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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. 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?

2. Delhi


Taking a break from the norm and discovering a different culture will bring you closer together and create lifelong memories, so take advantage and try something new. Whether it is sampling traditional Indian cuisine from a restaurant or street food stall, taking your shoes off so you can explore a temple, or admire prehistoric artifacts in Delhi's National Museum, it will be an eye-opening experience you can share with your loved one.

3. Darjeeling, Bengal


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 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 jeep will take you to Darjeeling or the toy train that currently only goes to Ghum, first crossing the Batasia Loop where you can visit some Buddhist monasteries or gompas.

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.

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.

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. 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 5am, 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.

7. Hampi, Karnataka


Hampi is located about 300 km from Bangalore. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

Why India is Ideal for a Romantic Getaway

14. Wayanad, Kerala


Wayanad is a district located in the northeastern part of Kerala. It is glorified by Western Ghats, noble hills and clear lakes. And then there are lush jungles and deep valleys that add to the beauty of this hill station in God's own country. Chembra peak, heart-shaped lake, Meenmutty Falls, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, and other Wayanad tourist spots should not be missed.

Imagine that the winter fog opens just to get an idea of ​​the elephants that roam freely. If you can imagine that and you've fallen in love with your imagination, Wayanad should be on your list of hill stations to visit in winters. Fascinatingly green and not as creepy as the mountainous cities of the Himalayas, Wayanad is a blessing. More so if you stay in a tree house!

Vythiri is known for its surprisingly cool weather compared to other parts of Wayanad. You should visit some places like the Chain Tree in Vythiri.

15. Munnar, Kerala


Munnar is one of the most unique hill stations in South Indiaan and an ideal honeymoon pleasure spot. Known as the land of the three rivers, due to the convergence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers here, Munnar is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The atmosphere is a romantic and dreamy, with fresh air and green to add to it.

Although there are many activities to do in Munnar, strolling in tea plantations and lush green forests will definitely get in touch with your inner being in the midst of nature. There are many wildlife sanctuaries in the surrounding forests, where you can go and spot exotic animals such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Greylag Giant Squirrel and Nilgiri Langur, as well as the elephants.

The most unique thing about this hill station is that every 12 years the blue hills with Neelakurinji flower in full bloom. This phenomenon is the reason why these hills are known as Nilgiris. While it's cold here all the time, the best time to visit Munnar is during the summers from March to May, to beat the heat of the city.

16. Kochi, Kerala


And breathe. A romantic getaway is a perfect opportunity to relax and there are lots of ways to do that in India, whether you venture to the countryside or spend some time on one of the west coasts beautiful beaches. If you are looking for something more out of the ordinary or a one day trip in Kerala, why not take a cruise along a river in Kerala from Ernakulam?

You will set off in a thatched bamboo boat called a kettuvallam, complete with your very own captain, guide, and cook. Sit back and as you navigate the waterways and watch the world go by in the tourist places in Kochi for one day. Visit the Athirapilly waterfalls and near Vazhachal. You can proceed to Masinagudi, a small village located near the wildlife sanctuaries in Muthumalai and Bandipur.

17. Alleppey, Kerala


An ideal winter destination in India surrounded by numerous lagoons that are interconnected with large lakes, rivers and canals that run along the Arabian Sea. Board the House Boat (Kettuvallam). This type of boathouse in Kerala, traditionally a barge to transport rice, is today specially arranged to spend a pleasant cruise.

Discover the lives of locals at the edge of Kerala's backwaters, visit the villages or churches that line the canals and rivers and enjoy typical Kerala dishes with sweet spices. In the evening, enjoy a kathakali dance show. Devikulam is nothing less than a call for those who want to know why Kerala is called God's Own Country.

The Venice of India, Alleppey is a popular tourist spot in South India. Enjoy cruising in the delays on a houseboat. Take time to be pampered with Ayurvedic therapies and treatments. Savor the delicious cuisine. Go bird watching, visit the villages in the Reagua or explore the incredible architectural wonders of the reeds. Heal your weary spirits in the blessed surroundings of Alleppey.

Places to visit Alleppey are Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Karunakaran Museum revival, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha.

18. Kumarakom, Kerala


The village of Kumarakom is a group of small islands in Lake Vembanad, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which stretches across 14 acres, is a favorite haven for migratory birds and the paradise of ornithologists. Herons, darts, herons, trullos, aquatic birds, cuckoos, wild ducks and migratory birds like the Siberian stork visit here in flocks and fascinate all visitors.

A lovely recreational destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. At the Taj Garden Retreat, an old Bungalow-turned-Resort, you can go boating and fishing.

19. Idukki, Kerala


Idukki is the perfect summer tourist destination in South India. Nestled in the hills of the Western Ghats, the city enjoys a healthy climate. How many places can really boast of forests, lakes, waterfalls, walks, picnic spots in one place? Hiking, backpacking and camping are some of the things to do in Idukki.

The reservoir of the Mattupetty dam, the reservoir of the Malankara dam and the Mullaperiyar dam make interesting outings. Idukki also has many beautiful waterfalls, a sandalwood forest naturally, and the first dam of the Indian arch. Go explore on foot or relax in your luxurious accommodation. The city of the hills has a way to calm their tired souls.

Places to visit near Idukki are Periyar National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi, Mattupetty Dam, Malankara Dam, Mullaperiyar Dam, Thekkady, Parunthumpara, Meesapulimala. Full of spices and tea plantations, the place is about 150 km from Sabarimala that does not allow women in the age group of 10-60.

20. Varkala beach, Kerala


Another coastal city that absolutely must visit. Located in Thiruvananthapuram, this is possibly the only place in South Kerala, which houses a perfect mix of hills and sea. The cliffs are adjacent to the Arabian Sea! Kovalam has gone a long way from being a sleepy fishing village to being one of the best surfing destinations in India.

Best known for its three crescent-shaped beaches, Kovalam still retains some of its relaxed culture with days that start rather late and activities that continue into the night. Kovalam seems to have something for everyone. A dip or a surf lesson, an herbal body massage or a cultural program - choose your selection and everything is there.

Take a break from the beach and head to the many shopping complexes and an Ayurvedic health center that abounds in the beach town or head out to sea in a kayak or on a surfboard, the choice is yours! Thenmala is the first ecotourism destination planned in India and yet not many know this beautiful destination in India.

One of the main attractions of Thenmala is the Thenmala dam, which offers a magnificent view of the place. The destination promises to give you a little nature, wildlife, leisure, entertainment and adventure, all in one place!
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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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