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Breathtaking Destinations: Gems of India!

Here is the list of breathtaking destinations in India you must not miss adding to your itinerary !

Summer Special:

Soaring temperatures call for a quick trip to cooler retreats. Here’s a list of 10 places you should consider

1. Rohtang Pass:

travel3This picturesque location is the best for incessant wanderers. Lose track of the life you’ve briefly left behind, as you hunt for the peace. Get on a bike, grab a bowl of steaming hot Maggi on the beautiful road, and brace yourself for an unforgettable experience.

2. Sikkim:

sikkimIt’s as pretty as a postcard with its Buddhist monasteries, remarkable landscapes and the magnificent Khangchendzonga – the world’s third-highest mountain. It is visible from any point in the state and is a sight to behold. Expect a strong Tibetan influence and a taste of interesting Himalayan wildlife accompanied by delectable local cuisine.

3. Spiti Valley:

travel1In the Spiti valley, you’re never truly alone as you will almost always be able to spot the beautiful Spiti River making its way across a beautiful landscape. Traces of Tibet linger here as well and you’ll find yourself in a remote, faraway paradise. The Spiti-Kinnaur route is considered to be one of the most stunning bike trails in the country.

4. Shillong:

shillongMeghalaya’s capital is worth the effort and time it takes to orchestrate a much-awaited escape. Shillong perfectly mixes up modernity with its intriguing colonial era influences, leaving you to marvel at its old world charm in tiny pockets. There’s a lot to see, there’s a lot to do, and yet there’s enough room for you to slow down and cherish the present in Shillong.

5. Ranikhet:

ranikhetUttarakhand’s tiny cantonment town is a hidden gem. It is in the Almora district of the state and has a plethora of resorts with an unforgettable view of the mountains. It’s a very sought-after location for zealous mountaineers and has a little something for every traveller.

6. Coonoor:

coonoorCoonoor is a part of the trifecta – Ooty, Kotagiri, and Coonoor, the hill stations that rise above the southern plains. It is less commercial than Ooty and has lovely heritage hotels for those looking to unwind. Head towards upper Coonoor for peace and quiet; central Coonoor is for those trying to get a taste of local life – the hustle and bustle of cars and people rushing to get somewhere. Coonoor’s cool climate and intriguing demeanour will make your summer a happy one.

7. Haflong:

travel4Assam’s only hill station, Haflong is surrounded by Himalayan ranges and is a dream. You name it; they have it – pretty waterfalls, green hills and a rich culture. Take the train on a track that has been around for over a century. Spend a day bird-watching and being impressed as the region hosts an impressive variety of bird species.

8. Nubra Valley:

travel2A combination of the most extraordinary things makes up the Nubra Valley. Sand dunes, monasteries, a desolate palace, boulder fields, arid mountains and more – this place is meant for the hungry traveller. Dip your toes into a starkly different culture and explore the villages surrounding the Nubra valley.

9. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh:

horsleyA welcoming hamlet in Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills is worth a visit for the serenity it offers. Around 144 km from the religious hotspot Tirupati, Horsley Hills has a mesmerizing drive packed with the most incredible views. The region has a dense forest cover and is a nature lover’s dream. You’ll be able to spot panthers in the beautiful Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary and marvel at the majestic Mallamma temple while taking in the local sights and sounds.

10. Ponmudi, Kerala:

keralaIf you’re into trekking, you could consider going off the beaten track and heading to Ponmudi with its plentiful opportunities to discover exotic butterflies and small, lovely rivulets. A short drive away from Thiruvananthapuram, the hill resort is like a warm hug. The tea estates will satiate the tea lover while its narrow winding pathways and gorgeous cottages will make you want to visit again and again.

Visit the heart of India:

If you want to see the Heart of India, here is the list of selected 5 must-visit Indian Villages. The soul, heart, and beauty of India can be found in many rural parts of the country. Away from the hustle and bustle of modernization, the villages of this nation proudly preserve its customs and heritage till today. A walk in the open farms, the calm breeze touching your face, the tempting smell of soil, and the warmth in the hearts of people, are some of the many things that every traveler should visit rural India to experience. Here are some amazing Indian villages to add to your list:

1. Pipili – Puri, Odisha:village1

A bright and colourful village, Pipili is located just 40 km from Jagannath Puri. It is famous for its applique handicrafts and the streets of this village are full of some amazing handicraft shops. Travelers love to carry a piece of this art as a souvenir. The simple lifestyle of artisans who are dedicated to this art form is a deep insight into a place located away from the mechanical world we live in these days.

