Friday, 13 February 2015

6 Most Romantic Places In India


When you think of romance, what comes to your mind? Well, I think of beauty, magic and love. There are certain places in India that personify romance. I believe these places evoke so much of mellowness that it’s hard to remain indifferent. You simply surrender to the hypnotic beauty around you and allow it numb you for a while.

So while it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I should share with you some of the romantic places in India that I have loved experiencing. But, I have a word of warning for you - Going to these places solo is NOT recommended at all!                    

Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Ah! The moment I had my first glimpse of Lake Pichola, I simply went berserk with my camera. I couldn’t stop taking pictures till the time the sun hid behind the Aravallis and left behind its poignant hues to leave me more spellbound. The sight of the beautiful Lake Palace hotel settled in the middle of the lake is unique and mesmeric. Besides, the atmosphere of the people sitting quietly by the lake, the buzz of the ferries and the royal air of the City Palace accentuate the joy of being at Lake Pichola.   
  

Marine Drive, Mumbai

A breezy stroll along the Marine Drive pavement introduces you to the simplicity of romance. No wonder the locals hog the site ferociously on any given day. But, it’s a place where you can steal a few quiet moments in the midst of all the noise and commotion. I would say there is a unique charm to the atmosphere. You can sit there for hours and gaze the horizon and still feel there is so much left to discover.     


Boulders at Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy Temple, Hampi

I don’t think I was ever at a loss of words and awestruck the way I was at Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy Temple and its boulders, from where I saw the most amorous sunset of my life. Don’t believe me, go and experience it on your own. The way the landscape rests in its nonchalance and the setting of the sun while the moon appears shyly, all of it is sheer poetry transforming into reality. 


Golden Temple, Amritsar

How can a religious site be so romantic? I don’t care if I am called crazy, but Golden Temple is divinely romantic. Besides its awe-inspiring reflection in the water, the aura of its ardent devotees and the bare-feet walking add to the charismatic experience.      


Backwaters of Kerala

I don’t really need to say much on the romantic quotient of the pristine backwaters of Kerala. Island hopping on a quaint houseboat is an incurably romantic experience. As you float on water, all you witness around is the picturesque fencing of coconut trees and the distant horizon, which solace your heart. It’s like a short trip to paradise while you are still alive.      


Nandi Hills, Karnataka

Nandi Hills is an endearing short getaway from Bangalore. Particularly loved for its sunsets and sunrises, it’s a place that beckons all the love-sick souls for romantic rendezvous. (Beware of the annoying monkeys, though!)


What’s YOUR favourite romantic place in the world?       

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34 comments:

  1. Lovely post! Wish you Happy Valentines, Renuka :)

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    1. Thanks so much! :-) Happy Valentine's Day to you as well!

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  2. I liked the concept of romance at Lake Pichola, Udaipur. Thank you for a few nice spots :)

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    1. You're welcome! :-) Yes, Lake Pichola is magical!

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  3. I personally feel it s the person whom you are with whom makes it romantic rather than the place, person 1st, place comes next.. how ever Marine drive mumbai is my pick

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  4. You picked some great spots! I especially want to visit Udaipur and go houseboating on the Kerala backwaters.

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    1. Thanks Emma! Yes, Udaipur is a royal experience while Kerala backwaters are mesmerizing.

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  5. Udaipur, Golden Temple and Kerala - I can vouch for all of them. Sooooo romantic!! I just wish my other half had been with me then!! :p

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    1. Haha! :-) Yes! Ironically enough, I have been to all these romantic places alone. :-)

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  6. I would add Coonoor to the list :)

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    1. I found Coonoor lovely, too! But maybe not romantic enough. :-)

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  7. Great list! I loved the Keralan backwaters - I rented a boat with my brother though so it definitely wasn't romantic haha. Can't wait to revisit one day with my boyfriend though! So many great suggestions here.

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    1. Yeah, I guess both you and your brother should return to backwaters with your respective partners! :-)

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  8. Another useful and great list around Valentine's Day. I am happy that I was at one of the places listed above on Valentine's Day. We were in Mumbai and Marine Drive was awesome. The best thing I like about Marine drive is that both rich and poor, old and young couples were there expressing their love. If I have to add one place to this list, I would add South Goa beaches because they have peaceful and starry nights.

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    1. Thanks Pooja! :-) Yes, I agree with you that South Goan beaches are so romantic.

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  9. Great valentine day post folded in travel envelop. The first image was perfect V-day Travel card, Very creative indeed.

    Renuka, I nominated you for Most Inspiring Blogger Award. You can view your nomination here:
    http://metimediary.blogspot.in/2015/02/very-inspiring-versatile-blogger-awards.html

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    1. Thanks so much, Vishal! :-) I am honored and humbled.

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  10. Hm, in all these years in Mumbai I've never spent a romantic evening at Marine Drive.... Food for thought :)
    But I know another romantic location - in the Hanging Garden early in the morning there is a beautiful view at Marine Drive and rising sun.

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    1. Antonina, you are fortunate to be staying in Mumbai. It's the dream city of India. Although chaotic, it is mesmerizing to the core. Yes, I am sure the hanging garden must be beautiful.

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  11. O Wow... A good list!
    But missing my favorite Dal lake,Kashmir. :(

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    1. I haven't been to Dal Lake yet, so maybe next time! :-)

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  12. Simple yet romantic list that literally transported me to these places for a moment. I wonder why hill stations haven't taken a place in this list, but yeah..there can never be a comprehensive list of romantic places in India, because there's gazillion places in India like that, and some of my favourites are Kodaikanal, Taj Mahal (I may sound very cliched, I know), or any historic palace in India.

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    1. I'm sure Taj Mahal is incredibly romantic, but I'm yet to see it! I don't find hill stations very romantic. Yes, you are right that there are gazillion romantic places in India. :-)

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  13. These are some VERY romantic places indeed! I also found Udaipur and the backwaters very romantic. The latter is actually where my now husband and I really fell in love and decided we'd want to be together forever... Cheesy much ;) I can totally imagine that the Gold Temple in Amristar would be very romantic, religious site or not. I'd love to go!

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    1. Yes, I think you must visit Golden Temple with your husband. I am sure you will love it! It is sooooo romantic. :-)

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  14. India is 100% on my list of places to go. It was my grandmother's very favourite holiday destination. She used to go almost every year !! I'll remember this list for when I travel there!

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    1. Oh yes, Alex. You will love India. :-) Hope you make it here soon!

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  15. Really enjoyed this post. I agree with Pooja, my husband and I's first trip together was South Goa a month after our first date. It was great reading about places I've been and meaning to go in a different light!

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    1. Lovely! I am yet to explore South Goa deeply.

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