Planning to get married? Here's our pick of exotic wedding destinations in India

There are several exotic wedding destinations across the country. Photo | Nishant Jha | Shutterstock

Of late, the trend of conducting weddings abroad has become popular among the youth of the country. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his monthly radio talk, ‘Man ki Baat,’ that hosting luxury weddings in India would help strengthen the nation’s economy. With India having a vast number of enchanting places that rival any destination abroad, why go to a foreign country and spend lakhs of rupees?
Below are some of the destinations in India we think would be ideal for conducting the perfect dream wedding.

Ri Kynjai in Meghalaya
If you are looking for a beautiful and serene lakeside wedding surrounded by mountains, come to Ri Kynjai in Meghalaya! Situated on the shores of Lake Umiam on 40 acres of land and bordered by pine forests, Ri Kynjai sets the stage for a dream-like wedding. Meadows, the surrounding hills, and the view of the sunset will make the most important moment in one’s life even more beautiful. Special facilities are in place for conducting weddings at Hotel Saw Aiom here.

The estate lays bare a beautiful view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and flower gardens. Photo | Glenburgteaestate website

Glenburn Tea Estate, West Bengal
What could be more beautiful than tying the knot amidst tea shrubs with leaves that gleam in the golden rays of the setting sun? The charming Glenburn Tea Estate is located atop a hill on a 100-acre tea estate in Darjeeling. The estate lays bare a beautiful view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and flower gardens. There are vineyards all around with the rivers Rungeet and Rung Dung flowing through this area. A large bungalow, built during the British colonial period, is available for guest accommodation.

Sula Vineyards, Maharashtra
How about having your wedding in the middle of a beautiful 1.5-acre vineyard? Sula Vineyards in Nashik provides a fully equipped event space with lights, lounge area, and an amphitheater. Additionally, there are pre-wedding packages for the bride and groom, including a spa and a wine tour.

At Sula Vineyards, there are pre-wedding packages for the bride and groom, including a spa and a wine tour. Photo | Sulavineyards website

Diphlu River Lodge, Assam
Fancy getting married at a venue set in the middle of the lush green Kaziranga National Park? If so, the Diphlu River Lodge in Assam offers such an opportunity. The facilities are ideal for small weddings. This is the resort where Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, spent their holidays. Besides the bamboo forest and riverside, the unique creative talent of local artisans can be witnessed all over, with bamboo cottages, beautiful footbridges, and decked-up restrooms.

Lakshman Sagar Lodge in Raipur is one such place. Photo | Lakshman Sagar Lodge website

Lakshman Sagar, Rajasthan
Rajasthan is known for its royal weddings. Apart from the grand venues where lavish weddings usually take place, there are many lesser-known places in the hinterland. Lakshman Sagar Lodge in Raipur is one such place. The lodge, spread over 32 acres near a man-made lake, was built in the 19th century for hunting tigers and other animals. It has now been modernised to suit weddings and honeymoons.

Image credite | Destiny Farm Resort

Destiny Farm Stay, Tamil Nadu
Is getting married on a beautiful farm in the middle of lush green hills an idea that you cherish? Destiny, a farmstay in the Nilgiris, 28 km from Ooty town, offers the perfect opportunity for just that. This dreamy farm boasts fine dining restaurants, a grand conference hall, and a tranquil lake. It also offers guided treks, horse riding, fishing, rappelling, ziplining, and day camping. Spas and massages for the bride and groom are available, making it an ideal location for post-wedding celebrations, including the honeymoon.

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