Honeymoon destinations for a mini-moon, for busy couples!

After all the wedding madness, the one luxury every couple deserves is a good and relaxing honeymoon! However, while the Internet is choc-a-block with honeymoon destinations suggestions, what happens to couples who can’t take the time off? A very real situation working couples face is the inability to take long leaves post their wedding. Welcome to the concept of a mini-moon, a tiny break from reality before “reality” comes crashing down on the newlyweds. No matter which part of the country you live in, there are some very exciting destinations you can escape to for an extended weekend before you resume everyday life.

Honeymoon Destinations
Honeymoon Destinations

Here are our top picks of the best honeymoon destinations!

Living in the North

The list here is endless, with the majestic mountains on one side and the royal sands of Rajasthan on the other. With so many honeymoon destinations to choose from, it’s tough to narrow down, but here are some favourites:

1.     Kathmandu

Feel like getting out of the country but time doesn’t permit? Kathmandu offers the best of both worlds. It’s literally in your backyard, doesn’t require a visa and offers so much to travellers. From stunning landscapes and the mighty Himalayas to casinos, temples and more, Kathmandu is a travellers paradise. Just check on the weather to make sure it’s safe season to travel!

Kathamandu
Kathamandu

2.     Mashobra

The charm of a hill station can never be underestimated, but they can also get over crowded and touristy! Head to Mashobra for a luxury break as this quaint spot offers a slew of luxury hotels, right from the iconic Wildflower Resort to Cecil Court and many others. It’s relatively quieter, has views to die for and is very well connected in terms of public transport and is one of the popular honeymoon destinations.

Mashobra
Mashobra

3.     Jaisalmer

If the season is right, nothing can be more beautiful that one of the royal cities of Rajasthan. While Jaipur is over done and Udaipur will burn a deep hole into your pocket, Jaisalmer offers a great combination. The stay options range from affordable to luxury, dune bashing here is a great experience and the Jaisalmer Fort will make for a memory you treasure forever.

Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer

Living in the West

The west coast of India is known for its vibrant beaches, vineyards and tiny hill stations nestled between the Western Ghats. For couples living in this part of the country, a long weekend could take you to any of the below amazing honeymoon destinations.

1.     Nashik

The Sula Vineyards in Nashik make for the perfect setting for a couple looking to steal a few days of rest and rejuvenation. With a luxury resort, a beautiful amphitheatre, lots of wine and good weather for most parts of the year, this getaway is bound to leave the newlyweds in high spirits.

Sula Vineyard
Sula Vineyard

2. Goa

It may sound cliche, but who can deny the joy that sun, sand and some serious TLC can lead to! Goa has been the country (and a lot of the world’s) favourite beach destination for decades. And although incessant tourism has led to its share of wear and tear, the state still has enough secluded resorts and quiet beaches to enjoy a great weekend. The amazing food you get is just an added advantage.

Goa
Goa

3. Dubai

Did you know a 3 hour flight from Mumbai can take you to the glitzy city of Dubai. For couples looking for a fancy break with shopping, gourmet, beaches and more, head to the city that offers it all. With innumerable hotels to choose from and cheap airfare most year round, this is an easy choice for couples looking to step out of the country.

Dubai
Dubai

Living in the South

Be it God’s own country or the French-inspired Puducherry, for couples living in South India, the choices for a mini-moon and pretty endless. The region has enough diversity in its midst to ensure that every couple can pick a place they love!

1. Kerala

The stunning backwaters make Kerala one of the most sought-after tourist as well as honeymoon destinations in the world. Sparkling water, endless greens, a quaint charm, aromatic spices and a fleet of luxury resorts designed for comfort—what else could any couple looking to steal a few days of romance ask for? From Alleppey and Kumarakom to Varkala, the options within Kerala are endless.

Kerala
Kerala

2. Pondicherry

This charming union territory has two distinct vibes that couples can go for—the French Rues of White Town and the eclectic and earthy Auroville. While the former is all about winding lanes, French bistros and quaint designer stores selling all things organic, the latter is all about nature, sustainability and simplicity. But the best trips to Pondicherry encapsulate a little bit of both! While it’s reachable by train, bus and flight, the best way to get here though is to drive down the beautiful East Coast Road!

Pondicherry
Pondicherry

3. Sri Lanka

For those who love to travel abroad, this neighbouring country makes for a great choice. An hour’s flight from most cities in the south, Sri Lanka has a lot to offer. Give Colombo a miss and head straight to Galle for a feel of Dutch living. The Fort area is all about the cobbled street, quaint eateries and sunset views. Unawatuna, Bentota and Kandy are other great spots, but if you don’t have enough time, pick one and stick to it.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Living in the East

For newlyweds looking to depart for their mini-moon from East India, it’s hard to make a choice. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, this region is spoilt for choice when it comes to romantic getaways.

Sikkim

There is a reason why every romantic movie of the yesteryears referenced the stunning hill station of Darjeeling. But Sikkim has so much more to offer than just that! Here’s a state where if you blindly point a camera and click, you’re bound to get a postcard shot. Make a pitstop at Gangtok and then explore the beautiful hills at leisure.

Sikkim
Sikkim

Bangkok

And now this is a whole other direction to take with your mini-moon. For couples who prefer bustling cities to quiet vistas, head to Bangkok for a quick break. With a very short flight and no visa requirement, this is easier to get to that most parts of India. Enjoy the abundance of food, shopping and spas in this Thai city.

Bangkok
Bangkok

Kaziranga National Park

And while we have the diversity, why not explore it. This wildlife destination makes for a memorable weekend and is a great choice for honeymoon destinations. A World Heritage sight, Kaziranga is home to 2/3rds of the world’s rhinos and is a vibrant and well-preserved ecological site. With good connectivity on your side, this is a great choice for the couple.

Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park

We’re sure these honeymoon destinations will give you plenty of choice to choose from. Honeymoon is a way for you and your partner to connect and have some alone time together. So, even if you can’t go on a proper honeymoon, these destinations are perfect for a mini-moon. Happy trails!

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Tanvi Saraf

Tanvi Saraf is a writer, editor and traveller who's recently moved to the south. Having worked with the country's leading publications, including Marie Claire, India Today, Harper's Bazaar Bride and L'officiel, she now heads marketing for WeddingWishlist.com & CherryTin.com. Her life's philosophy and choices are guided by her motto, "Enjoy it. Because it's happening", and with our both our websites, she's all set to bring the joy back to gifting.

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