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Top Honeymoon Destinations in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is among the most romantic honeymoon destinations for newlyweds. It is often referred to for being”the” Paradise for Honeymooners. There are a myriad of beautiful and romantic spots which draw many couples from across the nation. Himachal Pradesh is an ideal honeymoon spot with stunning snow-capped mountains that renew the romance and enthrall your partner and you.

List of the Top Honeymoon Destinations in Himachal Pradesh

Swastik Holiday provides an array of the best places to honeymoon within Himachal Pradesh to enjoy your romantic moments with your loved one. Check out the list below:

Shimla

Shimla is considered to be the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, which is located at an altitude of 2200 meters. It is often referred to as the”Queen of Hills. Shimla is among the most well-known hill stations and the most romantic destinations for honeymoon within Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is renowned worldwide for its gorgeous Colonial Architecture, Mall Road, Ridge Road, Cafes and restaurants. The weather in Shimla is warm throughout the year, but mid-December from January is most ideal time to be a honeymoon couple.

Sightseeing and Activities Sightseeing and Activities Kufri, Jhaku Temple, Viceregal Lodge, Summer hill and Shimla Glen especially for Trekkers.

Chail

Chail is a peaceful hill resort. It is among the top honeymoon destinations within Himachal Pradesh that will leave lasting memories for you. In order to start your new journey with your spouse, go to this location. It provides a wonderful privacy and stunning views. The summer season is pleasant with a breeze and is enjoyable, therefore from April to June is the ideal time to honeymoon.

Sightseeing and Activities – Explore the twisting roads that lead to Chail, Sadhupul Lake, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Himalaya nature Park, Maharaja’s Palace and Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Guru Dwara Sahib & Kali Ka Tibba.

Kullu

Kullu is an urban council town of the municipal level located in Himachal Pradesh located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley and is also known as “Valley of the Gods”. It is a complex string of valleys that creates beautiful landscapes that offer amazing views. Kullu is one of the most romantic place to honeymoon located in Himachal Pradesh. The months of December through March are the ideal time to visit Kullu for couples who are on honeymoon.

Activities and Sightseeing The town is a hub of adventure and activities and sacred shrines and temples. Tourists can soak in hot springs in Manikaran up to Tirthan Valley as well as Rafting along the Beas River.

Manali

Manali is the best hills station of Himachal located at an altitude of 3,000 feet. Manali is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations within Himachal Pradesh. Manali always ranks high on lists of Newlyweds couples who wish to experience its clean air, lush vegetation, snow-covered mountain ranges stunning views, and thrilling activities. There are numerous locations to explore in Manali for a trip that will be memorable! From December through March is the ideal time to visit Manali in the year of Honeymoon Couples.

Sightseeing & Activities – You can visit Old Manali, Solang, Rohtang Pass, Manikaran, Malana, Kasol, Tosh, Kheerganga, Naggar Castle, Snow Point, Rahalla Falls and local fruit orchards. There is also paragliding and skiing, Rafting, Zorbing, Snowboarding and more.

Solang Valley

Solang Valley is one of the top honeymoon destinations that you could visit while in Himachal Pradesh. It is located between Beas Kund and Solang Village. Valley smells of romantic and thrilling in the same breath. The valley is known for its spectacular views of snow-capped mountains as well as stunning glaciers that draw tourists from across the globe every year. It is the best time to visit during winter when the whole valley is covered with white fluffy snow.

Sightseeing and Activities can participate in activities such as Zorbing, skiing, quad cycling, snowboarding and paragliding.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is among the most well-known hills and exotic locations for honeymoons located in himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the five hills and lies at an elevation at 1,970 metres above sea-level. Its breathtaking views, snow-capped mountains, the pine-covered valleys, waterfalls and sparkling mountains attract lots of honeymooners. The months of March and June are the best time to visit Here.

Sightseeing and Activities Enjoy time with your companion in the Kalatop Wildlife sanctuary, Satdhara Falls and Chamera Lake. Also, you should visit Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar Lake, Panchpula and Khajji Nag temples during your visit.

