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Top 5 Romantic Destinations for Couples

Who doesn’t want to take a break from the daily hectic routines of monotonous life? Who doesn’t dream of a romantic rosy holiday with their partner in the perfect environment locales and lovely weather? Exploring interesting history, rich culture, picturesque landscapes, foggy, hills, massive mountains, lush greens with your companion, lost in each other’s company where there is nothing and no one to disturb you. There are limitless destinations in India for couples seeking some memorable times together but we take you through 5 topmost such places in detail to help you narrow down your choice in planning your vacation.

1. Goa – Rejuvenating Beaches

With a charming Portuguese culture, long stretching beaches, attractive flea markets, vibrant shacks, partying and merry making and a buzzing nightlife – That’s Goa for you. Being highly popular for having the right mix of all things that spell fun, Goa remains a favourite destination among romantic couples and honeymooners for a fun filled vacation. You can lie for hours enjoying by the beach side, sunbathing with a cold beverage of your choice and masseurs to offer relaxing massages. Though there are several beaches like Colva, Dauna Paula, Anjuna, Morjim, Palolem, Vagator, Calangute etc all around North and South Goa but Butterfly Beach is one of the most romantic places due to its location, less number of visitors and its aloofness. Located between two hills towards north of Palolem you two can choose to trek thick forests to reach here or take a romantic boat ride from Palolem to share some cosy times together.

Located towards the southwest coast of Goa, Harvalem Waterfalls is another immensely romantic place to visit especially during monsoons for couples when it’s at its glorious peak. Flowing from a height of 70 meters the waterfall’s beauty is spellbinding as it falls to form a pool at the bottom where the two of you can take a dip or swim together.

Apart from this don’t forget to catch some private time on the romantic and island of Anjadip. Located on the border of Goa this is a bunch of 5 islands surrounded by deep blue Arabian Sea. An hour’s ferry ride from Palolem Beach will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city to this, stunningly beautiful place for a peaceful escape. To catch the expansive, breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea, the couple must take a trip down to the handsome Fort Agoda, famous for its architectural brilliance and historic background. Quiet moments spent watching the waves lashing the fort are a sight in itself.

Besides this, you two can enjoy adventure sports, candlelit dinners in the shacks and restaurants dotting the beaches.

2. Udaipur - The Land of Lakes and Palaces

The opulent palaces speaking of a rich history behind and the glittering lakes adding to the beautiful sight in the night makes Udaipur one of the most romantic places for couples to head to in Rajasthan.

The honeymooners love to go to this city as the whole ‘feel’ of the city is magical. The heritage hotels, the romantic boat rides, the delectable cuisine, the friendly people all of this adds to the vibrant and the warmth of Udaipur.

You two can take a relaxing boat ride around evening time in Lake Pichola. This freshwater lake is surrounded with magnificent temples and other fascinating ancient edifices that add to visual appeal of the place as you enjoy your ride.

Further more spending some time with your love interest at Ambrai Ghat which is the main Ghat of Pichola Lake will enchant you as you lose yourself in the reflection of the sparkling waters of the lake. The place offers a fascinating view of the city during the evening time when Udaipur is lit up with multitude of lights.

Once you visit Lake Pichola You can’t miss Jagmandir - the palatial, three storeyed, island palace which is among the most spectacular jewels of Udaipur. It’s awe inspiring architectural beauty along with its flowerladen gardens and courtyards make for a cosy outing together. Doodh Talai Lake which translates into ‘Milk Pond’ is a pretty looking pond located close to the Lake Pichola, where you can enjoy boating and the best sunset view of the city. The place is magical in its beauty as it is surrounded with small hills and has a temple on the top of the hills. Horse and Camel rides in the area make the place more fun to explore. Sajjangarh Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Raaj Baag are few other places that will give you more reasons to love Udaipur.

How to Reach

Online air ticket booking can be done directly to Maharana Pratap Airport in Dabok, Udaipur.

