Last Updated: December 11, 2019 Abhishek Gurung
It is possible to get all fenced in while planning a wedding and finding the perfect attire for the celebration, that you might lose track looking for the perfect honeymoon getaway. Needless to say this golden period is special and it never returns, so you see it is important to pick the right honeymoon destination to visit after all. Therefore, if you are getting married this season, don’t forget to book a honeymoon destination in India in advance as this lovely country has a lot to offer especially when it comes to hill stations for honeymooners.
This blog here picks 20 best hill stations to visit for your dream honeymoon in India. Scroll through some of the most romantic destinations below and plan a honeymoon tour to have out-of-this-world experience with your better half:
1. Shillong– Revitalize in the charming paradise
Shillong is non-arguably the ‘It’ place if you want to spend a cosy honeymoon on a hill station in the North East. Its rolling ranch lands, radiant meadows and vibrant culture and sloping hillocks are just a few up rise you can expect in your dream honeymoon in Shillong.
It is an ideal destination for honeymooning and romanticise overlooking nature and beauty of Mawlynnong and Cherrapunji. Nothing can compare to the see-through Dawki Lake near the border of Bangladesh and India. Roam hand in hand through the Lady Hydari Park and have a frolic day well spent in the Mattilang Amusement Park, including other awesome attractions near Shillong. So to say, this abode is best experienced during the months of June to September.
In Shillong, you not only get a close encounter with unique culture and tradition of the state but also you can spend a honeymoon on a budget.
2. Darjeeling– Explore an imposing league of chai wealth
Darjeeling can fall under the category to be a summer honeymoon getaway in India because it is when the air is pleasant and if the monsoon is nearer you can hear the fast rolling clouds roar and clash with each other. Something you hardly get to witness or hear in other metropolitan cities. The radiant ample space filled with tea plants cover the entire area, the tea gardens in Darjeeling is the only happy pill besides the historical steam engine – Toy Train. Darjeeling has a number of best honeymoon resorts like the famous and luxurious ‘Cedar Inn;’ you certainly cannot miss a visit to Chowrasta for a horse ride and if you feel adventurous take a rock climbing expedition ‘Tenzin Norgay’ and Darjeeling Ropeway ‘Cable Car.’
Not to miss landmarks around Darjeeling is the Japanese Peace Pagoda built by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan Myohoji Organisation. You can visit the Tiger Hill Sunrise Observatory and glance at the wide stretched Himalayan Mountains. You can enjoy a romantic Toy Train ride up the serene hills of West Bengal. Perhaps take a book and scroll the pages as you glance through the big wide window of the train or simply enjoy a warm conversation accompanied by mesmerising sights of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Can it get any better? A slow journey in the train will lead you to standstill landmarks like the famous Batasia Loop and a small hilly locality, Ghoom before reaching Kurseong which is the first hill station you meet as you ascend from the plains of Siliguri. A destination not to miss when in Kurseong is the Eagles Point or Durbindari from where you get refreshing sight of the plains of West Bengal from sky-high.
3. Mussoorie– Discover a spellbinding, calm and scenic abode
Girded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayan hillside – Welcome to Mussoorie. This hill station maybe a little upmarket when it comes to honeymooning but it undoubtedly provides its best. Mussoorie has many sights to keep you busy and feel stress-free from all the commotion. This humble abode vies with Nainital so to say, for both of these majestic places have an array of sights to see. The beauty of Uttarakhand is brilliantly displayed in these two destinations. Besides, this place known as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ have its own unique charm from its captivating landmarks.
As one of Uttarakhand’s favourite holiday destinations, Mussoorie provides its best for Honeymoon couples. From best luxury hill resorts to honeymoon getaways, Mussoorie is indeed a place to rejuvenate and relax. Sightseeing places for couples in Mussoorie is plenty and amongst them it is a must to visit the famous Mall Road. You can either sit in the chairs romanticising in the cool weather or visit local cafes for warm cuppa coffee for long chats in the misty ambience. For a fact, summers are ideal for any hill stations but winters or monsoons too make up a great deal.
You can stroll to the Camel Back Road from Kurli Bazaar to Library Point and can take up an adventure to Ropeway in Gun Hill as well. Not just that, for outdoor activities in Mussoorie – Visit the Jharipani Falls and get an exhilarating view of the snow clad mountains from the highest peak of Mussoorie Lal Tibba.
