Travel Ideas for Valentine's Day


Anuja Pradhan


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we want to help you celebrate the spirit of love. If you’re looking for travel ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2015, look no further because we have some interesting options for you. Take your special someone to one of these places from our list of India’s most romantic destinations, and you’ll make it a trip to remember! Locations brimming with charming histories and striking views, India’s most romantic destinations await you.


Taj Mahal, Agra


When it comes to paying homage to your beloved, there is no place that can beat the Taj Mahal. The city of Agra, home to three UNESCO world heritage sites, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, reverberates with stories of battle and love equally. Take a walk across the lush Mehtab Bagh or marvel at the grandeur of the marble structures that dominate Agra Fort; make your own story among the many inspirational ones here.


City Palace, Udaipur

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Deemed as the ‘it’ place for fairy-tale-like destination weddings, Udaipur impresses visitors with intricate architecture, serene lakes and royal charm. With the beautiful Lake Pichola as a centrepiece, this Jewel of Mewar takes its amorous guests on a journey through magnificent structures like the City Palace, quiet experiences like sailing across Lake Fatehsagar and private walks through Gulab Bagh. Treat your Valentine to palatial romance by staying at one of the many palace hotels in Udaipur.


Nestled between the plush greens of Kerala’s Wayanad District and the perennial Cauvery River in Karnataka lies a haven for every outdoor enthusiast. If your Valentine loves wildlife, you can spot elephants, tigers and other stunning wildlife at Nagarahole National Park nearby. Far from the hectic commotion of the city, Kabini is the perfect place to wind down for a candle-lit dinner under a blanket of stars or to quietly enjoy each other’s company as you observe a fleeting variety of flora and fauna.


House Boat Kerala

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One of India’s most popular tourist destinations, Kerala features abundant tea plantations, fascinating culture and pristine backwaters. Venture out on a trip to explore local Keralite lifestyle as you observe picturesque homes and verdant palm trees from a private houseboat, cruising across serene backwaters. Treat your olfactory senses on a spice garden tour and return to your houseboat’s kitchen to test your culinary skills by cooking your partner a special Valentine’s Day dinner, or let the chef cook you a romantic private meal. Back on the shore you can enjoy an ayurvedic themed couples massage for complete relaxation.



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Think timeworn elegance and journeys back to the past, and it’s the sandy city of Jaisalmer that comes to mind. Thriving with a life of its own, Jaisalmer’s energy is hard to ignore especially when you witness colourful traditional attire, grand havelis and fascinating forts. One of the definite romantic things to do with your Valentine in Jaisalmer is to take a safari ride on camelback and enjoy traditional dance, music and cuisine under the stars in the isolated desert.


Dal Lake, Srinagar

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Revolutionizing simple ‘boat rides’ since the early 50s’ is the enchanted city of Srinagar where houseboats have become travellers’ preferred mode of exploration. While a trip to the capital of Jammu and Kashmir is preferable in the summer months, lounging in shikara (boat) rides in the boundless Dal Lake is worth the visit. Pamper your Valentine by shopping a variety of curios showcased on boats around you at the floating market and follow it up with a trip to Hazratbal Mosque and Shankaracharya Temple; co-existing in peace and humbling in experience.


Couple in Goa

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Goa is one of those places where companionship and intimacy come to the forefront with ease. Arrange for a self-driven car/bike and you’re set to explore charming villages, heavenly churches and hidden beaches on a dicovery-fueled Valentine’s Day. With over 30 beaches forming the state’s coastline, you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of travel ideas in Goa. Your stay options here can also add to your romantic holiday as you have a wide variety of boutique hotels and luxurious resorts to choose from.

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