Top 5 Romantic Holiday Destinations in India
Welcome to India
Apart from its bountiful natural beauty, rich flora and fauna, India has a rich amalgamation of various cultures and heritage; making it one of the most favored holiday destinations among world travelers. Inspite of the economic slowdown worldwide, in 2012 India earned 18 billion dollars from more than 7 million foreign visitors. Till November, 2013 India's FEE(Foreign Exchange Earning) increased by around 7.3% if compared to November, 2012. Despite this influx of foreign visitors every year, very few regard India as an ideal place for romantic getaways and honeymoon destination because of its supposedly conservative environment. Nevertheless, India can boast of some really gorgeous and stunning locales that can make it one of the most sought-after Romantic Holiday Destinations of the world.
What does two people in love want from a perfect romantic vacation they desire to spend with each other? Coziness, solitude, peace, serenity and of course a lot of passion. They want a perfect vacation that will leave them speechless and craving for more. The exquisite happiness that they receive leaves a permanent impression on their minds which they want to cherish even after many years.
There are many such romantic getaways in India. Barring a few, I have traveled to almost all of them with my husband. Here I will discuss my top 5 favorite romantic tourist destinations in India that should never be given a miss.
The very name Agra is associated with Taj Mahal, the greatest symbol of love of a husband for his wife on Earth. Agra has a topmost priority in the itinerary of a foreign visitor to India. The Taj Mahal, which is among the Seven Wonders of the World is an architectural marvel in itself. This white marble mausoleum was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took nearly 22 years to complete this exquisite piece of architecture and once complete, it was famous for its unparalleled beauty. Till date people flock from near and far to witness its grandeur, to witness an example of the power of love that knew no limits. It is said that nothing can be more beautiful than the radiating white beauty of Taj Mahal on a moonlit night.
Apart from Taj Mahal, Agra boasts of other brilliant specimens of architecture like Agra Fort, Fahtehpur Sikri and many other important architectural splendor of the Mughal period. For those who are truly, deeply and madly in love with each other, a visit to Agra is must.
When to visit: Any time of the year.
How to reach: Agra is 200 kilometers away from Delhi, the capital of India and can be reached easily via road or railway from Delhi.
Where to stay: The Oberoi Amarvillas, ITC Mughal, The Grand Imperial, Hotel Taj Resorts and many more.
Thinking of going to Thailand for an exclusive beach holiday, why not visit Havelock Islands. This particular island is situated in the Andaman Islands and is well known for clear blue waters and white sand beaches. When many of the top Southeast Asian beaches have become over-crowded and commercialized, Havelock has retained its tranquility and laid back life.
The gem of Havelock Island is Radhanagar Beach which is rated as Asia's most beautiful beach destination by the TIME magazine in 2004. The blue sky and crystal clear water of this particular beach is excellent for scuba diving and snorkeling and the forest in the backdrop provides excellent options for some jungle trekking. Those who want to bask in the golden sun and want a good swim Havelock Isand is an ideal beach destination for them. Apart from Radhanagar beach, Elephant beach and Vijayanagar beach are equally beautiful.
When to visit: From middle of January to middle of May.
How to reach: Ferries commute daily from Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Where to stay: Barefoot Resort, Wild Orchid Resort, Symphony Palms Beach Resort and many more.
Have you ever dreamt of spending days after days wandering in a lazy lagoon in a beautiful houseboat? Well your search ends in Kerala. Alappuzha also known as Alleppey is located in Kerala is the Venice of East for its miles of meandering backwaters. Beautiful wooden houseboats cruise through numerous water channels showcasing in front of you a perfect picture of rustic life in the shades of coconut trees away from the hustle bustle of the city life. If both of you are looking for some seclusion from the rest of the world, then you should definitely visit Alappuzha and board on a houseboat for an endless journey of love and fond memories.
Apart from beautiful backwaters, Alleppey also has some beautiful golden beaches like Marari beach and Alleppey beach to offer you. Also if you plan a trip to Alleppey try not to miss the Snake Boat Race which occur in the month of August.
When to visit: September to March.
How to reach: There is a good road and railway connectivity from Cochin.
Where to stay: Citrus Retreats Alleppey, The World Backwaters, The Park On Vembanad Lake.
Ever thought of spending your romantic days in ultimate comfort, luxury, pomp and grandeur? Ever thought of living the life of famous Rajasthani kings and queens of the past? Well Udaipur will definitely give you that opportunity. Enjoy an exotic honeymoon in the midst of beautiful palaces, blue lakes waters, landscaped gardens and quaint little hillocks. Apart from putting stay in one of the beautiful palaces turned heritage hotels, you can also check out the splendid Udaipur City Palace, built on Lake Pichola. It is one of the most beautiful palace in entire Rajasthan. In fact, the palace itself hosts numerous palaces, gardens and museums.
Apart from Udaipur City Palace you can also visit Fahteh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Nehru Garden and many more.
When to visit: September to March.
How to reach: The city is well-connected to numerous big cities like Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai.
Where to stay: The Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, The Oberoi Udaivillas, The Leela Palace and many more.
To quote Jahangir, the famous Mughal Emperor of India, "If there is Paradise on Earth, it is here, it is here, it is here". The magnificent snow peaks, the lush green meadows and the gentle slopes makes the topography of Gulmarg simply breathtaking. Gulmarg is located in the Baramullah District of Jammu and Kashmir. In winter Gulmarg becomes an excellent skiing resort.Deep powdery snow makes Gulmarg an excellent skiing destination. In summer months Gulmarg also has excellent golfing facilities. Gulmarg's high altitude golf-course is one of the best golf courses of the world.
3995 meters long Gondola ride of Gulmarg is its another major attraction. You will definitely get a bird's eye view of the entire topography and distant hills of Pakistan administered Kashmir.
When to visit: For golfing purpose visit during summer months and for skiing purpose the best time to visit Gulmarg is from November to February.
How to reach: Gulmarg is easily reached by car from Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
Where to stay: Budget accommodation is available in The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, The Vintage Gulmarg, Hotel Pine Spring and ,many more.
Which is your favorite romantic destination in India?
Apart from the above mentioned places, you can also take a look at the tourist destinations mentioned below:
- Darjeeling, a quaint little hill town with a British colonial past and beautiful tea gardens in the lap of the mighty Himalayas.
- Goa, a very well-known and happening beach destination in West India, popular among party-goers.
- Coorg, a beautiful hill resort of South India famous for its tea gardens and coffee gardens.
- Puducherry, better known as Pondicherry was French colony in the past, now famous for its beaches, French architecture and culture that still prevails there.
- Lakshwadeep Atolls, north of Maldives, famous for its azure blue sky, transparent green waters and spectacular underwater coral reefs.
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© 2014 Deblina Banerjee