“I don’t understand why North East isn’t promoted as a tourist destination; it is just so beautiful…” Lipika cried out while giving us the details of her recent trip to Shillong and other cities of Meghalaya. With her eyes shining brightly and a bit watery with excitement and cheeks getting tomato red, she further pledged that she would indeed go to North East for her honeymoon. Everyone in the room busted out laughing; however, a few days later I pondered over her PLEDGE and decided to do a little research on what are some great honeymoon destinations in North East. To my surprise, this less promoted part of the country is full of options that can prove to be a perfect holiday and honeymoon getaway. Incredible scenic beauty, pristine locales, amiable people and impeccable ambiance…what more should I look for?! Here is a list that I came up with:
Dreamlike…. is how Gangtok can be best described. Standing at an altitude of about 5,500 ft in Sikkim, Gangtok possesses unmatched beauty. Gangtok can be counted amongst best honeymoon destinations in India as it offers natural spectacles, modern amenities, good hotels and a variety of restaurantsMost of us dream of spending time with a loved one in a secluded place, where nature dances to the tune of tranquility: Gangtok provides you with just that! A perfect ambiance and a perfect set up. For those of you who are on honeymoon, there are plenty of places that you can visit along with several adventure activities that you can indulge in together. With Ridge Park, Hanuman Tok and Ganest Tok as major sightseeing attractions, trekking and rock climbing keep the honeymoon couples entertained. The cable car ride is a must and a visit to Tashi View Point should by no means be missed.
Beeeautiiiful… is how Lipika described Shillong and I guess her tone can convince anyone! Situated at an altitude of approximately 1,491 m in Meghalaya, it is a part of East Khasi Hill District. The long stretches of mountains, gargling waterfalls, manmade lake and golf course and miles and miles of scenic beauty could mesmerize anyone. The Lady Hydari Park is where locals and tourists gather to enjoy the beauty of lovely flowers. The Ward’s Lake is an artificial lake that can be visited for enjoying boating. Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls and Elephant Falls cut their way through mountains and offer a stunning picture. One must visit place is the Shillong Peak, situated 1,965 m above sea level- it offers a panoramic view of the countryside. Shillong Peak is an asset to the beauty of Shillong.
Colourful is what come to my mind to me when I read about Pelling, Sikkim. Rich culture, ample of adventure options, festivity and not to forget impeccable scenic beauty makes Pelling the best honeymoon destination in North East India. The breathtaking view of the Khangchendzonga from Pelling is unbeatable, whereas the Khangchendzonga Festival sets the mood for some adventure. Flower exhibition, ethnic food and costume stalls can be seen in this festival. Rafting on River Rangit, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Bird Watching can be enjoyed thoroughly in Pelling. The Pemyangtse Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Changey Waterfalls, Khangchendzonga National Park and Singshor Bridge are some of the major attractions here.
Ravangla is simply breathtaking! Situated at an elevation of 7,000 ft in Sikkim, it offers honeymoon tour like no other. First of all you just cannot ignore the fact that it offers unmatched view of the Greater Himalaya. Secondly, the serene ambiance and spectacular landscape kills all the competition, making it one of the best destinations for honeymoon tourism in India. Amidst majestic nature, romance is the only thought that crosses my mind…what better way to cherish a destination like Ravangla! Visit the Reyong Sunrise point for stunning view of the snow-capped mountains. Kewzing, a small town in the suburbs of Ravangla, is a must visit. Along with scenic beauty, the place is known for housing several monasteries as well. Borong Hotspring, Ralang Monasteries and Temi Tea Garden are few other attractions of this exotic place.
We by no means can deny the fact that North East is blessed with beauty abundantly and here the excitement never ends! Haflong…a prized possession of the state of Assam is another brilliant option for the honeymooners. Along with spectacular natural beauty, Haflong is well-known for its rich heritage and when these two factors merge, we get a fascinating destination like Haflong. Situated at an altitude of about 680 m, Haflong is also known as the White Ant Hillock. This scenic hill station provides great sightseeing opportunities along with options for trekking, bird watching and paragliding. Orchid Garden, Borail Range, Maibong, Jatinga and Haflong Lake are some major attractions here.
Tawang! Yes, Tawang! Well I always thought that Tawang is a sacred land; of course I knew it was a beautiful place with jagged hills and lush greenery, but never thought it would become a popular honeymoon destination. The impeccable beauty of Tawang has managed to get a lot of attention from adventure aficionados, but what surprises me is that it has caught the eye of the honeymooners as well. Lofty mountains, waterfalls that cascade into deep gorges, azure sky and sparkling lakes make Tawang more than just any travel destination. A must see here is the Galden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery, which is the highest point of Tawang. A trip to Zimithang, Gorsam Stupa, Khinme monastery, Tatsang gompa and Singshur nunnery brings altogether a different experience. On the other side, Sangeshar Lake is an ideal place for any honeymoon couple- the perfect ambiance and the creative set up make your honeymoon more special and cozy.
It just took my breath away and I am sure it will be successful in winning your heart as well! Majuli, which is located 20 kms away from Jorhat Town in Assam, is the world’s largest riverine island. This breathtaking destination indeed has the caliber to intimidate any and TRUST ME any popular honeymoon destination in India. If you are planning a honeymoon or a REhoneymoon and you are looking for a place that has nothing to do with noise of vehicle and crowd, then Majuli is the place for you. Although don’t expect a hotel or resort sign welcoming you, in fact there are no hotels in this area However, there are few hotels in Garamur, which is located 10 kms from the shore. Most of the travelers visit Majuli for a day and then return to Jorhat town. Lush rice fields, towering bamboo trees, small houses and amiable people keep the charm alive of this unique destination.
