Cherapunji: Mawsmai Caves
Shillong: Japanese Gardens at Lady Hydari Park
Yumthang Valley: The Valley of Flowers located 150 km from Gangtok
Kalimpong: Darpin Dara for scenic views
Darjeeling: Sunset (with twin peaks of Kanchenjunga) from Observatory Hill
Kalimpong: Picnic by Teesta river
Darjeeing: Toy Train Ride, visit to Happy Valley Tea Estate
Shillong: Boat ride on Ward Lake, picnic at Elephant Falls
Gangtok: Sikkimese carpets, thangka wall drapes
Darjeeling: The famous Darjeeling tea
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On the first romantic getaway as a married couple, ditch the throngs of Goa and the high prices of Kerela, for the misty mountains of North East India. From the enchanting walks through the woods, to the high quality couple-spa therapies, candle-lit gourmet dinners made from the freshest produce and adventure activities for times you’d like to quicken your pace! An extended honeymoon in the North East is ideal. Time not permitting, you could pack in as much in one, or a few, of these destinations.
1. Kalimpong, West Bengal
About 4,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by towering mountains, the North Eastern destination of Kalimpong has just the kind of mystique that forms the perfect backdrop to a brewing romance! It is peaceful, idyllic and famous for its flowers – especially orchids, amaryllis, roses, dahlias and gladioli. Enjoy these romantic blooms on a visit to Kalimpong’s splendid nurseries, or go to Darpin Dara for grand views of the plains, and the Teesta and Reang rivers for a picnic. Later, indulge at the bakeries and spend some quiet time amidst the tranquil surroundings of the three important Gompas (monasteries) in the neighbourhood.
2. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Whether by heritage toy train or road, the journey from Bagdogra airport / New Jalpaiguri station takes you through gently undulating tea gardens, in myriad shades of green, before the steep climb via Kharseong and Ghoom, and finally descends to the “abode of the thunder dragon”. Darjeeling was amongst the first and foremost hill stations of the British Raj and still retains many splendid attractions – including the Natural History Museum for wildlife and Everest Museum (of Tenzing fame). Your trip here is incomplete without a visit to a tea estate, Happy Valley being the closest. Take in those magical sunsets from the Observatory Hill (sight of the twin peaks of the Kanchenjunga), visit Tiger Hill for panoramic views of Mt. Everest and spend quality time in the arms of nature at Senchal Lake.
A generation ago Kathmandu used to be a popular honeymoon destination. However, now that Gangtok has its own casino, it offers all the ingredients that Kathmandu did, against the backdrop of natural beauty. Sightseeing in the city should include meandering up to Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery via Deer Park (modelled on Sarnath), as well as visiting the Secretariat and the absolutely unique Orchid Sanctuary with its 600 species of orchids. Shop for honeymoon keepsakes at the Old and Naya Bazaars or the venerable Cottage Industries for bargains on the famous Sikkimese carpets, thangka wall drapes, shirts, boots, fur articles and wood carvings. Don't leave Gangtok without visiting the gorgeous Tshangu Lake. A two-hour drive from the city, the lake is a major tourist attraction and is a photographer's delight! Yumthang Valley, located about 150 kms from Gangtok is also known as the "Valley of Flowers", and has over 24 species of Rhododendron flowers. From the lush green meadows to the cascading waterfalls and streams, Yumthang is a nature lover's delight.
4. Shillong, Meghalaya
Capital of the aptly named state of Meghalaya – “abode of clouds” – peopled by highly literate and modern ethnic Khasis, Jaintias and Garos, Shillong is a delight for travellers on the lookout for great food, nightlife and a throbbing music scene. Take a boat ride on the Ward Lake, visit the Botanical Garden & Museum, walk around Lady Hydari Park with its Japanese gardens, shop at Bara Bazaar for trendy souveniers and enjoy a picnic at the highest point in the state of Meghalaya, Shillong Peak. Participate in the Archery Stakes – a regular contest between numerous archery clubs and win prizes. Picnic together at nearby Elephant Falls, just off the road to Cherrapunji and Umiam Lake. Monsoons are the best time to enjoy the thundering waterfalls.S
Formerly the wettest spot on earth, this town at the edge of the Khasi hills is a great place to frolic amidst lush greenery. Carry your swimming costumes and splash about the Seven Sisters Falls. Enjoy exploring the Mawsmai caves nearby, with its nooks for two! Take a day excursion to the local eco-park, or visit Mawsynram nearby which currently gets the most rainfall on earth. Most hotels offer relaxing couples’ massages that you can indulge in after these touristy excursions. Enjoy traditional Khasi fare during mealtime, and don’t forget the bubbly for those candle-lit dinners under the stars!
You must also add Arunachal Pradesh to your itinerary. India's least explored state, it is known for its wild beauty and the Tawang Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in the world. Situated at a height of 10,000 feet, it offering stunning views of the surrounding valley.