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Best Winter Honeymoon Destinations

''Culturally rich states such as Rajasthan, Kerala and Himachal are at their best in winters.''

Travel extreme north to Uttarakhand, Himachal or even Sikkim if a snow-lover and willing to try skiing and other winter sports. Exploring southern belt is also a good idea in winters. Andaman & Nicobar Islands is an ideal honeymoon location owing to pristine beaches and for some amazing water sports it has on offer from snorkelling to scuba-diving. Deserts are at their best during this time and what can be better than travelling to Jaisalmer for a perfect honeymoon. Here we have shortlisted a few probable winter honeymoon destinations.

RAJASTHAN : Winters are the best time to explore Rajasthan.

Udaipur : • This lake city is worth a visit for its grand palaces, majestic gardens and placid lakes. Grandeur can be felt in its air.
• Just wander in the streets around Lake Pichola hand-in-hand in the evening, a place frequented by up-market westerners.
• Must do: The City Palace, Jag Mandir, Bagore Ki Haveli, Jagdish Temple, Monsoon Palace (Sajjangarh Palace), Sheliyon Ki Bari, Moti Magri, Lake Pichola and Lake Fatehsagar.
• Nothing can be more romantic than a boat ride in Lake Pichola in the evening amidst splendid sunset view. If clubbed with The City Palace sightseeing, the boat ride involves sightseeing at Jag Mandir too, where couples can sit by the lake and get cosy over a cup of coffee. For speed boating, go Fatehsagar Lake.
• Enjoy the camel rides, horse rides, puppet shows and magic shows too here.
• Restaurants by the lake, which could add colour to evening, include Ambrai, Raas Leela (next to Leela Hotel), Sunset View Terrace, terrace restaurant of Lake Palace.
• Local cuisines one can try hands on include Dal Baati Choorma, Pyaaz Kachori, Ghewar.
• Take your hubby shopping to Hathi Pol Bazaar for Rajasthani paintings, Bada Bazaar for jewellery, tie and dye, bandhini fabrics, and camel leather items, Chetak Circle is a great place to shop at, especially for traditional Rajasthani goods and Lake Palace road for handicrafts, embroidered textiles and wooden statues.

Jaisalmer : • It’s indeed a magical city and seems straight out of romantic Arabian Night fables with the key fort etched in yellow sandstone, standing with awesome splendour. If money is not a concern, staying inside the fort will further spice up the romance.
• Best way to explore the desert is to opt for a camel safari or just spend a couple of hours watching the sunset on the sand dunes.
• Camping and bonfires too can be arranged for with the help of hotel staff.
• Post sunset enjoy traditional dance and music show and thereafter a candlelit wine and dine that enriches to your bed of flowers.
• If love to shop, go for tie and dye fabrics, embroidery, mirror-work, old stonework, blankets, leather goods etc. One can explore Khadi Gramudyog Bhavan at Dibba Para and Rajasthani Handicraft Emporium at Amar Sagar Gate & Gandhi Chowk.
• In food, try the famous besan gatta curry, lal maas or fish and ker-sangri.
• Best time to visit the place is in Jan / Feb when the annual desert festival is organised. It is a chance to be a part of folk dances, thrilling competitions and contests, especially the turban-tying contest, Mr. Desert contest and camel races. Colorful craft bazaars are set up especially for the occasion.

KERALA : Explore beaches of Kovalam or hire a boat house in Alleppey for a night.

Munnar : • If planning Munnar, try staying in a hotel amidst tea estates and bring back home the diorama of love, nature and wilderness. This hill station has soothing and amorous climate throughout the year. Two days stay at Munnar would be more than enough.
• Spend an evening walking through the aromatic tea gardens surrounded by scenic hills with clouds slowly descending and memories will be worth reminiscing.
• Visit the Top Station viewpoint, the highest point on Munnar-Kodaikanal Road, and get a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu.
• Talk to yourself at the Echo Point while sipping coconut water.
• Mattupetty Dam is surrounded with woods and has a small stream that makes it a picture perfect location. It offers a variety of choices for boating.
• Other attractions include Pothamedu View Point, Kalvari Mount and Spices Garden.
• Watch live Kathakali, a classical dance form and Kalarippayattu, a famous ancient traditional marital art form of Kerala, at Punarjani Traditional Village on an evening.
• Enjoy a ride on the back of an elephant at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park in Munnar.
• If planning to stay long and adventure hungry too, go up Attukal, Anamudi and Rajamala trails.
• Go trout fishing at Gravel Banks, which is located in a remote corner of Nymakad Estate along the Eravikulam Park.

Alappuzha : • Also known as Alleppey, it’s a hub of Kerala backwaters. It is also known for its beaches, canals and lagoons and famous snake boat races.
• About, 70kms south of Cochin, its highlight is the house boat tour along the backwaters.
• One day tour is more than enough, which costs a couple about Rs 10,000 (check for the new rates). Manned by drivers and cooks, food, boarding and lodging everything is taken care of in the boat. In the evening, when boat is put at halt, one can go exploring nearby villages to see everyday life of villagers.
• House Boat is way too romantic and must do if in Alappuzha. Its and opportunity to spend cosy time with your partner away from the crowd of city.
• If running short of time, go for smaller boat rides lasting 3-4 hours.
• Alleppey beach is a good hangout place, where there are eateries too. Not very ideal for swimming though due to high current.
• If you are religious and love visiting temples, you are at the right place. Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple and Kanichukulangara Devi Temple can be part of itinerary.
• Vembanad Lake: where the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place in August

Kovalam : • Be free here and do what you want, be it going beachy at the lighthouse beach, swimming in deep waters or digging into some luscious sea food.
• Get into one of the beachside resorts to get scenic Arabian sea views and for a romantic stay.
• Kovalam has three beaches - the Lighthouse Beach, the Hawah beach and the Samudra Beach. Lighthouse is the one most frequented by tourists and offers beautiful and cosy places to drink and dine.
• German Bakery is one of the most popular hang-out in town. Sit back and enjoy finger-licking pastries besides strong coffee and quiches.
• In sea food, must try are crabs and lobsters cooked in a spicy way. Try Fusion, the terrace restaurant at the Beach Hotel, for one of the best dining experiences.
• Get on top of the Lighthouse to get endless scenic views along the coast or just sit and relax under the palm trees and enjoy listening to the sound of the waves.
• The beach resorts in Kovalam have everything the honeymooners want for a romantic stay. Recently, there is an increase in the number of tourists going to Kovalam because of the introduction of Ayurvedic salons in various resorts.

Source / Review By : triponomics

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