The Romantic Face of India – Your top ten love dens in the mystical country
Paris is said to be the most romantic city in the world, the city of love -but before you whip out your passport and plan a trip to France, take a look at the charming secluded spots here, in India. You will love to spend a few special days with the love of your life in these beautiful scenic places. These unspoiled idyllic locations will rekindle your love, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and your hectic work-days. Fall in love again in these amazing romantic getaway spots!
#1 – Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg or Kodagu, known as the Scotland of India, is an entrancing picture of lush green rolling hills, vast stretches of picturesque coffee plantations, sandalwood and teakwood forests, quaint villages and hamlets, all under a climate that remains moderate throughout the year. In keeping with the romantic atmosphere of the entire location, there are many hotels and resorts that offer high-quality accommodations here. Indulge in long walks through the beautiful landscape, go for white water river rafting or trekking. Whisk your beloved off to this place of spice plantations and peaceful hills for a much-needed timeout from your responsibilities.
#2 – Udaipur, Rajashthan
Known as the City of Lakes, this beautiful city boasts of the most beautiful lakes in the country – Lake Pichola, Udai Sagar, Fateh Sagar Lake and Swaroop Sagar. Roam around in the gorgeous City Palace, visit the Gulab Bagh, a rose garden with a library of ancient manuscripts or take a walk among the lotus pools, crystalloid statues and marble fountains in the beautiful gardens of Saheliyon ki Bari. If you get a lakeside hotel, sit with your significant other and watch the sun set behind the Udaipur Palace Complex, the lake awash with the orange rays.
#3 – Havelock Island, Andaman
If you are looking for some serious alone-time with your beloved, without any tourist attractions, this unspoiled island is your ideal choice. With nothing but cool blue waters surrounding you, rejuvenate your senses as well as your relationship under the clear skies. This Andaman Island, four hours from Port Blair, is a sight for sore eyes of city-dwellers. Frolic in the silver white sands and splash around in the clear waters, go scuba diving or take a bike ride down the beach together. In this little island, let it be all about just you and your loved one for a few days.
#4 – Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
For spellbinding views and solitude, head to this sparsely populated land at the extremity of Arunachal Pradesh. As gusts of fresh mountain air shake off the city-cobwebs from your mind, hold your lover’s hand and head to one of the largest and oldest Buddhist monasteries in the country and listen to the resonating chants of the Buddhist monks in prayer. Warm up your chilled bones with delicious momos and thukpas sold in roadside stalls or indulge in the spicy Monpa food. Take walks or go trekking with your beloved and lose yourself in the sheer beauty of this remote unexplored place.
#5 – Jalori Pass, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
If you want to spice things up in your mundane life, go for an adventurous bike ride to Jalori Pass with your significant other. Dubbed as one of the dangerous roads in India, full of winding curves and beautiful panoramic views, it stays closed during winter – opens during the second week of March. If you are planning for a romantic adventure, go with full preparation, and of course, be extremely careful as the roads are full of mud and pebbles and difficult to climb even in first gear. There are many restaurants to keep you fed during the ride.
#6 – Masinagudi, Mudumalai, Nilgiri Hills
For the lovers of wildlife and nature, Masinagudi will call to your very souls. The Masinagudi forest on the Nilgiri Hills is home to many deer, elephants and innumerable birds. Book a wildlife lodge and take part in the safaris organized by the Mudumalai National Park – whether on a jeep or atop a tamed elephant! Visit the elephant camp for a day with the huge mammals, or take a tour through the tea, coffee or pepper plantations with your beloved.
#7 – Khajjiar, Chamba, Himanchal Pradesh
Craving for some snow and a long heart-to-heart under a snuggly blanket? Head to Khajjiar, dubbed as “Mini Switzerland” for its topographical similarity with Switzerland. The snow covered valleys and pine-dotted hills make for a beautiful location to visit with your significant other. Sitting on a small plateau with a picturesque lake with a floating island, this quaint hill-station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, is surrounded by fields and forests. Sip on a cup of hot tea and enjoy the gorgeous view of West Himalayan peaks in the distance with your beloved.
#8 – Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Ah Kashmir! What better place than this for a romantic vacation that this? None, who have once been here, can ever forget the experience – of the great Dal lake, the Shalimar Gardens, NIshat Bagh, Pai Mahal and Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary. In the maze of waterways delight yourself with some offbeat shopping – floating vegetable markets, anyone? The old city of Srinagar will enchant you and the Jhelum River will fill you with awe. Book a houseboat for romantic days indoors and rejuvenate your love in the beautiful flower-laden shikaras on the Dal Lake – nothing can get more romantic!
#9 – Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
If you are the couple who loves monsoon, with its green glory and heavy showers, complete with a cup of tea and snacks, Cherrapunjee is the place to be. This picturesque location on the East Khasi Hills, will soothe your city-worn eyes with its lush green surroundings – explore hidden caves, gaze at great thundering waterfalls and cloud-crested hills. If you are interested in adventurous dates with your lover, Cherrapunjee offers many trekking opportunities as well. Visit the Nongriat village to walk down the double-decker Living Roots Bridge – a breathtaking bridge made by roots of living banyan trees.
#10 – Nashik, Maharashtra
This provincial town on the banks of Godavari has a lot to offer. The more religious, or just curious, can visit Nasik during the Kumbh Mela to witness the biggest religious gathering in the world that takes place every 12 years. You are in luck for the next Kumbh Mela is this year! Nasik also has the famous vineyards that produce Sula wines – the Sula vineyards, which offer a professional wine tour. Enjoy an evening of wine tasting and vineyard tour with your lover, followed by a dinner at a nearbyÂ French restaurant. You can also visit the York vineyards for a wine tour and wine-and-cheese meal at the cafe there.
Whether you are looking for some days alone with your partner away from your kids, or for some adventurous trip with your lover to celebrate your anniversary, consider these beautiful places in India for a memorable vacation! From rolling hills to snow-covered mountains, from cascading waterfalls to expansive lakes, this mystical country has it all. Soak yourself in sunshine in a remote island or mingle with the crowd in religious bathing ghats – India has something to offer for every kind of traveler. So, go ahead and take your lover’s hand and jump headlong into a new adventure somewhere in India!