It’s that time of the year again when we remember Saint Valentine and celebrate romance. It truly is in the air. And the weather provides just the perfect opportunity for some coupling. This time, give your love a breath of fresh air and travel to the top 5 most romantic places to visit in India this year. Some of the destinations in the list are clichés’, but for a reason, some are new discoveries. The solitary ones, fret not, pack your bags, tag your best friend, parent or pet and pick between the many valentine day vacation packages available. Valentine’s Day is not limited to just romance, it is an ode to love, in any form.
A cliché’, reading Srinagar’s name can glaze your eyes. But it is a platitude for a reason, especially for couples in love (married included). The landscape, with its hills and lakes, is awe-inspiring, the vibe is mellow, and during off-season, when the crowds are few and far, you will find romance-evoking corners all across the town. And that is why Srinagar is one of the most romantic places to visit in India. Must recommended this Valentine Day.
Romance meter: 6/10
Things to do: Hold hands and walk by the Dal Lake, stroll through the Shalimar Bagh, visit the old town and sample the bread indigenously baked by kandaars all across the town.
Is actually one of the most romantic places to visit. The best part, it doesn’t fall on the usual radar, and hence has a sense of quiet and privacy. A little away from the crowded Shimla, Mashobra is embraced by cedar and pine forests. Dotted here and there are remnants of colonial architecture reflected in houses and markets. The views of snow-laden Himalyan peaks are uninterrupted, the breeze, a welcome chilly and the mood, very cosy. Take hotel packages that give you the best of the little town and its forests.
Romance meter: 7.5/10
Things to do: Walk hand-in-hand (everywhere, the apple orchards, the little paths in the forests and even the sublime markets), go on village tours, sample the fruit wine, watch sunrise, or bond over treks.
Think the movie, Lamhe (remember the lovely romance between Anil Kapoor and Sridevi?). Think bonfire under starry skies, think camel rides together into nothingness and think a couple with only the mysterious, quiet of the desert for company. If that doesn’t make up for a sexy, alone time for couple, then there’s also the lure of the exotic Rajasthan. It is as quintessential as it gets here.
Romance meter: 8/10
Things to do: Private dinner on the sand dunes, camel rides, fort visits, view sun set and sun rise from the dessert, dune bashing.
It wouldn’t be fair, but Udaipur is closest to the pristine and lake-filled beauty of Queenstown in New Zealand. And that is why it is considered one of the most romantic places in India for honeymoon. Lakes till eyes can see with rolling hills provide a perfect picture postcard backdrop to love. Choose resort packages that let you experience the beauty of the landscape to the maximum.
Romance meter: 9/10
Things to do: Stare into the eyes of the beloved from the balcony of resort, with silent lakes for company, romantic boat rides, outdoor dinners, shopping.
Well, who wouldn’t want to be stranded on a slow-moving boat with that special someone? The Alleppey backwaters promise just that. It’s a different world, the land, people on the shore and their lives passing you by as time stops on the houseboats in Alleppey.
Romance meter: 8.5/10
Things to do: Hold hands on a moving boat with just the two of you, visit villages dotting the shoreline, sun bathe, fishing, sample local food, moonlit dinner.