Lachung can be counted as a perfect honeymoon destination in North East. Set at a breathtaking elevation of approximately 8,610 m, this picturesque village is embraced by lofty mountains, cascading waterfalls and red apple orchards. Blooming rhododendron against the perfect background of snow-clad mountains and flowing of River Lachung through the middle of the village mesmerizes the visitor. There are many hotels and lodges available here, which ensures a pleasant stay. Lachung is also a perfect halt for the travelers visiting another spectacular place called Yumthang Valley. You can visit Lachung Monastery and Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. To make your honeymoon tour more memorable, you can further go to Yumthang valley.
Bed of lilies and red and white rhododendrons… the azure sky and lush greenery…Picture perfect honeymoon destination! Dzukou Valley is situated 25 kms away from Kohima at an elevation of 2,462m. One of the articles that I went through described it as a ‘valley of celestial charm’. You can drive from Kohima to Seikhakie, which is the base camp for Dzukou Valley. One has to trek through a rough terrain before reaching the Dzukou Valley, but all your effort is worth it! You can go exploring the caves, walk on the lush green meadows and witness the spectacular sight of blooming pink and white lilies and rhododendrons. The best time to visit Dzukou valley is between June and July.
Ziro is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Arunachal Pradesh. A quiet, serene place, Ziro is located at an altitude of approximately 1,500 m. Paddy fields, bamboo and pine groves and rich variety of flowers make Ziro Valley a picturesque place. These natural spectacles set up a perfect ambiance for a honeymoon couple as well. Thus Ziro valley can be considered one of the best honeymoon locations in North East in India. Ziro Putu, Dolo Mando, Dilopolyang Maniipolyang, Talley Valley and Kile Pakho are the major attractions of Ziro Valley. There are a couple of good hotels that are available at reasonable prices in Ziro, so you need to worry much.
Situated around 230 kms away from Agartala, Jampui Hills is amongst the most fascinating places in North East. Breathtaking landscape, vibrant ambiance and bracing climate make Jampui Hills worth visiting. The lush orange orchards are something that must be visited here. Watching the sun go down with your partner is an experience that will be cherished forever. Rich culture, hospitable people and unmatched serenity adds to the asset of this beautiful place. Here, most of the local people allow homestay or paying guest facility; this way you can learn more about the lifestyle of Jampui and take back with you unique memories.
Yuksom is like the Emerald Beauty of Sikkim, greener than the greenist! Yuksom has become quite popular amongst adventure aficionados as a popular base camp for Khangchendzonga trek. . A quiet place, Yuksom offers honeymooners magical moments, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, also couples get a better opportunity to get to know about each other in such a calm and serene environment.. Tashi Tenka, Norbugang Park, Kathok Wodsallin Gompa and Dubdi Gompa are some of the places that you can visit. Yuksom is also the entry point to the Khangchendzonga National Park, so you have a good option to witness the diverse wildlife and flora of this region. Yuksom is well connected by road with major cities of Sikkim and West Bengal and there are a number of good hotels available here.
Another marvel of Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdila is gorgeous! Situated at an altitude of 8,000 ft, Bomdila can be called one of the best honeymoon locations in North East. Lofty snow-clad mountains, dense forests and quaint settings, make this place quite picturesque. Dirang valley, Sela Pass and the Buddhist Monastery are a few places worth seeing here. Also, what could be more romantic than a hand-in- hand nature walk. Don’t expect luxury hotels here; however, if you are comfortable with a decent budget hotel, then this is a place for you!
Long stretches of vineyards, green hills and the very fact that Champhai is situated on the Indo-Myanmar border adds to the excitement. So, what to expect here?? You would get a perfect blend of lush greenery, rich heritage and romantic ambiance! An ideal honeymoon destination with idyllic settings, Champhai gives you a great opportunity to spend some cozy time together with your partner. Lianchhiari Lunglentlang, Fiara Tui, Mura Puk, Rih Dïl and Thasiama Seno Neihna are the major attractions in and around Champhai. There is a tourist lodge and a couple of guest houses that one can pre book for a pleasant stay here.
Despite the fact that it is a vital commercial centre, Pfutsero is a quiet little town in Nagaland. Situated at an altitude of about 2,134 m above sea level, it is the coldest region of Nagaland. The natural landscape is simply mesmerizing and is ideal for a different yet perfect honeymoon tour. Glory Peak, World War-II Japanese Cave, Miracle Cave, Leshemi Village, Khezhakeno Village and Pfutseromi Village are the major attractions here. There are no hotels available at Pfutsero, so eventually one has to lodge in Phek or in Kohima. But this doesn’t hinder your idea of a perfect honeymoon here. A day in Pfutsero will prove worthwhile, as you can enjoy the scenic beauty and cherish moments of your perfect honeymoon.
Well, I guess I have found my answer to Lipika’s question. North East is indeed a place to be at! It takes a honeymoon tour a step further and makes it ever memorable and ever interesting with its impeccable landscape, vivacious culture, bizarre diversity and astonishing tranquility. I hope the list here serves the purpose and helps you decide where to go on a honeymoon in North East. Moreover, I hope it invokes an urge in you to explore this unspoiled, unmatched region of the country.
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