Last Updated: April 4, 2019 Sonam Dave
After keeping mum till the teary wedding departure, while pasting a delightful smile on a dolled-up face all throughout before that, honeymoon comes as a reward for the exceptionally tired and exhausted bride and groom. That perfect honeymoon vacation which is couple’s first venture together, whose planning soaks much of their excitement and enthusiasm, even more than the wedding itself, for which they are anyway not invited for any consultation as such. Honeymoon is the most awaited romantic break every just married couple yearns for, which can be made memorable by studding it with unique luxury and style. But the expectations are often too high that it is inevitable to get confused. So, to sort out the confusion, we have created a blueprint containing the best tips for planning honeymoon trip in India, following which would definitely lead newlyweds to an outstanding luxury honeymoon holidays. Scroll down for an insight.
1+1 Should Become 1 For This
Plan together, it is important! As it would help not only in deciding that’s delightful to both of you but also in knowing each other’s likes and dislikes as well. All those sweet bickerings and stretchy arguments that would go in choosing among the best luxury honeymoon destinations and packages, would totally be worth it. And to the benefit, there would be no one blaming anyone for any mishap at the end.
Hang Around the Internet for Some Time
Do a little research, read a few reviews and travelogues, ask some friends and relatives who have just returned from the same destination you are planning to go, but don’t let them affect you much and shape your ideas. As you know different people have different tastes and are born with different stars…if you know what I mean. So, just don’t forget to be original! Dive into the internet pool to explore different honeymoon vacation ideas like beach holidays, Cruise holidays or the newly trending private island holidays, all of which comes packed with affluent luxury and elegance.
Use a Travel Consultant
After gaining the priori knowledge about the options, connect to a travel consultant to ease out the final execution. But if you are still undecided about your destination or the type of vacation, he is always there to help you attain deeper clarity. The notion that travel consultants charge high is truly a myth. In fact they are the perfect source to haggle a better deal. Be it related to travel or hotels. Combining both, there are various luxury travel ideas available that you can certainly go for, such as:
Luxury Train Travelling: Hop onto the luxurious trains like the Palace on Wheels, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Maharaja Express, Golden Chariot, Deccan Odyssey and Southern Splendour to experience the awe-inspiring destinations; from royal Rajasthan to candid Madhya Pradesh, from oceanic southern to hilly eastern region of India.
Luxury Cruise Travelling: If you fancy a luxurious cruise journey for your honeymoon, then Oberoi Vrinda Cruise, Sunderbans Luxury Cruise, Mahabaahu Cruise, River Ganges Heritage and Lakshadweep Cruise are some of the exceptional choices that offer an exotic backwater stay packed with luxury, splendid glimpses of the dotting destinations lying along the course of the holy Ganga River, or a peak into the exotic wildlife of Sunderbans.
On your honeymoon, when you will be dominated by the ‘never even leaving your hotel room ever’ kind of a feeling, choosing for the best honeymoon destination isn’t just enough. Book one of the best of the luxury honeymoon resorts or heritage hotels for your perfect honeymoon, because exclusivity of this occasion definitely calls for some extravagance.
Compare and Decide
After taking a furtive look at all the options available in each of your desired destinations, arrive onto a single destination that brings no second thoughts whatsoever to both of you. Also, keep in mind the travel time. As with limited availability of leaves, you just cannot afford to spend much time in travelling. And of course, don’t skip your dream destination. Splurge!
Check-out the below list of top honeymoon getaways in India, and explore the luxurious experiences that come along with it.
While being in here; the king of beautiful destinations, book a fancy stay at The Lalit Grand Palace hotel in their Maharaja / Maharani Suites to experience the stately comfort with the mesmerising views of Dal lake. Enrich your honeymoon with a once in a lifetime wazwan experience, arranged upon request in a Shamiyana at Vivanta by Taj. The cuisine is made special by inviting the local ‘Waza’ (Head Cook), and is attractively laid in a Traami (copper platter) for the perfect feel. The Khyber spa is yet another stop for a pleasurable delight with your honey bunny, in the quaint background of the snowfed trees. Whereas, leaving Kashmir without staying in Butt’s Clermont Houseboats even for a night or two, is just cannot happen. The intricately carved wooden rooms moored on the shores of western Dal Lake, and the spectacular Mughal garden nurturing 400 years old chinar trees right next to it, will surely transport you to the enchanting world of romance.