3. Mahabaleshwar – The Strawberry Haven

Nestled amidst the rocky Sahyadri range of the Western ghats, this pretty hill station in Maharashtra is a romantic locale especially for honeymooners. There are so many places to visit and so much to do for the much in love couple here.

Misty mountains, gushing waterfalls, rolling greens, pristine rivers all put together define Mahabaleshwar. If you wish to capture a stunning sight of 360 degrees view of the valley at a heady height, then visiting Elephant’s point is a must go. The rock uniquely forms the shape of an elephant’s head which makes you marvel at the natural miracle of nature. Apart from this you need to experience the boating in Venna Lake , The Sunrise in Wilson Point and The sunset at The sunset point.

Another sweet attraction of Mahabaleshwar is the offerings of numerous strawberry farms as it accounts for almost 80 percent of the entire strawberry produced in India. Picking and tasting the juiciest strawberries in Strawberry fields, relishing fresh shakes and ice creams made from them is the most thrilling thing to do. You can also carry some delicious jam bottles home.

How to Reach

You can book flight to the closest Pune Airport, which is approx 130 kms from Mahabaleshwar. You can hire a taxi from there or take an auto to reach the nearest bus stand to commute from there.

4. Shillong – Scotland of the East

Closely resembling the beauty of Scotland, this dreamy hill town Meghalaya, is the pride of North East. The place is known to be the perfect blend of exotic nature, music, culture. Newlyweds love to keep this as a honeymoon spot because of the serenity and solitude it offers a long with the soft buzz of the city life.

Cuddled in the middle of coniferous pine trees and pineapple bushes, the rising and falling topography of Shillong can make anyone fall in love with the place.

The Shillong Peak offers the highest point from where you can see the rest of the surrounding greens, the Ward’s lake makes you slip into the delight of leisure as you boat around the area. Lady Hydari Park is endowed with multiple flowers and plantations that is awesome for an intimate stroll. A dip in the Barapai lake together or a drive down to witness the cascading Elephant Falls – Shillong is full of romantic places to experience. The Police Bazaar is full of cosy restaurants that give you a wide variety of mouth watering cuisines to pick from. Live bands add to your fine dining pleasure and the whole city vibrates with the pulse of western music which is a part of culture here.

How to Reach

Cheap flight tickets are available to Guwahati International Airport which is closest to Shillong at a distance of 100 kms. You can hire a cab from there to central Shillong.

5. Matheran – Misty and Magical Forest Town

Matheran meaning ‘Forest on Top’ is the smallest, non motor able hill station of India, situated in Karjat, Raigad District of Maharashtra. Standing at a distance of approx 80 kms from Mumbai, it is best covered by Cab. Being one of the less traversed destinations Matheran holds that mystery and charm and therefore features on our list of topmost romantic places to visit for couples. The last 8 kms drive to Matheran gets curvier and steeper as against the otherwise smooth road earlier. It covers a range of hills smothered with endless bright new leaves and algae. Looking down you will marvel at the view of colossal valleys with jagged and uneven greens.

Once you reach Matheran, you can either walk or ride on horsebacks to cover the inside areas as no vehicle is allowed. So it’s quite natural that this little town is blessed with fresh air all year round. For the couples who enjoy thundering clouds and roaring rains sleepy mornings and the dreamy evenings, this place is paradise for them. You will suddenly be awakened in the early morning with torrential rain or it will lull you to sleep with the pitter patter of the drops on your hotel room’s roof top. Louisa Point, is immensely romantic as you see the sky almost touching the mountain and humungus, picture perfect landscapes with refreshing breeze kissing your cheeks, Echo Point is where you both can scream and hear your voices boomerang, Visit the Charlotte Lake for some peaceful and private times together by the pristine lakeside. One Tree Hill, Porcupine Point and the Panorama point are few other places to catch the perfect view of the misty Matheran.

How to Reach

The nearest airports to Matheran are in Mumbai (100 kilometres) and Pune (120 kilometres).

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