India has always been considered as the land of the enchanted. With many pop culture cinema romanticising India’s beauty and majesty in a magical setting, most people dream of coming to India and finding tranquillity.
But that’s not all India has to offer. If you want to experience the love of legends that still the topic of town while sharing it with someone special, we’re here to guide you through the most romantic places in India to visit.
With enticing forts and enchanting palaces, India will leave you breathless and let you experience some ‘shuddh desi romance’ that’ll bring you and your partner closer.
Here are the Most Romantic Places in India to Visit:
1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
A place you cannot miss if you’re seeking the tranquillity of hills and forests. This Himachal capital is chained along a 12 km hill surrounded by dense forests from all directions, making this the perfect mountain vacation if you want to be holed up in a cozy space.
Shimla doesn’t just have scenery to offer, but that’s always a plus. The place is bustling with a flow of tourists, Indian or otherwise, and has everything under the sun, good food, shopping, sightseeing, everything you want from a vacation.
The place still reminisces its former role of the summer capital of British India and the architecture reflects the heritage of it as well. Shimla hasn’t earned its acronym as one of the most renowned tourist places for nothing. It’s the perfect destination for you to cuddle up with your s/o and enjoy the cold weather and breezy green plains.
2. Andaman Islands
Andaman is known as a tropical paradise for tourists. It’s perfect if you want to bring back the romance in your relationship, and also for love-struck couples who simply want to enjoy a tropical vacation.
The pristine beaches offer you vast turquoise ocean and peaceful serenity to just enjoy the gorgeous ocean and mesmerizing coral that are only found there. Andaman is the perfect destination to fulfil your tropical dreams, the weather is sultry and the waters and beautiful, it’s the absolute getaway.
The scuba diving offered in Andaman is like no other, a unique experience for sure. You’ll come across such hidden treasures that’ll beat any other destination hands down. The islands offer bustling activities, luxury as well as secluded privacy all in one place. It a place you shouldn’t miss visiting.
Goa’s infamous for many reasons and all of them are true. But it’s a hidden paradise as most don’t explore beyond the beaches and the crazy nightlife. If that’s what you’re looking for, Goa is an absolute destination but if you’re looking for more, Goa has that to offer as well.
Dudhsagar Falls in Goa is a utopia, the place will take your breath away. Legend believes that a princess used to bathe in the pond at the base of the falls.
One day she caught a prince watching her bathe and in an attempt to protect her modesty, she poured a jug of milk in front of her as a silhouette. Goa also has several spas, churches, beaches, cuisines, temples and a buzzing nightlife that’ll have your head spinning. If you want the perfect vacation, head straight to Goa.
4. Alleppey (Alappuzha), Kerala
Kerala isn’t known as “God’s Own Country” for nothing. The breath-taking beauty of the place can be found in every inch of the place. Alleppey is the 7th largest city of Kerala and is a great destination if you want to experience scenic canals, backwaters, beaches, lagoons, green palms, and wonderful boat rides over silent backwaters.
If you’re seeking tranquillity, Alleppey is the place for you. It’s a beautiful treasure of India and is known as the ‘Venice of the East’.
The vastness of the backwaters will have you bursting on the inside with overwhelming pleasure. Stay on a houseboat overnight for the complete experience and don’t forget to take a tour of the villages.
Allepey also offers traditional Keralite spas which leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The best time to visit is from November to February.
5. Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg is one of the most favourite destinations among lovebirds. Popularly known as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is a heaven for those seeking teak and sandalwood forests, dreamy hills and various kinds of coffee, tea plantations, and spice farms.
You can experience the heart of wilderness by staying in a tree house nestled between a tree huddled hill range and an ample rainforest. The greenery will take you back with awe. Rejoice in the authentic tastes and essence of the Coorg lifestyle, heritage, and tradition by enjoying the charming mountains and emerald mural like scenery.
6. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Among the three cities that are known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is the most prestigious of them all. The majesty of the city is captured in its grand lakes and even grander palaces. Udaipur also has the acronym ‘City of Lakes’ and that justifies the destination perfectly.
The imposing Lake Palace right at the heart of Lake Pichola is the epitome of grandeur that is Udaipur. The temperate weather is perfect for a romantic vacation but it does get chilly in the winters.
The city is bursting with heritage for you to explore with white marble and lavish opulence all around. Steeped in tradition, you can also get a deep-rooted lesson of how the Rajasthanis live their lives in the area.
7. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Agra has been the epitome of love since time and will be for centuries to come. The legend of Taj Mahal immortalizes eternal love like no other and what better way to experience this than to visit the embodiment of unending love.
One of the most popular romantic getaways of India, Agra doesn’t just offer Taj Mahal. Mughal heritage exemplifies Agra with the Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid as well as the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri.
The marbled splendour is one of the most iconic wonders of India and the magnificence leaves everyone breathless. It’s a marvel how someone could love someone so much to build a majestic monument for them like this.
There has been poetry written about the beauty of Jammu and Kashmir. The conflict zone is surrounded by divine beauty and is known as heaven on earth. The acronym isn’t unfound and defines the destination perfectly.
Another city in India which goes by the name the ‘Venice of the East’ in Kashmir and we need not tell you why. The pictures justify the name completely. Legends of boatmen only make the illustration stronger. The timeless beauty of Kashmir is renowned across the world for its imperialistic aesthetic and vibrancy.
Bollywood has glorified Kashmir for all the right reasons and a serene boat ride across Dal Lake will have you fulfilling all your 70’s movie dreams. Apart from that, there are the Mughal gardens to explore and gorgeous houseboats that make you want to move to Kashmir and live in them.