Kasauli

Kasauli is a hilly city of that of the British Empire and is one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists to go in Himachal Pradesh for honeymoons. The town is located between stunning woody pine forests (Chir Pine), herbs (Milk Thistle) and cedar trees. The town is popular with couples for their honeymoons due to its stunning villas and its tranquil surroundings. Tourists are welcome to this area anytime throughout the year, however the ideal time to go is during summer season since the weather remains comfortable during this time of the year.

Sightseeing and Activities Enjoy Paragliding or walking in tandem with your loved one in Sunset Point, Toy Train Ride and visit Mall Road, Gilbert Trail, Christ Church, Timber Trail, kasauli Bravery, Gurka Fort Baba Balak Nath Temple, Baptist Church and Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji.

Chamba

Chamba is an old himalaya town situated at an altitude of 996m on the banks of the river Ravi. The town has stunning panoramas of Pir Panjal Range, Zanskar as well as the Dhauladhar range as background. This is certainly a top popular destination for honeymoons in Himachal Pradesh for all lovers due to its extremely pleasant climate and surrounding. From October to June is the ideal time to travel in Chamba.

Sightseeing & Activities – Dhauladhar, Khajjiar Lake, Satdhara Falls, Chamera Lake, Rang Mahal, Chaugan, Church of Scotland, Bhuri Singh Museum, Hadsar Waterfall, Thala Waterfall, Hariraya Temple, Champavati Temple, Vajreshwari Temple, Cahmunda Devi Temple, Sui Mata Temple & More.

Tirthan Valley

Tirthan valley is among the top honeymoon destinations that you can visit within Himachal Pradesh. The town is included as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and become popular within a couple of years with tourists looking to explore an away from the crowds and enjoy a quieter spot. The valley is full of enthusiasm and enthusiasm, making it a perfect destination for honeymooners because of its peace. The best time to visit is the summer time.

Sightseeing and Activities – Enjoy a relaxing time with your partner in Tirthan River and visit Great Himalayan National Park, Chhoie Waterfall and Serolsar Lake & Jalori Pass.

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is among the most romantic honeymoon destinations that you can visit within himachal Pradesh, with snow-covered mountains, curving roads, and a few glimpses of sun, surrounded by a crystal clear lake. Spiti Valley is among the most cold destinations in Himachal Pradesh opens only for six months of the year, so the ideal season to go is from May through October.

Sightseeing and Activities – Enjoy exciting sports such as river rafting, cycling along mountains, snowfall, and ancient Buddhist Monasteries and Chandratal Lake.

Khajjiar

Khajjiar is a town of a tiny size situated in the chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at the altitude of 6,500ft. The town is also referred to as the Switzerland or India. It draws a large number of tourists from all over the globe with its breathtaking landscapes and unique snowfall. Tourists can also take part in activities like paragliding horse-riding, and zorbing.

Sightseeing & Activities: Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Khajjiar Lake, Khajji Nag temple, Khajjiar Trek, Lord Shiva Statue, Golden Devi Temple, Panch Pandav Tree, Kailsah Parvat & more.

In conclusion, these are top places to honeymoon within Himachal Pradesh. Plan now an unforgettable Tour in Himachal Pradesh with us and make sure you don’t miss these amazing places.

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Beyond the hype, a dirty side of Da Lat

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Most of this is true, but that’s not the only local reality where things get pretty ugly, too. Unless this reality is recognized and seriously addressed, Da Lat will lose its charm and become a shadow of itself.

Here’s an unflattering picture of the other side.

When walking or running on a sidewalk around Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat in the early morning, at a certain point you can no longer stay on the sidewalk. One is forced to walk or run into the street as there can be up to ten street kitchens completely blocking sidewalk access. Going out on a street at night can be a bit dangerous as there are quite a number of drunk drivers on the road at night, some driving at speeds well in excess of 120km/h.

These street vendors sell food and drink in plastic bowls and cups. Plastic waste is scattered about a hundred meters in front of and behind their stands. Food and drink thrown away or spilled on sidewalks and streets is a common sight.

Because food safety isn’t monitored regularly, or because people might be very drunk, it’s also not uncommon to see vomit on sidewalks. Open stool and urination is a regular occurrence in the early hours of the morning.

There are many signs along the lake advising that making fires is forbidden, but the street vendors completely ignore them. Many tourists from warmer parts of Vietnam easily come to Da Lat in shorts and T-shirts, despite the colder weather. Street vendors want these visitors to stay warm so they stay longer and buy more food and drink. Sidewalks are often blackened with ash from these staying-warm fires.

