Are you wondering where to go this Valentine’s Day? Looking for ideas for a romantic getaway?
Valentine ’s Day is an occasion to indulge unabashedly in unfettered expressions of love. A time to go the whole hog and transform dreams into reality. It is a time when the air itself seems to be smitten by love, the clouds run after each other flirtatiously and the entire world dances to the rhythm of cosmic love. The ambiance for such romantic moments need to be just right and here are a few places that we thought were an ideal setting for Valentine’s Day celebrations with your loved one, places where we have been and would love to head back again.
Top 4 Romantic Getaways For Valentine’s Day
It was the month of December and Christmas celebrations had just ended. We set off from Manali to our destination which was Gulaba, about 14 kilometers away on the Rohtang road. At this time of the year, Rohtang Pass was closed and we were informed that Gulaba was the farthest point that we could get to. The journey to Gulaba was straight out of a fairy tale, as we drove uphill on a curving road with zig-zag bends. The road was flanked by snow-covered trees and in some places, the terrain resembled huge scoops of Vanilla ice-cream!
Soon we reached our destination and promptly fell head over heels in love with the place. The views were simply breathtaking and the slopes of the mountains stretched invitingly like a creaseless, soft white mattress interspersed with green sequins. The place was virtually empty and we played in the snow to our heart’s content and when we were tired, simply sank into the soft snow and lost ourselves in the spectacular mountain views. It was not Valentine’s Day, but it was a romantic experience, which we cherish in our memories forever. Wherever we are, when we think of those lovely moments, we can sense the fragrance of the mountain air tinged with romance.
How to get there
* Gulaba is about 14 kilometers from Manali and is accessible by road
* Manali is well connected by road to Shimla and Chandigarh
* One can fly into Chandigarh and then drive down to Manali with stopover at Shimla, Manali is about 308 kilometers from Chandigarh and 265 kilometers from Shimla
The Taj Mahal may be the most clichéd of destinations for Valentine’s Day, but I would still love to go back to the monument of love again on Valentine’s Day. The monument described by Rabindranath Tagore as, “a teardrop on the cheek of time”, still continues to be a universal ode to love and romance.
The first time we set our eyes on the ballad of love etched in white marble, we could literally feel the butterflies in our stomachs and our hearts beat faster and we kept saying ‘Wow‘! The sight of the Taj Mahal is enough to kindle the flame of romance in the most unromantic heart.
How to get there
* Agra is about 250 kilometers from Delhi
* Agra is well connected to Delhi by road and rail
* Air India has flights to Agra from Delhi
This lovely city which charms you with its shades of French elegance is a place where love can be proclaimed with a French finesse. We had spent a couple of days in Pondicherry, but away from the city at a tranquil seaside resort which, with its eco-friendly design ensured that we were literally in the lap of nature.
The closeness to nature, walking hand in hand on the soft sands of the secluded beach, feeling spiritually connected watching the sun rise from the silvery waters of the Indian Ocean with a golden glow, are the elements that make for a wonderful Valentine’s Day experience. The day can be ended on a beautiful note with some cycling in the vintage French section of Pondicherry and a quiet dinner, watching the waves of the Indian Ocean beating on the beach.
How to get there
* Pondicherry is 173 kilometers from Chennai and 310 kilometers from Bangalore
* One can fly into Chennai or Bangalore and travel by road to Pondicherry
As you travel towards Coonoor, you are sure to breathe in large gulps of air that carry the fragrance of Tea and Eucalyptus. Coonoor is situated about 20 kilometers from the more crowded Ooty and nestles amidst sloping tea gardens. A wonderful way to get to Coonoor is to take the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway toy train from Mettupalayam.
The three and a half hour slow train journey will take your imagination on a romantic upsurge and you lose all sense of time as you cruise through verdant valleys, tiny tunnels, green glens. As the tiny train chugs up the hill and curves around the bend, your heart is sure to miss a beat. Once in Coonoor, treks amidst tea gardens and whispering sweet nothings in the leafy shade of enchanting gardens is sure to make your Valentine’s Day outing an indelible part of your memories.
How to get there
* Coonoor is about 293 kilometers from Bangalore and can be reached by road
* If you want to travel on the toy train from Mettupalayam to Coonoor, then you need to reach Coimbatore by flight and then take a taxi to Mettupalayam which is about 33 kilometers away
* You can book a seat on the toy train from this site
We hope this post on Valentine’s Day stirs a storm in your hearts and inspires you to pack your bags, hold hands and March into a beautiful sunset. Do not forget to tell us about your Valentine’s Day escapades!
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