Before plunging into the grind of daily mundane married life the pep up pill is the honeymoon. There are two types of honeymoon – one just after the wedding and another one after completion of first twenty five years. In between a few more honeymoons can be thrown in to savour togetherness.
There is no hard and fast rule about honeymoons – the only need being the sharing between two life partners whether opening chapters or reviewing pages of life, in a close bond of togetherness. The two main factors are togetherness of man and wife and a change of scene.
And what better place for a honeymoon than Rajasthan in the heart of northwestern India reverberating with legends and history and spirituality with the reality of animal life
Rajasthan means rippling sand dunes, the serenade of sarangi players and the maze of palaces in forts where a tuned ear can still hear the gallop of horses, the tinkle of the anklets of exquisite beauties who gave up life rather than honour and see the Bishnois and Meenas guarding the flora and fauna.
It is never too late for two to lose themselves in the intricate twists and turns of shops bursting with mementos and local delicacies. Apart from the desert there is the magnificent lake in Udaipur, the pink city of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal of Alwar, the pilgrim town of Pushkar and the magnificent Jain temples.
Kings no longer rule the roost but the memories and flavours remain that a couple can savour while resting in one of the historical palaces that have been converted into hotels.
Here the amenities are modern – air conditioning, Internet, satellite television, gym, spas and even facilities for local golfing. There are many tour options – desert tours, fort cum palace tours and wild life tours.
There are convenient honeymoon packages to honeymoon in dream cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer among others.
The couple can sign it either in the garden suite or palace suite and be treated to Indian hospitality upon arrival – flowers and welcome drinks.
The suites are fitted with mini bars and facilities include laundry services, going around in bicycle tours playing croquet, table tennis or just star gazing hand in hand while ordering a private dinner in a private grove. There are yoga lessons and ayurvedic spa treatments for the interested.
The best is a bathrobe embroidered with the colours and motifs of the region which one will be tempted to take away together with haunting memories of folk music that linger on long after the honeymoon special takes off for home.