The snow laden region of Himachal Pradesh is absolutely perfect to fall in love in. And if you want to celebrate your newfound love on your honeymoon, Himachal offers countless epic destinations for you to be able to do just that. Nestled in the lap of the Western Himalayan ranges, Himachal is often compared to the Alpine beauty of Switzerland for its lush fir and deodar forests, winding rivulets and snow capped peaks. Here you get to witness some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes of the Himalayas. Towns in Himachal are rustic and they have a distinct colonial feel, reflected in their architecture and town planning. Not to mention the more ancient indigenous history manifest in its stunning temples, colourful festivals and vibrant music. Customize your itinerary to experience the best of the hills!
For the more adventure minded couples out there, Himachal is the perfect place to have thrilling experiences ranging from paragliding, parasailing, white water rafting and trekking among others. If you are a couple looking for the perfect honeymoon destination to celebrate your nuptials, here are a few spots in Himachal that might just be perfect for you.
The state capital of Himachal Pradesh was once the national summer capital of India during colonial times. As a result, the quaint town still exhibits distinct colonial relics such as Mall Road, the Viceregal Lodge and the Christ Church. The picture postcard views from Shimla have been drawing travellers in for many generations now. While in Shimla, explore the town and shop to your heart’s content at the Mall road, visit the iconic Jakhu temple that is said to be visited by the monkey god Hanuman and sneak a peek into colonial lifestyle at the Viceregal Lodge.
How to get there: Shimla airport is located at Jubbarhatti, 22 kilometers from the main town. By road, Shimla is best accessible from Delhi or Chandigarh by a day long journey. Kalka, the nearest railway station is only two hours away.
Must-visit sites: Kufri, Jakhu Temple, Viceregal Lodge, Scandal Point
Manali is located on the banks of the beautiful river Beas on the foothills of the Himalayas. This hill station owes its popularity to the stunning views of the snow capped peaks and the actual snowfall that the town witnesses during winters. Check out attractions like the Hidimba Temple, Rohtang Pass and the Vasishth hot water springs on your trip to Manali. To top it off, enjoy a stay at one of the regal guesthouse cabins overlooking the river in Old Manali.
How to get there: The Bhuntar Airport is 50 kilometers away from Kullu. By road, it takes around 10 hours to get to Manali from Chandigarh.
Must-visit sites: Rohtang La, Hidimba Temple, Vasishth Hot Water Springs
Chamba is an ideal destination for the more adventurous couples looking to spend quality time away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. This quaint village located on the banks of river Ravi is the gateway to some of the most scenic treks in Himachal like Dhauladhar, Manimahesh lake and Khajjiar Lake. Chamba is also an important pilgrimage site, with the Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Chamunda Temple and the Champavati Temple located here.
How to get there: The closest railway station and airport to Chamba is Pathankot in Punjab, which is only 120 kilometers away.
Must-visit sites: Khajjiar, Dhauladhar, Laxminarayan Temple.
If your idea of a honeymoon is long walks in the hills, lazy afternoon picnics and a no-disturbance atmosphere, look no further than Dalhousie. Located in the Chamba district, Dalhousie is one of the premier hill stations in India. Located in the center of five hills and overlooking the Pir Panjar range of mountains, Dalhousie is the slice of Himalayan life you always imagined. It is known for its dense forest of pine and deodar that sprawls across lazy mountain slopes. Apart from the scenic walks and picnic spots, Dalhousie is known for its vibrant Tibetan market and food joints.
How to get there: Pathankot is the nearest airport and railway station which is 75 kilometers away.
Must-visit sites: Chamera Lake, Sach Pass, Dainkund Peak
Solan is another place that is perfect for adventure loving souls wanting to celebrate their love. Known for its apple orchards and paragliding points, Solan offers respite from the city life in the form of a serene and pastoral small town nestled among hills waiting to be explored on foot. Spice your hike up with a bottle of the local rhododendron wine and thank us later.
How to get there: Nearest airport is Chandigarh, which is about 35 kilometers away.
Must-visit sites: Karol Tibba and Meteol Tibba for paragliding, Monkey Point for the view
The quaint colonial village of Kasauli is known for its relics of the British Empire, including a stunning 19th Century church and plenty of colonial style bungalows – many of which you can rent out as cozy homestays complete with a fireplace, overlooking the valley. Kasauli is one of the most romantic spots you will find in all of Himachal – it looks just like a gingerbread town that is a delight to explore on foot.
How to get there: Chandigarh is the closest airport, about 60 kilometers away.
Must-visit sites: Explore the trails around Kasauli and visit the Kasauli brewery for some Himalayan beer.
If places like Shimla and Manali are too touristy for you, Chail is where you will find all the seclusion and privacy that you want for your honeymoon trip. The cool mountain air and alluring paths and trails are perfect for exploring hand-in-hand. Add to that the fact that Chail is also home to some of the most affluent hill resorts and homestays in Himachal, making it the ideal spot for your honeymoon.
How to get there: Shimla airport is 72 kilometers away from Chail. The nearest railway station is Kalka, at a distance of 81 kilometers.
Must-visit sites: Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Siddh Baba Mandir
Sharing its eastern border with Tibet, Kinnaur is one of the more remote places you can go to in Himachal, which makes it an ideal honeymoon destination. It offers views of three different mountain ranges – the Himalayas, Zanskar and the Spiti valley. With lush forests of pine, juniper, cypress and oak and gushing rivers like Sutlej and Baspa, Kinnaur’s natural beauty has the power to leave you speechless. More adventurous couples can journey further into the stunning and remote valleys of Lahaul and Spiti.
How to get there: Kinnaur is 235 kilometers from Shimla and there are daily buses available to and fro.
Must-visit sites: Kangla Valley, Chitkul, Kalpa Village
This is just a preview of the most vibrant, serene and romantic spots that you can choose for your honeymoon in Himachal Pradesh. To know more and for help with planning your honeymoon itinerary, get in touch with TripFactory!