Believe in forever-n-ever?
India hosts Earths most gorgeous monument, that a lover
dedicated to his beloved (the Taj Mahal), is a honeymooning paradise, rated
Incredible by couples from across the world. Marriages will
continue being made in heaven, but great honeymoons are plotted best in
India. And considering the swelling tourist influx into Indias
earmarked sites, the Tourism Industry has chiseled each of them to
perfection with the best infrastructure, international standard amenities,
accommodation facilities and so on.
Now, this one is going to be a dream-ride, are you ready?
India - a tale of love
Indias tale of love is as old as the nation itself. Vrindavan
(Uttar Pradesh) cradled the celestial romance between the iconic couples
Radhika and Lord Krishna, worshiped in unison. Shiv-Shakti (Lord Shiva and
His consort Parvati) form another cosmic couple and the insignia of the
belief that man and woman are halves of one another and one is incomplete
without the other. Indias ancient and worlds most famous
literature on the art of love-making, is the 4th century scholar Vatsyayanas
Kama Sutra or the technical text on the Aphorisms of Love. Translated first
into English in 1883 Sir Richard Francis Burton, and then to almost all
languages in the world and with shelves of literature, volumes of movie
dedicated to it, a copy of Kama Sutra is a must buy, to gift your beloved as
a memento of your special trip.
Designer sites for Honeymooners
Nature, when She laid open Her variegated bounty, must be done with
by the time She reached India. For whatever was left of each type She
emptied it all here. This is to say, Indias diverse landscape -
deserts, beaches, backwaters, hill stations - offer a whole legion of
vacationing ideas for you and your beloved to pick from.
Laze around in the palm-laced beaches at
, just perfect if you
can afford sometime to indulge in laxity building sand-castles and deciding
which one would be which room. Quickies are those at
. Known for their feverish
fun and rave parties, Goa is just the place for couples who love hip-shaking
and salsa. Dance the nights away and sleep all day long.
Snuggling idea at beaches
- How about gifting her a bronze-hued
halter-neck jeweled with sea-shells? While you can surprise him with a
Sabyasachi Mukherjee (famed Indian designer) fuchsia sarong.
Hill Stations: Shimla
, Tawang, Dalhousie,
Mussoorie, Patnitop are the best bets for that cozy honeymoon. Snowfall or
no snowfall, you are bound to remain glued to one another. The resorts and
their romantic saunas, skiing through the ice one after the other, swaying
together to the waltz held in your honor, joining some jungle camps and
spending the whole night counting the shooting stars, visiting one of the
Indian temples or monasteries (you know what to pray) --- your honeymoon in
Indias highlands has many enchantments waiting to be explored.
Snuggling idea at hillstations
- If you are in South India, impress
the chef of your resort to teach you to make filter coffee. The next morning
you sneak out of bed early, make your own breakfast and return impromptu.
The aroma of fresh coffee will wake your mate before you do!
The backwaters at Kerala with the tree-top resorts and houseboats
incubate the best honeymoons and romances. Something you should not miss is
a resplendent Ayurdevic massage and a herbal sauna therapy. The Heritage
Resorts , the camel safari in the Thar desert, a night in the rolling
caravan or one of the ancient havelis, luncheon in an oasis restaurant,
taking part in folk performances, all these and more await you at Indias
sculptures of Khajuraho
, a World
Heritage site, are undoubtedly the best expressions in stone inspired by
Kama Sutra and a sheer visual delight. The adventurous ones will find
many a tip to make it one of their most exciting honeymooning experience
ever. Kashmir is Indias apple-pie and a ride in the Shinkara boats
amongst valleys of myriad flowers is an experience that cannot be equaled
with diction. Once there (safe and secure for tourists), you will realize
why India has so jealously held on to it.
- Time you read out your old love-poetry (write one
if you havent written any). Buy a pair of Rajanthani puppets and the
easy to use-strings help you do that cameo puppet show while your mobile
plays your recorded poem. What say?
Off-the-beaten track spots
Andaman and Nicober Islands, a fantasy archipelago of 572 emerald
islands, of sapphire skies, white sands, coral reefs, in the Indian Ocean.
One of Indias richest marine reserves, the islands are a haven for
scuba divers, anthropologists, adventurers and honeymooners. For a
rendezvous with pre-historic life and for that secluded honeymoon, with just
you-me and the world as god made it, fly to Port Blair from
Chennai and Calcutta, or still better, sail from Chennai (1190 km), Calcutta
(1255 km) and Vishakapatnam. Daman and Diu is another cloistered piece of
land, where the tourism flood-lights are yet to be turned. Arunachal Pradesh
in the North East India is another quite, yet overtly romantic destination.
The hill-station Tawang is simply out-of-the world.
Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder is passe, for with almost
every tourist destination revamped so as to please the vision, and meet the
basic requirements, every couple will find their share of paradise in Indias
honeymooning destinations. Honeymoon is an affair of a lifetime (unless you
are very sure of marrying again) and so is the vacation. Welcome to India
and you will find more than one reason to recall it with pride in the years
of togetherness that will follow.