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V-Day Special: Reasons Why North East is the Best Honeymoon Destination

On the first romantic getaway as a wedded couple, discard the throngs of Goa and the high costs of Kerala, for the cloudy piles of North East India. Life gets busier by the day and there is lesser tine for romance or even a quiet little time between you and your beloved. But a quiet vacation could just be the perfect way to rekindle the love and warmth. There are numerous places in the North East where you could also spend a laid back weekend with a special someone.  Here are five romantic getaways. From the captivating strolls through the forested areas, to the amazing couple-spa treatments, flame lit gourmet suppers produced using the freshest deliver and enterprise exercises for times you’d get a kick out of the chance to revive your pace! An amplified special first night in the North East is perfect. You could pack in as much in one, or a couple of these destinations. Here are some of many couple’s favourite places in the Northeast for a perfect getaway:

1. Kalimpong

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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

7_V-Day-Special_(cover)____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.

3. Gangtok

7_V-Day-Special_(cover)_____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

7_V-Day-Special_(cover)___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.

 

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