what i one of the most scenic destinations in India.
Best time to Visit:
The best time to visit Kashmir for winter honeymoon is from October till March. Not only the scenery is at its best, but you also get to witness snowfalls, do the skiing and ride the Gondola.
How to ReachThe best way to reach Kashmir is through regular domestic flights from major Indian cities to Srinagar. By train Jammu is the nearest rail head. Buses are also run by state transport departments including deluxe Volvo buses.
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Contributed by Nikhil Chandra