Surrounded by the Himalaya mountains, Shimla used to be the summer capital of the British Raj when they ruled India. Now it's the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.
This wonderfully cool and charming town sprawls along a mountain ridge, enveloped in oak, pine and rhododendron forests. It's quite famous for its colonial Tudor and Neo-Gothic style buildings, and historic railway.
The Kalka-Shimla train is a picture of romance as it slowly winds its way through the misty mountains and thick pine forests. If possible, try and book one of the special Shivalik Queen compartments for honeymooners. The fresh, crisp air is so invigorating and enlivening, while the scenery will transport you to a world far away from urban tensions, where romance comes naturally.
Where to Stay
The Oberoi's luxurious and award winning Wildflower Hall hotel is the perfect place for an India honeymoon. Its location, a 45 minute picturesque drive from Shimla, is serenely isolated and affords spectacular views over the cedar forests and snowcapped peaks. The hotel was once the residence of Lord Kitchener during the reign of the Raj, and a great deal of effort has been put into restoring it. The hotel's luxury spa is a particular delight for honeymoon couples, with its private suite and of course views. Couples can also enjoy relaxing together in the outdoor jacuzzi, and take romantic walks though the fragrant forest accompanied by a gourmet picnic hamper. For those who like adventure and adrenaline, there are also plenty of activities such as white water rafting, horse riding, and ice skating on offer. Rooms cost from $450 a double, and its worth paying the little bit extra for a Premier Mountain View room.
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