2. Mawlynnong – East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya:

village2Acclaimed to be Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong is located 90 km away from Shillong, on the Indo-Bangladesh border. What makes a visit to this village all the more interesting is a peep into the daily chores of the Khasi people there who make a living from cultivation of betel nuts.

3. Ghanerao – Pali District, Rajasthan:

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Around 18 km from Ranakpur, the Ghanerao village in Desuri tehsil of Pali is worth a visit. It is also popular for the Ghanerao Royal Castle and the castle of Meera Bai – a great devotee of Lord Krishna. There are beautiful temples in and around the village. Ghanerao is a treasure of landscapes, heritage and wildlife. It shares its borders with the Kumbhalgarh National Park and is also famous for its horse safaris.

4. Hodka – Rann of Kutch, Gujarat:

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Hodka is a small village in the centre of Banni grasslands of Gujarat. This region of Kutch is globally acknowledged for its textiles, art and music. A pleasant view of the topography of this region with a visit to sham-e-sarhad, leaves a remarkable spell on visitors.

5. Kila Raipur – Ludhiana District, Punjab:

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A visit to this village to witness the Kila Raipur Rural Olympics is spectacular. Just 15 km from Ludhiana, the village hosts races like camel race, tractor race, dog race, etc. The locals along with sports lovers from around the globe participate in this one-of-a-kind event that is hosted in February every year.

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Less known destinations not to be missed:

Movie makers are always on the hunt for something ‘different’ that will make their films stand out and set the box office cash registers ringing. This ‘something different’ could be a fantastic script, a sizzling item song, or a stunning backdrop that no other filmmaker has used before.

The hunt for locations begins almost as soon as the script is finalized. And film teams start travelling far and wide in search of the perfect spot from where Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor will watch the sunset in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, or the royal quarters that will be the setting of a palace intrigue against James Bond in Octopussy. Here’s looking at 10 such film locations that may just inspire you to pack your bags and travel!

1. Nahargarh Fort near Jaipur, Rajasthan

Remember Rang de Basanti, a compelling film about the state of affairs in the nation? And the majestic moonlit backdrop of a towering wall rising up from a water reservoir, atop which Aamir Khan and Sharman Joshi compete in a beer-gulp challenge? Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra captured the intimidating heights and splendour of Nahargarh Fort, not to mention the daredevil antics of youth, perfectly in that one scene.

The water reservoir in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills and affords a breathtaking view of Jaipur city. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh once formed a strong defence ring for the city. It is believed that Nahar stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit haunted and obstructed the construction of this fort. The spirit was finally pacified by building a temple in his memory within the precincts.

 2. Dudhsagar Waterfall, Goa

 “One two three four, get on the train baby!” and head to the Dudhsagar Waterfall aboard the Chennai Express, a la SRK and Deepika Padukone in the 2014 hit movie. The Chennai Express makes a stop at the Dudhsagar train station. This breathtaking phenomenon of nature, where the mighty Mandovi river comes gushing down the rocks, is only rivaled by the man made wonder of 10 tunnels winding their way to a precarious bridge on which the train crosses the waterfall.
The Chennai Express makes a stop at the Dudhsagar train station. Pic source: http://www.filmapia.com/films/movies/c/chennai-express
Dudhsagar is the fifth highest waterfall in India, at the border of Karnataka and Goa. Several trains stop at the Dudhsagar station, located about 1 km from the waterfall, from where you can trek to a spot (and even camp overnight if you wish) to take in a jaw dropping view of this milky-white wonder.

3. Chand Baori, Rajasthan

Chand Baori is an inverted pyramid stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur. It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumba Dynasty over a 1000 years ago and is dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness.

Rajasthan, as everyone knows, is an extremely arid region. Chand Baori was intended to conserve as much water as possible. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface and Chand Baori was used as a community gathering place during the hot summer months. One side of the well has a pavilion and resting room for the royals.

This visually stunning stepwell has been used as a film location not just in Hindi films like Paheli, but also by Hollywood in The Fall and The Dark Knight Rises.

