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An Indian honeymoon: Rajasthan to The Andaman Islands

The colors of India await you on this tempting tropical journey through West India’s hidden jewels, that finishes down south on an island paradise like no other. This two-week honeymoon from heaven will surprise and revive you. Our experts have handpicked the best parts of unseen Rajasthan and beautiful Bay of Bengal to bring a 14-day trip that excites and exudes luxury and culture, all wrapped up in a perfect package. Spend your first week exploring the colorful sides to Western India, from fairytale temples and legendary forts to spotting leopards on the doorstep of an exclusive luxury camp in the wilderness. After a whirlwind week of culture and adventure, relax and unwind in the most intimate spot on the Bay of Bengal’s Havelock Island, Jalakara. Your exclusive resort in the jungle hillside is the ideal romantic hideaway in such a vibrant country. This land of color, heat and spice creates a perfect mix for a romantic honeymoon that you’ll remember for years to come.

Unwind in Udaipur

Where better to start your honeymoon than in Udaipur, the most romantic city in India. Set on the glistening Lake Pichola, take a boat ride out to absorb the majestic beauty of the city’s ornate palaces and temples from afar, before getting lost in the bustling bazaars along cobbled streets. This colorful city will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired, ready to embrace all that your journey brings. Stay at Devi Garh, surrounded by lush green fields and steeped in ornate marble décor that makes for a very special and intimate experience.

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Journey from Udaipur to Jawai, passing endless mountain ranges as you go. The Aravalli is particularly spectacular, and forms a perfect backdrop for your road trip. After visiting the Channukha Temples on route, your next stop is Jawai Leopard Camp, your exclusive luxury safari camp in stunning remote wilderness. It’s time to spot beautiful leopards day and night on this part of your honeymoon, bringing you closer to nature in the most unique way. Whilst the leopard is the star of the show, sloth bears, antelope and the Indian wolf also share this pleasant wilderness of rocky outcrops and farmland. Learn of the local Habari herdsmen who have called this area home for centuries over picnic lunches in exotic locations.

Explore Jodhpur’s hidden gems

From Jawai to Jodhpur, arrive in the home of the mighty Meherangarh Fort. A spectacle in itself that stands 393ft tall overlooking this Blue City, you’ll be mesmerised by its grandeur and beauty as you look down upon miniature azure cubes from its stony walls that encase delicately latticed palaces. A tour of the Old City, winding through streets to find the best crafts and antiques, will take you worlds away from home. Stay at Raas Jodhpur, the only luxury hotel within the Old City, meaning complete exclusivity to the hidden gems on your doorstep. This ultra modern masterpiece contrasts delightfully with the Fort towering over you.

It’s time to journey south to Chennai on a short flight via the buzzing Mumbai. Often overshadowed by its southern rivals, Chennai retains some of the most vibrant and charming neighborhoods. On your fleeting overnight stay here, learn about South Indian traditions and religions that are still around today, and evident in the city’s makeup.

And relax…

After indulging in the most unique cultural and natural heritages of India, it’s time to totally unwind and reflect on what has come, and what is still to come. Fly from Chennai to Port Blair, your gateway to paradise and capital of the Andaman Islands. Your home for the next five nights is Jalakara, a luxury hideaway built on the site of an old banana plantation, on the secluded island of Havelock. Literally translating as ‘the source,’ Jalakara’s heavenly resort is the perfect source of rejuvenation, intimacy and pure luxury.

Spend your days here lounging by the Ozone infinity pool, sipping on cocktails and tasting the freshest local fruits, before an even more relaxing massage treatment at the in-house spa. Catch some essential vacation sun before embarking on a tour of the island archipelago, spotting birdlife and aquatic life to your heart’s content. This part of the trip focuses entirely on you, and the freedom to make of it exactly what you desire. The natural beauty of India surrounds you and envelops you. This is a honeymoon like no other…

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