Planning on packing your bags and taking off for a romantic get-away this Valentine’s Day, but can’t decide where? Of course, planning doesn’t come easy to most of us, more so when we are less than two weeks away from V Day! Fret not, we take it upon us to offer you the best of options to ensure you have an impeccable and private mini-vacation with your beloved…
Forget the insanely crowded Calangute, Candolim or Baga beaches this Valentine’s Day.
We recommend Mandrem instead – a coastal village in North Goa, around 21 km from the capital city of Panaji. A stark contrast to the popular party pumping places in Goa, Mandrem is a tranquil, crystal clear beach with only a few people in sight. The neighbourhood restaurants and bars are quite a delight here – the local flavour is reflected not just through the food but even through the colourfully done cottages! Candles light dinners to romantic boat rides during the day, where you raise a toast to yourself while you spot a Dolphin or two in the sea sounds like an apt V-Day plan to us.
One of the most breathtakingly beautiful beaches in India, Ganpatipule falls under Ratnagiri district along the Konkan state of Maharashtra, around 375 kms south of Mumbai.
With a weather that gels perfectly with the theme of the day, this place is a clear winner if your partner or you happen to be beach lovers. This small town holds a deep religious relevance, and has an equally rich cultural heritage. Apart from soaking in some peace by the serene sea shores, you can also visit the famous Ganpati temple that gives the place its name. The temple is set at the base of a hill and (going by folklores) is said to have emerged from out of the soil. Seek the blessings of the local deity for eternal togetherness while you are there and it might just be fulfilled! Sauntering along the sandy shores, sitting by the beach, exploring the local village and digging in some konkan food sounds like a quiet yet sweet celebration of love this Valentine’s Day.
Coorg has love written all over it.
Situated in the magnificent Western Ghats, Coorg is one of the best hill stations in South India. Huge stretches of green, scenic waterfalls, magnetic mountains, dense coffee plantations, pretty cottages, the alluring yet tantalising weather defines the old world charm that Coorg beholds. This Valentine’s Day wake up to a misty morning, sip a hot cup of coffee, and snuggle with your partner as you gaze with wonderment at the lofty mountains from your window. We bet you will fall in love with this place and your partner all over again. The hill station also offers a bunch of adventure sports such as trekking, water rafting, and hiking which you should experience, with the love of your life in tow, of course.
Srinagar is nothing less than a topographical marvel!
Bollywood films have extensively portrayed Kashmir as a quintessential backdrop while trying to create romance on the silverscreen. Take a cue from them and do the same to impress your love on V-Day. A private shikara ride cutting through the early morning mist will be a memorable experience. A walk across the picturesque Tulip Gardens will also bring out the romantic in both of you. A stroll by the magnificent Dal Lake in the evenings is also a typical yet extremely romantic thing to do, especially if you are celebrating your love on Valentine’s Day. We say cozy up to the beautiful sights with a glass of the local tea ‘kahwah’ in hand and whisper sweet nothings as you admire the beauty around you.
The Golden City of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer is perhaps one of the few unique places that gives you both a royal and a gypsy-like experience, at the same time.
Surrounded by the colossal Thar desert, Jaisalmer is best known for the 800 years old Jaisalmer Fort. The splendidly glamorous sand dunes are not to be missed – especially while the sun sets! The melting sun is the perfect backdrop to express your love to your partner. Make sure you are on camel back to soak in the beauty of your surroundings during sunset. You can also impress your partner by indulging in some dare devilry a you participate in a camel race or embark on a thrilling jeep safari across the dunes this V-Day. Treat your lady love like a princess on Valentine’s as you take her to soak in the sights of a gorgeously lit Mehrangarh Fort in the evenings and for a romantic candle light dinner at the alluring Umaid Bhavan Palace thereafter.