Top 10 Romantic Escapes in India

You don’t have to go for a big fat wedding and then have a lavish honeymoon to rekindle romance with your loved one. The urge of romance is enough to make a romantic escape and if it India, you will have a handful of destinations – from tranquil backwaters to the soaring cliff, from stroll along the beach promenade to declining to tribal camps, from enjoying an oceanfront candle light dinner to spending a night in a secluded cottage – that just live up to your expectations.

1. Agra: Agra should be on the top of your bucket-list when you are seeking a romantic escape. The magnificent sunset, stunning white marble, quiet surrounding and love-birds around, this Epitome of Love will unfold the romantic story of the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaj Mahal. Don’t miss the breathtaking sight of this majestic monument in the morning.

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Cozy at Taj!

2. Ooty: One of the iconic destinations, Ooty is recognized for its immaculate and unblemished amorousness setting. You will love to escape scorching heat of summer and soak in a cooler place. This peaceful hill station is nestled in the Nilgiri Hills. Tourism is the main economy of this small town. Take a stroll through the pine and eucalyptus forest along the tea and coffee plantations.

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Beautiful Tea Estate at Ooty

3. Coorg: India’s Scpotland, Coorg is one of the most enchanting romantic hotspots known for its sandalwood and verdant teak forests. If your girlfriend is a lover of tea or coffee, there is no better place to give a treat to her. The picturesque mountainous area can be an amazing destination for hiking and trekking. Grab a villa for two with balcony overlooking at the extended coffee estates. Wake up to the sweet aroma of coffee plantation, and later indulge in a sumptuous lunch, lovers will find a plenty of things to do. Go camping here for a unique experience.

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Found Secluded Place?

4. Manali: What comes to your mind when imaging the gorgeous landscape of Manali – mountains, adventure, greenery and beauty? The intriguing hill station has a plenty of things for couples who would not only spend days in the four corners of hotel rooms, but embark on a wide gamut of outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking and many more. In free time, go for sightseeing and come across beautiful Hindu temples, Rehalla Falls, Tibetan Monastery, Hadimba Devi Temple and Buddhist monasteries.

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Snow-covered Mountain in the Backdrop

5. Alappuzha: Come here for a unique boathouse experience. This beautiful romantic destination is fondly called by travelers – the Venice of the East. Alappuzha Beach is the center of attraction. It is hugely occupied with locals and travelers from European countries. A boathouse cruises in the restful backwaters is a delight. Visit in August to witness the festival – Nehru Trophy Boat Race (falls on 2nd Saturday of August).

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6. Shimla: It’ll be my biggest mistake to not mention this paradise of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla might be the destination where you will find yourself in the arms of your partner cuddling up. It is blissfully wonderful with natural beauties, verdant grasslands and snow-capped mountains creating mesmerizing scenery – a visual retreat. Indulge in a wide range of activities and in the evening take a stroll to admire the architectural marvels.

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Heavenly!

7. Udaipur: Yet another Venice…Udaipur is referred as the Venice of the East. This beautiful city boasts many stunning lakes, hills and majestic Rajput-era palaces. Would you like to get lost in the eyes of your sweetheart while taking a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Get around top attractions, including Lake Fatehsagar, Monsoon Palace and Doodh Talai. Your romantic evening should get the best ending with a candle light dinner on the Pichola Lake. Great idea?

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8. Goa: Who says you can only party till dawn on the Goa beaches? This amazing destination can charm you with its natural splendors and quiet surroundings. Start a day with a morning walk on the beach and end on high note with a candle light dinner on the beach promenade. And talking Goa’s nightlife…perhaps, you are at the right place to live your dream.

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I Know You Want This.

9. Jaipur: Come and enjoy a royal feeling in Jaipur. The Pink City is saturated with lavishness, magnificence and king-like feelings. Included on the tourist circuit of Golden Triangle Tour, Jaipur offers a different kind of romance. Grab a palace to stay like a king and queen or go for an overnight camping at the heart of the never-ending desert, there is something for you in Jaipur.

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Private Dinner!

