OT Wedding Wednesday: Top Hill Stations For A Magical Destination Wedding In India

From Shimla, the British summer capital, to Kalimpong, a beautiful city on an ancient trade route, find out the best destinations for a magical wedding in India
A newly-wed couple in the hills
A newly-wed couple in the hillsShutterstock

The ideal wedding destination should include picturesque locales, romantic weather, and a getaway that makes everything memorable. Hill stations offer all this and more in India, making them perfect for a magical wedding. Among these, hill stations stand out as some of the most enchanting spots to tie the knot. From breathtaking views to serene environments, these elevated paradises provide a perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding. Here’s a look at the top hill stations in India in a seamless blend of offbeat gems and major destinations that are ideal for an unforgettable wedding celebration.

Mussoorie

A look at the beautiful Mussoorie
A look at the beautiful MussoorieShutterstock

Mussoorie, often referred to as the "Queen of the Hills," is a popular wedding destination due to its stunning vistas and charming atmosphere. Overlooking the Doon Valley and surrounded by lush green hills, Mussoorie is a perfect mix of natural beauty and colonial charm, featuring settings like Mall Road, Camel's Back Road, and the majestic Kempty Falls. The town's numerous luxury hotels and resorts offer excellent wedding packages, ensuring a memorable celebration amidst its picturesque landscapes. Notably, the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa provides an ideal backdrop for inspiring weddings with extensive outdoor venues and a grand ballroom accommodating up to 350 guests. Similarly, the Jaypee Residency Manor, another luxury property in Mussoorie, offers a noteworthy venue with 134 rooms, enhancing the town's appeal as a premier wedding destination in Uttarakhand.

Mahabaleshwar

The beautiful Lingmala Waterfall of Mahabaleshwar
The beautiful Lingmala Waterfall of MahabaleshwarShutterstock

Located in the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is an unconventional yet stunning choice for a wedding destination. It is renowned for its strawberry farms, misty hills, and pleasant climate. The serene and intimate setting, adorned with lush greenery, vibrant flora, and stunning viewpoints such as Arthur's Seat and Wilson Point, serves as a picturesque backdrop for wedding photographs. Couples can exchange vows amidst the tranquillity of nature, with options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Local resorts and hotels offer top-notch facilities and services to ensure a flawless wedding experience. Mahabaleshwar is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune. The Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa is one of the venues available, set amidst pristine evergreen forests and featuring breathtaking lawns accommodating 100 to 400 guests, along with charming indoor venues for smaller functions.

Kalimpong

The Coronation Bridge of Kalimpong
The Coronation Bridge of KalimpongShutterstock

Kalimpong is an offbeat gem in the Eastern Himalayas and offers a unique and tranquil setting for a wedding. It is less crowded than its popular neighbours, Darjeeling and Gangtok, and boasts stunning views of the Teesta River and lush green valleys. The colonial architecture and serene ambience of Kalimpong, which has been the setting of many great films, provide a picturesque backdrop for wedding ceremonies. The town's orchid gardens and panoramic Himalayan vistas make for breathtaking wedding photographs. Kalimpong's peaceful environment ensures a private and intimate celebration, making it a perfect offbeat wedding destination. The Mayfair Himalayan Spa Resort in Kalimpong offers sweeping views of majestic snow-clad mountains and enchanting hills draped in sage and emerald green, providing an exquisite environment for a memorable wedding experience. Imagine exchanging vows amidst picture-perfect lawns dotted with chairs and tables sheltered by sunshades. Additionally, Fortune Resort Kalimpong is another gorgeous venue in the area, perfect for hosting wedding functions at affordable prices.

Shimla

Christ Church at The Ridge in Shimla after the first snow
Christ Church at The Ridge in Shimla after the first snowShutterstock

Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is a popular hill station that served as the summer capital of British India. Due to its dreamy landscape and locales, it is a sought-after wedding destination. The iconic Christ Church, the majestic Himalayan backdrop, Annandale and the Lodge, and the charming streets of Shimla create a fairy-tale-like atmosphere. Many luxury hotels and resorts offer customised wedding packages, ensuring a seamless and memorable celebration. A wedding at The Oberoi Cecil will provide just that for couples who want to experience Shimla with a colonial charm. This heritage hotel, which was extremely popular during the days of the Raj, is perfect for intimate celebrations. The Ridge and Mall Road provide stunning venues for wedding photography, enhancing the allure of a Shimla wedding. Couples can choose from various venues to celebrate their special day, making Shimla an ideal wedding location with its blend of natural beauty and historical charm.

Ooty

The Ooty Mountain Railway in Ooty
The Ooty Mountain Railway in OotyShutterstock

Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a prominent hill station in the Nilgiri Hills and perfect for hosting magical weddings. Ooty is renowned for its pleasant climate, tea gardens, and stunning landscapes and provides a serene and picturesque wedding backdrop. The Botanical Gardens, Ooty Lake, and charming colonial architecture further enhance the allure of this hill station as a wedding destination. Ooty's well-appointed resorts and hotels offer excellent services, ensuring a seamless and memorable wedding experience. The lush greenery and beautiful flowers in Ooty create a fairy-tale wedding setting. The colonial charm of The Savoy Hotel provides an unforgettable experience, making Ooty an ideal and romantic choice for weddings.

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