12 International Destinations For A Honeymoon On Budget

A honeymoon straight out of a fairy tale is something every lovestruck couple dreams of. But alas, with big fat Indian weddings being an extravagant (and equally expensive) affair, not everyone is left with the cash for a fancy honeymoon.

No wonder most couples have to big adieu to their dreams and settle for a run of the mill honeymoon in Goa or Shimla. We are not saying these destinations are bad, it’s just that who wouldn’t want to sail abroad to a whole new country for their honeymoon? That’s why, we bring to you a list of 12 exciting international destinations which you can visit for your honeymoon on the same budget as a trip to Goa, as long as you plan in advance and go easy on the shopping!

1. Thrilling Thailand

Let’s start with the most sought after honeymoon destination among Indians. Thailand is a budget holidaymakers dream. But don’t let the fact that it is cheap fool you into thinking it isn’t any good. From pristine sandy beaches to exotic spa treatments for couples, Thailand has it all! If the two of you like adventure sports, there is so much you can do here. With romantic resorts for every budget, this South East Asian tourist haven won’t disappoint you.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 60,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

James Bond Island, Thailand
Image Source: Michael Kafka (Flickr)

2. Magnificent Mauritius

Want a memorable honeymoon? Mauritius should be your first choice! Beaches here are like no other with pearly white sand and crystal clear waters. And unlike other places, they are far from crowded, giving you ample secluded places to enjoy some private time with your spouse. Also in store for you are engaging water sports, pulsating nightlife and rejuvenating spas!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 80,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: Jérémy Bourgouin (Flickr) 

3. Beautiful Bhutan

The happiest country in the world makes for a happy honeymoon! If the two of you lovebirds seek history, culture, nature and bliss, look no further than our next door neighbour, Bhutan. Trust us, the land of the thunder dragon, ancient temples, fortresses, monasteries and museums will leave you enchanted. And when you are done with that, the colourful weekend markets brimming with souvenirs to take home will have you jumping with joy!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 70,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan
Image Source: V.Kovac (Flickr)

4. Stunning Singapore

If it’s the cityscapes that excite you, Singapore is for you. A modern day wonderland, Singapore has beautiful skylines, museums, man-made nature walks and the best of all, Disneyland! Spend the day idling around town and spend the night pub hopping. If you love seafood, don’t miss Singapore’s famed chili crabs at any cost!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 70,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: Anthony Kernich (Flickr)

5. Marvellous Malaysia

Malaysia is truly the best of Asia! A melange of cultures, Malaysia will captivate you with its lush green landscapes, tropical rainforests, tranquil beaches and awe inspiring underwater world. While there are too many places to list worth visiting in Malaysia, you mustn’t miss the Langkawi islands. These picturesque exotic islands have been featured in plenty of Bollywood movies and will take your breath away!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 70,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Perhentian Islands – Malaysia
Image Source: Yesper (Flickr)

6. Heartwarming Hong Kong

This former British colony is a vibrant honeymoon destination known for its contemporary cityscape and delightful lifestyle. Why visit this tourist haven for your special vacation for two? The reasons are plenty – Disneyland, Ocean Park, Wet Land Park, Victoria’s Peak, Lantau Island and of course, Macau! But it’s not all beaches and entertainment. There is plenty of culture to soak in too, with many famous temples and monasteries worth visiting.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 90,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: Demis de Haan (Flickr) 

7. Kaleidoscopic Kenya

You wouldn’t have thought that the exotic land of Kenya will be on this list but you’d be surprised to know that barring airfare, this place is pretty inexpensive. If the two of you are wildlife enthusiasts, you’d love Kenya! And even if you aren’t, you can still have a once in a lifetime experience enjoying beautiful sand beaches with turquoise and clear water, and treading along thrilling nature walks. Best part of course is exploring Africa’s vibrant culture!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 100,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Giraffes with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background
Image Source: Jalil Arfaoui (Flickr) 

8. Enchanting Egypt

Since we are talking of exotic honeymoon destinations, Egypt is worth mentioning. If you lovebirds share a fascination for history, the enigmatic Egypt awaits you. Besides the mysterious pyramids which conjure up images of a glorious past, a night under the starlit sky as part of a desert safari will have you two falling in love with each other all over again. Besides the bustle of Cairo, do pay a visit to Sharm El Sheikh and bask in its azure glory.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 100,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Image Source: A.Baibars (Flickr) 

9. Tantalizing Turkey

Looking for a not so obvious honeymoon destination on a budget? Turkey can be a great option! From its turquoise blue beaches to its plentiful historic sites, you will never be bored. A must on your itinerary is Istanbul which is an idyllic blend of ancient history and modern day revelry. And do not miss a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia while holding hands and together bask in the beauty of natural rock formations all around.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 100,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Balloons at dawn in Cappadocia
Image Source: Alessio Andreani (Flickr) 

10. Charismatic Cambodia

Cambodia isn’t an obvious choice for a honeymoon, but trust us, it is totally worth it! The land of affordable luxury has plenty to offer – from breath-taking tropical islands to mesmerising landscapes. Want an experience like no other? How about an island to yourself, that too on a budget? Only in Cambodia you can find affordable private islands to enjoy some private time with your loved one.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 70,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: world4photos (Flickr)

11. Scintillating Sri Lanka

Not too far from the southernmost tip of India lies a little piece of heaven called Sri Lanka. What makes it so special, you ask? Enchanting places to discover everywhere – ancient temples in the Cultural Triangle, tea plantations in Ceylon, tranquil beaches in Tangalle, a colonial hangover in Galle, wildlife safari in Yala National Park, and the bustle of city life in Colombo. Need another reason to pack your bags?

How much would it cost?
Under INR 80,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
Image Source: Joshua Paul Shefman (Flickr)

12. Mesmerizing Maldives

Finally, another beach honeymoon destination that will take your breath away and transport you to paradise is Maldives. With its white sands, azure blue waters and secluded beaches, you two will have plenty of alone time. The experience of watching the tides glow in the night sky at the Vaadhoo Island will be permanently etched in your memories. And when you find time, explore the colourful capital city of Malé and indulge in some touristy sightseeing hand in hand.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 90,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: Petr Melnikov (Flickr)

Hope you newlyweds (and soon to be newlyweds) find our little guide helpful in planning that much awaited international honeymoon you always dreamt of, without cashing out your life savings. Now stop reading and start packing!

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