Bringing you 7 destinations for a soul-stirring wedding ceremony!
If you believe marriages are made in heaven then it makes sense to commemorate them in a special, spiritual location surrounded by your closest.
As the popularity of destination weddings rises, there’s also the growing awareness of the wealth India has in terms of sacred spaces that are also simply divine to look at and be in. Bringing an unparalleled charm to a very important moment in life – whether it is a beach, the mountains, a fort or a temple town – the Indian map is replete with locations that are beautiful on the inside and out.
To begin with, here are seven wonderfully spiritual sites for a destination wedding in India.
With grand, glorious temples rising up, Puri in Orissa is a beautiful beach town with sprawling beaches and a gentle ocean front. Only 60kms south of Bhubaneswar, the city teems with noted temples, shrines, maths, ashrams, natural wonders, architectural splendor and a vibe that lures in travellers from around the world. This destination gratifies the highly religious communities of the nation and is a wonderful setting for a new beginning. For those looking to host a beautiful ceremony in this pilgrimage town, Mayfair Waves, a boutique luxury hotel and Mayfair Palm Beach Resort are the ideal venues for the wedding of your dreams! It is approximately 2 km away from the Puri Railway Station and 2 km from Shree Jagannath Temple.
Mayfair Palm Beach Resort
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Pushkar, one of the most ancient cities of India, is located in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district. With 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky-blue temples, the town often hums with puja, chanting, drums and gongs, and devotional songs. What better way to take a step into your new life with your partner, than doing so right in this holy city with your loved ones around? Host your guests at the Ananta Spa and Resort Pushkar just 13 km from Ajmer City offering a serene environment to solemnize your grand celebration. The other amazing venues in this district include The Gateway Hotel Pushkar Bypass Ajmer set against the backdrop of the magnificent Aravalli hills. And Bhanwar Singh Palace which is situated within 10 minutes of the Pushkar’s Sarovar and between Ajmer – Pushkar by pass road, 15 minutes from Ajmer Dargah Shareef.
Bhanwar Singh Palace
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The breathtaking Golden Temple is as famous as the Punjabi folk scene is under explored and Amritsar is high on our list of recommended destinations. Not only is it home to the most sacred gurudwara, making the site one of the holiest you can find – the city boasts wonderful hotels. Basking in an enviable location that serves Amritsar and the adjoining cities of Jalandhar and Ludhiana Taj Swarna, Amritsar and Hyatt Amritsar are the perfect venues to make your celebration a truly memorable one for you and your guests.
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This gorgeous temple town on the shores of the Bay of Bengal is about 60 kms from the South Indian megapolis, Chennai. The town’s hospitality is fronted by beautiful resorts such as InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, Vivanta by Taj- Fisherman’s Cove, Mahabalipuram and the upcoming Four Points By Sheraton Mahabalipuram Resort. All are in close proximity to the beautiful temples and you can start planning your grand celebration at one of these gorgeous venues.
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5. Hampi and Belgaum
If you have always wanted an intimate wedding ceremony, you must consider the archeologically significant city of Hampi. Hampi is not one of the easiest destinations to reach and it is true, the UNESCO Heritage historical temples do not allow havans at weddings but doesn’t preparation for marriage teach you anything worth it, requires some effort?
Besides, there are older village temples around the main city that allow the traditional havan set-ups and are just as atmospheric. The Hyatt Place Hampi in Vidyanagar Township offers lush green lawns and indoor banquet venues for intimate weddings.
Hyatt Place Hampi
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Belgaum, on the other hand, rests peacefully in the foothills of the Western Ghats, 502 km from Bangalore and 154 km from Panaji and boasts some of the oldest temples in Karnataka. Getting married in this beautiful city of old temples, most likely in a resort, adds to the devoutness and sanctity of the ceremony. For spiritual seekers looking to make a symbolic commitment to one another in this city, host your nuptials at the brand-new Fairfield by Marriott Belagavi that offers easy access to the airport making it convenient for you and your guests.
An ancient wonder, one of the holiest and by far the most fascinating destinations, Varanasi, is also known as Banaras or Kashi and is the quintessential spiritual city of India. Destination weddings in Varanasi can be as luxurious as you like and there are unlimited choices when it comes to beautiful resorts. One of them is the Taj Nadesar Palace, a 20-minute drive from the center of Varanasi, close to the sacred river Ganges, set amidst gardens, fields and orchards. Providing a magical refuge in the holy city, this venue is iconic to hold your wedding ceremony.
Taj Nadesar Palace
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Imagine getting married on a cliff that hangs over the river Ganges. An idyllic setting that won’t break the bank, Rishikesh is a small town on the banks of the Ganges. The sound of the eternal river mingling with the chanting of mantras and the ringing of bells will infuse your celebrations with a consecration that will be unparalleled. The Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand in Rishikesh and Divine Resort Rishikesh are your perfect venues to have a peaceful wedding ceremony.
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If you had a soulful union at one of these sacred spaces, write in and tell us about your divine experience at firstname.lastname@example.org