Uttarakhand, as we all know, is one of the most beautiful states in India. Full of natural beauty and treasures like rivers, mountains, waterfalls, thick forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, Uttarakhand has been abundantly blessed by nature and is a paradise in its own way. And when you talk of romantic getaways, there is no dearth of them in Uttarakhand. There are many dream locations in the state for honeymooners, who are looking to spend some quality time with their partner to understand each other and to get close to each other. Below is my pick of the ten most beautiful, romantic and best honeymoon destinations in Uttarakhand to choose from.
In the article below, I am only talking about destinations specific to Uttarakhand only. But if you want to broaden your search a little, you can also read 11 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
10 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Uttarakhand
The places I am listing below are all easily reachable; have all the facilities that you will need as a tourist or as a newly wed; are all considered safe for tourism; have plenty of places to see and things to do; will not take you too remote and are all a paradise in terms of scenic beauty.
Nothing can beat the romanticism of this place. Nainital is one of those few places where the air itself carries romantic vibes. This place makes you fall in love. And with your life partner by your side, you will feel your whole being drenched in love and romance. You can spend hours strolling on the Mall road or boating in the ever beautiful Naini Lake, and you will lose track of the time. Umpteen romantic songs have been picturized in Naini Lake just because of the feeling it generates among young couples. And then you can have a romantic drive up to snow viewpoint.
How to reach Nainital
Nainital is easily reachable from Delhi by buses or taxis. Daily state-run and private Volvo buses are available from Delhi to reach Nainital. If you want to travel by train, then the nearest railway station is Kathgodam. You can hire a taxi from there for Nainital. Pantnagar Airport, which is 65 kilometers away, is the nearest airport to Nainital.
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Better known as the skiing destination of India, Auli is an ideal place to start your new life post marriage. Located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, it is on the way to Badrinath, the holy pilgrimage site of Hindus. Auli gives a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks and is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests. Go to the ‘Viewpoints’, to get a panoramic view of Nanda Devi peak. Or go to Chenab Lake and spend some quiet moments with your life partner. And then there is a cable car, which provides a stunning view of the picturesque surroundings. Auli is a place where you can spend endless time with your partner in beautiful natural surroundings and in a peaceful atmosphere.
How to Reach Auli
The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, which is 149 km (93 mi) away. The nearest railway station is Haridwar, which is 273 km (170 mi) away. From Dehradun and Haridwar, you can hire a cab or get on to a bus for Auli. Another alternative is to travel to Joshimath by bus or cab and then get on to the second longest cable car in India. It is 16 km (10 mi) long and takes about 22 minutes to reach Auli. The best part of traveling by cable car is the picturesque and breathtaking views you get around and moreover, it reaches faster than bus or cab.
Between two more famous hill stations, Mussoorie and Chamba, is located another offbeat summer destination for honeymoon in Uttarakhand. This tiny hamlet is called Dhanaulti. It is 24 km from Mussoorie and 31 km from Chamba. Surrounded by alpine forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak trees, it is a quiet place. Its pristine beauty will take your breath away. You can explore this place with your spouse on foot. Just go for a long walk hand in hand and enjoy the beauty of nature. Go to Dhanaulti Adventure Park and enjoy lush green meadows, towering trees and a stunning view of Himalayas.
How to reach Dhanaulti
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, which is 95 km (60 mi) away. It is connected to all major Indian cities. The nearest railway station is also Dehradun, which is well connected to all the major cities. From here you can hire a taxi to Dhanaulti. From Delhi, Dhanaulti is 325 km and is 9-10 hrs drive.
Next in the list of best honeymoon destinations in Uttarakhand is the queen of hills, Mussoorie. It offers an enchanting view of clouds in the air and a natural beauty all around, which is hard to miss. The serenity of the place and its ambiance will bring out all your romantic instincts. Go climbing to Lal Tibba. Or do boating with your beloved in the misty lake. Enjoy and admire the picturesque surroundings from a height on the cable car. And the most romantic of all is Kempty fall, where you can unwind completely and can collect some memories which you can cherish for life; and if both of you are adventurous, you can also spend a night in a camp under the stars.
How to reach Mussoorie
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun and the nearest railway station is also Dehradun. You can hire a taxi from there to reach Mussoorie. Mussoorie is also well connected by a smooth road so driving on your own too is not going to be that difficult.
