So, you want to have a destination wedding….
Your fiancé just popped the question, and immediately your mind is racing: “Where will we have it?!”
For some, it’s their own backyard. For others, it’s a trip across the globe to experience the magical sights and sounds of what has rightfully earned the name, “Incredible India.”
The proof is in the pictures – India, a vast, populated expanse of land that goes to every extreme in terms of landscape, climate, and scenery. From the blissful, palm-fringed beaches of Goa to the glimmering, pristine waters of Udaipur in Rajasthan and incredible natural wonders of Agra, India has captivated thousands of couples in recent years as an ideal setting for destination weddings.
Marry under the serene desert skies in Jaisalmer, or choose from an abundance of ancient royal palaces to engage your nuptials. Our guide to destination weddings in India will help you pick the perfect locale for you and yours.
Known for a certain white marble mausoleum, this enchanting city is perhaps the most sought after place for a destination wedding in India. Feel like royalty on your special day as you say, “I do” against the backdrop of primeval castles, fortresses, and ornately decorated Mughal architecture. And if you can’t swing the Taj Mahal as your wedding locale, not to worry – Agra possesses a multitude of hotels, resorts, and smaller palaces where couples can tie the knot in style.
Situated in the heart of the famous “Golden Triangle,” this enthralling city is the gateway to India’s most colorful state. Another popular choice for destination weddings, Jaipur boasts an impressive display of flamboyantly painted architecture – from the intricate pink-and-white detailing of Hawa Mahal’s 953 jharokhas to the terracotta havelis of the historic centre. The bride and groom can celebrate their nuptials inside the Raj, recently deemed “The World’s Best Heritage Hotel,” or for a smaller-scale wedding, the Ramabagh or Samode Palaces.
Plan a destination wedding to the geographic center of the Rajasthan state! In Jodhpur, the vividly painted cubes of blue glitter beneath a majestic skyline. Dominating this skyline is Mehrangarh Fort, a centuries-old bastion set atop an immense rocky ridge. Still run by the Jodhpur royal family, cheers to a celebration of love and friendship inside this regal fortress, or for a more extravagant affair, tie the knot inside the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Colonial-style Rabanka Palace offers a stately accommodation for a more moderate budget and occasion.
You didn’t think we could talk about destination weddings in India without mentioning a certain shimmering stretch of golden-sand beaches? Every year, Goa brings hordes of wedding parties to its serene tropical paradise. Under it’s palm-fringed shores, the bride and groom stand in matrimony, imparting the words that bind them for eternity. For an indoor wedding, try the Taj Exotica, a 56-acre resort complete with garden villas, banquet halls, and hotel rooms overlooking the Arabian Sea, or Leela Hotel, with it’s massive outdoor lawn dotted with exotic palms. Whatever you decide, we guarantee you will always feel the wonderful charm of Goa!
For those brides looking for a palatial wedding set amongst glimmering lakes and flourishing wooded hills, Udaipur has a romantic charm that has earned it the reputation of being the most romantic spot on the continent of India. Also referred to as, “The Venice of the East,” this enchanting paradise provides a mesmerizing setting for a beautiful union. Set the stage for your destination wedding in the center of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola, in the floating Taj Lake Hotel. This pristine white palace, once used for the Rajput royal parties, provides an intimate setting for a special couple.
Couples from all around the world travel to Ranthambore for a taste of wilderness and luxury on their magical day. Hear the distant roar of tigers echo in the foothills of the grandiose Aravalli’s as you exchange vows under the tendrils of the banyan trees. A destination wedding in Ranthambore gives rise to a mesmerizing display of rich and vibrant cultural traditions. For the more traditional bride, choose from a wide array of lavish palaces converted into heritage hotels, and for the more audacious…perhaps a treehouse wedding. Whatever your desire, the magical world of Ranthambore is destined to bring your fairy-tale wedding to life.
Underneath the clear desert skies of Jaisalmer, the sun-kissed sand dunes and vast terrain of the Great Thar Desert laze on. The Golden City evokes images of a bygone era, leaving couples entranced by its magic and luster. It is here that couples will experience exotic camel rides and the rustic heritage of age-old traditions. Tie the knot under the serene desert skies, or choose from a host of different venues, such as Suryagarh and Fort Rajwada.