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You will be spoilt for choice when picking a holiday destination for two — the world is full of romantic locations and hideaways. Why not make India one of them? The mix of interesting culture and stunning scenery is sure to satisfy all tastes, whether you are a foodie, a history buff, or simply want a room with a view.

Why India is Ideal for a Romantic Getaway

1. Patnitop, Jammu


Jammu's own hill station, Patni Top is located at 6,640 feet, the highest point along the Jammu-Srinagar road. If you wish, there are rental ponies, and most places can be reached by car. Chinar Garden, Picnic Spot (with swings and slides) and Skating Garden are the three must see places in the standard itineraries. Take a trip to Patnitop for some solitude and to enjoy the breathtaking views of Chenab Gorge and its pines!

There are two excursions from Patnitop: one to Madha Top, the ridge in front of Patnitop, and the other to Sanasar, a meadow covered with grass and fir trees, with the nickname of mini Gulmarg. Sanasar is a center for various adventure activities, including paragliding and jungle camps. Nag Temple in Ishadhari is located within Patnitop.

Just outside of Patnitop is Shudh Mahadev ka Pahad. A little further away is Mantalai, with its apple and citrus orchards. Near Mantalai, Krimchi is the site of the oldest temples in the Jammu region. Patnitop is one of the few areas that receives snowfall in winter. In winter, there is a thin layer of snow that covers Patnitop, thin, but enough for enterprising locals who run a ski school, strictly for beginners with options of sledges, snowmen and snowball fights!

Bhaderwah is a green valley at 80 Kms from Batote and 162 Kms from Katra and more than 200 kilometers from Jammu. Bhaderwah has been compared to the Kashmir valley for its scenic splendor and is also called Chota Kashmir. The high parts of Bhaderwah have fine alpine meadows such as Jai, Padri, Seoj Dhar

2. Agra, Uttar Pradesh


Most people have heard of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but few people know why it was first built. In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan, passed away. Shah Jahan was distraught and commissioned the building of an enormous, ivory-white marble shrine on the south bank of the Yamuna River — the Taj Mahal. The tribute to his lost love took 22 years to build and he was buried beside her after his death.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the architecture of the mausoleum is awe-inspiring, with precious and semi-precious stones set in the marble. The Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore described the Taj Mahal as the teardrop on the cheek of time and it serves as a reminder of how enduring love can be.

There is no shortage of places to stay in Agra, from budget hostels to the 5-star hotels. Do some hunting online and you will be able to find lots of mid-range hotels that offer a comfortable stay in a beautifully furnished room. If you really want to treat yourselves, why not choose an opulent hotel suite or a luxurious air-conditioned tent?

3. Darjeeling, Bengal


In the afternoon we took a taxi to the Howrah train station on the other side of the river and at 5:30 pm we left. We slept in the train and at 6:00 we arrived at the New Jalpaiguri station about 5 km from Siliguri.

The contrast with the damp heat of the rest of Eastern Bengal and the congested streets of its capital is striking. The 3 options have as base camp the same city of Siliguri. It is the place from where the shared jeep or the toy train will take you to Darjeeling. This small blue train travels along a very narrow track and drags a handful of wagons with an old locomotive that goes from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, crossing plains, mountains, old bridges and mysterious towns.

I like trains. One day, I would like to travel aboard one of these mythical trains that are the Orient Express, the Trans-Siberian or the Palace on Wheels that I saw in Jaisalmer station. While waiting for more lenient finances, it had been a few weeks since I had been hoping to discover this Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Starting from New Jalpaiguri, in the plains of West Bengal, the train passes through Chunabhatti, crosses the iron bridge over the Mahananda river and arrives at the Rangtong station. From there, the train faces slopes of almost 60 meters, passes through scented tea fields and arrives at the Agony Point, where you can admire the most beautiful views of the route.

As the train climbs, the landscapes change, it begins to get colder and also change the physical characteristics of the inhabitants, who in this area have Nepalese ancestry. Then you arrive at the Rangtang station, which has a privileged view of forests and hillsides, and a few kilometers further on, the train crosses a high valley with a landscape full of mountains, which are becoming closer.

