When one thinks of a honeymoon destination in India, images of vibrant Goa, stunning backwaters of Kerala as well as majestic mountains of Manali and Leh are some of the first images to appear in mind. While these are absolutely gorgeous places to pursue the romance of your life, the problem is that these destinations are often over-crowded and take a lot away from a quiet, serene and idyllic image of a destination that you might have in mind for your honeymoon. If you are ready to not be just another brick in the wall, we have for you some of most breathtaking destinations in the North East of India, lying largely undiscovered and promising a perfect time with your partner.
Kalimpong, West Bengal
Surrounded by majestic mountains, the quaint little town of Kalimpong in the Indian state of West Bengal, about 2 hours of flight away from the capital of New Delhi, has the perfect scenery for brewing a romance. Various kinds of flowers growing in many nurseries of Kalimpong, including, orchids, amaryllis, roses, dahlias and gladioli, add to the natural beauty of the town. The verdant surroundings of this stunning town, about 4000 metres above the sea level, are perfect for long, leisurely walks amidst nature. The many Buddhist monasteries scattered across the town only enhance the overall appeal of the place for romance seekers.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Travelling to Darjeeling is like stepping back in time when life was slower and leisure a daily need, which makes it one of the best places in India for making lifetime of memories. As you reach Bagdogra airport on your flight from any major Indian city, you will have to take a taxi to take you to Darjeeling, approximately 4 hours away. The ride to the city features acres of rolling hills and verdant tea fields that are very soothing on eyes. In the city, reminders of the British rule in terms of architecture, little cafes can be spotted at every corner. Riding on the Darjeeling toy train across the city and around with your partner, and soaking in splendid vistas of natural scenery and local life will ignite romance as well as watching magnificent sunsets from the Observatory Hill, peaking at the twin peaks of the Kanchenjunga.
The breathtaking natural beauty that dominates the entire northeast can be seen in abundance in Gangtok, the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. Travelling up to Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery via Deer Park (modelled on Sarnath), as well as visiting the Secretariat and unique Orchid Sanctuary with its 600 species of orchids are some of the best experiences awaiting honeymooners. If you and your partner are both nature lovers, take out time for visiting the Yumthang Valley, also known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’. A stroll, hand-in-hand, along Gangtok’s gorgeous MG Road is a memory that you will cherish for years to come.
When you are travelling to the ‘abode of clouds’, literal translation of ‘Meghalaya’; you can count on the monsoon to show you some of the most picturesque sights of your life. The whole city comes alive with rarest of greens visible all around and gushing waterfalls making for a dramatic backdrop. Take a boat ride on the beautiful Ward Lake with your partner or visit the Lady Hydari Park with its Japanese gardens for moments of serenity and absolute peace. You cannot leave the city without witnessing a glorious sunset at the Shillong Peak. For those inclined, Shillong also has a vibrant music scene.