A destination wedding in India is an ideal way to experience and appreciate the land, its beauty as well as the rich culture and heritage. India as we know is a colourful mosaic of regional traditions and cultures with common thread of beliefs and values. Each state of this country has something unique in store that can become an integral part of your wedding. However deciding on a wedding destination can prove quite challenging, given the individual appeal of each region. Here’s our pick of 10 best destination wedding places to make your task a tad easier.
This land of Rajput kings still retains its imperial grandeur, thanks to the heritage structures maintained in great shape. It is an ideal destination for both opulent and budget weddings. Palaces, mansions and forts set amidst scenic settings of sand dunes and lakes, contemporary Luxury hotels (Taj, Oberoi, Leela, Ramada, Marriott) with sprawling lawns, and the several temples and monuments across Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Ranthambore are perfect for a grand wedding. Umaid Bhavan, Mehrangarh Fort, Rajwada Fort, Gorbandh Palace, Suryagarh, Fatehgarh Fort and Jagmandir Island Palace are but a few popular wedding locations in Rajasthan.
Kashmir is fast becoming a popular destination wedding location despite being a politically sensitive zone. Srinagar has some of the most scenic and comfortable resorts that effortlessly double up as wonderful wedding locations, replete with all amenities to host the event. Houseboat wedding on the Dal Lake could prove a novel experience. Ethnic clothes, cuisine and music of Kashmir is sure to revv up the occasion.
The stunning coastline of Kerala with several classic beach resorts, the intricate water channels of the backwaters lined with lush greenery, peaceful and sprawling expanses of tea gardens and coffee estates, picturesque cool hill stations and host of temples here have much in store for you, when it comes to wedding themes. This is yet another destination that supports houseboat weddings on the backwaters. Munnar, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Cochin, Trivandrum and Kovalam are but a few places with all necessary infrastructure to pull off a destination wedding perfectly.
A wedding in Sikkim amidst the spectacular mountains, verdant landscape, serene environment, splendid monasteries and stunning views is sure bound to be etched in memory. Despite the remoteness of the location, Gangtok has the best of infrastructure and service providers for a destination wedding. The Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino, and The Royal Plaza are ideal for weddings, banquets and other celebrations as well.
The pristine natural terrain on “the roof of the world”, Ladakh is fast becoming a popular wedding destination for those who are willing to brave the uncertain weather. Vast scenic deserted expanses dotted with snow capped mountains, colourful valleys, and stunning monasteries, serve as an excellent backdrop for pre and post wedding romantic photo shoots. There are select resorts and hotels in Leh and Nubra Valley that have the facilities and services to host wedding ceremonies or receptions in Ladakh. It is important to short list venues and check if they are fully equipped to handle the event. Also make sure to get here a couple of days before the special day to acclimatize yourself.
Goa is probably the first destination that hits your mind when you think of beach weddings. A pleasant and fun wedding destination where the couple can exchange vows on the beach flanked by the vast expanses of sky, sea and sand, cool sea breeze, swaying palms and of course friends, family and the guests. Beach resorts here are ever prepared to host a wedding at their premises irrespective of the number of guests!
This is a great destination for those planning a mountain wedding. With several picturesque locations served by luxury hotels and resorts, you are bound to be spoilt for choice. Wedding planners also help organize weddings at private villas or farmhouses if you so wish. Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Kasauli have all the necessary facilities and service providers to help organize destination weddings both large scale and on budget.
Grand weddings are characteristic of this part of the country, which was once the stronghold of the Nizams. While Tirupati is a preferred wedding destination for traditional Hindu weddings, Hyderabad perfectly caters to the demands of opulent wedding celebrations of all types. Palace weddings at the Chowmallah Palace, or the majestic Falaknuma marble Palace, an erstwhile home of the royals, are needed memorable and enjoyable.
Coffee plantations, pleasant hill stations, lush natural reserves and stunning water bodies Karnataka is a perfect wedding destination for nature lovers. Chikmagalur nestled amidst the towering hills and lush forests at the base of the Mullayanagiri range is a dream setting, while Coorg enveloped by crisp and cool environments also proves an equally tempting destination for outdoor weddings. Kabini and Bandipur are indeed exotic off-beat wedding locations that sit right at the edge of naturally rich wildlife reserves, and Hampi more suited for intimate weddings. Bangalore the IT capital of India has a multitude of luxury hotels that are perfect for large scale wedding celebrations and heavy entertainment.
While Chennai does have the best infrastructure for city-based weddings, Mahabalipuram proves a perfect destination for an ultimate beach wedding experience. Heritage architecture, temples, a beautiful coastline prove a great location for the wedding and special photo shoots. The famous Fisherman’s cove resort can handle your wedding arrangements. Picturesque hill stations such as Ooty, Coonoor and Kodaikanal, and temple cities such as Srirangam and Kancheepuram also prove great wedding venues here.
Irrespective of the destination you choose, make sure to organize a pre and post wedding shoot to capture the special moments in a special destination for posterity!