The Tindharia station also receives the train. This was an old place where the tourists stopped to take the magnificent local tea, admiring the extensive vision of the mountains. Then the most dangerous and mysterious section of the route wait for the travelers, a point surrounded by mountains of stones in which the train must go of reverse by a road that has angles in zig zag.

After having enjoyed the adrenaline, you reach the Gayabari station, at 1040 meters above sea level. Later the toy train crosses the areas of Mahanadi, Giddapahar and Kurseong, a charming mountain town. To reach Tung, the next destination, travelers will cross small forests of pear, cherry, maples and cardamom plants.

At this point, Tibetan monks start walking with their colorful robes, and we reach the protected forest of Senchal, which displays its thousand-year-old oaks, orchids and magnolias so that everyone can enjoy them. Further up the mountain, the view of the Himalayas invades the senses and then you reach the Ghoom station.

Ghum is at over 2,200 meters high, which is the highest in India and the second in the world. Upon leaving Ghoom, the tracks descend as you approach Darjeeling and pass through the Batasia Loop, where you can visit some Buddhist monasteries or gompas.

Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. There is a War memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947.

It is 5 km from Darjeeling, below Ghoom. The view of Mount Kanchenjunga is mesmerizing from this point in clear sky. Finally, the small toy train, which seemed fragile, leaves its passengers in the final station after a journey almost all day.

Everything pleases me. The beautiful blue color of the cars, the shovels of coal that feed the engine, the quiet rhythm of this mastodon on rail and his chu-chu snoring. We like Kalimpong by the contrast it offers with our previous stop to see Lamahatta in the middle of nowhere.

Welcome to Darjeeling. Here the air is pure, the clouds wind between the peaks and the deep red robes of the monks remind you that Tibet is not far. Darjeeling is located in the border with Nepal, which in your guide Lonely Planet guide appears as West Bengal. The normal thing is that tourists (travelers, nomads or whatever you want to define) arrive in Darjeeling from Calcutta, Varanasi or Nepal.

The next day in the morning we went to the viewpoint of Bhaun Bhakta Sarani, near Chowrasta Square, from where we could see for the first time the Kangchendzonga surrounded by clouds. It is at 8,598 m and is the highest peak in India and 3rd in the world, after Everest at 8,848 m (Nepal) and K2 at 8,611 m (Pakistan). At dawn the sky is clearer than in the afternoon, which is usually cloudy.

Chowrasta area is the upper part of the city since Darjeeling is on a hillside. This is where are all the movies are shot, backpackers, shops, cafes in the British colonial style and everything you need. Mahakal Temple is on a hill top is one of the greatest spots in Darjeeling to observe the panoramic views of the mountains.

The Observatory Hill is located at the Mall area and is encircled at its bottom by the Mall Road. As you walk along the Mall road, you will see this steep hill rising on one side. And Mahakal market is just beside.

However, it's not too high. It takes about 15 minutes of uphill walk to reach to the top. While the walk may be tiring, the rewards are awesome. As you take the Mall road from the right side of Chowrasta Mall, about 100 yards away you will find flights of stairs that lead towards the Observatory Hill and the Mahakal Temple.

Then we walked to the Japanese Pagoda of Peace, one of the more than 70 pagodas built around the world, by the Japanese Buddhist organization Nipponzan Myohoji.

From there we go to Ghoom, a village 6 km from Darjeeling where we visited the Buddhist monastery Yiga Choling Gompa. The biggest tourist attraction in Darjeeling, apart from Kanchenjunga is Tea. If it did not matter to me to seem perfectly pedantic, I would say that order a Darjeeling tea on the terrace of a cafe will never be the same again.

If you want to treat yourself to a tea in the best hotel in Darjeeling for honeymoon, you can do it at the Mayfair or Windamere Hotel. It is a British colonial house converted into hotel with several rooms where tea is served with pasta, sandwiches and all the paraphernalia nourished with noodles.

The harsh reality catches up with us. To see the sun rise, one must be awake before him. It is thus wrapped up and still numb by the sleep that we reach Tiger Hill (2,590m). One of those icy mornings that make your cheeks rosy and venerate the inventor of mittens. The place is not secret and it is surrounded by dozens of people that we expect the darkness to dissipate.