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4. Shonga tser Lake, Arunachal Pradesh

Situated 10,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by lakes, the beauty of the Tawang region in Arunachal Pradesh is unparalleled. The location of the land itself is fascinating — Tibet to the north, Sela range to the east and Bhutan towards the southwest. In this mystical setting of breathtaking valleys and misty rivers lies Shonga tser lake, situated very close to the McMohan Line of Control on the border with China. The lake itself was formed in the aftermath of the earthquake of 1950. It freezes in winter and you can walk across it.

After the filming of the thriller Koyla here in 1997, it came to be known as Madhuri Lake (after the female lead, Madhuri Dixit).

Shonga tser lake, Tawang Pic source: http://www.sid-thewanderer.com/2010/12/tawang-part-1-journey-to-town-and-lakes.html

5. The Martand Sun Temple, Anantnag, J&K

The ruins of this ancient temple made a formidable backdrop for the song Bismil, starring Tabu and Shahid Kapoor, in the 2014 film Haider. The temple is located 65 km from Srinagar in a village called Mattan in Anantnag district.  It was built in 500 A.D. and is dedicated to the sun god, Surya. The temple was built on top of a plateau from where one gets a good view of the Kashmir valley.

Ruins of the Martand Sun Temple Pic source: http://www.holidayiq.com/Martand-Sun-Temple-Kashmir-Sightseeing-405-9915.html

Ruins of the Martand Sun Temple were seen in the film Haider. The Martand temple was completely destroyed on the orders of Muslim ruler Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century.

6. Hari Mandir Ashram, Pataudi, Haryana

In a mood for some place spiritual? Head to the ashram where Julia Roberts grappled with the ‘pray’ part of her journey in the movie Eat, Pray Love.

Julia Roberts meditating at the Hari Mandir Ashram in Pataudi, Haryana, in the movie Eat Pray Love. Pic source: http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/12/20-celebrity-men-and-women-who-practice-meditation-in-hollywood/

Julia Roberts meditating at the Hari Mandir Ashram in Pataudi, Haryana, in the movie Eat Pray Love.

Hari Mandir Ashram is located in the village of Pataudi, about 40 km from Gurgaon. The 25-acre campus houses an impressive temple, a school for 500 students, dormitories for men and women, an old-age home, and a clinic.

7. The Bazaars of Jaipur

If you’ve never been shopping in Jaipur, you’re missing out not only on same great bargains on colourful dupattas, bangles, shawls and trinkets, you’re also depriving yourself of soaking in the ambience of some authentic Indian bazaars. Head to the old bazaars near the walled city — Johari Bazaar (for jewellery), Chandpol Bazaar (for spectacular artwork in marble), Kishanpol Bazaar (for textiles and old furniture), and Sireh Dori Bazaar.

Dame Judi Dench in a Jaipur bazaar in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Dame Judi Dench in a Jaipur bazaar in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

And go watch Dame Judi Dench bargain for a shawl in one of the bylanes of Jaipur in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!

8. Rainforest Resort, Athirapally, Kerala

This boutique hotel, set within 7 acres of a lush green rainforest, is a favourite with director Mani Ratnam who filmed both Guru and Raavan around the property. Most rooms have a great view of the spectacular Athirapally falls, the setting for Aishwarya Rai dancing to ‘Barso Re.’

Rainforest Resort gives you a great view of Athirapally Falls, where Mani Ratnam filmed Guru.

Rainforest Resort gives you a great view of Athirapally Falls, where Mani Ratnam filmed Guru.

9. Pataudi Palace, Haryana

Combine your love of cricket with the thrill of movies and visit Pataudi Palace in Haryana, home to the late batting legend Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. His wife Sharmila Tagore, and children Saif and Soha Ali Khan, still take time off from their shooting schedules in Mumbai to come relax here from time to time.

Pataudi Palace, Haryana

Pataudi Palace was the lavish setting for movies like Mangal Pandey, Veer Zara, and Mere Brother ki Dulhan.

10. Kutch, Gujarat

The magnificent desert of Kutch, shimmering in a sea of white salt, is like no other place on earth. Glowing like a diamond by moonlight and bathed in divine sunlight by day, this backdrop is still being explored by Bollywood filmmakers.

Rann of Kutch

Khiladi star Akshay Kumar recently finished the shooting of his Kuwait evacuation drama Airlift in Kutch. Hrithik Roshan is currently shooting in Kundaliya village in Kutch for Mohenjo Daro.

