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You could spend a lifetime exploring India and never see it all, which is one of the reasons we love it. Ancient cities dripping with beauty, tranquil countryside home to interesting wildlife and lush green tea plantations, buzzing cities, colourful festivals, delicious food; India appeals to all the senses.
If you're looking to unwind, Kerala is a good choice. From cruising along the palm fringed backwaters by traditional houseboat to hiking through tea and spice plantations and enjoying Ayuverdic spa treatments, you can't help but relax and ease into a gentler pace of life. Stylish and affordable boutique hotels and homestays offer privacy and seclusion, as well as the chance for a little cultural immersion, such as the opportunity to try your hand at cooking a Keralan curry with your hosts. Fort Cochin, with its Chinese fishing nets, colonial architecture and spice markets, makes a pleasant base for a couple of nights.
Honeymoon Highlights of India
- The iconic Taj Mahal – the ultimate testimony to love – looks breathtakingly beautiful as the sun rises or sets, when the white marble appears to turn pink.
- Many of the heritage hotels have perfectly-polished vintage cars; our favourite is at Umaid Bhawan Palace, where you can take to the roads in the Maharani’s hand-me-down.
- For the peace and quiet of the countryside, we love Chhatra Sagar, Ramathra Fort and Ahilya Fort – still home to the royal Holkar family.
- Learn to create the perfect biryani or curry at a cookery school or homestay – and impress your friends when back home.
The beautiful palaces and ornate architecture of North India are every bit as beautiful as you imagine. Driving through the countryside, you’ll pass through picturesque villages where bejewelled women wear vibrantly coloured saris and men herd camels and work the land. In the bustling city of Jaipur, you can stay in a grand Maharani’s palace or perhaps a heritage haveli within the old city walls. The city bazaars are very atmospheric to wander around, and you can end your day with a sumptuous dinner at the Amber, one of the most impressive forts in India. No visit to Rajasthan is complete without a stay in Udaipur. Known as the ‘City of Romance’, its stunning lakeside location gives it a charming, romantic feel.
Time out from the cities, which can be intense despite their charms, is often welcome. The beautiful countryside is home to small villages where you can see local trades and crafts which have been passed down from generation to generation take place, and perhaps even visit a local family’s house for a cup of chai. Wildlife enthusiasts should head to Ranthambore in Rajasthan or the parks of Madhya Pradesh for the opportunity to spot tigers, bears and many other species.
The Oberoi Amarvilas
Taj Lake Palace
SUJAN Rajmahal Palace