7 Offbeat Honeymoon Destinations and what to Expect There

Selecting the right honeymoon destination can be quite vexing. So many options and yet, most Indian couples revolve around these specific cliched honeymoon spots—you know exactly which ones. Shimla, Maldives and Venice are honestly SO passe when there are so many unexplored places to visit that could literally blow your mind! Leading a fleet-footed life can be exhausting for most people living in big cities and towns. The tourism industry has witnessed a speedy boom making most of our favourite honeymoon destinations excessively commercial. Your honeymoon doesn’t need to be one of them. Sing a different tune than the others while planning your honeymoon. 

Honeymoon Destinations
Honeymoon Destinations

7 lesser-known Honeymoon destinations that you MUST consider going to and what to expect in each place: 

1.Lakshadweep- The perfect Island Destination 

Why does no one ever speak of Lakshadweep while talking islands? It’s always either Maldives or Bali or Phi-Phi. Lakshadweep is a cluster of 1 lakh islands and coral archipelagoes that are secluded and embody luxury and romance—a honeymoon MUST. With its turquoise crystal-clear waters, coral reefs and surreal calm environment, this is most definitely one of the most underrated honeymoon destinations.

Things to do: Water sports! (Duh) such as snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing or lazy sunbathing, couple spas

How to get there?Most major cities in India have flights to Agatti Airport

Cost for 2 (approx): INR 20,000 and above for 4 days and 3 nights (excluding travel costs)

2. Gangtok, Sikkim- A Hypnotising Honeymoon Haven

A truly breathtaking state, a lot of people consider Sikkim to be equivalent to, if not better, than most European cities. But even today, very few consider it’s capital to be a go-to for newly-weds. A honeymoon destination doesn’t really have to either be a hill-station or a beach in order to be “romantic”. With a mesmerising beauty and nature offering immense solitude, Gangtok is one of the most tranquil honeymoon destinations for newly-weds and for all the right reasons. The scenic views of Himalayan Range, Glacial lakes and adventurous treks make this city absolutely dreamlike. 

Things to do: Trekking, Enjoy the picturesque views of Mount Kanchenjunga from the Tashi View Point, visit Lake Tsomgo – the glacial lake, Embrace the culture of Sikkim, visit monasteries and go on a shopping spree. The list is endless! 

How to get there?The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, and the closest railway station is Jalpaiguri. 

Cost for 2: INR 20,000 (excluding travel fare for a 5 nights stay)

3. Meghalaya- A Honeymoon on Cloud 9 (Quite Literally) 

Fun Fact: Meghalaya experiences the highest rainfall in India hence making it a place of the most beautiful waterfalls. The backdrop of numerous hillocks and lakes have rendered this place the title-  ‘Scotland of the East’. Having perfect weather year-long, Meghalaya offers itself as the perfect honeymoon destination for all kinds of couples. There are the Umiam Lake and Cherrapunji hills for the adventurous type, as well as Mawlynnong village. You can explore the culture and tradition in the cleanest village in Asia. It is a must-visit place for the ones who like to explore the art and history of a region. Covered with rainfall and clouds (Meghalaya does, after all, mean ‘Abode of clouds’) the atmosphere is absolutely alluring for couples to enjoy throughout the year. 

Things to do: Hiking/Trekking at Cherrapunji, Water sports at Umiam lake, a visit to Shillong peak, living root bridges and the famous elephant falls.

How to get there?The nearest railway station and Airport is in Guwahati. It is 104 km from Shillong and very well connected with all major cities of India.

Cost for 2: Approx INR 25000 for 4 nights (excluding travel costs) 

4. Chopta, Uttarakhand- The Right Destination for Corny Cuddles

This surreal petit region of meadows and evergreen forest area (a part of Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary) is honestly just not hyped up as much as it should be! Rightfully termed as ‘a mini Switzerland’ the view from these hills is simply going to take your breath away. And in addition, there is the obvious romantic “vaataavaran” of a hilly region that’s going to make this holiday all about scarlet snuggles for you and your partner. 

Things to do:Trekking on snow peaks, a tour of the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary, a visit to the famous Tungnath temple which is considered to be the highest Shiva shrine in the world and to Bisurital lake which is at a high altitude lake located in the Mandakini valley are just a few things that should be on your to-do list in this dreamscape. 

How to get there?Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport of Chopta, situated 226 kms away in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. 

Cost for 2: Approx INR 11000 for 4 nights 

5. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat- An ‘Under the Moonlight’ Honeymoon 

A stunning world of its own, the Rann of Kutch is a place awaiting adventure in its lovely white sands, making it one of the most perfect honeymoon destinations for a couple in India. The white desert in the moonlight makes it exceedingly enticing and amorous.  For a couple who loves a perfect adventure clubbed with a glimpse of art and history, this heaven in Gujarat offers both. The beautiful Kutch saltlands, its famous temples and architecture will leave you and your partner absolutely charmed. 

Things to do: White desert walks under the moonlight, wildlife tours, visits to Kutch museum, Mandvi beach (in Bhuj), a romantic stroll through Hamirsar Lake, to name a few.

How to get there?The nearest airport/railway station to Kutch is in the city of Bhuj.

Cost for 2: Approx INR 25000 for 3 nights (excluding travel costs)

6. Sumbawa, Indonesia- The Unwinding Honeymoon Destination 

Surfing, sunbathing and spa-time, this place epitomizes romance in the form of a honeymoon destination. Lady Diana and Mick Jagger have been to Sumbawa’s Moyo Island- Need I say more? It not only is the perfect getaway from city life, but boasts an untouched ecosystem filled with natural diversity, birds and butterflies. (and not just the ones in your tummy)  The beautiful white beaches and calm islands make Sumbawa an ideal relaxation holiday giving you and your partner some much-needed couple time.

Things to do: Hiking and Volcano visits at Mount Tambora, diving and snorkelling, surfing in Lakey, diving in the coral reefs of Moyo island, everything about this place speaks couple vacation. 

How to get there?Sumbawa Besar on the western side of the island and Bima on the eastern side both have daily flights to and from Denpasar, Bali and Lombok. The easiest way to get to Sumbawa is by fast boat from Lombok’s eastern sea port, Labuan Lombok to Poto Tano in Sumbawa. 

Cost for 2: Approx INR 60,000 for 6 nights (excluding travel costs)

7. Tanzania, South Africa- A honeymoon for the Truly Adventurous 

Tanzania is known for its mesmerising wilderness and is THE perfect honeymoon destination for a rather adventurous couple. Home to Africa’s most iconic game reserves, you lose yourself in nature and wilderness of this la la land. The snow-capped crater that is the highest point of Kilimanjaro, is steep and bitterly cold but one hundred percent worth it. The view from the top is spectacular and the climb would probably be the first thing you achieved together as a couple. The wildlife, adventure and “Jungle romance” of Tanzania is utterly unparalleled and hence is one of our top picks for the best honeymoon destinations. 

Things to do: Climb the great mount Kilimanjaro, Prison Island tour, Go on a Safari (or 5!), discover the Island of Zanzibar (and it’s perfect beaches), Try their local beverages including honey beer, banana beer, pombe and gongo (local gin).

How to get there? There are direct and one-stop flights from overseas to Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro (near Arusha) and Zanzibar Island.

Cost for 2: Approx 1.5 L for 7 nights (excluding travel costs)

These offbeat honeymoon destinations will never fail in giving you an unforgettable experience. What are you waiting for? Just pick one and jet off!

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