Honeymoon Destinations Within India that are Pocket-Friendly

The most thrilling part of a wedding, after Matrimonial Sites surfing, definitely is planning the honeymoon. Couples put in hours of thinking, research and careful planning to make it a trip of their lifetime and a memorable beginning to their life together. Now that you’re getting married there are a whole lot of expenses to be taken care of- setting up the house, furniture, a bigger vehicle etc. So where does the honeymoon budget fit in on this long spending list? Most couples put off their honeymoon plans for later to avoid compromising on a less than average destination and save expense. But what if you could plan a honeymoon that’s easy in your pocket and the destination is straight out of your dreams. And no, you don’t need to go abroad. It’s all possible in India. Here are a few suggestions to plan that perfect first trip together.

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Kashmir

Whatever anyone may say, it is paradise on earth. You can get cheap air tickets to Srinagar for as low as Rs 2500 if you book in advance. Include the beautiful Pahalgam and Gulmarg and throw in a houseboat stay on Dal Lake in Srinagar. Lo and behold! You have your perfect romantic honeymoon package ready.

Goa

A destination for all seasons, Goa is undoubtedly a honeymooners’ paradise. Whether you want a quiet, romantic trip or a bustling, adventurous one it’s the place to be in. Also, what makes it affordable is the wide range of accommodation available right from budget to luxury. Stay in a small village homestay with breakfast included experiencing the Goan way of life.

Pondicherry

A romantic place where time seems to stand still. Cycle your way through the French quarter or take long walks along the promenade, either way, it’s absolute bliss. A couple of days here will leave you refreshed and ready for your new life together.

Darjeeling

Think tea gardens, winding mountain roads, walks through the mist, and warm drizzle at least once a day. Darjeeling is the quintessential hill station with all of its old world charm intact for you to bask in. Throw in the neighboring Kalimpong and Gangtok in your itinerary and you have a nice little honeymoon package ready.

Ooty

Remember back in the 70s and 80s how all film couples would go to Ooty for their honeymoon and then you would catch a glimpse of mist rolling over mountains on screen, pure heaven. Believe it or not, Ooty hasn’t changed one bit. It’s perfect for a romantic trip and the good news is that it’s really affordable.

Nainital

No, it’s not a done and dusted sort of place. Nainital is a beautiful hill town that is nestled in the Kumaon Himalayas by the beautiful Naini Lake. Strolls on the Mall Road, boating on Naini Lake and loads of shopping are going to make this the trip of a lifetime. The weather is to die for and the food is good almost everywhere.

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How to Plan a Picture Perfect Honeymoon

You have no idea what wedding is going to be all about when you are happily surfing Matrimonial Sites. Going through arduous pre-bridal sessions, endless fittings, boring (maybe not), strenuous ceremonies and managing to smile through it all. But what makes all of it bearable is that one prize at the end of it – a dream honeymoon with your beloved. Going to a place where you hope to sleep off all your exhaustion and give a beautiful start to a relationship of a lifetime. With so much riding on this trip, you need to put in some time into planning it. Here are a few tips on how to plan the honeymoon of your dreams.

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How long will it be

This is the first question you both have to ask yourselves and each other. The length of the holiday could depend on how much time you have before going back to work, how far your destination is, your mode of transport and the money of course.

Work out a budget

The budget that you work out can only be a rough estimate of your expenses. For instance, just adding up your flight and hotel expenses is not going to give an idea about your total expenses. There has to be room for local transportation costs, eating at an expensive place once or twice and any extra activities like water sports, sky diving, paragliding etc that you want to go in for.

Choosing the destination

This is a tricky one. It is extremely important that you both present your idea of a dream honeymoon and then choose a destination that works for both of you. If one of you wants an adventurous vacation and the other a relaxed one, choose a place that has a little bit of both. But do remember you will be really tired and exhausted by the time the wedding ceremonies are over. So choose a place from where you can return rejuvenated. Try not to plan with preconceived ideas such as thinking only of places where your friends have gone for their honeymoon. It is a trap many most people fall for and end up regretting later. Go to a place that interests you and is according to your taste.

Book in advance

Chances are your wedding will coincide with good weather which in turn will coincide with the perfect time to vacation. So get those flights and hotels booked at least six months in advance. You don’t want your plans spoiled just because of a few days’ delay. Also, booking in advance will help you plan about other things such as what adventure or leisure activities you want to indulge in.

Pack light

We know it’s your honeymoon and you want to flaunt your best look. But there is no point in carrying suitcases upon suitcases of clothes and footwear. Pack layers and a little bit of everything. You don’t need to pack matching shoes with your all your dresses, just decide on the essentials and clothes that you will definitely look good in.

Timing

Give yourselves a few days after the wedding and then leave. Leaving immediately can turn out to be very frustrating and exhausting once you get to your honeymoon destination. You don’t want to spend the next two days sleeping it off while adventure awaits you.

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