Around 5 am, the sky is adorned with pastel colors and the snowy peaks start to shine. It seems that the row of vertices in front of us draws a Buddha lying on the horizon. It even seems that it is Everest that we see in the distance. And yes, it is not very close and let us not forget that its neighbors Janu, Lhotse and Makalu also border the 8000 meters of altitude.

4. Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh


Often referred to as the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh, Lambasingi awaits with its fog-covered forests and the rustic and classical landscape of the Indian villages. Enjoy the glow of intoxication in Lambasingi when the clouds descend to the earth, redrawing the mountain lines every day in the act of hugging and departing continuously. Walk the blessed paths that seem to merge into oblivion, making each step an acute existential experience.

5. Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh


Undeniably of Indian DNA and so unknown, Andhra Pradesh is a vast territory southeast of India. From the pristine beaches of Visakhapatnam to the calm waters of Dindi, from the beautiful Araku Valley to the caves of Borra, with an age of more than one million years, are some of its main tourist destinations. The Penna River as it passes through the town of Gandikota, is known as the Grand Canyon of India.

The ruins of the Gandikota fort tell its story that dates from the 12th century in the area of ​​the Gandikota canyon and the beautiful temple of Madhavaraya, surrounded by big canyons and arid landscapes. 300 kilometers away from the temple of Gandikota is the city ​​of Hampi in Karnataka with the Virupaksha temple, the Lotus Mahal and the Hemakuta hills.

In Anantapur you can enjoy the Ganesh Park, popularly known as Cheruvukatta, with its temples on the banks of the Ananthsagar in the old part of the city. The Anantapur clock tower, which is located in the heart of the city and remembers the days of independence, is also well known. One of the areas most visited by tourists are the ruins and the temple of Lepakshi, which is a must for almost everyone who arrives in the city.

And those who enjoy the caves, can see the Belum Caves (natural caves) about 15 kilometers from Tadipatri, or the Batrepalli waterfalls, near kadiri, although they only carry water in the rainy season.

6. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh


Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Horsley Hills is a picturesque hill town located at 1,290 meters above sea level. The city is very close to the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary and you can also find the Sambhar deer early in the morning if you are lucky. The city was discovered by the British in the mid- nineteenth century and then became a summer retreat.

The Horsley Hills are famous for their picturesque surroundings and dense vegetation. One can also enjoy adventure sports activities such as Zorbing in Horsley Hills. Go to Horsley hill museum, Mallamma Temple and Highview point view to enjoy the serene beauty of the hills.

Why India is Ideal for a Romantic Getaway

7. Hampi, Karnataka


Hampi is a small town north of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra river, and it is one of those places where you feel at ease as soon as you arrive. Hampi is located about 300 km from Bangalore. Hampi is often called the city of ruins, and some of them are listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hampi has thousands of large rock formations, polished stones that seem to lie with their perfect forms, all distributed between kilometers and kilometers of palm trees and rice terraces.

Hampi is located literally among the ruins of Vijayanagara, the ancient capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Still today it is an important religious center, and the Virupaksha temple is a clear exponent, since important Hindu ceremonies are held continuously. The numerous Dravidian temples of the Vijayanagara Empire made it one of the largest medieval cities of the time after Beijing.

It was said to be so prosperous and beautiful that it attracted numerous merchants and travelers from other parts of the world. On the banks of the Tungabhadra River, along almost 26 square kilometers, we find today more than 1,600 remains of what was one of the most important cities of India until the sultans of the Deccan occupied and destroyed it.

All of Hampi's visitable ruins are scattered about 36 square kilometers, so it is essential to have some kind of vehicle to visit it completely. Located on the south bank of the Tungabhadra River and in a spectacular enclave, stands the oldest (and main) temple of Hampi is the Sri Virupaksha adorned with sculptures that represent gods and other divine and celestial beings, in addition to a lot of erotic figures, related to fertility rites.