4. Khandala– Sooth your sense amidst the calm beauty of the west
Maharashtra is blessed with not just Bollywood but its wondrous hill stations as well. It is likely you must have come across few movies shot in Khandala like Sarfarosh in 1999. Honeymoon tourism in Khandala is always best during monsoon season because of the hill station’s radiant green glow. However, there are few ups and downs depending on level of rainfall. Khandala is one of the most preferred getaways for a romantic honeymoon holiday from Mumbai and Pune and is considered as a jewel of the Sahyadri range. There is a way to propose someone simply by singing ‘aati kya Khandala’ from the movie ‘Ghulam.’ And if I ever get proposed like that, I’d say yes right then and there because Khandala is bounded with lush green hills and natural flora.
Apart from it, how can we not visit the Rajmachi Fort, a notable landmark that watches over breathtaking landscapes of the area, another added attraction around Khandala is the Lohagad Fort. Khandala is one of the most romantic destinations in India and it has some spell-binding places to see like Visapur Fort, Kune waterfall and Shooting point waterfall. If you enjoy the historical artefacts or simple old gems then visit the Karla and Bhaja Caves and lakes like Lonavala Lake, Tungarli Lake, Bushi Dam etc, you can also visit to see the Wax Museum.
5. Mount Abu– Enjoy the romantic getaway enriched with beauty of mesmerising hills
Mount Abu is Rajasthan is one and only, located at the south-western end of the Aravalli Hills, this honeymoon hill station destination provides rich flora and fauna and is home to an affluent wildlife sanctuary. In total contrast to other parts of Rajasthan desert states, Mount Abu is another romantic honeymoon hill destination in India and it stores some delightful retreats for young married couples. In fact, this destination used to be a great summer retreat during high peak summer months in other Rajasthan states, in fact, it still is.
Mount Abu is a great tourist destination and it has a distinctive blend of Rajasthani flavours. Besides, you can sightsee some mesmerising landmarks this place offers like Dilwara Jain Temples built between the 11th and the 13th century; covered with Aravalli mountains. Wildlife Sanctuary in Mt. Abu has numerous species of flora and fauna; the beautiful Nakki Lake is also a must visit, it is an ancient and sacred lake and one of the most visited spots in Mt. Abu. Guru Shikar is the highest point in Mount Abu which gives a panoramic view of the entire region and is famous for the temple of Guru Dattatreya. Other prominent landmarks are Sher-e-Punjab, Trevor’s Tank, Abu Road etc. Mount Abu has some luxury hotels and resorts for the visitors ranging from moderate to expensive. You can bargain your stay in some best honeymoon resorts in Mount Abu like Hotel Cama Rajputana, The Palace Hotel etc or if you are a budget honeymoon seeker you can enjoy Mt. Abu’s Hotel Crystal Inn, Colonial Manek Manor etc.
6. Munnar– Lose yourself in a place full of jade
Munnar, a very peaceful and serene destination for Honeymooners is situated in the hills of South Indian state, Kerala. Munnar treats the visitors with some divine landscapes and rich tea estates. It is one of the best hill stations for honeymoon. Its winding lanes, picturesque surrounding, tea plantation made it once a summer resort of the British. Munnar has amazing flora and fauna; one very special fauna found in Munnar is the Neelakurinji, it is a shrub that is found in the Shola forests of the Western Ghats in South India. It is said that this flower blooms once after every 12 years and 2018 seems to be the next blooming season.
Make sure you spend a quality time with your sweetheart simply by visiting Anamudi, which is the highest peak after Munnar in South India. You can witness the blooming of Neelakurinji from this place. If some thrilling sightseeing is what you want then you can visit Chinnakanal, a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala to glance at the ‘Power House Waterfalls‘. Some 2000 m above sea level this waterfall is enriched with the scenic view of the Western Ghat Ranges. You can also retreat your soul by visiting Mattupetty Dam/Lake. It is surrounded by undulating hills of Munnar about 13 kilometres. One of the main attractions here is the Mattupetty Lake and the Mattupetty Dam, which hosts great spot for family picnics and is ideal for honeymooners. In Mattupetty Lake you can also take boating rides to slowly blend with nature and feel the warmth of your partner as well as of beautiful Munnar.
