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After a hectic few months gone in wedding preparations, couples finally get some quality time together during their honeymoon. The blissful vacation after tying the knot surrounded by their loved ones is the time to be enjoyed and get to know each other. For many couples it is also the time to go to a place on their travel bucket list and explore it to the fullest. We give you a list of destinations that are worth visiting on your honeymoon and do not cost more than Rs 2 lakh for a couple including airfare, accommodation and food. Also Read - Mann Ki Baat LIVE News And Updates: PM Modi Address to The Nation Amid Lockdown



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Eastern Europe

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A Euro trip is a dream destination on most couples’ list and you can live your dream in less than Rs 2 lakh for a couple. Cover destinations like Vienna, Prague and Budapest by taking a tour of Eastern Europe. And if you think this is a backpacking trip on budget, it’s not. You can stay in budget hotels and enjoy meals in restaurants without having to penny-pinch.

There is a lot to see in Eastern Europe, especially when it comes to architecture. From the statue of St Stephen on a horseback in Budapest to Charles Bridge in Prague and the Opera House in Vienna: you can visit these monuments and admire their style and history. Enjoy local delicacies or stick to Indian restaurants that are aplenty even in Europe. Take a river cruise, enjoy a Hungarian horsemanship show and drink at a local pub on your trip.

A five-night trip to Eastern Europe with return airfare, accommodation and breakfast will cost you about Rs 140,000 approximately. You can add more days or opt to stay in premium hotels if your budget permits. But remember, you will need some money for sightseeing and meals which will take up the cost to nearly Rs 2 lakh.

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Mauritius

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If you both are beach lovers, an ideal honeymoon destination for you is Mauritius. The natural beauty of the place surrounded by the Indian Ocean is simply breathtaking. And if you think Mauritius is all about relaxing on the beach, you are mistaken as there is a lot of sightseeing to be done here.

The three primary places to visit in Mauritius are North Island, South Island and Ile Aux Cerf Island. Within these you have shopping arcades, activities like parasailing, kayaking, etc and visits to monuments like Fort Adelaide, nature parks and even temples. The islands offer a plethora of sightseeing opportunities.

Being a tourist destination, there is no dearth of accommodation options in Mauritius. From luxury resorts to budget hotels, you can find one that fits your pocket. However, you may want to splurge a little since it is your honeymoon. The Oberoi and LUX Belle Marre are ultra-luxurious properties Paradise Cove Beach Hotel and Zilwa Attitude Hotel are slightly cheaper than these while Hotel Cassa Florida and Hotel Le Grand Bleu are decent, affordable options.

A six-night trip to Mauritius with return airfare and accommodation and breakfast will cost you about Rs 145,000 per couple. The fare can go up during peak season and come down in the winter and monsoon. You can also opt to stay in a fancy place like a four or five-star property if you don’t want to stay for a longer duration.

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Maldives

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If you are looking for a relaxing honeymoon where you can take long walks on the beach, sip cocktails and laze around in your room, pick Maldives. The island nation is a beautiful stretch of white sand beaches surrounded by clear blue waters. It is dotted with a number of resorts that are thronged by several tourists every year but even so, you will get ample privacy. For those interested in water sports, you can try activities like surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, etc

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There are a number of resorts you can choose from in Maldives but to truly experience its beauty, opt for a water villa right on the beach with access to the ocean from your room itself. Some resort recommendations include Cocoa Island by COMO, Kurumba and Jumeirah Vittaveli. Note that there isn’t much sightseeing opportunity in Maldives other than the island and resort you stay at as you need to take a speed boat or a seaplane to go to other islands which is pretty expensive. So, this is purely a relaxing honeymoon with romantic dinners and stay in a peaceful location with some activities thrown in.

A three-night stay in a premium hotel in Maldives with meals and return airfare will cost about Rs 1,30,000 and upwards for a couple. You can increase the number of days or opt for a luxury property if your budget permits. The fare is cheaper in winter ie between October to March than in the summer which is from April to June.

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Hong Kong

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If you are a couple who loves to enjoy a city and its glitzy nightlife, you should opt for a honeymoon in Hong Kong. You can even club it with Macau and still be in budget. Macau is known for its casinos and nightlife and also for sightseeing attractions like the Macau Tower, St Paul’s Church, Golden Lotus Square and more. Hong Kong has the famous Victoria Peak that offers a panoramic view of the city and the Repulse Bay Beach and Aberdeen Harbor. Ocean Park is another attraction which is an amusement park or you can visit Hong Kong’s Disneyland too for a day of fun.

A five-night stay in Hong Kong and Macau with return airfare and sightseeing and accommodation will cost about Rs 170,000 per couple. You can stay in standard hotels and spend the rest of the money on trying your luck in a casino.

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Paris

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Paris is considered to be one of the most romantic places to visit and a honeymoon here is certainly a dream come true. The capital of France is known for the Eifel Tower, its museums, cafes and art galleries. It is also the fashion capital and you will find a number of designer stores in the city. If you like all things French, a trip to Paris for your honeymoon is apt and in this budget too. When here, don’t miss its sightseeing monuments like the Alexander Bridge, Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Versailles Palace and its star attraction, the Eifel Tower. Also try the delicious local food at cafes and don’t forget to buy souvenirs of this memorable trip. Thanks to the terror attacks air fares to Paris and cost of accommodation in the city has fallen quite drastically.

A five-night stay in Paris including sightseeing, accommodation and breakfast will cost around Rs 180,000 for a couple.

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Disclaimer: All costs are an approximate figure that can change according to the season you visit in. 

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