Whether you are looking for a romantic beach break, or a more active adventure, India is the honeymoon destination that truly has it all.
There’s no better place to fall in love all over again than on the laid back beaches of Goa, the scenic Andaman Islands, in the palaces of Rajasthan, in the sand dunes of the golden Thar Desert, at the ancient city of Hampi, or on a luxury houseboat on Srinagar’s Dal Lake.
To help you plan the most blissful Indian honeymoon and the perfect start to your married life, our experts have curated a list for lovers of the very best honeymoon destinations in India, and recommendations for the most romantic hotels and alternative accommodation options in each.
The serene backwaters, lagoons, beaches, lakesides, and palm fringed canals of Alleppey, Kerala, will seduce you with an enchanting backdrop straight out of a romantic movie. Drift into this liquescent world dotted with villages, toddy shops, canoes, and hundreds of houseboats. This Venice of the East is a must-go-to place with your soulmate, and one of the best honeymoon destinations in India.
Whether you are looking for a luxurious houseboat stay with exciting activities and sightseeing, or a simpler getaway with minimal hassles and an uncluttered itinerary, you will certainly be able to find some houseboat services in Alleppey that fit your honeymoon needs perfectly. The luxurious 1-bed Saffron houseboat is one such example.
Sprinkled in the Bay of Bengal, the remote coral-fringed Andaman and Nicobar Islands are touted as under-the-radar, exotic gems, offering a stunningly beautiful setting for your honeymoon. This archipelago has around 300 islands, with a lot of quiet and secluded beaches, historical sites and watersports activities.
Stay in a luxurious retreat, such as Havelock Island’s boutique hideaway, Jalakara, which presents island living on an intimate scale, and enjoy a mix of relaxation and adventure for an unforgettable sun-kissed honeymoon.
Sun, sand and the beach. What better place to celebrate your union than Goa? With its hippy culture, incredible cuisine, party venues, historic architecture and exotic beaches, this is the perfect honeymoon destination in India for the free-spirited, bohemian couple. Goa is a hub for adventure and water sports, romantic resorts and out-of-the-ordinary dining experiences.
Consider staying at northern Goa’s W hotel, which is known for its boho aesthetic, perma-soundtrack and fashionable guests. Here, a wide range of facilities ― including two stylish restaurants, the sassy Woo Bar, swimming pools, and a Clarins spa ― are spread across the rambling flower-filled grounds.
If you and your better half are wildlife enthusiasts, then Ranthambore – the largest wildlife sanctuary in northern India – can offer the best honeymoon experience, including fascinating wildlife jeep safaris, trekking, tiger spotting, and time spent in lavish Mughal-style tented camps.
The most luxurious of these is Aman-i-Khas, which offers an exquisite private living space, decorated with classic furnishings, and assigned with a personal butler.
Experience the breath-taking sunrise over Khangchendzonga National Park, while snuggling up with your significant other. An incredibly pretty place in the northeast, and one of the most adventurous honeymoon destinations in India, Sikkim has a lot to offer nature enthusiasts, with activities such as trekking and rock climbing, and ascending the snow-covered mountains in a cable car. An idyllic and dreamlike destination for a couple in love.
Most of the luxury hotels and resorts in Sikkim are located in Gangtok, such as the Tashiling Residency, which has overwhelming 360-degree views, and is an ideal place to experience a peaceful honeymoon. It is also a great base for exploring mind boggling monasteries, and scenic mountain passes such as Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass. The pristine wilderness of Khangchendzonga is well within reach.
Gulmarg is the crowning glory of Jammu and Kashmir and is located 8700 feet above sea level. Known as the “Meadow of Flowers”, it blossoms with wildflowers and romance. The dramatic snow-clad mountains and the wildflower-laden landscapes are sure to enchant you both.
The best honeymoon hotel here is the Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, a five-star property in the midst of snow-covered mountains, boasting views of the Affarwat peaks of the Pir Panjal Mountain Range.
Srinagar in Kashmir, the “Heaven on Earth”, is surely one of the most dazzling places in India for a honeymoon. The loveliness of Srinagar is absolutely timeless. Lying back on a Shikara boat with your better half on the Dal Lake is reminiscent of a scene out of a romantic movie. Like the Venetian gondolas, the Shikara are a cultural symbol of Kashmir.
There is no better way to embrace the alluring beauty of Kashmir than by staying on a luxury houseboat on Dal Lake, a fabulous experience for couples on honeymoon in India.
If you and your partner are adventure junkies, you should consider a honeymoon in Leh-Ladakh, which is home to one of the highest motorable roads in the world. This is among the most surreal, yet most romantic, places to visit in India.
Nimmu House is a heritage house that was built over 100 years ago for a cousin of the King of Ladakh in a small traditional village. Offering a choice of rooms within the heritage house or luxury tents in the property’s orchard, Nimmu House is one of the best traditional hotels in Ladakh.
One of the most popular honeymoon places in India, Udaipur, the “City of Lakes”, is a wonderful place to begin your married life. The palaces, the splendid views, and the astonishing artwork makes Udaipur a destination that you and your partner will always cherish.
Rising like a mirage from Lake Pichola, with 360-degree views of Udaipur, the white-marble-and-mosaic Taj Lake Palace is one of the best hotels in India and one of the world’s most romantic honeymoon hotels.