7. Gangtok– Imbibe in the lush greens and feel the warmth of hospitality
One of the loveliest places to be in for a memorable honeymoon vacation, Gangtok is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in northeast India. This beautiful town has a variety of retreats for every vacationer in all its directions – Adventurers, Heritage seekers, Romantics, Shoppers etc. The capital of Sikkim – Gangtok houses some historical sites and landmarks. You can visit the Ganesh Tok viewpoint from where you can get a sight to awe in happiness. Ganesh Tok is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. This temple is so small that only a single person can get in to offer his/her prayer. Another viewpoint is the Tashi View Point; it provides a splendid pictorial view of the Kanchendzonga Mountain. If romantic afternoons are what you are looking for, you can stroll around the Saramsa Garden and be surrounded by a stunning range of colourful flowers and the lush greenery. Sikkim is a popular tourist destination and it has many hotels for newlyweds like Central Hill Resort, Summit Golden Crescent Resort & Spa to name a few.
8. Chamba– Let the pictorial hills, unperturbed ambiance and rich history be your companion at the best kept secret of Himachal
Another honeymoon getaway in India is an ancient town Chamba located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Seated on the bank of Ravi River, Chamba is one of the most pictorial hill stations in Himachal. It is famous for its old temples and exalted scenes of the mountains and this attractive combination invite all visitors and honeymooners.
The town Chamba, despite being a small place, is one of the famous tourist spots in Himachal Pradesh. And the sites you can visit here are the Akhand Chandi Palace whose architecture is infused with Mughal and the British style. Champavati Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple are three important holy grounds in the town. You can also visit the Bhuri Singh Museum established in 1908, this Museum lines a large number of paintings, manuscripts, antiquities and artefacts. Chamba has some best honeymoon hotels justly fitted for its place, like the H2O House, Classic Hilltop Resorts to name a few.
9. Ooty– Walk through the amicable hills and valleys to imbibe the beauty of the south
Located in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is one of the favourite places to go on a honeymoon. It is situated in the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and houses breathtaking hills and valleys around its region. Its maze-like tea estates and grandeur of valleys make it one of the best places to spend time with your beloved.
Ooty can be considered the best honeymoon destination for every season, however, the months between October to June are when Ooty is filled with festivals and it doesn’t fail to prove its beauty. You can start by visiting Ooty on a delightful Toy Train ride. You can also take a cycle ride in Ooty. As one of the most impressive and peaceful hill stations in the whole of South India, Ooty offers great opportunity to steal some private time to spend with a loved one. And a walk around the town never fails to absorb its beauty. If you like bird watching then you can visit the Botanical Garden which further is divided into six groups named Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory, Fountain Terrace and Nurseries. Other prominent places to visit are Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Upper Bhavani Lake, Nilgiri Mountain Railway etc.
10. Manali– Meander through the beautiful valley, sit by the river and watch the starry nights
Manali is surrounded by high peaks and vibrant villages and it houses some wondrous places for a complete retreat to honeymooners. The best places for honeymoon trip, Manali is near the northern end of Kullu valley, and this abode is situated about 2,050 m. It is jam-packed with backpackers, tourists and it retreats with more than a thousand hotels. Besides the best season to visit from mid-September to mid-October, Christmas season gets pretty well overwhelmed.
As a romantic honeymoon hill destination in India, Manali offers newlyweds some attractions to visit from heritage sites to temples. Rohtang Pass lies at an altitude of 3,978 meters and it is famous for scenic glimpses of the valley and multiple hidden waterfalls. A place about a distance of five kilometres from Manali is the Vashist Hot Water Springs, a complete rejuvenating hotspot for honeymooners. Visit the Sultanpur Palace to speculate the paintings and its fabulous blend of Pahari style architecture. You can also camp near the Beas River and have a nice romantic picnic for a day.
11. Nainital– Wander in the spellbinding city of lake and hill paradise
Located in the compass of Uttrakhand, Nainital is yet another famous honeymoon destination in India. This prime honeymoon hill stations in north India is packed with a variety of trees and the picturesque locations. Nainital often described as the ‘Lake District’ of India holds a perfect romantic getaway. It’s crisp weather and winding roads with a panoramic view from snow view point is just beyond imagination. During summers you will find Nainital crowded with tourists that completely jam the shopping markets and the lake.
A visit to Nainital is not complete without a visit to the Naini Lake. A soothing row around the lake will let you be surrounded by grand mountains and calm atmosphere. What a perfect way to spend a quality time with your spouse! You can take a cable car ride to the Snow View Point to admire the Himalayan Mountain Range; from here you can take a picture perfect image of the entire Nainital town. Nainital has some major sightseeing destinations for couples like the St. John’s Church which is beautifully designed in Gothic style pattern. And watching the sunset from Hanumangarhi is simply beyond words.