In front of the Virupaksha temple is a street with old pavilions on both sides of it. It is Hampi Bazaar. To the north of Sri Virupaksha is a hill with steps called Hemakuta Hill, an excellent place to glimpse all the ruins that are in this area and, if you can, see the sunrise or sunset. The largest temples, Saasivekaalu Ganesha and Kadalekalu, are found on the side of the hill.

Mahanavami Dibba is a ceremonial enclosure built by King Krishnadevaraya to commemorate the victory over Udaigiry. Vittala Temple is the symbol of Hampi. When you get to this area you have to walk about 2 km to reach the temples. If you do not want to walk there are some carts.

One of the most striking elements within the complex of the Vijaya Vittala Temple is a sanctuary in the shape of a stone car (one of the three most famous in India) pulled by elephants and dedicated to Garuda. Inside the temple, which stands out for its elegance and grandiosity are some curious musical pillars. They say that each of them emits a different rhythmic sound when hit with a sandalwood stick.

One of the most different palaces in the entire Hampi complex is the Lotus Mahal. This building is located inside the Zenana Enclosure, used by women of royalty for recreational activities. In the center of Hampi is Matanga Hill, the best place to watch the sunset. Considered one of the five sacred lakes of India, Lake Pampa Sarovar is located south of the Tungabhadra River.

If you have more time (and desire) you can make an excursion to the other side of the river, where there are several temples, although they are not as beautiful like the Hanuman Temple. You will have to climb 572 steps to get to the top but you will enjoy incredible views of Hampi.

Achyutaraya Temple is one of the most imposing and striking. Visible from Matanga Hill and at the end of the street of the courtiers, the idol to which the temple is dedicated is Tiruvengalanatha. Very close to Hampi is Lake Sanapur, with large stones of boulders scattered here and there and fields of rice fields in the valley.

8. Chikmagalur, Karnataka


Chikkamagaluru is popularly known as the coffee land of Karnataka. It is a hill station that attracts many trekkers, honeymoon couples, explorers and nature lovers throughout the year. Mullayanagiri Peak at 6332 feet is the highest in the Chandra Drona range. Sarpadhari is the starting point of the Mullayanagiri trek.

Most tourists prefer to drive on the road that leads to Mullayanagiri Peak and take a jeep from this point. The motorized path is a completely different route from the walking walk on the Sarpadhari trail. Trekking to the top is an especially adventurous and the sunset view from the top is absolutely worth the slightly difficult climb.

There is another popular trek from Mullayanagiri to Baba Budan Giri and it is approximately a 10 km trail. Another tourist attraction here is Hebbe Falls which is gigantic and the roaring waters that fall from the high cliff makes it a magnificent site! This serene hill station has beautiful monuments like the Kondadarama temple, Veera Narayana temple in Belavadi and Markandeshwara Kandya Temple that exhibits a beautiful mixture of Hoysala and Dravidian architectural styles.

Hill stations around Chikmagalur are famous summer retreats as they remain cool even during summers. An ideal retreat of solitude and natural beauty, located in Baba Budan range, Kemmangundi has a invigorating climate that makes it an ideal hill station near Bangalore in summer. Its a quiet green mountainside and the two waterfalls - Kalahasti and Hebbe are ideal picnic areas.

The Hanuman Gundi falls look as beautiful as pearls that fall down to a hundred feet. Do not forget to bring home bags of fresh coffee powder, tea leaves and authentic spices from here! Go trekking in some of the high peaks or visit the Lakya dam. You can also visit the Radha Krishna Temple and Jamalabad Fort.

MG road in Chikmagalur is a commercial street offering everything from Ethnic and Western clothing, handbags, electronic, medical and grocery stores, restaurants, ATMs. There are also many food options street like phuchka, kulfi, momo and kebab.

The district of Koppa known for its sprawling paddy fields and the rolling Sahyadri hills is sure to leave you spellbound with its cool clime this summer!

Stay at a hip, boutique holiday home, designed tastefully while you also enjoy a session of pilates or learn a thing or two about homemade organic body products.