The vibrant culture and traditions of the “Golden City” of Jaisalmer, provides an Arabian Nights experience for honeymooners. It is one of the prettiest locations in India. What could be more romantic than safaris and camel rides in the sand dunes, and enjoying music in your very own luxury tent in the middle of an overwhelming desert?
Go there if you’re planning a honeymoon trip from December to February. The best experiences here include sand dune bashing, exploring Jaisalmer Fort – which is believed to be one of the very few “living forts” in the world – participating in festivals, local music and dance.
Known for its royal palaces, forts and monuments, Jaipur is a captivating pink city that inspires love. It is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India for newlyweds. The city has many palaces and sprawling havelis converted into luxury hotels, with hospitality to match.
The Oberoi Rajvilas was originally the abode of the royal family in the middle of the City Palace, it is a splendor in oleander pink, complete with enchanting, intricately carved minarets and domes, deluxe rooms, romantic villas, marble baths, air-conditioned tents, formal gardens, and private pools, juxtaposed with art to make it one of the most romantic places in Jaipur. What can be a better way to open the most important page of the book of your life than a stay at this stunning property?
Jodhpur, daubed in different hues of blue, is the most magical city in Rajasthan. Here, a romantic journey awaits in the maze of winding, medieval streets and the narrow corners of the mighty forts, beautiful havelis, resorts and luxury hotels.
The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is one such hotel, a marvelous Indo-Saracenic Art Deco palace, which was once the largest private residence in the world, and is still the principal home of Maharaja Singh. It is not only one of Jodhpur’s two top attractions, but one of India’s most remarkable heritage hotels, expertly managed by the Taj group.
Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, and what could be more appropriate for a honeymoon in India than a hotel room with a view of the most romantic monument of the world, the “Eternal Monument of Love”. In fact, the reason why the Taj Mahal exists is because of the love of Shah Jahan for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Situated a mere 650 yards away from the East Gate of the Taj Mahal, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, is designed so that every room has an unobstructed view of India’s most famous monument. This is one of the best honeymoon resorts in India.
Nestled amidst the Sahyadri range on the Western Ghats, Matheran is a quaint and isolated little hill station that stands at an elevation of 2600 feet above sea level, just 62 miles from Mumbai. With its name literally translating to “overhead forest”, it is the perfect choice for couples looking for a honeymoon place in India amid gorgeous vistas and serenity.
You might want to consider staying at The Verandah in the Forest, a heritage property that was built by the British Captain Barr way back in the 19th century, enjoying a convenient location close to the Charlotte Lake. Be sure to also visit Dodhani Waterfalls, Louisa Point, Monkey Point, Ghoramara Island, New Moore Island, Venna Lake, and Mapro Garden.
Rolling hills of tea plantations, orchids and rhododendrons, Darjeeling is romantic and picturesque. From the most awe-inspiring view of the sunrise over the horizon of Tiger Hills to a laidback toy train ride, Darjeeling is, in fact, the most archetypal hill station of India and a honeymoon spent here is a truly magical experience.
Glenburn Tea Estate, an eight-room colonial-style hotel set on a working plantation dating from 1859, and blessed with jaw-dropping views of the snowy peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, is the perfect romantic estate escape.
Known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal. It is also a tiger reserve and a biosphere reserve, home to Royal Bengal tigers, roaring rivers and picturesque estuaries. If both you and your partner are nature and wildlife lovers, you will love this off-beat honeymoon destination.
The epitome of elegance and luxury, the Ganges Voyager, an all-suite luxury riverboat with just 28 cabins, offers India honeymoon cruises from Kolkata along the Hooghly River to the Sundarbans.
Known as “The City of Palaces”, Mysore is loved for its rich heritage, architectural masterpieces, and magnificent landscapes. Lying in the foothills of Chamundi range, this city attracts couples from all over the world who are looking for a romantic honeymoon place in India.
The ornate Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, set in a palace dating from 1931, is a great option for your stay. Be sure to visit Mysore Palace and behold its architectural brilliance; Brindavan Gardens, Karanji Lake, St. Philomena Church, and Chamundi Hills Bull Statue.
If you and your partner are looking for a top-class holistic wellness experience, yoga, and/or an adrenaline pumping sports adventure, Rishikesh ― one of India’s most ancient pilgrimage towns and the birthplace of yoga ― could be your ideal honeymoon destination in India.
Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa is ideally located for outdoor adventures such as hiking through spectacular mountain vistas, exploring thousand-year-old villages, birdwatching, and white-water rafting on the icy Ganges. Rooms are smart, service is smooth, the food delicious and there’s a multitude of things to see and do. Check out the two-hour Shuddhi experience at the spa, which blends a holy Bhasma ash wrap with a Ganges water milk bath and a full body massage including an Indian head massage.
The ancient ruins of Hampi are eerie and bewitching. Lose yourselves as you walk arm in arm among the huge boulders. Hampi’s location also ensures that you can catch a brilliant sunset from wherever you are, but especially from the top of the Matanga Hill. After trekking up the hill, the glorious sight of a golden sun setting over the landscape below is insanely rewarding. And it feels even better when you get to share it with your loved one. Hampi is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India for history enthusiasts.
Stay at Orange County, Hampi, a modern-day palace with a pink façade and Indo-Islamic architecture that recreates the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire.
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