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations:

The tradition of honeymoon is not just a mere vacation, but is also a special time when newlyweds can celebrate their new-found relationship in seclusion. Known for its diverse geography and culture, India is one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations across the globe. If you had been planning to spend your special time in the mystical land of India, listed below are some of the best honeymoon destinations in India:

1. Goa

Goa BeachLocated at the shores of the Arabian Sea Coast, Goa is one of the most prized beach destinations in India. The state being the smallest in India is famous for its exotic beaches and is one of the most attractive destinations for honeymooners and romantic couples. Goa is also known for its preserved wildlife and nature reserves making it a honeymoon hotspot like no other.

2. Andaman Islands

Andaman IslandsAndaman & Nicobar Islands are a group of islands located off the East coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. The islands served as naval ports during the time of the British but now are known for their enchanting beaches and sparkling blue waters making them perfect for honeymooners. The Andamans are full of secluded romantic hideouts and serene beaches that make them a great spot for newlyweds.

3. Alleppey

AlleppeyWhile the moniker Venice of the East has also been given to other places in India,Alleppey or Alappuzha is a picturesque coastal town with several inland waterways, beaches and canals. The honeymooning couples often take a houseboat stay to experience a highly romantic moment amidst the backwaters of Kerala and enjoy the best of nature the country has to offer.

4. Agra

AgraThe city of Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, the eternal monument of love. The city is not just known for its historic significance, but is also termed as some of the most romantic honeymooning cities in India. The city houses a plethora of luxurious hotels and resorts that are perfect to experience a serene vacation with your beloved.

5. Udaipur

UdaipurAlso known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is known to be one of the most visited honeymooning destinations in India. The city is full of manmade lakes and several palaces and forts that add a hint of grandeur to the romantic air that surrounds the city. The best one of them is indeed the Lake Palace or the Jag Niwas that is considered to be the most romantic hotel in the World.

6. Srinagar

SrinagarThe city has been termed as the Kashmiri Venice due to the several lakes that surround theSrinagar. Situated at an elevation 1,585 meters above sea level, the city of Srinagar is a perfect summer destination and is famous among honeymooners and newlyweds. Srinagar houses several romantic locations such as Mughal Gardens, Flower Gardens, Dal Lake and the most charming houseboat rides.

7. Munnar

MunnarLocated in the Idukki district amidst the Western Ghats, Munnar is a picturesque hill station in Kerala. The town is mostly comprised of green hills, tea, and coffee and spice plantations along with narrow winding roads that make it extremely romantic. The quaint town also contains several resorts and hotels that would help you experience the nature with luxury.

8. Kodaikanal

KodaikanalKodaikanal was established as a hill town by the British due to its favorable climate. After the Indian independence in 1947, the town was converted to a tourist destination by the state government. Located at an elevation of 2,133 meters above sea level, Kodaikanal is a popular summer resort in India. The town is full of romantic hideouts such as Kodaikanal Lake, Croakers Walk, Silver Cascade Waterfall and several enchanting lookout points.

9. Darjeeling

DarjeelingKnown for being the tea capital of India, Darjeeling is also known as an enticingly romantic destination for the newlyweds. The romantic journey starts with a fairy tale ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its scenic locations. The city is also full of several honeymooning hotspots and facilities making it a great place for couples.

10. Dalhousie

DalhousieLocated in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie was established as a summer retreat for the British Officials in 1854. The town is situated at a height of 1,970 meters above sea level with tourism contributing a major portion of the town’s economy. Dalhousie is full with mesmerizing locations, scenic views of the mighty Himalayas and several luxury hotels that make your honeymoon a perfect one.

11. Kovalam

KovalamKnown for its scenic views of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is one of the most romantic beach destinations in Kerala. The coastal town boasts of its 17-kilometer long shoreline that is known for its pristine beaches. The Lighthouse beach and Eve’s Beach are the most popular beaches and are perfect for a romantic stroll with your loved one.

12. Pondicherry

PondicherryPondicherry is a union territory of India and was known as a home to the few French Colonies in India. Known for its serene beachfronts and waterfront promenades, Pondicherry is also one of the most romantic hideouts for the honeymooners. The city houses a large number of luxury resorts and hotels that are perfect for a romantic vacation to this quaint coastal city.

13. Coorg

CoorgAlso known as Kodagu or Kodava Nadu, Coorg is a picturesque hill town located in the state of Karnataka. The town is known for its sprawling coffee plantations and waterfalls along with the green hills of the Western Ghats providing it with plenty of romance. It is also home to several streams and rivers and is also known to be the originating point of the Kaveri River.

