April is one of the busiest months in the Indian wedding calendar and, consequently, the most popular month for honeymoons. While many honeymooners prefer to jet abroad, lamenting India’s lack of a discernable spring season, there are also those who are eager to use this opportunity to unearth hidden treasures within the country. For the latter, we present the most romantic destinations in India that are perfect for April honeymoons.
There’s a good reason why Kashmir is called India’s Switzerland – pastoral valleys, mirror-like lakes speckled with houseboats, challenging trekking routes, and fragrant apple and cherry blossoms, the valley offers all of these and so much more. Kashmir wears its mantle of Paradise on Earth with much ease, and has been a favourite with honeymooners for several years. April is when the valley comes alive in a riot of colour, especially in the Nishant and Chashma Shahi Mughal gardens. The valley hosts Asia’s largest tulip festival during this month and the Dal Lake hosts a unique floating market.
Breathtaking and budget-friendly in equal measures, Manali is the perfect honeymoon spot for couples who like adventure sports. Some of the adrenaline-spiking activities you can indulge in include paragliding, zorbing and mountain biking. April is when the weather in Manali is at its most pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities, the flowers are in full bloom and the majority of tourists are still planning their trips for the peak season (in May).
Startlingly green tea plantations await you and your partner when you arrive in Darjeeling, just in time for a steaming cup of Darjeeling’s famous brew. Arguably West Bengal’s most famous attraction and one of India’s most beloved hill stations, Darjeeling in April is a sensory delight. As the weather begins to warm up, the winter mists part to reveal stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and the meadows are studded with rhododendron and magnolia blooms.
Located on the banks of a deep, volcanic lake, Nainital is a gorgeous hill resort town in the Kumaon, in Uttrakhand. Panoramic views of distant Himalayan peaks, forested slopes and watercolour towns are only some of the reasons why Nainital is so popular with hill-loving travellers. April in Nainital is excellent for boating in the lake, or visiting neighbouring Bhimtal for paragliding, rappelling and trekking. The scarlet rhododendron blooms provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic mountain getaway.
Step off the beaten track by honeymooning in Wayanad, considered by locals to be the most beautiful part of Kerala. A remote forest reserve that combines lush rice paddies with glorious mountain views, red earth and dense plantations, Wayanad is the kind of place you go to when you want to get away from it all. April sees the onset of summer in Wayanad. The temperature is pleasant, especially if you choose you stay near the forests, and the night skies are sprinkled with stars. If you’re feeling particularly romantic, you can even trek to the heart-shaped lake at Chembra Peak as the crowning point of your honeymoon.
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