Weddings in India are elaborate and celebrated with great fervour. The same enthusiasm is shared by the newlyweds while planning their honeymoons. With yet another wedding season around the corner, travel agents can find promising opportunities to plan and sell travel options to enthused honeymooners.
Honeymoons are almost ritualistic to an Indian wedding, with couples and their families willingly investing a fortune to ensure a joyful trip. If you are someone who has spent a couple of years in the travel industry already know what honeymooners bring to the plate.
A deadly virus and a year-long lockdown might have encouraged some couples to opt for a more grand approach towards their once-in-a-lifetime experience. New trends like mini-moons, early moons and more seem to interest the young travellers. Young couples are now open to experimental travel destinations.
However, the pandemic has changed the way people perceive travel. The growing reluctance to travel due to safety regulations, migration guidelines and unpredictable lockdowns has become a real challenge. As agents, you need to navigate through the challenge and help your clients in planning the trip of their dreams.
To make things easier for you, Here’s a list of Honeymoon destinations to look out for this year:
The untouched waters of Maldives are perfect for a dreamy Bollywood honeymoon. The isolated island resorts offer intimacy and privacy for the love birds. For someone who seeks an exquisite luxurious getaway, Maldives is definitely the way to go.
As agents Maldives provides the perfect opportunity to create custom made packages with extra add ons and complimentary gifts for honeymooners. The unique water villas with exotic spas and complimentary water sports are not easy to say no to.
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Budget – INR 40,000 to INR 1,50,000 per person
Best Time to Visit– the best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April. January to April are the driest months, with little rain and low humidity, making this peak season at the resorts.
Guidelines– Visitors can avail Visa on arrival. A Negative PCR test, for which the sample was taken within a maximum of 96 hours before departure en route to the Maldives.
If your client wants to capture their best memories against the backdrop of sinful beaches without spending a fortune, Goa is a great suggestion. Beyond the buzzing nightlife, Goa is also home to the most gorgeous sunsets, luxury resorts and archaic cathedrals.
Complete the itinerary with a romantic candle-lit dinner and an evening couples massage. To mix and match, the couple can take scuba diving together, or hop on a romantic sunset cruise.
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Best Time – November to March
Budget– INR 16,000- 30,000 per person
- Fully vaccinated: Can travel without RT-PCR Negative Report. However, there must be a gap of at least 14 days between 2nd vaccination dose and date of entry at the destination
- Partially vaccinated: Can travel with Partial Vaccinated Certificate + RT-PCR Negative Report of test done under 72 hrs. of travel to the destination
- Not vaccinated: Can travel with RT-PCR Negative Report of test done under 72 hrs. of travel to the destination + Mandatory Rapid Antigen Test [RAT] happening on the State Borders and Goa Airport.
The beautiful city of Dubai has so much more to offer beyond its magnificent skyscrapers. The splendid city offers romance, modern architecture and world-class hospitality. For honeymooners, the Dhow Creek Cruise is a must-visit, along with the adventurous desert Safari.
One cannot miss the great opportunity to explore the malls in Dubai and shop together, explore the luxurious cinema halls, gaming zones, ice skating rink etc. The best part about Dubai is that Indians are a common sight, and access to food that is friendly to the Indian palette is also pretty convenient.
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Best Time – November to April
Budget– INR 28,000 to INR 50,000 per person
A valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted within 48 hours, validity should be calculated from the time the sample was collected, before departure from an approved health facility
- A rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure
This winter wonderland is home to some of the prettiest and most romantic cities in the world. If your clients are somehow who would dig the idea of staying in an ancient palace, amidst pastel buildings and narrow canals, you have to suggest Russia. The 200-year old Lion Palace was converted to a hotel in 2013, and it’s one of the best places in Russia to spend your first few days as a married couple, living like royalty. The love birds can drop by the second largest museum in the world, or opt for a day of pampering at the luxurious spas in Moscow.
Best Time– June to August
Budget– INR 74,000 to INR 1,40,000 per person
- In light of the Covid-19 related travel restrictions and rules/guidelines, Indian nationals travelling to Russia on tourist, business visas, etc. are advised to travel only on DIRECT FLIGHTs between Delhi and Moscow.
- If you are fully vaccinated: Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel.
- If you are NOT fully vaccinated: A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
The good old valley situated in the heart of the Himalayas can never be the wrong choice. For couples who wish to experience a winter wonderland on a budget, Himachal offers some excellent possibilities.
Let your clients get cosy in the romantic capital of Shimla as they fall in love with the raw beauty of Kullu-Manali, or get adventurous in the Solang Valley. If your client wants a more intimate and quiet getaway, Kasauli offers the perfect serenity and weather.
Best Time – February to June (Spring and Summer) October and February ( snowfall )
Budget– INR 12,000 to 45,000 per person
Guidelines– Downloaded Arogya Setu App
Honeymooners can never get enough of this island paradise. The isolated haven offers it all, happiness, adventure, and excitement! If the happy couple is looking for a place to disconnect their phones and reconnect with nature and each other, Bali is the right place to go. The destination offers diverse adventures from serene beaches or short romantic hikes to luxurious restaurants and nightclubs.
Best Time – April and October.
Budget– INR 42,000 to INR 51,000 per person
Guidelines– Mandatory to show a card or certificate of receipt of COVID-19 vaccine and a negative RT-PCR test result. Short Visit Visa or other entry permits in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
The tropical haven with white sand beaches and mesmerizing sunsets is a treat for newlyweds. The unapparelled beauty of the lagoons and exciting adventures all come at a very affordable price for Indians. The romantic Catamaran cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the island.
Best Time to Visit – May to December
Budget– Starting at INR 30,000 per person
Guidelines – Vaccinated travellers will be allowed entry without restrictions upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. Those who are not vaccinated will be subject to 14 days in-room quarantine.
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