14. Kumarakom

KumarakomKumarakom is one of the major tourist hotspots in Kerala and is also connected to the famous backwaters of Kerala. It is located by the banks of the scenic Vembanad Lake and is a major honeymooning hotspot in India due to its houseboat tourism. Unlike the other coastal towns in southern India, Kumarakom is also known for its moderate climate, which makes it a perfect romantic destination.

15. Nainital

NainitalNainital is one of the most popular tourist and honeymooning destinations in India due to its scenic views, luxury resorts and its location in the Kumaon foothills. The town is known for its enchanting ‘pear-shaped’ lake known as the Naini Lake, which provides the town with a distinctively romantic aura. It also contains several view points, picnic areas, gardens and trekking hot spots.

16. Ooty

OotyOoty is one of the most visited hill stations in India and is located in the picturesque Nilgiri Hills of South India. The town came under the governance of the British in the late 18th century and was transformed into the summer capital of Madras during the 19th century. The town is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Mountain Railways, Botanical gardens, rose gardens, lakes and several peaks that make it a romantic destination.

17. Tawang

TawangSitting at an elevation of approximately 3000 meters above sea level, Tawang is one of the most quaint and romantic destinations in India. Located in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is famous for its Buddhist monasteries and views of the surrounding Himalayan Mountains and flowery meadows that are popular among honeymooning couples.

18. Lakshadweep

LakshadweepLocated off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep are a group of islands that are a Union territory of India and are known for their sparkling beaches and serene shores. The archipelago is not only one of the popular honeymooning destinations in India, but also offers some of most undiscovered locations in the country with several uninhibited islands.

19. Shimla

ShimlaThe former capital of Punjab and now the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the most popular honeymoon hotspots in India. Nestled amidst the Himalayan ranges and surrounded by alpine trees, Shimla has several attractions such as marketplaces, hot springs, churches, temples and colonial era buildings that make it a tourist destination like no other.

20. Khajjiar

KhajjiarPlaced at a picturesque location at a height of 2000 meters above sea level, Khajjiar is often termed as the mini Switzerland of India. The terrain mostly comprises of flowery and grassy meadows and pine forests surrounded by the breathtaking Dhauladhar ranges in the western Himalayas. The gently sloped plains, horse riding near the shores of the Khajjiar Lake and the views of the surrounding mountains and vegetation makes it an extremely romantic location for honeymooners.

21. Manali

ManaliManali is yet another beautiful hill town in Himachal Pradesh, which is a favorite spot for the adventurers and newlyweds. The town is located at an altitude of 2,050 meters above sea level amidst the Himalayan mountain range and is also a popular skiing and trekking destination. The climate in Manali remains enjoyable during the summers and cold during the winters when the snowfall occurs. The availability of hotels and resorts makes it a much visited honeymoon and vacationing destination in India.

22. Leh

LehLeh is famous as the seat of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Buddhist sect that has taken refuge in India. Nevertheless, the scenic location amidst the Himalayan Mountains also makes it a favored tourist hotspot in India. It is known for its Tibetan monasteries and tons of romantic hideaways that make it perfect for a honeymooning vacation.

23. Mysore

MysoreThe largest city in Karnataka, Mysore is the historic capital of the Wodeyar dynasty and was also ruled by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The city is known for its grand palaces, churches, waterfalls and several gardens and is often hailed as the cleanest town in India. Mysore also houses several lakes that provide a romantic setting for honeymooners.

24. Mahabaleshwar

MahabaleshwarMahabaleshwar is an enchanting hill town, located in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. The town is known for housing one of the few evergreen forests in the country and the pristine Venna Lake that gives the hill town a picturesque and romantic backdrop. It is also considered to be the source of the Krishna River that flows from the mouth of a cow shaped spout inside a Temple.

25. Kasauli

KasauliThe town was established by the British in 1842, as a summer refuge for the British Officials. Situated at an elevation of 1,927 meters above sea level, Kasauli is a quaint hill town that is perfect for a romantic excursion with your loved one. The town is known for its narrow winding lanes and roads, which lead to some of the most picturesque spots amidst the majestic Himalayas.

