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Old 28th September 2010, 19:00   #16
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Thanks for all the replies and wishes.

I will discuss with my fiance and get back with more queries once we shortlist the destination.

Keep the inputs coming.

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Old 28th September 2010, 19:00   #17
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Congrats Rohan. Welcome to the club !

I would strongly recommend you to go for Munnar. It is THE place for honeymoon in south india. You would agree with me, once you go there. Its really a romantic place. Feb/Mar is mostly exam seasons, and usually it will be least crowded.

We visited Munnar in last week of feb/first week of Mar, and the weather was awesome. You will really enjoy it.

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Old 28th September 2010, 19:12   #18
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Congrats Rohan.
I would suggest try "Bhutan". I had suggested this to my friend this May and he had a great time. Simply amazing place !!
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I would suggest Maldives. Its an ideal honeymoon destination. There are daily flights from Bangalore to Male and Visa is issued on arrival. Book yourself a water villa/bungalow in a resort, and you will be able to see sea-life standing from your balcony. Other activities include snorkeling/diving. Only problem is, its an expensive destination, 4 nights in a water bungalow in a decent resort may cost in the range of Rs 65000 excluding airfare, but its worth every penny spent.

I had been there 2 months back with my family, if you have any query regarding it, do pm. Before booking, do shop with various travel agents. SOTC/Raj packages of Rs 80000 can be actually done by a travel agent for Rs 50000 for Maldives, same resort, same room, same package, excluding the 2 caps, SOTC may hand you.

Its a paradise.
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Old 29th September 2010, 00:52   #20
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Congrats Rohan..
If you are a mountain kind of person then just head towards the mountains and let that be the mightiest one. Yes, I'm talking about Himalayas. Nothing else in India can beat the immense beauty of the Himalayas, nothing at all. I would also suggest to send some PM's to people like TSK/Sumar etc who have extensively travelled in the Himalayas for their input (crowded/secluded, good hotels/resorts, how romantic the place is etc etc.). Personally I've been to only Ladakh,Manali and Sikkim and I can tell you that all these places are unique and amazing. You just can't compare the beauty of Himalayas to any other hills in India. Munnar doen't hold a candle in front of the Himalayas in my opinion. Places here are also beautiful but Himalayas is at different level altogether.

If you like beaches and considering it's around Feb, you should look for Andamans/Lakshadweep or Maldives. Goa is a good option but don't you want your honeymoon to be in a more exotic place? And you can anytime go to Goa or Kerala being in Bangalore.

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Old 29th September 2010, 01:35   #21
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don't let the scenic beauty and extensive planning overwhelm your 'together' time. you can do sightseeing for the rest of your life.
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Old 29th September 2010, 02:20   #22
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Congrats, and kudos to you for all the planning efforts. Long long ago, I would have called visiting the Chennai US consulate our honeymoon, till I was advised against it by wise people

You ruled out south, but still think the house boats on vembanad lake are cozy, peaceful, and ideal for honeymooners.
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Old 29th September 2010, 06:26   #23
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Congrats. Only point to add, beside what others have mentioned:

- Dont goto places nearby Bangalore, like Kerala. That anyway you would cover during extended weekends from work, when petrol bug hits you!

- Go to far flung places, which you know for sure you wont be able to cover by road in a stipulated time. This will include North/North-East/Andaman/Maldives etc.

- Choose based on mountains or beaches.
- Feb is good time to be in mountains as well. (Nothing like eating an ice-cream in the cold!)
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First of all, congrats Rohan. Are you sticking only with Indian destinations? I would suggest you to look for international destinations too cos it's pretty cheap.
Am also getting married during the 1st week of Feb and planning a trip. I have shortlisted Malaysia, Singapore, Langkawi or Penang. You can actually chip in a few extra cash and enjoy your trip outside India. I have inquired about this and planning to fix a destination in the coming weeks.
Cheers.!
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Old 29th September 2010, 14:03   #25
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Hey I am surprised nobody has recommended Mussoorie, the queen of the hills. It is one of the most beautiful hill station in this part of the country and has many luxurious resorts and hotels. I would suggest spending 3-4 days in J.P. Resorts and manor , mussoorie. It is a heavenly place. You would love the peacefulness and the romantic setup the resort provides. Best Hotels in Mussoorie India, hill resort hotel, Hotel Booking, Five star hotels, luxury hotels

Then you could even spend a couple of days in Chandigarh which is a shoppers paradise. No honeymoon is complete without shopping,WOT. I would prefer to stay in The Taj, in Chandigarh. You could even rent a car and drive down to Amritsar and visit The Golden Temple.

Pm me if you have any querries regarding the above suggestions.

P.S. : Did I mention, Amritsar is a foddies heaven on earth.
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Man, keep the sight-seeing for when you retire!! Right now, just go out and have some fun. And in India, there isn't a holiday spot as much fun as Goa. I'm sure your wife-to-be has seen enough hills & mountains anyways. Show her what a real enjoyable holiday is.

- Bangalore -> Goa is a good drive. Make it a road trip. With the money saved on flight tickets (to some boring hilly destination), choose a better hotel or a longer honeymoon.

- Stay in North Goa. ONLY

- Laze around on the beach

- Chill @ Beach shacks

- Rent a bike & cruise around

- Water sports. Scuba diving?? Para sailing?

- Late nights at Casinos

- Evening / night romantic boat rides

- Yoga & massages

- There's some wonderful churches, fort and other historic places to visit

- To top it up, possibly the most varied cuisines you can find in India. If you wife likes seafood, you're in luck
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I am inclined to agree with GTO, my earlier statement notwithstanding. The only things I do not like about Goa are too crowded and too commercial.
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We stayed in Goa during our honeymoon. Must say it was a lovely stay - i don't know how to ride a scooty / bike - hence had to depend on taxi.

We stayed at Calangute Residency.

Flew to Mumbai from Kolkata >1 full day at Mumbai > Volvo to Goa > Stayed 5 days at Goa > Missed Flight > Ran around looking for shelter > Flew back to Kolkata via Mumbai.
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Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. Keep them coming.

@ GTO - thanks for the suggestion. I was also considering Goa, but my fiance is not too keen on visiting Goa for this trip. (We are not really beach kind of people)

This trip would be planned from my home town - Bhopal, not from Bangalore. The roads in Madhya Pradesh are nothing to speak of, hence a road trip is out of the question. May be, we will plan a road trip from Bangalore to Goa in the next year.

Also, my fiance is a pure vegetarian whereas I am a hardcore non-vegetarian. So please don't rub it in by suggesting locations with exotic food, especially seafood.

So we are narrowing down our honeymoon destination to some hill station in north or north-east. I just have a few apprehensions:

1. A lot of road damage must have happened in north India because of the excess rains this year. Would be roads be repaired by Feb 2011 ?

2. How is the Naxalite situation in north-east tourist destinations ? I do not want to end up like Arvind Swamy in Roja.

Rohan
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Also, my fiance is a pure vegetarian whereas I am a hardcore non-vegetarian
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Just curious to know if you would be sitting at seperate tables.

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2. How is the Naxalite situation in north-east tourist destinations ? I do not want to end up like Arvind Swamy in Roja.
We sure will have another blockbuster on hand.

Jokes apart, you should seriously think about Kodai or Ooty. Perfect weather in Feb. Book a cottage or something exclusive.

Just one suggestion. You are going on a honeymoon and not on LTA. Limit to one or maybe couple of destinations and that too nearby, least travel during the period, maximum time for each other.
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