12. Mokokchung– Romanticise in the exotic land of the northeast
This enchanting district has its base in Nagaland and it is quite new as a honeymoon destination in Nagaland. Mokokchung may not have luxury hill resorts but it sure has some lux destinations to spend a day in wonder and foreign finds. If you are an adventure power couple and in search for a complete uncommon vacation, then Mokokchung hosts some best attractions for you.
You can board your flight to Assam, after there on an overnight bus ride you will find yourself lost in a completely new destination. You can visit some spellbound places and landmarks in and around Mokokchung, learn its history and witness unique culture. A trip to Ungma Village, one of the oldest tribal villages, is a must and witness the old log drum of Nagaland and you can also visit the Langpangkong Caves that is located in the Langpangkong mountain range located between the valleys of Dikhu and Tzula Rivers. Other prominent places you can go on a romantic drive or places are Longkum Village, Mopungchuket Village etc.
13. Kodaikanal- Surround your senses in the verdant hills, tranquil lakes, pristine waterfalls
Another hypnotising hill station for a perfect honeymoon destination is south Indian state of Tamil Nadu’s Kodaikanal. Its verdant hills, tranquil lakes, pristine waterfalls are all that this land presents to have a romantic vacation. Kodaikanal that sits at an average altitude of 2,133 meters houses several waterfalls, lakes, rivers and the other natural attractions. This hilly town has made it a popular summer honeymoon getaways in India for everyone who visits this place, besides this ‘Princess of Hill Stations,’ Kodaikanal is much known as the younger sister of ‘Queen of the Hills,’ Ooty.
This eastward foothill of the Western Ghats – Kodaikanal has several places to offer a tour to the lovebirds around. Surrounded by a pretty cover of greenery, Berijam Lake is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and you can certainly visit this enchanting lakeside to glimpse at the various species from the tower in the park. You can visit the Kodaikanal Lake; also you can take long walks and enjoy the beauty of nature. Kurinji Andavar Temple is also another major tourist destination including Bryant Park, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Green Valley View, and Dolphin’s Nose etc.
14. Srinagar– Cuddle up to the warmth of the lofty hills, pristine lake and manicured gardens
This summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most favourite honeymoon destinations in India. It is one of the best hill stations for honeymoon in North India that is located by the River Jhelum. Srinagar has rich historical past and natural charms that make it one of the extensively visited hill stations in India. It has radiant historic gardens, easygoing houseboats, and tranquil lake.
Rated as the most romantic destinations in India, Srinagar has bewildering landmarks like its gardens, lakes, heritage etc. You can visit the well-manicured gardens like Shalimar Bagh, Nishat, Chashm-e-Shahi; Pari Mahal palace gardens and also the Botanical Garden. These gardens hold a significant history and no doubt you will find peace and affection when you visit these popular attractions in Srinagar. You can also take a long paddle around the lakes of Srinagar like the Dal Lake and the calmer Nigeen Lake. But a visit to Srinagar would be incomplete if you will not visit the Old City, its atmospheric ambience of the old soot will definitely baffle you. This side of the city is home to a number of important mosques; specifically Shah Hamdan Mosque on the banks of the Jhelum River is simply brilliant. Taking some mementos is a must and you can find some of the best relics from the Boulevard and the Kashmir Government Arts Emporium.
15. Dharamshala- Explore the righteous and serene land adorned with best of Mother Nature
Apart from being one of the best places for trekkers, Dharamshala is also a popular Honeymoon destination and is flocking with duos all year round. Dharamshala is a city in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh and it is home to righteous Dalai Lama. Edged by towering mountains and Deodar and Cedar forests this land is best if you enjoy the presence of nature and adventure characters this city possess. Not to get confused this city is divided into two parts, Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. Its peaceful environs and picturesque beauty attract many visitors all year round and it is also best suited for honeymooners since there is ample peace and beauty.
While you are in Dharamshala you can visit places like McLeod Ganj, this place includes the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama; visit the rock-cut temples in Masrur which date back to the 8th century AD and Kangra Museum and Fort is another major attraction. If you want some outdoor activity you can visit the Dal Lake in Dharamshala and Namgyal Monastery, which is one of the major learning and cultural centres of the Tibetan.
16. Auli– Fix a rendezvous with mesmerizing meadows, rolling mountains and captivating view
Auli is a beautiful destination to spend a honeymoon. This hill station sits in the lap of Uttarakhand and it is a perfect getaway during both seasons – summer and winter. Auli is popularly known as the Ski resort destination and during winters the snow covers the entire place making it look calm and delightful. Auli offers the enchanting landscape of oak edged hills and coniferous forests also it is amongst the top visited stops for a honeymoon in Uttarakhand.