26. Khandala

KhandalaThe scenic hill town of Khandala is located at a short distance of around 80 kilometers from Mumbai. Being situation in the green hills of the Western Ghats, Khandala is a favored weekend destination and honeymooning hotspot in Maharashtra. The quaint town houses several places of interests such as Bhushi Lake, Duke’s Nose, Rock-cut cave of Karla and Bhaja and Tiger’s Leap etc.

27. Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer FortIf you want to experience the golden sands of the Thar Desert with a hint of Rajasthani grandeur, then Jaisalmer is your pick. The city is also nicknamed the golden city and is one of the most romantic and off-beat honeymooning destinations in India. Jaisalmer is known for its captivating dunes, temple complexes, forts and a huge list of tourist activities that’ll keep the romancing couples engaged.

28. Mussoorie

MussoorieThe true ‘Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie is a hill town located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Its close proximity to the state capital Dehradun makes Mussoorie a popular destination for locals and tourists. Located at a height of 2,005 meters above sea level, the town is filled with tons of romantic locations such as waterfalls, high lookout points, lakes and promenades.

29. Matheran

MatheranMatheran is yet another scenic town located in Maharashtra at around 800 meters above sea level. The hill town is hailed as the only vehicle free city in India and transport in the city is mainly done on horse carriages or cycle rickshaws. Matheran is full of attractions such as forts, lookout points, laterite roads that lead to unknown places, colonial houses, bungalows and extravagant species of flora and fauna.

30. Coonoor

CoonoorThe second most popular hill station in Tamil Nadu after Ooty, Coonoor is also a famous honeymoon hotspot in India. It can be accessed via the UNESCO World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railways that provides one of the most mesmerizing train journeys in India. The town is filled with tourist activities and attractions such as trekking, lookout points, old forts, waterfalls and many more.

31. Ranikhet

RanikhetLocated in the state of Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is a cantonment town managed by the Indian Army. It is situated among the picturesque Western Himalayas at an elevation of 1,859 meters above sea level. Ranikhet is full of romantic excursions that take you through pine forests, foggy mountains, parks and tons of picnic spots. It is also known for its ancient temples and panoramic views of the Himalayas.

32. Mukteswar

MukteshwarMukteswar is located in the Nainital District and is a marvelous hill town, perfect for a romantic getaway. The town is famous for its historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which sits atop at the highest spot in Mukteswar. A journey to Mukteshwar also takes you through flowery meadows, green hills and also provides views of the majestic Nanda Devi Peak in the Himalayas. The town also contains tourist attractions such as cafes, adventure sports, hotels and luxury resorts.

33. Gulmar

GulmargJammu and Kashmir has also been referred to as the ‘Paradise on Earth’ due to its undulating beauty and scenic location. The town of Gulmar was named by the ruler of Kashmir and the name translates to ‘meadow of flowers’. The picturesque hill town is full of scenic locations, adventure sports and romantic hideouts and is famous as a skiing location in India.

34. Lambasingi

LambasingiFamously known as the ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’, Lambasingi is one of the most unexplored hill towns in India. The town is one of the coldest places in southern India with temperatures as low as zero degrees Celsius during the winters. Lambasingi mostly comprises of small houses, pepper and coffee plantations and is one of the most captivating honeymoon hotspots in India.

35. Lonavla

LonavlaLonavla is another famous hill town near Mumbai and is located in the green hills of the Western Ghats. The hills came under the Mughals and Marathas but were developed as a town by the British Governor Lord Elphinstone in 1871. The hill town is known for its scenic views of the Sahyadri Mountains and is in close proximity to Khandala, another picturesque hill town in Maharashtra.

36. Chamba

ChambaChamba is situated on the banks of the ancient river Ravi, which is a tributary of the Indus River. The beautiful hill town is set at an elevation of 996 meters in the foot hills of the mighty Himalayas. Chamba is full of romantic spots that will entice the newlyweds along with temples, old bridges, shopping districts and is famous for its miniature paintings.

37. Alibaug

AlibaugLocated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a picturesque seaside town, famous for its quaint beaches, vineyards, wineries and forts. The town can be reached via a ferry from the Gateway of India in Mumbai that takes about an hour. Unlike the overly crowded beaches of Mumbai, the beaches in Alibaug are known for their white sands and promenades that provide several spots for a romantic excursion.

38. Araku Valley

Araku ValleyAraku Valley is a picturesque hill station, located in the Eastern Ghats in the state of Andhra Pradesh. At an elevation of 911 meters above sea level, the town is known for its extant coffee plantations that infuse an intoxicating aroma in the air. The hill town is also home to several reserve forests and provides some enchanting views of the Eastern Ghats mountain range in India.