When I was photographing these fires, a street vendor threatened to stab me with scissors several times. Some vendors started throwing rocks. A man tried to grab my walking stick and the cell phone I use to take pictures. I reported these incidents to the police but they took no action.

These charcoal fires release many deadly toxins such as PM2.5, carbon monoxide and benzene. When street vendors run out of charcoal, some start burning plastic waste. Burning plastic waste releases dioxins and other highly toxic substances. A piece of dioxin the size of a grain of rice is enough to poison a million people.

To keep their customers happy, some street vendors sell beer and other alcoholic beverages. Some install large speakers so their customers can sing and make lots of noise when they get totally drunk. Not infrequently, the karaoke singing continues until 4 a.m. and can be heard up to two miles away. Although the law prohibits singing karaoke after 10:30 p.m., this law is not enforced around Xuan Huong Lake. Once I heard karaoke singing in three different places around the lake, all blaring at the same time.

Almost everything I have described so far represents laws that are constantly being broken. But why don’t street vendors and their customers obey the law when it’s clearly stated on signs in the area?

The answer is simple.

Laws are not enforced. I have more than 12,000 pictures on my files of breaking the law in this city that gets dirty and ugly quite often, but I didn’t see a fine being issued when I called the police to intervene — not once.

A policeman explained it to me in a somewhat pompous way. If the police consistently enforce laws, it would infuriate many people, and with many angry people out and about, the country’s stability would be undermined and civil unrest could ensue.

The same officer went on to explain that if the police strictly enforce the law, things could get out of hand very quickly. People could become violent, and if the police hit back to defend themselves, controversy would ensue.

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With a huge police force and militia, Vietnam has everything it needs to counter the violence and maintain political stability. So what’s the problem?

For many years, the police in Division 8 themselves have blatantly flouted the laws about dumping trash, throwing cigarette butts on the ground, and burning garbage. They even ran a fire pit on police property.

How can the police enforce laws when they themselves break them all the time?

On October 31, I informed a senior police officer in Da Lat that I have over 12,000 pictures of people breaking laws – laws related to setting fires on sidewalks, burning trash, dumping trash, dumping of waste and fishing in the filthy waters of Da Lat Xuan Huong Lake and its stinking lagoons, singing karaoke until 4 a.m., binge drinking, drunk driving, high speed motorcycle racing and so on.

I was surprised when he explained that I should not photograph people breaking the law unless their lawlessness directly impacted my safety and well-being.

Surely it is every citizen’s duty to record violations of the law and report them to law enforcement?

Even when someone threatened me with violence, he advised me not to take photos and to report the person to the police unless I had stab wounds or other injuries.

I was stunned.

I think the government needs to be much more serious about enforcing its most basic safety and environmental laws. If it doesn’t, it won’t be able to tackle far bigger things like the impact of global warming, carbon neutrality and sustainable development.

Photos by Paul A. Olivier of public waste in Da Lat:

*Paul A. Olivier is an American expat living and working in Da Lat.



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How two Hyderabadi 3D artists are popularizing city’s flyovers, roads, buildings at global level

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Kodak Moment: How two 3D artists from Hyderabadi are popularizing overpasses, roads and city buildings on a global scale

Hyderabad: For most of us, photography means clicking photos of a beautiful sunset, landscape or people. But Laxman Pithani and Nikhil Chakravarthy from Hyderabad are crazy about new buildings, roads, highways, flyovers and other infrastructure projects in the city.

“When you’re driving on a newly constructed freeway, with not many vehicles and hardly anyone to stop you or ask you anything, you have a kind of absolute freedom. We both enjoy it,” says Nikhil.

Laxman and Nikhil jointly run a Twitter and YouTube page, Traveling with Laxman, where they post videos and photos of newly constructed or inaugurated flyovers, roads and buildings. They have released drone footage of the Uppal SkyWalk project, the renovated Yadagirigutta Temple, Gandipet Park, the Biodiversity Flyover and more.