9. Agumbe, Karnataka


Often referred to as Cherrapunji of the South, Agumbe is a beautiful hill station located in the Shimoga District of Karnataka. The place has stunning hiking trails and beautiful spots for sunset inspection. With lush green forests and breathtaking scenic beauty, the place has guests flocking to its doors attracted by its rustic charms. Superbly well known for its second most significant annual rainfall in the country.

Agumbe is one of the highest peaks of Western Ghats. To go trekking and stop halfway in the Gopalakrishna Temple, a temple of the fourteenth century that exhibits Hoysala art.

10. Antara Gange, Karnataka


This hill station is about 70 km from Bengalore. If you like adventure and explore nature, then this is the best place that suits you. There are many caves and rock formations that can be surprised. A tour guide is recommended as there are wild animals in the vicinity. Hike in Antara Gange is suitable in the morning because the temperature is very low. When you hike take your food from Kolar town.

11. Coorg, Karnataka


Coorg often referred to as Scotland of India has been blessed by an abundant and beautiful nature. Known as Kodagu and located in the middle of ancient mountains, which protect the southernmost part of the state of Karnataka, this is an area of ​​great beauty. With its rugged terrains, green valleys and lush forests, Coorg offers a splendid panoramic and a destination of unparalleled adventure.

Coorg is famous for its vast green coffee plantations. There is a lot one can do in this beautiful hill station. You can enjoy the views of cascading waterfalls such as Abadia, Mallalli and Iruppu waterfalls. Many adventure freaks visit this place for activities such as river rafting as well. Enjoy golf and hiking and stay in a tree house in Madikeri. The monsoon attracts people who love to get soaked by the rains.

Soak in the beauty of the misty hills, coffee plantations and warm Coorg hospitality. This high-altitude corner of Karnataka is the land of spices, unique culture and cuisine.

Stay in secretly nestled homestays and unhotels, enjoy freshly brewed coffee or indulge in the local cuisine. If you are an adventurer then we have something special worked out for you. A hiking, rock-climbing and zip-lining add-on to this serene vacation.

12. Gokarna, Karnataka


Gokarna has the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Gokarna inspires authenticity, spirituality and wraps its beaches in a warm and relaxed hippie atmosphere. It is a village located northwest of the state of Karnataka, in India. Its natural environment makes it especially unique. Although small, the village of Gokarna is submerged in a sea of ​​palm trees and is so far one of our favorite places in India.

It invades us with sensations and brings us closer to the essence of Indian mysticism. The beaches near Gokarna are exactly what someone longs for peace, introspection and connection to the jungle and the ocean. It is very easy to walk to the beaches of Kudle, Om, Paradise or Halfmoon. Visitors can also see the island of Kurumgad and the island of Anjediva from the beach! Gokarna is all that Goa is minus the crowd and marketing.

13. Mysore, Karnataka


Mysore has an impressive royal heritage, with the main tourist attraction of the city being the imposing Mysore Palace. Mysore Palace is undoubtedly one of the most famous places to see in Karnataka. There are three main temple exclusive buildings within the old fort and 18 in the Palace that faces the Chamundi hills.

There are many other interesting buildings, palaces, and temples to see. Mysore Zoo is one of the best in India. Mysore is also an excellent place to buy sandalwood, and learn Ashtanga Yoga. Srirangapatna remained included in the kingdom of Mysore from the early 17th century until the independence of India in the mid-20th century. The most representative temple of Srirangapatnam is the Ranganathaswamy Temple.

Among the other places worth mentioning in Srirangapatnam is the summer palace of Tipu Sultan called Daria Daulat Bagh. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and inside you will find a small palace painted to the last centimeter of its walls and balustrades. There are also places to rest in the interior of the island.
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5 comments:

  1. I love the detail that you bring to this post. Great work.

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  2. I have always wanted to visit India, it looks simpily beautiful and I beleive it is one of the few countries in the world I don't have to worry about being vegetarian in. It is on my list to visit and I will make it one day.

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    1. There is a town that I have been to, I unfortunately cannot remember the name anymore, it is strictly JUST vegan and vegetarian. :) wait it is called Palitana. it is amazing there.

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  3. I would love to visit India, but I've never thought of it specifically as a place for romantic sites! Thanks for sharing this :)

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