39. Jaipur

JaipurThe capital city of the royal state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of the most romantic places to visit in India. The city was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II during the 18th century and is home to marvelous and well preserved hill forts, royal palaces, temples, gardens and other specimens of Rajput architecture. Best visited during the winter season between November and February, Jaipur is also a center of performing arts and rajasthani cuisine and culture.

40. Wayanad

WayanadWayanad is located in the state of Kerala and is located at an average altitude of 900 meters above sea level, amidst the Western Ghats. The location among the picturesque hills, provides Wayanad with the romantic aura that inhibits the city along with several lakes, rivers, reserve forests, coffee and tea plantations. It can be reached via the winding mountain roadways that provide some great views of the surrounding nature.

41. Lansdowne

LansdowneLansdowne is a cantonment hill town, which was developed and named after Lord Lansdowne, who served as the viceroy of India during the British Raj. Located at an elevation of 1,700 meters above sea level, Lansdowne is known as one of the most untouched hill towns in India. The town is famous for its colonial era architecture, lakes and temples and is one of the dreamiest places for honeymooners.

42. Pahalgam

PahalgamFamously known as the starting point for the Amarnath pilgrimage for the Hindus, Pahalgam is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The hill town sits at an elevation of 2,740 meters above sea level and provides some marvelous views of the surrounding Lidder Valley in the Himalayas. The town is known for its several romantic excursions such as the Betab valley, Kolhoi Glacier and others.

43. Pulicat

PulicatPulicat is an ancient port town, located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It came under several rulers during the ancient and medieval times and was finally passed to the Vijayanagara Empire, the Portuguese, Dutch and the British Empires. The town is known for its beautiful Pulicat Lake, Churches, Temples and colonial buildings.

44. Jodhpur

JodhpurConsidered to be the second metropolitan city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a medieval town that served as the capital of the Rajput Kingdom of Marwar. The town is known for its several majestic forts, palaces, lakes and temples and some of the most tourist friendly people in India. Jodhpur is also known for its rich culture and cuisine that make it a top spot for a romantic honeymoon.

45. Tarkarli

TarkarliA coastal town located in the state of Maharashtra, Tarkarli is a famous tourist and honeymoon hotspot. The town is known for its beautiful coastline with blue waters and white sand. It is also a famous scuba diving hotspot and allows people to see as deep as 20ft on a clear day. One can also find plenty of water sports along with views of marine creatures such as dolphins.

46. Rishikesh

RishikeshAlthough Rishikesh is known for its religious centers, it is also a famous spot for newly wed couples and adventurers. The town is full of quaint river banks, meditation training centers, yoga centers and several secluded river beaches that are perfect for a romantic night out. Rishikesh is also known as an adventure sport hotspot with facilities for river rafting, trekking, hiking and bungee jumping.

47. Auli

AuliKnown as a newly discovered skiing destination, Auli is situated at a massive elevation of 3,049 meters above sea level. The town is located in the state of Uttarakhand and is surrounded by pine forests and the mighty peaks of the Himalayas. Auli is full of romantic hideouts, luxury hotels, ropeways, lakes and viewpoints that make it a sought after tourist destination.

48. Shillong

ShillongThe capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong sits atop an elevation of 1,500 meters above sea level. The hilly location and the scenic beauty of shillong have also earned it with the title of ‘Scotland of the East’, due to the resemblance in their terrain and climate. The town is full of picturesque locations such as waterfalls, lakes and rolling hills that make it a perfect place for honeymooners.

49. Daman and Diu

Diu FortA Union Territory of India, Daman and Diu are a former Portuguese colony and are also a famous vacationing hotspot in India. The town is known for its quaint coastlines, colonial architecture, Churches and several monuments and temples. The Old Portuguese fort in Diu Island also makes it a famous tourist location and perfect for romancing couples.

50. Gokarna

GokarnaGokarna is a picturesque and secluded coastal town located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town is named after the ancient Shiva temple that makes it an important pilgrim destination for the Hindus and is situated at the confluence of the Aghanashini and Gangavali Rivers. Gokarna is known for its pristine beaches located beside the green hills of the Western Ghats and is a mesmerizing honeymoon hotspot in India.

These places are not only perfect for a romantic excursion, but will also help tourists and newlyweds understand the cultural diversity of India.

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