It is a perfect place for you and your partner because apart from being a Ski destination this place is teeming with spirituality. Besides, the hills and valleys of Uttarakhand is a sight to contemplate. From Auli, you can also view the majestic peaks like Nanda Devi and Neelkanth which adds the spiritual feel of the town. Auli has a refreshing climate throughout the seasons which attracts tourists. It is best to visit from November to March to experience the best of winter retreat and summer tide.
17. Panchgani- Frame memories in the misty highlands
Panchgani is a popular hill station honeymoon getaways in west India that is located in Satara district of Maharashtra. This place was a summer resort during the British era and this popular hill station is flattered by a flat piece of land which is called the ‘table top’. This table top plateau is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan Plateau and has five hills surrounding Panchgani. This getaway is ideal for newlyweds and visitors coming from the western states as it lie in close proximity.
While in Panchgani you can treat your senses by visiting attractions like Sydney Point, situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley is about 2 km from Panchgani Bus stand. From here you can see the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam, and Pandavgad and Mandhardeo. Table Land is another landmark to sightsee some large caves like the Devil’s Kitchen. Behold the Krishna Valley and the pristine water of the Dhom Dam from Parsi Point and witness the strawberry farming at Mapro Garden.
18. Mahabaleshwar– Witness the impeccable beauty of the Western Ghats and lose yourself to the tranquillity
Mahabaleshwar is one of the leading destinations for every traveller and it is another Indian destination located in Satara district of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar has an average height of 1,353 metres. This hill station is a part of the Western Ghats and it stores verdant green forests everywhere making it look alluring and wet. Hence, Mahabaleshwar serves best landmarks for honeymoon couples and this destination is ideal to be visited during the months of October to March.
Mahabaleshwar houses a lake and several view points, majestic peaks and some prominent divine places. Some must-visits are the Venna Lake, which is one of the major tourist attractions surrounded by trees on all sides and then there is Needle Hole Point which is located near Kate’s Point. In this place, you can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between. Other points include Wilson Point and Elephant Point. Pratapgad Fort is an interesting fort popular for its History of India; Lingmala Waterfalls with a height of approximately 600 feet is one sight not to be missed. Also, worth visiting places are the Krishnabai Temple, 3 Monkey Point and Old Mahabaleshwar.
19. Coonoor– Snuggle up amidst the charming verdures
This honeymoon hill stations in South India houses some charming abode and this very hill station in the Nilgiris district is Coonoor. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty and it sits high aloft the southern plains. As a honeymoon getaway in India, Coonoor can help you soak up the tranquillity, fresh environment and beautiful vistas. This abode is renowned for its aromatic teas and the visitors can indulge in bird watching and hiking in the mountain slopes.
Coonoor has some beautiful landmarks to visit for newlyweds like this lush green and well-maintained garden, Sims Park; you can hike up to the Doorg Fort or take up a heritage train ride and sightsee amazing sights the place offers. Laws Falls is another breathtaking sight not to be missed as well. Other sites you can encounter are Oswal Syndicate, All Saints Church, and Wellington Lake.
20. Shimla– Feel the easy wind and downy flake as you vacay in the land of snow-clad mountains
Shimla has forever been the destination for honeymoon and it has not let down the romantics. Vacationing in Shimla retreats your senses as the place has some lux hotels and mesmerising landscapes. The Himachal’s capital Shimla is best visited between the months of March to June because the weather is quite pleasant for outdoor activities and you can indulge in adventure sports such as paragliding, camping, trekking and rafting. However, months between December to February is an ideal month if you are looking for snow.
Shimla is a great destination if you are looking for a romantic getaway because you can take a long walk on The Ridge. This vast open space is ideal for taking leisurely walks with your lover. If nature or wildlife is what interests you, Shimla has two Sanctuaries – Dharanghati Sanctuary and Himalayan Nature Park. Besides, the one and an only perfect way to spend a nice time is by strolling around the town, building sweet memories as you spend every moment. Furthermore, Shimla has many places to see, on your honeymoon spend ample time surrounded with Shimla’s posh beauty and serenity.
Honeymoon isn’t just about travelling to far or offbeat destinations, but it is the special time you get to know each other more intimately. This honeymoon season, make sure you select the best of the best destination to have an ultimate vacation that you can boast all year round. From the above mentioned 20 best hill stations to visit for honeymoon make a trip of a lifetime and reconsider a second honeymoon as well!
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Published: 20 Dec, 2016