Winter's here and if you are planning a cosy romantic holiday with your significant other, we have a special list of destinations you can head to. So give your special person the gift of a shared experience by whisking him/her away to a dreamy destination of love. Here are our top five places to visit for a memorable experience.
Dubbed the Venice of the East, Udaipur is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in India. Nestled between the glassy waters of Lake Pichola and the majestic Aravalli Hills, it is a modern town that retains its old-world charm.
Things To Do: Spend time walking down the winding streets of the old town, visit the royal Udaipur palace, and take a boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola. Dine like royalty at the Taj Lake Palace and capture everlasting memories while watching a stunning sunset from the Sunset Terrace at Fateh Prakash Palace.
Getting There: Fly to the Udaipur Airport which is well-connected to many cities or board a train to the Udaipur Railway Station. If you want to travel by road, Udaipur is well-connected to cities like Delhi (11 hours away) and Jaipur (6 hours away).
Unlike the milling crowds in Goa, Varkala in Kerala is the perfect destination for a quiet romantic vacation. It's a place where the waters are bright blue, the sun a sharp yellow and the palms a deep green.
Things To Do: Trek up the Varkala cliff to get a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea. Carry along some wine to make a toast to your love. Go for a leisurely stroll on the beach at sunrise to see the sky splashed with hues of orange and yellow. Also, visit Ponnumthuruthu Island to explore the fascinating wildlife. The relaxing turquoise blue waters and calm lakes are the perfect abode for migratory birds and wildlife, making it an ideal place to spend the day with your partner.
Getting There: Nearest airport Trivandrum International Airport, located approx 42 km away. Nearest station Varkala Railway Station. By road Varkala is well-connected to major towns and cities in Kerala, such as Trivandrum, Kollam, Kottayam, Thrissur, and Kochi.
Located in the southernmost part of Lakshadweep, Minicoy is straight out of a Mills & Boons story. With azure blue waters, white sand beaches, and vibrant reefs, it is a splendid getaway for all water babies. The best part is that the water is only three to four feet deep for about 2 km.
Things To Do: You can have a romantic walk with your partner under the moonlit sky with only stars and the balmy ocean breeze for company. If you are up for some activity, there are many water sports options too.
Getting There: You can reach Minicoy Island by sea through the ship services from Kochi in Kerala.
Mountains evoke the feeling of love and romance, for they love a loving heart and embrace it with open arms. Nubra valley, situated in the northeastern part of Leh, is one such place. An isolated gem, it is perfect for adventurous lovers. It boasts of the most glorious landscapes in the world, with undulating mountains covered in a palette of colours from pastel pink and pistachio green to mauve.
Things To Do: Go for a camel ride on the unique two-humped Bactrian camel, visit Diskit monastery and get a breathtaking view of the valley. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, hike up to Yarab Tso lake. The mysticism and beauty of the lake and its surroundings are unparalleled.
Getting There: You can be reach Nubra Valley by bus or jeep from Leh, about 150 km away.
Ruskin Bond's abode, Landour, is an offbeat location about an hour's drive from the crowded hill station of Mussoorie. Sitting snugly amongst a canopy of Deodar trees, this small cantonment boasts of pristine natural beauty and a cozy setup perfect for a honeymoon.
Things To Do: Spend time at Lal Tibba, the highest point in Landour, to capture the magnificent landscapes of the Garhwal peaks. Relish some mouthwatering desserts at the Landour Bakehouse, a bakery built in the 1830s. It has an old-world appeal with a rustic ambiance and a spectacular view of the valley. A leisurely walk on the cobbled streets around Ruskin Bond's house is also a beautiful way to spend time with your partner.
Getting There: You can fly to Dehradun and then either hire private vehicles to Landour or take the bus.