Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your beloved at one of these beautiful destinations that exude love. By Yagnoseni Das
If you’re a couple that loves to travel, then Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for you to pack your bags and elope from the daily hustle to celebrate the day of love. Because, imagine spending a cosy day at a snow-capped hill station, or a picnic in a lush meadow with the warm sun above or maybe a campsite candlelit dinner beside the ocean, sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? So here are our top picks of some great Valentine’s Day destinations.
Destinations for a perfect Valentine’s Day getaway
This quaint little hill station is absolutely breathtaking with its many waterfalls, lakes, gardens and lush natural landscapes. The pair can enjoy noting on the popular Ooty Lake or rent cycles and have a cute little cycling session around the gorgeous lake. And like any good romantic movie, Ooty has the Doddabetta Peak, which provides a remarkable spot to just sit and take in the gorgeous view of the entire hill station. And if you are a couple that craves adventure, then trekking in the surrounding thick forest is a great option.
Keeping with trends of hill stations for a romantic getaway, Nainital is another excellent choice to just pack your bags and visit, leaving your busy life behind for a while. This stunning city with the Kumaon mountain range surrounding the famous Nainital lake is a scene to behold. From strolling through the city to reaching the SnowView point via rope line, trekking or just by driving to catch the glimpse of the majestic peaks of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot, the city has much to offer.
Puducherry is a place that offers amazing architecture, food, adventure and just a jolly good time. This former French colonial settlement is a paradise in itself. From walking around and having breakfast at cute cafes, to catching those surfing classes that you never got the chance to before, Puducherry offers an ample array of fun activities that you and your valentine can participate in.
This picturesque town is a perfect amalgamation of breathtaking natural landscapes and amazing colonial structures. A couple-favourite destination, Dalhousie deserves all the praise it has gotten over the years. With varied options of activities like paragliding, horse riding or picnicking in the beautiful playground of Khajjiar, visiting the beautiful gothic cathedral churches in the Mall road to having a romantic brunch in one of the many eateries, we fear that the departure might not be an easy task.
Gokarna is the next best destination if you’re looking to spend some beach time with your partner but have already been to Goa, or maybe you want to avoid the flock of tourists that gather there during this time. The set up of the blue sea with the golden sand accompanied by the enthralling sound of the ocean is a perfect setting to go for a stroll with your beloved. And if you’re a couple that plays hard together, activities like snorkelling and surfing mustn’t be skipped. Several resorts in Gokarna offer camping opportunities, so while you’re at it, why not plan a candlelit dinner to end the perfect day?
Auli is all about its spectacular scenery. Snow clad mountain peaks, stunning lakes both natural and man-made and parks that boasts a rich biosphere. Witness the serene view of the valleys and meadows below in the ropeway connecting the hill stations of Auli and Joshimath. Apart from that Auli offers skiing experiences to both professionals and amateurs, so if you and your partner are feeling adventurous, head over to the Auli Ski Resort to get a taste of the thrills of mountains.
Best known for its tea gardens, monasteries, gondola rides and toy train, Darjeeling is a dreamy destination with endless activities for every kind of couple. We recommend visiting the lush tea gardens and witnessing the sunset in Tiger Hill. Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Park are also ideal spots for a lazy yet satisfying stroll. And what better way to witness the amazing landscape with your beloved from the Darjeeling ropeway?
For a funfilled time in this picturesque city we recommend visiting these hotspots for tourists, Do Drul Chorten Stupa, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Seven Sisters waterfall, White Hall Memorial, Saramsa Garden, Nathula Pass, and many more. And for an amazing night experience, Gangtok serves plenty, be it strolling through the shiny and colourful city after a romantic dinner and stopping to enjoy the live music in the streets or partying the night away at one of the many nightclubs, lounges or casinos.
This golden gem of a city is what dreams are made of. Famously known as the Sun City, Jodhpur serves a plethora of visual offerings to its visitors. Couples can visit the city’s forts especially the famous Mehrangarh Fort take a stroll in the Mandore gardens and go boating in the Kailana lake. A little away from the city lies Khimsar where you and your partner can take a desert safari through the sand dunes.
Fondly known as the ‘Scotland of India”, this northeastern city is blessed with a rich biosphere. Visiting the Elephant falls, the mighty Cherrapuji falls or the vast Umiam lake is a must if you’re a sucker for natural sceneries. And while we’re sorted for the day, the nightlife in Shillong is as eventful with its colourful night market. And although there are plenty of luxury dining options in the city, you must not miss out on savouring the steaming local street-side delicacies in the cool weather.
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