There are many picturesque and alluring destinations in India, which cast a spell on their visitors and offer an romantic ambience and a rare enjoyment. Their charm invariably lies in the beauty of their surroundings and it is usually enhanced by the serenity of atmosphere, historical importance, nature’s bounty and even the creature comforts provided at the location.
There are many places in India which qualify as romantic destinations. They make it possible for a couple to actually bond better, even as they create timeless memories, during their visit. Let’s look at some such locations.
Romantic Places In India
Not just India, but even the world recognizes this monument to love, erected by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This poetry in ivory-white marble sets an aspirational goal to all the romantic couples who visit here to feast their eyes on its delicate and detailed carvings and calligraphic messages.
The highly polished marble frames and arch ways of this rich mausoleum are decorated with pietra dura inlays of yellow marble, jasper and jade.
Visit this Himalayan ski resort with your mate to enjoy its amazing beauty. This romantic destination is surrounded by the famed Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat and is overgrown with oak and coniferous trees. You can ride a cable car to Joshimath from here.
The faithful love to visit the Badrinath temple, while everyone is enchanted by the snow leopards, red foxes and the alpine flora of the region.
Renowned as the summer capital of the British when they ruled India, Shimla is a beautiful hill station situated at a height of 2200m. One of the most popular hill stations in India, Shimla enchants you with its aesthetical plan, clean ambience, steep forested hillsides and awe-inspiring mountain tracts. Take the train here to enjoy one of the most beautiful train routes in the world.
Go trekking, paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal Mountains at this stunningly beautiful, high-altitude Himalayan resort.
Often referred to as the Valley of the Gods, Manali has apple orchards, grows plums and pears, offers a wonderful opportunity to play in the snow between the months of December and March.
Known also as the Pink City due to the dominant colour of most of its buildings, this capital of the state of Rajasthan is a planned city with wide boulevards. Ranked among the best places to visit in Asia, Jaipur has many royal palaces, gardens, temples and parks which draw a huge number of visitors who love to imagine the opulent lifestyles of the rulers and relive those moments.
Located in Himachal Pradesh, this beautiful hill station is surrounded by forests full of cedar trees and has a wildlife sanctuary which is home to deer and beards. The Khajji nag temple here dates back to 12th century.
The Khajjiar lake at high altitude is another asset to this place, which is called the mini-Switzerland of India. Go hiking, camping and gliding among the hills at Khajjiar.
Go for a romantic boat ride in the Naini Lake or ride to the Snow View observation point in a cable car. This former British Hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas has many natural attractions and offers many amazing panoramic views.
Go trekking, visit the zoo housing rare high altitude animals and birds, and visit the house of the famous conservationist Jim Corbett whose home, Gurney House is located near the Naini Lake.
Between the tranquillity of verdant hills and the beauty of nature, Mussoorie is nestled among the Garhwal Himalayan regions amidst rolling green slopes and snow-capped mountains. Famed as the Queen of the Hills, Mussoorie is a highly romantic destination, which offers a pristine beauty and a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year.
From the architecture of the buildings here to the design of the lamp posts, everything here gives a distinct colonial vibe.
Be mesmerised by the beauty of this hill station, with its stunning sunrises, pristine pure atmosphere, old world charm and wonderful locations. Darjeeling is located 2050 meters above sea level, over a steep mountain ridge and amidst sprawling lush tea plantations.
The climate here is cool all year round. Head here to enjoy toy train rides, eat delicious Tibetan food and carry back a pack of special Darjeeling Tea with you.
10. Rann of Kutch
A visit to the Rann of Kutch is a very different experience when compared to a trip to a hill station. Get here to stay in a tent, surrounded by a sea of white sand which could be mistaken for snow or salt.
There’s an incredible romance in the sunsets here and moon over the full moon amidst the white marshland. Take a camel or horse ride through the Rann and take back a treasure trove of memories and shopping.
Lonavala attracts a number of visitors with its scenic surrounding and pleasant weather, which make it an extremely romantic destination. Go sightseeing at Lonavala and enjoy the outdoor sports offered here like hiking, trekking and mountaineering.
A visit to Lonavala in the monsoons is also a great experience as you can play in the tinkling waterfalls and lakes full of water. Don’t forget to order hot masala chai and stock up on delicious chikkis, which are made here.
Popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is one of the finest natural harbours of the world and was an important centre of trade for spices over the centuries. Take a boat ride on the backwaters and walk on the marine drive, which is a picturesque promenade.