A queen of multiple hill stations that are bestowed with unparalleled beauty and charm seem accentuated while staying in the lavish suites of Wildflower Hall in Shimla. The cosy fireplace in the room is a perfect sit down area to sip a coffee or two and extend the night till 4. For the ultimate spa, must try the Moksha Himalaya in Kalka and discover the tingling sensation of rejuvenation. Whereas, the Suryavilas spa in Solan provide the amazing glamping experience with the soothing indulgence into its ayurvedic treatment. But if you are one of those couples who get solace in adventure, then visit the ‘Paragliding capital of India’ at Bir Village and discover the superfluity of nature extending from Billing to Bir. Together it is called as ‘Bir Billing’. Mussoorie is another popular paragliding option in Himachal Pradesh.
Explore this honeymooners paradise at Ananda – the one stop for an impressive living and holistic spa experience. The grand and opulent villas of this 5 star luxury resort, are the best place to spend your most awaited honeymoon holidays, with a time to time indulgence in spa and ayurvedic treatment to relax and unwind amidst the nature’s bounty. Especially for the wildlife lovers, an adventurous stay in Corbett Leela Vilas at Corbett National Park is something to be included in the itinerary. Whereas, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ranikhet, Kunjapuri and Bedni Bugyal are the options available for an unforgettable Paragliding ride.
It is a royal honeymoon destination blessed with an array of palaces for a fancy stay where the couples can indulge in stately romance. The Rambagh Palace and Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, Udaivilas and Devigarh by Lebua in Udaipur, Umaid Bhawan are counted among the best palaces to stay. To feel the exotic art of rejuvenation visit the Jiva Spa by Taj Lake Palace, and enhance your honeymoon package’s opulence even more. The state’s wildlife nurturing in Ranthambore is best seen in the daytime and heard best during the night stay in the Oberoi Vanyavilas. For the best desert camping experience, choose the serai camp of Jaisalmer as your perfect stop. Dwell into the luxury dining for relishing the sumptuous rajasthani cuisine at Samode Haveli ‘a traditional mansion’ in Jaipur and Darikhana, Raas Hotel in Jodhpur. Experience the love in the air while flying over the forts and palaces, state’s desert lands and beautiful lake, in a hot air balloon. Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Neemrana, Jaisalmer and Ranthambore are the places that provide for the best balloon safari in Rajasthan.
Lush with greenery and varied landscapes, the eight sister states of India makes for a perfect travel for the honeymooners. To experience the luxury living, don’t miss to stay at the Thengal Manor at Jorhat in Assam, The Elgin Nor-Khill in Gangtok, Sikkim and Rikynjai Serenity by the Lake in Shillong, Meghalaya. While, to discover the thrill in this adventureland, try paragliding in Gangtok and Shillong. And also explore many untrodden treks these eight states are flourished with. The famous Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam is an ideal place for wildlife lovers, bestowed with exquisite hotels and resorts namely; the Borgos Resort, Diphlu River Lodge and Agoratoli Eco Tourism Resort.
When in Maharashtra, enjoy its combination of multiple romantic getaways stuffed with plethora of options to go for. Like for a luxurious stay, the state is provided with innumerous choices, out of which; The Machan in Lonavala and Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, are amongst the best for the Honeymooners. If looking for a unique experience, book a stay in these vineyards; i.e Four Seasons in Pune, Chateau d’Ori and the very popular Sula in Nashik, Chateau Indage Estate in Narayangaon, and relish the finest wines of these brands each day. While, for a rejuvenating spa, hit the Atmantan Spa in Pune, and gratify yourself with a couple’s massage. Whereas, Yuuka Palladium, Peshawari, Khyber and Zodiac Grill in Mumbai and Malaka Spice in Pune offers the best dining experience. For adventure couples, Hot air Ballooning in Lonavala, Paragliding in Kamshet, Panchgani, Pavana and Arambol beach, are the options that are must be explored. The shopaholics may love to visit the Palladium, The Taj Mahal Palace and Trident in Mumbai, and SGS Magnum Mall in Pune for Luxury Shopping.
For a Luxurious stay, Elsewhere and Wildernest Nature Resort come as a top priority in Goa, whereas Tuscany Gardens provide the best dining experience bestowed with out of this world decor and an enigmatic ambience. For the adventure freaks, various water sports on the sea side plus Scuba diving in Malvan and the Grand Island Goa, are incredibly rejuvenating escapes. Book a luxury spa at Sereno Spa in Park Hyatt Goa. Not to forget the party lovers, the amazing nightclubs and pubs that are immense in Goa, can also become an integral part of your itinerary.
