Searching for something quiet, isolated and that takes romance to a new level? Well, we’ve done the research and found five homestays across India that are ideal for a weekend break this Valentine’s Day. By Gayatri Moodliar
1. Sunnymead, Shimla
Update the done-to-death Shimla trip by lodging yourself at this rustic and charming B&B. Built in a colonial style, there’s a sprawling garden that comes with it, offering the perfect vantage point to take in the mountainous landscape. Opt for the Tara room, which faces the Tara Devi mountain and is stocked with antique furniture. This is basically the most scenic Valentine’s Day you could have.
2. The Homestead, Corbett
If you want to really milk Valentine’s Day for its purpose, The Homestead allows you to literally gaze at the stars with your significant other. Unwind with a Turkish steam bath at the spa, and then hop into the jacuzzi.
3. Cardamom House, Near Athoor, Tamil Nadu
Book the Pondicherry Suite here, and avail a room with an interconnected lounge area. You’ll get a private verandah that opens up to a swimming pool, and there’s also access to the rooftop terrace. With the opportunities for birdwatching, it’s perfect for the couple that loves nature.
4. Shahpura Bagh, Rajasthan
Surrounded by two lakes and set in a 45-acre garden, Shahpura Bagh is the perfect royal Valentine getaway. Oozing regality, the house (mansion) has conveniently located hammocks spread throughout its terrain, and the hosts guarantee indulgent amenities.
5. Thippanahalli Homestay, Chikmagalur
If you want to learn all about coffee with your partner on Valentine’s Day, there’s no better place than Chikmagalur. And the Thippanahalli homestay allows you to dive into the process. Decorated with ornate chandeliers and artefacts, it’s a romantic respite you don’t want to miss out on.