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BUDGET HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS

BUDGET HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS

For newlyweds, a honeymoon is a must for clearing the mind and embarking on the most astonishing journey of life.  It offers much needed down time after weeks of hectic wedding planning. It is an escapade from never ending post-wedding dinners and heavy party wear. You should definitely not miss out on the honeymoon even if you have a limited budget. Here is a list of some alternative, lesser known yet enthralling budget-friendly honeymoon destinations:

These are only a few of the many affordable yet exciting honeymoon destinations you can try out with your spouse. Each destination has much to offer and it is best to do adequate research before heading out. Guided tours are helpful and reading blogs and forums about travel experiences in websites such as Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and Make My Trip will also be beneficial. Do not let worries of a limited budget cancel your honeymoon plans. There is a myriad of honeymoon destinations to choose from where you can have the best time of your life.

Photo: Shahrear Kabir Heemel
Model: Ishika, Sayeed

SYLHET
Sylhet is a haven of picturesque tea gardens, evergreen tropical forests and hill tracts. Lala Khal, a mystic lake where water appears in different colours at different points will enchant you and your partner. You can go canoeing, kayaking or swimming in the Shari River. There are hills surrounding the lake where you can go on short walks or long treks. Jaintapur, an archeological ruin of Jainta Kingdom, is a treasure for those who have an affinity for culture and history. You can also indulge in savoury chai, unwind amongst sights of emerald tea gardens and calls of majestic tropical birds. Finally, Sripur, known for its gushing waterfall, is a delight for wilderness lovers. You can stay in affordable resorts such as Shukhtara and Nazimgarh, from where you can easily access all the must-visit sites. Sylhet promises privacy, tranquility, rejuvenation and most importantly, romance for couples. 

BANDARBAN
Only a bus ride away from Dhaka, this natural sanctuary in south-east Bangladesh is for the adventurous couples who want to take refuge in larger than life hill tracts, and explore the crisp quietness of lush greenery. Boga Lake, rugged in beauty and surrounded by cloud adorned hills, is a major attraction for energetic couples who love to trek.  You can enjoy camp fire and retreat away from the chaos of city life. If you do not want to trek, you can visit Nilgiri, one of the tallest peaks of Bangladesh, on a local bus known as 'chandergari.' The Sangu River also invites a restful getaway with its river cruises and scenic views. You can rent a guided cruise on a traditional wooden ferry or opt for a private reserved boat. Bandarban has something for everyone, and indulging in its charm is undoubtedly a great way to start marital life.

NEPAL
Only a short flight away from Dhaka, this quintessential country is blessed with stunning landscapes. The moment you arrive in Nepal, you will be greeted with soothing breeze and mesmerising Himalayan mountains towering all around and as far as you can see. In Kathmandu, you can visit the Garden of Dreams or Swapna Bagaicha for a quiet picnic with your partner. The Durbar Square is the heart of the capital city brimming with spectacular temples. You can cycle to Patan Museum and explore religious art of Asia consisting of statues, carvings and paintings. You can stop by at the excellent Museum Cafe for refreshing coffee and head towards Pokhara, an ethereal bliss of pure lakes and steaming jungles. It takes approximately five hours to reach Pokhara on bus from Kathmandu and the journey itself is full of awe. Hold your loved one close and look out the window to breathe in the grandeur of rolling green mountains. Pokhara will greet  you with warm sun and adrenaline packed activities. It is one of the best places in the world to try out bungee jumping and paragliding. Take a taxi before sunrise and get off at the road by Baglung Highway near Bindhya Basini Temple.  The World Peace Pagoda is Pokhara is another place that one should not miss. The striking white structure stands tall on a high ridge overlooking Phewa Lake of Pokhara.
 The four corners of the Pagoda portray different stages of enlightenment of Buddha. After spending an ample few hours here, you can hike down to the Phewa Lake and enjoy a lazy boat ride. In Nepal, there is no chance to be disheartened. You can have a relaxed time as well as try out all sorts of fun filled activities.

VIETNAM
This utterly exotic country is the epicenter of cultural influences. There is a strong hold of Indian and Hindu culture in the south which can be seen in the Cham temples, spicy regional cuisine with lots of coconut and red chillies. Chinese heritage is more visible in the northern region. In the center you will see the legacy of French colonisation with delicious baguettes and countless road side cafes. For newlyweds, Vietnam is a rewarding beginning. Hoi An, the legendary old port town located in central Vietnam, has everything to suit your needs. There are coral islands just a thirty minute bicycle trip away where you can revitalise your bond with your partner in the midst of alluring seascape.  The white royal pagodas, Hoi An Heritage Area and Marble Mountains are a must for a visual treat. Phu Quoc, a small teardrop island, is an invitation to paradise. It is the largest island in Vietnam consisting of a national park that covers almost seventy percent of the land coverage. The Fine Arts Museum displays modern and contemporary art pieces as well as sculptures of Buddha, Vishnu and other figures dating back to seventh-fourteenth century.   You can finish off your day in the city with your loved one by enjoying a dinner cruise along the Saigon River. Vietnam assures quality vacation with your partner, and you will revel in an unforgettable experience of your life.

CAMBODIA
Located in the southern portion of Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, this country is known for Angkor Wat, an empire of temples and fascinating history. You can begin your honeymoon by visiting the divine temples. After spending a few hours in spiritual devotion, you can head towards the National Museum where you can learn more about Khmer Empire and where shops and restaurants are located. You can then head towards KohRong islands, southwest Cambodia, dotted with exquisite beaches. The most remote, untouched and graceful beaches, perfect for honeymooners, lie here. Sun loving honeymooners can bask on the dazzling white beaches all day and forget the frenzy of city life. You can go fishing, boat cruising and hiking during the day and enjoy a scrumptious candlelit dinner by the sea. Some of the beaches are popular for its photo phosphorescent waters caused by bio-luminescent planktons. Cozy star-gazing by the plankton lit seas is a must to do activity to finish your luxurious day with your loved one.

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