You've put in a lot of effort in planning your wedding so that it's absolutely perfect in the way you had imagined it to be and your honeymoon is equally important for you and your partner. It's the first journey that you'll take as husband and wife, and it'll redefine your bond and strengthen it in several ways that are difficult to be explained in words.
Undoubtedly, the perfect destination should be aligned with the type of honeymoon you both would like to go for. Discuss what kind of holiday both of you would prefer - a relaxed romantic or adventurous one, peaceful or exciting, road-trip or a luxury cruise, culture or nature.
While the choice would vary immensely depending on the tastes and preferences of the couple, here are some offbeat things that you can do for your honeymoon in India, to make it unique.
Biking from Manali (Himachal Pradesh) to Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir)
This is exclusively for the adventure lovers who would love to explore the Himalayan roads at an altitude of approx 11, 000 ft and above. Considered to be one of the most dangerous motorable roads in the world, the bike ride from Manali to Ladakh will be a journey worth experiencing. You'll cross the beautiful landscape with snow capped mountains accompanying you all the way up.
With little hill towns passing by, you will cross the Khardungla Pass at 18, 360 ft, one of the world's highest motorable pass. Take a tour of some of the oldest monasteries and explore the Indus and the Zanskar Valley, where the oldest civilization once flourished. No trip to Ladakh can be complete without visiting the Pangong Tso, the largest brackish water lake in Asia.
This bike trip is surely not for the faint-hearted ones, as the ride would require a lot of enthusiasm and courage.
If you as a couple dare to experience this thrilling journey, then there can be no better honeymoon option than this!
Go for the most romantic Himalayan trek to Goechala (Sikkim)
Going for a trek for honeymoon might surely sound like a crazy idea - but trust me when I say this, there can be nothing more beautiful than lying down on a grassland and gazing at the starlit sky with eerie silence all around you.
Going to France or Switzerland for honeymoon has become too clichéd now, and it's better not to land up at a crowded place post-marriage! Rather, why not seek some solace in the Himalayas and walk down the narrow trails with blooming rhododendrons everywhere, filling your lungs with the freshness of nature?
This trek will take you up to a height of more than 15,000 ft, from where you can get a clear view of some of the highest peaks of the world, including Mt. Kanchenjunga (the 3rd highest peak in the world). Walk hand-in-hand as the snowflakes fall on you and mark it as the best chapter of your life.
Join a volunteering project in India and work for a good cause together
While your honeymoon is an exclusive affair for you and your partner, how about serving the developing society together and taking up some real challenges during this phase? Volunteering abroad as a couple will not only strengthen your bond but also help you know deeply about each other - your strengths and weaknesses, your decision-making abilities, your patience level and much more.
While most people choose to have a luxurious honeymoon staying at Beach resorts or go for expensive cruising, your's will be absolutely different - spending your daytime with the kids at a childcare center/ school in India, teaching and playing with them and then exploring the neighborhood in the evenings, like a local.
Volunteering as a couple can prove to be an ultimate relationship test, and data suggests that couple who volunteers together, lives a happier life. Several volunteering organizations like Volunteering Solutions, Volunteering India, We Are Bamboo and others provide amazing couple volunteering opportunities, and being a part of any of the projects will be a life changing experience for both of you.
Soaking in the sun at Andamans
Having a group of nearly 300 islands, this archipelago on the Bay of Bengal can be a perfect honeymoon destination for the beach lovers! If you are craving for some Vitamin Sea and looking forward to traveling to a quaint place within affordable prices - then Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India is the place for you.
Honeymoon in Andamans can be a pocket-friendly yet luxury trip where you can stay at one of the many beach resorts and explore the land where indigenous tribes still dwell. If you want to try some adventure sports like snorkeling or scuba diving, then you can do that as well with your beloved one.
Explore Neil Island, Ross Island, Port Blair and the Central Jail that’s a storehouse of historical tales. And if you aren’t in a mood for all these, then just grab a drink and soak in the sun with your partner, and enjoy a blissful honeymoon.
A relaxing retreat in Kerala
From the misty tea gardens of Munnar to dense forests and gorgeous wildlife of Thekkady, from the colonial ruins in Cochin to a swim in the waters around Kumarakom, Kerala can never disappoint a traveler from any part of the world. For those who think that the wedding has taken much of their energy and all they now need is a peaceful retreat, head towards Kerala in India, which is popularly known as 'God's Own Country'.
Nestled between the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west - Kerala has a perfect balance for both mountain lovers and beach lovers. And the best part is, you can savor some great seafood cooked in authentic Malayali style and go for the houseboat rides in the backwaters of Alleppey or Kumarakom. Honeymooning in Kerala will be a great experience as you'll find yourself mostly amidst nature.
While the concept of a perfect honeymoon destination is an absolute myth, it all depends on the choice of both of you and the kind of experiences that you want to gather together, that'll last a lifetime.