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You’ll swoon as you watch the warm glow of the sunrise reflected off the Taj Mahal, the ultimate testimony of love. But India has more to offer newlyweds than the wonders of ancient Agra, including tranquil countryside, captivating wildlife, expertly-spiced cuisine and thrilling festivals. An Indian honeymoon 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 spice plantations, you can’t help but ease into a gentler pace of life. Stylish and affordable boutique hotels offer privacy and seclusion, as well as the chance for a little cultural immersion, such as trying your hand at cooking a Keralan curry. Fort Cochin, with its Chinese fishing nets, colonial architecture and spice markets, makes a pleasant base for a couple of nights. 

The beautiful palaces and ornate architecture of North India are every bit as beautiful as you imagine. Visit Agra to discover the awe-inspiring legacy of the Mughal dynasty, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the Taj Mahal. Whilst here, stay at opulent Oberoi Amarvilas for incredible views of the Taj Mahal from your own room and balcony. 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’s bazaars are very atmospheric to wander around, and you can end your day with a sumptuous dinner at Amer, 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.

For all their charms, a little time out from India’s buzzing urban centres is often welcome. The beautiful countryside is home to small villages where you can see local 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 tiger, sloth bear and Indian wolf, among others.

You could spend a lifetime exploring India and never see it all. Even so, our honeymoon experts can create an itinerary showcasing the most romantic, breath-taking attractions the country has to offer, tailored to you.