Visit the heritage buildings, churches and the Jewish synagogue which stands testimony to the religious tolerance practised in India over the centuries.
Kanyakumari sits at the very tip of the Indian peninsula, and watches over the meeting of the three seas – the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Apart from its immense beauty and the variety of tourist attractions, Kanyakumari is perfect for a romantic trip or honeymoon simply for its cultural significance. Do visit the Vivekananda Rock, and watch the sunrise and sunset from the same seat.
A popular tourist destination, known for its beaches and nightlife, visit Goa if fond of parties and letting your hair down. Bring your spouse or romantic partner to Goa to sit on the white sandy beaches and look for stars. However, your trip might seem like a prolonged party.
15. Daman & Diu
Daman and Diu is a popular honeymoon destination for couples in India, which makes it an ideal romantic getaway if you are looking for a few days of solitude and quiet with your loved one.
Explore the picturesque beaches such as Nagoa Beach, Jampore Beach and Devka Beach. Visit the beautiful church of Church of Bom Jesus or explore historical sites such as Diu Fort, Fort of Moti Daman, Fortress of Panikotha, Fort of St. Jerome and Marwar Memorial.
Imphal makes for a great tourist destination which has an untouched beauty with natural surroundings, panoramic views and landscapes, ideal for a romantic getaway. Visit the Waithou and Loktal lakes here and enjoy the beauty of the flora and fauna at the Manipur Zoological Gardens and the Keibul Lamjao National Park.
The sites where the battle of Imphal was fought during the World War II is considered another important tourist destination.
Rishikesh has held an attraction for all spiritually inclined travellers and is also known as the Yoga Capital of the World. It is also an extremely romantic destination with the beauty of the forested hills all around and the fast-flowing Ganga river. Enjoy the wonderful breeze which blows down the valley in the evening.
Reminiscent of the bygone times, Jaisalmer is about exotic camel rides, trade routes across the desert and massive golden-honey-hued sandcastle forts which steal your breath away. The still-inhabited fort boasts ninety nine bastions while the city’s narrow streets conceal magnificent havelis. Do pick up the locally embroidered materials.
This magically beautiful city with its romantic luxury hotels and rambling old havelis is a wonderful place to visit for anyone looking for a romantic destination. Learn about the heroic and tragic stories of its kings, worship at the temples, explore the wildlife sanctuaries and shop for the colourful clothes and handicrafts of the region.
Munnar is surrounded by rolling hills, which are home to highly ornamental, verdant green tea plantations, stretching into the horizons. The hills offer many viewpoints which offer scenic views and a lot of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries which harbour a lot of animal, birds and local flora. A visit here is not only romantic but also can prove most soothing to the soul.
Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is in Kerala – along the Laccadive Sea. Alleppey is known as the “Venice of the East.” Marked by canals rimmed with coconut trees, the beaches where the sea is warm, lagoons, and the best of Kerala’s backwaters. One could argue that it is a wonderful place for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.
Coorg is home to an indigenous tribe, which is divided into a 1000 clans. The hills here are evergreen and offer luscious green landscapes which make it a wonderfully romantic destination where one can fo trekking or bird-watching. To feel rejuvenated, roam around the hills and enjoy the cool climate.
A trip to Kovalam is about visiting a highly developed resort which offers hotels and restaurants along the stretch of its Lighthouse Beach, combining romance with convenience. You can also visit the day beach, called Hawa Beach, The beach offers waves good for surfing and ayurvedic treatments which can help you unwind.
The French part of the city of Pondicherry comes almost as a surprise when compared to the rest of the bustling city. The world-famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram draws a number of spiritually minded visitors, who also enjoy shopping at the various lifestyle shops, which cater to the Indian and foreign visitors, who visit here in huge numbers to visit the Ashram and Auroville, the global village.
25. Havelock Island
If the distance and time needed to travel are not a concern, head to Havelock Island in the Andamans to enjoy its beautiful silken beaches, blue shallow waters and enjoy the amazing diving opportunities it offers. Nothing could be more romantic than an uncrowded beach with pristine waters.
Shakespeare may have said that music is the food of love, but the power of scenic surroundings, tinkling waterfalls, emerald green forests and slopes full of tea plantations and greenery are bound to provide an equally romantic atmosphere and getaway which would promote bonhomie and strengthen the bond between two people who experience them together.