With such a beguiling mix of atmospheric palaces, ancient forts, majestic mountains and gorgeous beaches there are a huge number of romantic places to visit in India. As February is the season of love now is the perfect time to plan a romantic getaway, whether you want to surprise your Valentine, are planning the dream honeymoon or just feel like escaping with that special someone, here are 6 of the most romantic destinations in India
The lakeside city of Udaipur in Rajasthan is widely regarded as the most romantic city in India. The highlight is the shimmering Lake Pichola surrounded by atmospheric sandy coloured palaces, the purple hued Aravali hills and the Rajasthani desert beyond while the iconic luxury Lake Palace Hotel sits majestically like a mirage in the centre. Watching the sunrise over the lake is a truly mesmerising experience and taking a boat ride out onto the lake with your special someone is an experience you won’t forget. Also, take time to explore the historic winding labyrinth of alleyways and havelis complete with colourful Rajasthani murals and art adorning the whitewashed walls and shop for crafts in the bazaars.
Agra and the Taj Mahal
One of the most famous wonders of the world and the world’s most famous monument to love is right here in India. The Taj Mahal is an extravagant romantic symbol, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to house the body of his favourite wife, Muntaz Mahal, who died in childbirth. The white marble, semi precious stones and delicate details look even more stunning in real life than in the photos. Witnessing a misty, winter’s morning sunrise over the Taj Mahal with your loved one is a truly breath taking experience.
There can’t be a more romantic and sublime experience than cruising the languid, palm fringed, tropical Kerala backwaters in a traditional rice barge, known as a kettuvallam, that has been converted into a luxurious private house boat. Imagine, just you, your sweetheart and some of the most gorgeous views in the world passing you by slowly, nothing to do but lay back, slow down and relax, soak up the scenery and watch the traditional riverside life as you drift along while the boat staff take care of your every need.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Escaping the heat and noise of the city and heading up to the mountains to admire the views while cuddling up in the crisp cold air with a loved one is sure to set the scene for romance. Darjeeling must be one of the most romantic hill stations with it’s neatly manicured rows of fragrant, green tea plantations, old world charm, colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind and views to the Himalayas. Even the journey there on the scenic and historic narrow-gauge toy train railway is a dreamy experience
Goa, needs no introduction as it’s a firm favourite honeymoon destination with endless carefree days of sun, sand and sea, romantic white washed churches, colourful fishing boats, spectacular sunsets, world class resorts and classy restaurants. For the most peaceful and romantic break head to the long, pristine, quiet stretches of beaches in South Goa and feel far, far away from the worries of the rest of the world.
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places to visit in India, it’s often referred to as ‘heaven on earth’ because of it’s extraordinary natural beauty and with cool temperatures it’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. For a really romantic experience cruise the waters of the “Venice of the East,” stay on a Gurkha houseboat on the Nagin Lake and take a dreamy shikara ride out into the water at night and gaze up at the stars with your sweetheart.