There’s something for the adrenaline junkie here as well. There are adventure sports such as mountaineering, river rafting, and several other thrilling activities. The best time to visit Kashmir is between March and October.
9. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer encapsulates a part of Indian heritage that is filled with charm and chivalry. The royal quintessence that’s associated with Rajasthan is perfectly exemplified in Jaisalmer. The opulence of tradition in the sandcastle city will leave you enthralled.
The riot of colours, magnificent sand dunes, a charm of the locals, and romantic nobility is perfect for a romantic getaway. Explore the Rajasthani architecture embodied in the resplendent forts of Jaisalmer and learn their grand tales. Jaisalmer brings you an opportunity to try something called ‘glamping’.
They offer a camp night at the Thar Desert where you can enjoy a night under a blanket of stars and have local and luxurious delicacies by quaint lit lanterns.
A beautiful faded French colony for you to discover. Pondicherry is known as the French Riviera of the East and is the epitome of bohemian chic, may it be from the gorgeous coloured building or quaint little cafes by the bay.
The colony displays French influence like no other. A place to put your feet up and relax, Pondicherry is a laid-back city which offers you wild nights or quiescent evenings, anything you choose. The place is also famous for surfing lessons and it’s a must-try.
The most favorite spot to visit in Pondicherry though is the Aurobindo Ashram. Famous worldwide, the Ashram displays a spiritual community founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and a French-born woman, ‘the Mother’. Similarly, Auroville was founded for the residents of the experimental community and is a must visit when in Pondicherry.
11. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
This coastal town in Tamil Nadu boasts the most beautiful sunrise and sunset over the ocean. The town is a noted pilgrimage site with the 3000-year-old Bagavathi Amman Temple dedicated to a consort of Shiva and the Our Lady of Ransom Church, a centre of Indian Catholicism.
The picturesque town is a romantic getaway and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Kanyakumari is where the Bay of Bengal converges into the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. It’s at the southern-most tip of the country and is popularly known as the Land’s end, quite aptly named.
Due to its location, you can see the sunset, as well as the moon, rise at the same time, a unique experience indeed. Another prominent attraction is the Swami Vivekananda Rock. It is said that Swami Vivekananda spend long periods of time meditating there and as a result, a monument was erected in his honour.
The rock is an absolute majesty, surrounded completely by the beautiful waters of Kanyakumari, you cannot afford to miss it.
12. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North-East India with its gorgeous locales, enchanting sunrises, and the picturesque sight of rolling hills and lush green plantations.
The city is known as the ‘Queen of the Himalayas’ and quite rightfully so as it offers a gorgeous panorama of the Himalayas. The local cuisine of Darjeeling inclines towards Tibetan cuisine and you must give it a try.
Darjeeling is the perfect destination for couples as it offers quaint scenery and a beautiful location to spend some time together.
Have a warm cup of locally brewed tea which Darjeeling is quite famous for worldwide. Darjeeling is also known for the distinctive remains of the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or ‘Toy Train’ which was completed in 1881. The Toy Train still runs and is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
13. Jaipur, Rajasthan
The historically rich Jaipur will make you feel like royalty yourself as you explore the most flamboyant state in India. The city is filled with colorful chaos and opulent tradition with its local dresses, dawdling camels, cycle-rickshaws and buzzing cars, it’s the perfect juxtaposition of the old and the new.
Jaipur is known as the ‘Pink City’ and it offers romance in its glittering palaces and glorious forts, making you and your partner feel like the real king and queen. Jaipur boasts all the riches in the most lavish way possible.
You can go all out and get the perfect royal experience by living in one of the palaces that have been turned into hotels. Enjoy the Rajasthani cuisine and camp under the stars for a romantic night.
Lakshadweep is the most idyllic cluster of islands that boasts the country’s only coral atoll. The true lure of the islands lies under the water with immaculate archipelago lagoons, unblemished coral reefs and turquoise waters that attract scuba divers and snorkelers from across the world.
The cluster of 36 islands is just 300 km off the coast of Kerala and offers isolated peace at its best. The palm tree lined beaches are as picture perfect as they can be and the islands are a part of the same marine mountain range as the Maldives, making it the ultimate romantic destination.
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15. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Heaven on earth, Manali is the ideal romantic spot for couples. Snow-topped mountains and picturesque, hippie villages are a bohemian paradise for backpackers, adventurists, tourists, or honeymooners.
It’s a traveller’s nirvana all year round. Adventure enthusiasts can seek activities like paragliding, skiing, mountaineering, to make the most of their trip.
While on the other side you can take delightful journeys across the Solang Valley for some peace and quiet by the riverside. Manali is the perfect location to explore the thick forests, fields of wildflowers, charming hamlets, and fruit-filled orchards.
16. Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
Lying in the foothills of the mighty Shivalik range, lake Sukhna of Chandigarh is one of the largest man-made lakes of India. A popular spot for bird watching, pleasure boating, relaxing, mediating, and numerous other recreational activities, lake Sukhna is adorned by the localities and the tourists alike. Situated in the heart of the city, the lake is easily accessible and is very close to other tourist spots like the Rock Garden, Leisure Valley, Rose Garden and many more.
The scenic beauty of the Sukhna lake is absolutely captivating for those who enjoy the serenity of nature. The placid waters of the lake offer the perfect demeanour to enjoy a peaceful sunset with your loved ones.
India has always been one of the world’s dreamiest destinations and these places embody India’s romance perfectly. If you’re looking for a special place to spend time with your special one, these destinations will be perfect for you.