Laxman (left) and Nikhil (right) at the recently inaugurated Shilpa layout transition

Her most recent work was the transition of the Shilpa layout. When the city witnessed their first Formula E racing event, they were there to capture the track on which the race took place. On their Twitter Page Travel with Laxman, they have around 2,806 followers and on their youtube Page they have around 57,000 subscribers.

Transition of the Shilpa layout

It’s not about the end product. But Laxman and Nikhil began pursuing infrastructure projects in the city from the start. “If there are upcoming projects, we consult the person concerned and get detailed information about it. We shoot it from start to finish,” says Laxman.

In this way, it helps the audience to keep up to date with the progress of these projects.

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When Laxman met Nikhil

Laxman is originally from Hyderabad but Nikhil is from Tenali in Andhra Pradesh. He moved to Hyderabad in 2002. Both met in 2007 in an animation institute `Arena; where they served as 3D training faculty. Here they taught the students how to use animation techniques in films and character forms. They later moved on to teach interior design at the same institute. In 2015 they both joined Custom Furnish, a company specializing in interior design, where they worked as 3D artists. In 2019, Nikhil left and Laxman continued for another year and a half before retiring in 2021.

Durgam Cheruvu Bridge

Ever since they met, they have discovered their shared passion for travel. Your definition of travel sounds very unique and interesting. “We both love to explore unknown roads. I can drive straight for 10 hours without thinking about the destination. We used to always discover new roads, overpasses, buildings, etc. on such trips, which fascinated us a lot. Each specific destination where nobody bothered us gave us a different kind of freedom,” explains Nikhil.

Until December 2021, Laxman and Nikhil were doing this as a part-time job. But in December 2021 both resigned and started doing so full-time.

Her work is now also being recognized by the Telangana government, which is asking for her help in getting photos of some of the infrastructure projects in the city.

Command and Control Center, Banjara Hills

Development in Hyderabad

Both Laxman and Nikhil say the pace of development in Hyderabad has been very fast compared to other cities. “I was born here, so I’m really excited to see the city developing at this pace,” says Laxman. Nikhil adds: “Something happens every week that it just can’t keep up with this speed. For example, the other day when the Shilpa layout flyover was inaugurated, on the same day Skyroot Aerospace’s private rocket was launched from Sriharikota.”

transfer of biodiversity

In addition to updating townspeople on the development, Travel with Laxman now allows many expatriate Hyderabadis to regain their lost connection with the city. “We have people calling from places like the United States and telling us they’re excited about how their city is doing,” says Laxman.

Renovated Yadadrigutta Temple

The duo are happy to be able to fill this gap faced by Hyderabadis living elsewhere.



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Wedding of the week: Lovebirds elope on a Balinese beach following three months of top secret planning

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Jamie Hart, 36, and Daniel Sutton, 44

Western Australian senior graphic designer Jamie and welder Daniel always knew their wedding should be small and intimate, but they also wanted an element of surprise.

The couple, who met online in March 2021, had planned a trip to Indonesia and made the spur of the moment decision to elope because why not? They were too excited to wait a year to tie the knot, so they turned their engagement party into a secret wedding celebration.

After legally signing the papers at The Old Tower House in Perth a week earlier, Jamie and Daniel said ‘yes, I do’ in Bali, with Daniel honorably taking Jamie’s maiden name, Hart.

Jamie Hart and Daniel Sutton get married on the beach in Bali.
camera iconJamie Hart and Daniel Sutton get married on the beach in Bali. Recognition: Srivijaya Stories

When and where

The big day took place on October 22, 2022 on the white sandy beaches of the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa.

Jamie and Daniel's big day in Nusa Dua, Bali.
camera iconJamie and Daniel’s big day in Nusa Dua, Bali. Recognition: Srivijaya Stories

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Jamie’s dress of choice, Morilee, was by New York bridal designer Madeline Gardner.

Jamie's dress was a stunning Madeline Gardner piece.
camera iconJamie’s dress was a stunning Madeline Gardner piece. Recognition: Srivijaya Stories

honeymoon

There was no need to travel to their honeymoon destination as the newlyweds were already there! They celebrated in Nusa Dua, Ubud, Seminyak and Canggu.

Jamie and Daniel started their honeymoon in Bali.
camera iconJamie and Daniel started their honeymoon in Bali. Recognition: Srivijaya Stories

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