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Top 5 destinations for romantics (India)



Heavenly Goa. Pic credit: aloshbennett via flickr
There is a romantic in all of us and whether one accepts it or not, somewhere inside, we do wish for that exotic holiday in a breathtakingly beautiful place with that someone special, where you can spend some quality time with your beloved in your own little world, without a care of what’s happening in the outer universe.
For my top 5 destinations for romantics, I’ve decided to stick wholly and solely with India. After all it is the Incredible India! Peaceful mountain hideaways, fairy tale desert sceneries, comforting beaches, exciting jungles, and of course the fabled Taj Mahal – these are some of the highlights that India has to offer, making India one of the most romantic places to visit.

White beauty: Taj Mahal. Pic: Sandeepachetan.com via flickr
Romantic Agra
No romantic visit to India is complete without a visit to Agra, so much so that city has become synonymous to the Taj Mahal, the epitome of beauty. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is an architectural marvel, apart from being the greatest symbol of love of a husband for his wife. Counted among the top 10 tourist places in the world, Agra as a historical city also stands for the architectural brilliance during the reign of Mughal emperors.

Breathtakingly beautiful Rajasthan. Pic: michaelfoley via flickr
Resplendent Rajasthan   
How about spending a few days in the company of your beloved, while enjoying the life of famous Rajasthani kings and queens of bygone era? Well, Rajasthan will offer you just that and much more. This magical destination reveals a new wonder almost each time you visit. The old world charm of the well-appointed hotels designed as palaces and vintage tourist spots are the highpoints of a Royal Rajasthani vacation. While in Rajasthan, a few days stay in Udaipur is a must. Also known as the City of lakes and the City of dawn, Udaipur's romantic appeal lies in the restful waters of Lake Pichola and the white marble Lake Palace at its heart. This delightful place is lined with old expansive mansions, beautiful gardens, elaborate and intricately designed temples, and grand palaces overseeing sprawling and shimmering lakes. Now you know why celebs – Hollywood and Bollywood prefer Rajasthan to be their wedding destination!

Heavenly Goa
Undoubtedly Goa is amongst the foremost visited and ultimate romantic spots in India. With its thriving nightlife and party culture, it can be an ideal holiday hotspot for couples who love to let their hair down. Even the ones who are on the lookout for a peaceful and relaxing getaway, Goa can be the ultimate haven. You can either enjoy long romantic walks on the beaches with your partner or indulge in some water sports or wind surfing with your beloved – the choice is yours. Home to a numbers of sprawling natural beaches, vintage monuments, Goan villages and beautiful Portuguese buildings, Goa undoubtedly is a heaven on earth.

God's own country: Kerala. Pic: roshansam via flickr
Divine Kerala
There’s something extremely romantic about the sound of waves hitting against a rocky shore and never-ending sunsets over the ocean. And you will find all this in abundance when you visit Kerala. Known as the God’s own country, Kerala is certainly one of the best romantic vacation getaways. Feel close to Nature and sail away in a house boat for a peaceful escape on a riverside or feast on some of the best South Indian cuisines while enjoying the thrilling adventurous getaways - a trip to Kerala is always a captivating and pleasurable experience.

Kullu Manali valley. Pic: Meghdutgorai via flickr
Inviting hills
Indian Hill stations are always one of the safest and best bet for a romantic getaway. In a country endowed with beautiful flora and fauna, there are over 200 lovely hill stations spread across the country. Out of these, some of the best options for a romantic getaway can be Ooty, Manali, Conoor, Kashmir, Nainital, Dehradun, Darjeeling and Shimla. Almost all the above mentioned hill stations can be ideal for a romantic and peaceful retreat.