If you’re thinking of having a destination wedding in India, the beaches of Goa and palaces of Rajasthan are not your only options. Couples in India have been exploring fresh offbeat venues to host their destination wedding. From national parks to tea estates and heritage sites, every destination is now a wedding destination helping urban couples host intimate, budget events away from their crowded home cities.
We’ve curated a fresh list of the best 10 offbeat places for your destination wedding in India:
- Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
- Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
- Naukuchiatal in Nainital, Uttrakhand
- Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
- Dehradun, Uttrakhand
- Mussoorie, Uttrakhand
- Khimsar, Rajasthan
- Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
- Hampi, Karnataka
- Kumarakom, Kerala
Read on to find all the details of each destination, including recommended venues (hotels & resorts) and tried and tested decorator names!
West & North India
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh is not the first state that comes to mind when one thinks “destination wedding.” Heck, it probably doesn’t make it to the top 5! But the heritage city of Khajuraho has found Madhya Pradesh a spot on the Indian destination wedding map thanks to its many regal hotels and historically significant monuments. The beauty with which the old and the new amalgamate in Khujaraho is, quite frankly, unparalleled. It’s a good alternative for anyone wanting a royal wedding in a location that’s not Rajasthan.
- Recommended Wedding Venues: The Lalit Temple View, Ramada Khajuraho or Syna Heritage Hotel (budget option)
2. Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
If you want to have a destination wedding in Madhya Pradesh, another great place is Kanha national park. It has some great five-star properties, thus giving you the best of both worlds – a luxurious stay and raw natural vibes. Adventure lovers won’t be able to find a destination more suitable than Kanha for their wedding.
3. Naukuchiatal in Nainital, Uttrakhand
It’s a hidden gem in Uttrakhand, with views of both the lake and hills! The Lake Resort in Naukuchiatal (Nainital) is a tried and tested cool wedding venue that comes highly recommended by multiple brides. You can have your mandap ceremony overlooking the lake or host a wedding event in the middle of a forest-like area. There are a variety of spaces for different wedding functions here.
- Recommended Wedding Venue: The Lake Resort
- Tried & tested local wedding decorator for this venue: Virus Entertainers
4. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
For north Indian couples, the Rishikesh river beds are the perfect replacement for the beaches of Goa and still within driving distance. Save up on flight costs and spend instead on booking a good hotel and decorator who can create the perfect setup for you. This is one place you should consider exploring if you’re looking to host a destination wedding near Delhi.
Similar to Rishikesh, Dehradun is another great place to host a destination wedding in India. If you’re having a summer wedding in North Indian, a hill station is a good idea, especially as an alternative to all you Delhi couples. Your guests will thank you for saving them from the unbearable summer heat and the nice views!
- Recommended Wedding Venues in Dehradun: Four Points Sheraton Dehradun or Vishranti Resorts Dehradun
- Tried & tested local wedding decorator for these venues: Jyotika Anand
6. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Mussoorie weddings bring with them the scope to shoot stunning couple portraits with the Himalayan peaks in the backdrop. Hotel chains like Jaypee and JW Marriot already have established properties here, which can make your planning process much simpler.
- Recommended Wedding Venues: Jaypee Residency Manor, JW Marriott Mussoorie or Royal Orchid Fort Resort (budget option)
7. Khimsar, Rajasthan
If you think a destination wedding in Rajasthan only means a palace venue, think again. Khimsar’s untouched beauty is getting a lot of attention and it’s giving competition is the palaces of Jaipur, Udaipur & Jodhpur! What we love most about this destination? The option to get married in a literal desert with an oasis as a backdrop for your mandap. If that isn’t refreshingly different enough, we don’t know what is!
- Recommended Wedding Venues: Welcome Hotels Khimsar Fort and Dunes
In South India
8. Vizag (Visakhapatnam), Andhra Pradesh
Beach weddings don’t have to necessarily mean Goa! Vizag is a beach destination that has clean and empty beaches to add to the charm of your intimate wedding. You can depend on any of the successful hotels and decorators of the city to give you the wedding of your dreams.
9. Hampi, Karnataka
This world heritage site is still new on the map but totally worth a mention. We’ve recently seen some stunning wedding setups being created in this city, which is away from the rush of other Indian wedding destinations. You can book Bangalore’s top wedding vendors since it’s just seven hours away, thus cutting down on flight and stay costs for everyone.
10. Kumarakom, Kerala
Backwaters, houseboats, beach shacks and abundant forests, Kumarakom’s got it all. The closest airport (Cochin International Airport) is just an hour away and we’ve heard of many road trip enthusiasts driving to this exotic location from as far as Bengaluru too (10 hours). Look up the Lake Resorts here and prepare to be wowed!
If you’re planning to have a destination wedding in India, we hope you’ve found this post helpful.
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