10. Darjeeling: Set in the gorgeous backdrop of the Himalayan ranges, the Queen of Hills, Darjeeling, makes the list to my top 10 romantic destinations in India. A great place, Darjeeling captivates couples as well as individuals and takes them to a beautiful world where towering trees and stunning tea plantations give a warm welcome. Don’t miss the outstanding view of the dramatic landscape turning into milk-like white with snowflakes.

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Where Are You Planning to Celebrate Diwali?

Diwali in India

Fireworks are selling like hotcakes, sweet stalls are getting overbooked, mothers have already got the menus ready and homes are dazzling with vibrant looks- when you see this picture in India, one can say Diwali is round the corner. Yes, this year Diwali falls on 23rd October, Thursday. The Festival of Lights signifies victory of good over evil, light over darkness, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance.

Traditional and one of the most awaited festivals in India, Diwali is observed by everyone – irrespective of caste, creed, age and religion – with full gaiety, zest and enthusiasm. This further brings people closer to their near and dear ones and unite for the grand, national festival. Although home is definitely a great place to celebrate Deepavali, you cannot miss the following places to mark this if you are traveling.

Eastern India:

Eastern India

West Bengal & Odisha: West Bengal and Odisha are the prominent states that observe the festival in their most unique way. They not only illuminate their houses with earthen diyas, but also light candle in the memory of their ancestors. Sweet dishes are distributed among the neighbors. Particularly in Odisha, there is a traditional practice of burning jute stems to brighten the path that supposedly their forefathers choose to go back to the abode of the Almighty.

Assam: Doing aarti, burning diyas, bursting crackers, decorating entrance of the house with mango leaves, marigolds and flower garlands and making mithais, Assamese have different spirit and essence of celebrating Diwali. Be a guest of an Assamese family, you will be given a distinctive welcome – they draw rangolis to give a warm welcome to guests.

Northern India:

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The burning effigy of Ravan

Jammu & Kashmir: Apart from decorating houses with diyas and lights, people, mainly Kashmir Pundits, follow the tradition and keep fast and worship Goddess Lakshmi on this auspicious occasion. The festival starts on Ekadashi and ends on Amavasya.

Delhi: Diwali celebration in Delhi starts right after Dussehre when people without wasting time purchase new clothes, wash their house and participate in various street shows depicting mythical story of Ram killing Ravan. You will also have an opportunity to witness the tradition of burning the evil King Ravan’s effigy. Delhiites do fireworks to demonstrate the annihilation of evil.

Varanasi: Effigies of Ravan are burnt everywhere as a part of tradition. You should not miss the sizzling sight of ghats of Benares. They come alive with hundreds of burning candles.

Punjab: Known as Tikka, Punjabis have another reason to celebrate this grand festival. Guru Hargobind Ji was released from prison on this day.

Bihar: Don’t get surprised if you come across women of the house adorning their doorway and courtyard with gorgeous rangolis and making footprints of the Goddess Lakshmi (signal of prosperity).

Western India:

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This is Beautiful, isn’t it?

Maharastra: Unlike other states, Maharastra observes Diwali for five days. Visit a typical Marathi family only to see the festival starting from Vasubaras, according to Marathi calendar. On this day, cow and its calf is worshipped as vasubaras symbolizes the relation and the love of mother and children.

Gujarat: Compared to the rest of India, Gujarat celebrates this grand festival pretty earlier. The verandas of Gujarati families are depicted with stunning pictures of deities relevant to Diwali. The second day sees Lakshmi and Ganesh Puja. If you can see the entire area from above, you will surely be awe-struck. The whole area is brightened and light and fireworks cover streets, playgrounds and colonies.

Southern India:

Southern India

The southern part of India has its own style of celebrating the festival. Naraka Chartudashi is said to be the main day of celebration after Lakshmi Puja is performed. Homes are cleaned and oil lamps are lit up on new moon day. The next day is Balipadyami where it sees firecrackers and fireworks. Diwali is the traditional festival of Kannadigas. Kerala observes Diwali in a fascinating style as men, women and kids dressed up beautifully and visit temples to offer pujas to deities.

Diwali is anything but celebration, joy and gaiety. And to be a part of this merriment, you don’t have to be a local. Stay in any corner of India, you are sure to enjoy the Festival of Lights with immense liveliness and passion.