This Valentine’s Day, take a pledge to abide by these Top Ten Romantic Travel Commandments. HolidayIQ.com Travellers recommend incredible experiences across popular romantic getaways in India.
#1 Thou shall go to Havelock Island to snorkel with an elephant
Consider this. Your partner and you, snorkeling in the deep blue with an elephant! Head to Havelock Island to snorkel with Rajan, who loves to dive under water. HolidayIQ.com Traveller Dipankar Mukherjee adds, “Don’t miss visiting Elephant Beach by speed boat.Enjoy snorkeling, swimming and do watch Andaman’s beautiful corals under water. It’s the most romantic experience ever!”
#2 Thou shall gorge on ‘Meen moilee’ on a houseboat ride in Kerala
Be it a waterfront paradise like Kumarakom or Alleppey or the sultry beaches of Kovalam or Varkala, Kerala is meant for soul mates. “Alleppey in Kerala is perfect for people in love. Enjoying a meal together as the houseboat glides on Vembanad Lake is a wonderful experience,” says HolidayIQ.com Traveller Nithin.
#3 Thou shall get a tan in Goa
Who doesn’t want to go to Goa on Valentine’s? Yes, it will be crowded and brimming with couples canoodling on the beach. But how does it matter? It’s all worth it when you can holiday with the one you love at India’s finest beaches, eat yummy seafood and party all night long. As HolidayIQ.com Traveller Deeraj says, “My wife and I spent time sitting in a shack overlooking the beach and had the best crab and wine. All couples must do this.”
#4 Thou shall ski & paraglide in Solang Valley, Manali
All lovebirds out there must migrate and spend time in Solang Valley this Valentine’s. There are different points here for beginners as well as experienced paragliders and skiing enthusiasts. Pataru Peak is a popular starting point for paragliders. Says HolidayIQ.com Traveller Ravi, “It’s the perfect place for people who love adventure.”
#5 Thou shall go on romantic ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Ooty
Catch the 12 pm or 4 pm train from Ooty to Coonor. Passing through breathtaking landscapes, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway ride is an experience of a lifetime. It takes close to an hour to reach Coonor. Adds HolidayIQ.com Traveller Vinay,“Ooty is one of the few hill stations that still retain their old-world charm. There is a lot to do here like boating on Ooty Lake or visit tea gardens. Or you just have the option to stay in a nice colonial hotel, sit by the fireplace and do nothing!”
#6 Thou shall watch the sunset together at The Ridge in Shimla
Do the shopping on Mall Road, go trekking up mountains and take evening strolls. However, a must-do is going to The Ridge and watching the sunset. As HolidayIQ.com Traveller Arup Chatterjee says, “There is nothing more beautiful that pristine nature and Shimla proves this time and again.”
#7 Thou shall go on plantation walks in Munnar’s gleaming tea gardens
Do what every couple does and must do in Munnar. Take some pictures at tea gardens, visit the tea factory to get a guided tour of how tea is processed and hit the market to buy local tea and coffee.It gets foggy in Munnar in the evening. Take a stroll across the market and as HolidayIQ.com Traveller Mohd. Afsal, “Although Munnar town is really crowded, couples must certainly visit places likeKumily Road and Kolukkumalai, the highest spot in Munnar.”
#8 Thou shall take yak ride & a stroll near Tsomgo Lake in Gangtok
At times its frozen, at times azure blue, and is the perfect spot to profess your love for him or her. After you are done exploring the touristy sights and sounds of Gangtok, hire a cab and visit Tsomgo Lake. There are a number of local people who offer rides on their yaks here. Or, you can sit by the lake and relax. Says HolidayIQ.com Traveller Vikhu Patel, “The most romantic spot in India, indeed.”
#9 Thou shall read books & savour locally made coffee in Coorg
This is one of those ‘do-nothing’ vacations you can take together. Stay at a hotel or homestay of your choice, enjoy local Coorgi cuisine, especially Pandhi curry, and take long plantation walks in coffee estates. Watch how coffee is harvested and enjoy the beautiful weather Coorg has to offer. “Coorg just sucks all the stress out of you. Why go anywhere else for a romantic holiday?” says HolidayIQ.com Traveller Deepen.
#10 Thou shall go glacier trekking in Sonamarg & bakery hopping in Srinagar
No, it isn’t cliché. Plan a romantic holiday in Kashmir, but take the road less travelled. Instead of a shikara ride on Dal Lake or skiing in Gulmarg, go glacier trekking on Thajiwas Glacier and camp there. Couples can also visit the local bakeries of Srinagar that create the most aromatic and delicious breads served with ‘qawah’. Says HolidayIQ.com Traveller Vivek Sharma, “On the Thajiwas glacier, staying in huts is recommended. They are economical, neat and tidy.”
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