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One of the best honeymoon destinations in Uttarakhand, Ranikhet has a special place as far as honeymooners are concerned. This is a very exciting place for those of you who are really looking for seclusion. The appealing environs and its picture-perfect frame will lure you with its majestic beauty. Have a romantic moment with your beloved at Machakhali where you can view a spectacular sunset. With multi-hued flowers everywhere, you can’t ask for a more romantic place to spend your honeymoon. Just go for a casual stroll and you will discover much rare flora and fauna in Ranikhet, which will give an additional dimension to your time with your partner.
How to reach Ranikhet
The nearest airport is at Pantnagar. From here you can hire a taxi to reach Ranikhet. And the nearest railway station is Kathgodam. You can again hire a taxi from Kathgodam to reach Ranikhet.
About 95 km from Nainital is one of the best honeymoon destinations to visit in Uttarakhand. It is called Binsar. Nestled in the beautiful Himalayas, at an altitude of 2420 m (7940 ft), it provides an ideal mountain retreat. It is surrounded by Alpine forests and rhododendron trees. It is a great place for a romantic holiday. Visit the wildlife sanctuary in Binsar. If you walk for around 1.5 km inside the wildlife sanctuary, you reach the zero point. From here you will be able to see up to 300 km. You can get an excellent view of Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, Trishul peaks and Shivling. Binsar is a place to spend some quiet time with your partner in solitude. You can also go on a safari inside the wildlife sanctuary.
How to reach Binsar
Nearest airport to Binsar is Pantnagar, which is 152 km away. You can hire taxis from there. There are daily flights from Delhi to Pantnagar. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, which is 119 km away. Kathgodam is very well connected to other major stations of the country. Again, taxis are available from Kathgodam. Binsar is very well connected by road to all the major cities of Uttarakhand.
Lansdowne is another quiet and calm place, best suited for your honeymoon. No traffic disturbance, very less crowd and serene surroundings. This is Lansdowne for you. Lansdowne has not been spoiled by human activities yet and retains its uniqueness and beauty with lush green surroundings. Go to Bhulla Lake and soak in the tranquil atmosphere. Then go to Tarkeshwar temple and seek Lord Shiva’s blessings. Visit Darwan Singh Regimental Museum. And then go to Tip n Top and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and the forest. You can go for long walks with your partner and have lots of romantic moments.
How to reach Lansdowne
Lansdowne is easily reachable from all major cities of India. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, which is 150 km away. You can hire a taxi from there. The nearest railway station is Kotdwar, which is 41 km away. It is well connected to all the major cities. From Kotdwar, taxis and buses are available for Lansdowne. Buses are available from Delhi to Kotdwar also.
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Hidden up in the hills, Pauri in Garhwal is one of the most romantic getaways in Uttarakhand. The place is greatly blessed with natural beauty which includes snow-capped Himalayan peaks, dense forests and very beautiful flora and fauna. Pauri is believed to have one of the most beautiful sunsets, which no honeymooner would like to miss with their beloved by their side. Pauri offers natural streams, gushing rivulets, and hills covered with Pine and Oak trees. Just immerse yourself in nature and forget everything else.
How to reach Pauri
Catch a plane to Dehradun (133 km away) or catch a train to Kotdwar (101 km away) and hire a taxi from there to reach Pauri, enjoying the most scenic views of nature along the way. Pauri is very well connected by road network to other major towns of Uttarakhand like Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Mukteshwar gets its name from a 350-year-old temple called Mukteshwar Dham, which is located at the highest point of the town. The quietness and serenity of this small town coupled with its natural beauty will mesmerize you. The snow-capped peaks all around are sure to take your breath away. You can’t resist taking a lot of pictures between two of you to keep as a cherished memory. The beauty of the place is that it is covered with dense forests on one side and enchanting view of the valley and the mighty Himalayas.
How to reach Mukteshwar
The nearest airport is at Pantnagar and the nearest railway station is Kathgodam. You can get taxis from both these places to reach Mukteshwar.
Last but not least, next place on the list of the 10 best honeymoon destinations in Uttarakhand is Kausani. On your honeymoon, imagine waking up to the sight of snow clad mountains. You will have stunning peaks and beautiful grasslands for the company here. Go and sit on the riverside at the confluence of rivers and spend time chatting with your beloved. Or have slow romantic walks through the forests. And what can be more romantic than getting clicked in the middle of tea plantations? Visit some of the most beautiful waterfalls and drench yourself in love.
How to reach Kausani
The nearest airport is at Dehradun and the nearest railway station is at Kathgodam. You can hire a taxi from both these places to reach Kausani.
That concludes my list of best honeymoon destinations in Uttarakhand. To be honest, these were the 10 places that I picked but the list can go on and on. There are numerous other places in the state and even I had difficulty choosing the 10 names for this article. I do hope the information above was of help though. If you need any other details; or have any other questions; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.