1. Udaipur - For That Pretty Wedding Destination:
This beautiful place is admired by Indians and foreigners alike owing to the lakes and palaces that exist through the city's expanse. The majestic palace buildings in Udaipur give it a sort of charisma that only a few cities can rival. They say, weddings in Udaipur seem like an extraordinary fairy-tale. One of the finest settings for a marriage ceremony is offered by the Jag Mandir palace or the Oberoi- UdaiVilas enclosing a touch of splendour, affluence and royalty. It easily makes it one of the most popular destinations of weddings in India. Remember Kalki Kochelin's Wedding From ?Yeh Jawaani Hai Diwani??
2. Jaipur - For a Grand Wedding Location:
Jaipur offers a mélange of heritage and exquisiteness and thus it is so popular for grandiose marriage celebrations which usually take place in authentic flamboyant palaces or erstwhile mansions. The 'pink city' showcases a complete variety of festive ideas and venue options that extend from palaces like the Raj and Rambagh Palace to Havelis or traditional settings in the Samode Palace built into the Aravali Ranges. This is a destination wedding in India with a touch of royalty where the ambience adds to the Indian wedding decorations.
3. The Backwaters of Kerala - Go A Little Offbeat:
This gentle and agreeable destination Kerala is for those who desire one of those quiet and picturesque ceremonies instead of opting for a huge and jam-packed event. The backwaters are serene, pretty and put forth a view that dwells in one's eyes probably forever. The perfect getaway for a Destination Wedding in India. Just envisage the beaches covered with coconut palm trees, the backwaters and the lovely houseboats. Heavenly!
4. Andaman and Nicobar Islands - Getting Hitched By The Beach:
What this Indian destination wedding brings about is the prospect of entering in a new realm, away from the mainland, in the midst of white sand beaches, possibly in an astonishing private resort. It's no less than a coastal paradise residing in the Bay of Bengal comprising of idyllic beaches and lush green forests. The Havelock or the Ross Islands are one of the paramount islands of the Andaman for one's perfect day. One of the most charming places to tie the knot.
5. Shimla - With The Perfect Mountain Backdrop For A Wedding:
The splendid Himalayas cuddle up to this delightful city that's both conventional and contemporary. It's more like getting married amidst the hills or taking an extraordinary leap by planning the ceremonies in forest guest houses or camps by the river. Shimla allures those who love the mountains and the snow and fantasize of having a Destination wedding in the Himalayas. Doesn't it sound romantic?
6. Jodhpur - For A Grand Affair In Rajputana Style:
Rajasthan doesn't fall short of these enchanting destinations weddings. People travel all the way to Jodhpur to wed in the amazing palace hotel is known as Umaid Bhavan located on the hilltop having a beautiful view over the 'blue city'. The royal family still inhabits a portion of this grand palace where some extravagant weddings have materialized. Other venue options in Jodhpur include the Ranbaka Palace, the Ajit Bhawan or the impressive Mehrangarh Fort.
7. Neemrana Fort - Just A Stone Throw Away From Delhi:
This ancient fort near Delhi is perfect for a photo-shoot owing to its imposing and incredible architecture and the shock-and-awe effect that many placesdon'tt boast of. The Neemrana Fort Palace has become very popular over the years as a weekend getaway from Delhi to bring about a royal and marvellous nuptial ceremony and present the bride and the groom with some cherished moments (and photographs). This place in India is the ideal ingredient for a Destination wedding to remember.
8. Goa - Wedding And Partying Hand In Hand :
Goa is probably the trendiest and the most prevalent destination wedding in India because it can give one the chance of organizing diverse sort of weddings or ceremonies taking in the happening parties of the beaches and the quiet ceremonial rituals of the old churches. It's one of the most unsurpassed choices for a wedding since it's like a tropical ecstasy that can immerse everyone into its lure and aroma.
9. Agra - A Little Cliched, But Taj Mahal Is Indeed Romantic :
No list of exotic marriage locations in India can be complete without this place. Isn't it a great idea to celebrate one's conjugal bliss in the environs of the epitome of love: The Taj Mahal. Agra possesses some gigantic hotels and resorts overlooking the Taj where many people organize their wedding ceremonies in the illumination of one of the most striking wonders of the world (and of love itself)
10. Banks of the Ganga (Rishikesh/Benaras):
This destination gratifies the highly religious community of the nation and puts forth a wedding that takes place in a pleasing and splendid backdrop as two people are setting off for a new journey of life. Getting married on the banks of the holy river Ganga in Varanasi or Rishikesh, most likely in a resort, add to the devoutness and sanctity of the ceremony. The resorts in Rishikesh present many alternatives and once can even choose to tie the knot under the open skies facing the mountains.
11. Lavasa: Have an Italian Backdrop to your Indian Wedding
Located near Pune, this well laid out township is claimed to be India's first planned Hill station is modelled on a town in Italy. Will waterfalls, mountains, lakes, winding roads and breathtaking views couple with beautiful architecture, this place is amazing for having a destination wedding in India away from the grind of the city. In fact, it has become a recent favourite for such events and also has amazing infrastructure and amenities to pull it off. A lot of hotels, as well as the Lavasa International Conventions Center, specialize in holding such events.
12. Mandu: For the Rustic Destination Wedding In India
Mandu is one of those little towns in Madhya Pradesh, you have not heard of but will make your heart skip a beat. With the spell-binding architectural beauty of it monuments, the streets dripping with history and the romantic saga of Prince Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati as the backdrop, this place is tailor-made as the perfect wedding destination in India. It is set amidst the Satpura Mountains with the Malwa retreat and Mandu Palace serving as the picture-perfect venues. The nearby town of Pachmarhi provides a similar experience, leaving you spoilt for choice.
Be it any place, a destination wedding has its charm. After all, it's one in a lifetime (hopefully) thing. And it also gets you away from the usual Baraatis and the annoying relatives that you don't want to even invite for your wedding. With just a few special ones, close friends and family members in a great wedding destination the magic recipe for a great marriage is set.
(This is a guest post written by Nikita Mandhani)