Besides from a sumptuous stay in ‘The Tamara’ and ‘Orange County’ in Coorg, enjoy the coffee plantation tour arranged by them. The other lavish resort lies in the historical place Hampi, by the name of ‘Evolve back’, while staying there you can also plan your visit to KRSMA Vineyards in Hampi that has a romantic touch to it because of the romantic couple that diligently looks after the vineyard providing an interesting wine tour for the wine lovers. The adventure enthusiasts can go for Paragliding in Nandi Hills and Hot air Ballooning in Bidar, Mysore and Hampi. There is also a four days festival organised at the end of Dec that may extend till Jan. Being close to the ocean, the option of scuba diving in the Islands of Netrani and Pigeon Islands, are also open. Visit ‘The Lantern, Ritz Carlton’ in Bengaluru for the memorable dining experience. Whereas, the popular spas; Angsana, Golden Palms and Soukya Holistic Health & Ayurvedic Treatment in Bangalore, that has their doors wide open for the honeymooners with unique and attractive packages. The shopaholics can take delight in shopping in the UB city in Bangalore, Phoenix Market city and Orion Mall in Bangalore.
To avail the best of the staying and dining experience while being in Andhra Pradesh, all you need to do is to approach ‘Taj Falaknuma Palace’ in Hyderabad. The scorpion shaped Nizam Suite in this hotel was once the abode of the world’s richest man, a stay in this room will introduce to the kingly living style, whereas to savour the culinary heritage of the Nizams, visit the Adaa by Taj Falaknuma Palace. For reducing the wedding stress and to rejuvenate, the honeymooners must avail the services of the best ‘Golkonda Spa’ in Hyderabad.
If planning for Tamil Nadu, then make sure to book your stay in the intimate Presidential Pool Villa at ‘Le Pondy Resort’ in Pondicherry, or in the 17th century ‘Bungalow on the Beach’ in Tharangambadi. Whereas, the Joy’s Spa at ‘Le Pondy’ will provide you the rejuvenating Spa you will definitely be looking for during your Honeymoon. Those of the couples, who get rejuvenated through adventure, can go for paragliding at Yelagiri in Chennai, or scuba diving in Pondicherry. Appreciated by many, for its food and ambience, dining at the Royal Vega, ITC Grand Chola becomes a must thing to do in Chennai.
Kerala ‘The Honeymooner’s First Choice’, calls you to have a memorable and luxurious stay in the traditional Presidential Suite at Kumarakom Lake Resort that also provide you with the option of a lavish houseboat stay; a very different and charming experience. While, for the amazing dining in the perfect ambience, visit the Villa Maya in Trivandrum, to relish the taste of Kerala. Being a home to Ayurveda, Kerala has many popular spas to choose from, like the Maya Spa in Kumarakom, Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village in Palakkad, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra in Kovalam and Divya Spa, the Leela Kempinski in Kovalam. Whereas, for an unforgettable scuba diving experience take a dip into the Kovalam and Varkala beaches.
Andaman & Nicobar
This small exotic Island comes with two things in a list that must be ticked off before leaving Andaman & Nicobar i.e, a luxurious stay in the Barefoot at Havelock Island and scuba diving at Corruption Rock, Snake Island, Havelock Island, Agatti Beach, North Bay Island, Cinque Island and the Corbyn’s Cove Beach.
Just as the Andaman & Nicobar Island, the beautiful Lakshadweep also comes with two things in a list that must be experienced i.e, a stay in the unique Sea Shells Beach Resort at Agatti and Kadmat Island Beach Resort at Kadmat, a rejuvenating indulgence in scuba diving at Bangaram Island and Kadmat Islands.
Plan Your Itinerary
Always make sure of not making your itinerary too stuffy. As, prior bookings come with a compulsion to indulge into things regardless of your mood. Similarly, don’t leave it too light also. So that so, you end up doing nothing at all at your dream destination.
Honeymoon is one such vacation that you will cherish for a lifetime. So, even if a little delayed or leaving too soon, never give up on your honeymoon tour. We hope that the above planning tips and ideas would certainly help you to plan a perfect honeymoon trip with your beloved. You can learn more about these destinations in India and also the way to go about it, by contacting us at +91-9212553106/07 or e-mail us at email@example.com. We at Tour My India offer some incredible packages that will infuse your holidays with the finest of luxuries. So don’t wait, call!
Published: 11 Sep, 2017
Sonam Dave is a hotelier-turned-travel writer from the city of lakes, Bhopal. She is a connoisseur of art who loves to ponder in the lap of nature, and always ready to take the inviting calls of the beautiful lakes and river for a rejuvenating plunge. When she is not travelling, she likes to play the rumbling chords and riffs on her guitar. She proudly proclaims herself as a theatre enthusiast, an avid reader and a movie buff. She likes to call herself a rootless wanderer who wishes to choose the roads less travelled.