20+ Pre-wedding shoot Locations in India favored by Real Couples
From snowy peaks to luxurious palaces, these stunning pre-wedding photoshoot locations in India will save you travel time while ensuring you make a splash online!
Perfect for capturing those cheerful, anticipation-filled moments right before you tie the knot and embark on a new adventure, a pre-wedding photoshoot nowadays features on every couple’s checklist. And while the current uncertain times may have hampered your dream of having a fairytale-like international photoshoot, we’re here to tell you that all is not lost! Be it snow-capped mountains or the azure seas that have caught your fancy, India offers a plethora of magical pre-wedding photoshoot locations that’ll leave you spellbound. So to save you the legwork of making up a checklist, we’ve curated a list of stunning pre-wedding photoshoot locations that these real couples can’t seem to get enough of!
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur:
Expressing regal elegance at every turn, Rambagh Palace is a treat for the senses and is ideal for an ultra-romantic pre-wedding photoshoot. Gushing about the palatial environs, the couple, Rosrin Kalra and Anand Thakral share, “Rambagh Palace is so grand and beautiful and it has stood the test of time because of the loving care that has preserved it. We felt it resonated with what a marriage should be like something meant to last forever, no matter what happens, it must be treated with love and care.”
Amer Fort, Jaipur:
Overlooking the Maota Lake, Amer Fort’s Mughal inspired architecture adds a dash of history and vintage charm to every picture. From its elegantly carved arches to rough stone stairs, this fort has many spots where you and your partner can relax, pose and revel in romance. For Shreya and Siddharth this architectural wonder was the perfect place to spend loving moments before they tied the knot!
RAAS Devigarh, Udaipur:
Located an hour away from Udaipur, this 18th Century palace merges the glory of old-world Rajputana hospitality with modern amenities. Nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills, this palatial hotel gives couples ample opportunities to capture stunning shots that’ll no doubt make a splash online. NRI lovebirds, Richa, and Swapnil’s pre-wedding photoshoot at this gorgeous location was a feast for the eyes!
Leela Palace, Udaipur:
Located right beside the peaceful Lake Pichola, The Leela Palace ticks all the right boxes for a pre-wedding shoot with its regal and modern environs. Right from a terrace that overlooks the lake to a contemporary checkered poolside, this property offers a variety of spots that give your pre-wedding photoshoot a unique twist. Bhoomi Patel and Harshal’s playful pre-wedding photoshoot here combined the best of classic and modern elements perfectly!
Welcomhotel The Savoy, Mussoorie:
Quaint and elegant, this hotel in Mussoorie will instantly take you back in time with its old school architecture. Pallavi and Dishant, who executed a stunning shoot there before tying the knot, share, “Both of us love mountainous landscapes, the romantic atmosphere and chilly vibes that hill stations provide. Being a big Bollywood buff, we zeroed in on Welcomhotel The Savoy for its quaint English architecture style
A stroll through the old school, Mussoorie
Being home to several picturesque schools where many fond memories are created, a trip to Mussoorie can also double up as a nostalgic trip for both partners to get to know each other better. Such was the case for Trisha and Aish who executed a photoshoot at the to-be bride’s former school. Trisha shares, “I wanted Aish to see where I grew up and hence, we made the decision to shoot at my school. It was more of a spontaneous shoot where we walked around the hills spotting different locations. There were a few places where we couldn’t shoot since they were highly secured and needed special permission”.
Historic and breathtaking, Hampi with its majestic stone ruins is the perfect spot to savor a few precious moments and discover some amazing architecture while you’re there, right before you tie the knot. Quoting Rohini and Dheeraj who shot their stunning pre-wedding photoshoot at this magnificent location, “The weather in Hampi is unpredictable. It was overcast and started drizzling on the day of our shoot. But surprisingly, all these natural elements helped in enhancing the vintage charm in our pictures.” Geeta and Tejas who also shot there advise, “Since Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site, we would suggest one take all permissions required before planning a shoot there.”
Badami Cave Temples
Carved out of solid rock and also the finest example of rock-cut architecture, the Badami Cave Temples with its countless pillars is steeped in exoticism, which in turn ensured Spoorthi and Hruday’s pre-wedding photoshoot pictures turned out striking, to say the least.
Located close to Badami, Pattadakal is a complex of Hindu and Jain temples that stretch for miles. Its complex architecture canopied by a clear blue sky and surrounded by manicured gardens combine the best of nature and man-made majesty, a fact that can be clearly seen in Spoorthi and Hruday’s breathtaking pre-wedding photoshoot pictures!
Taj Bekal Resort and Spa:
A five-star resort that’ll astound you with its Kettuvallam houseboats-inspired architecture, the Taj Bekal Resort and Spa with its landscaped gardens, manicured lawns, and backwaters that flow through the property, gives you the best of Kerala under one roof! Anupriya and Devanshish, who had their own pre-wedding photoshoot at this luxurious resort share, “We finalized the beguiling Taj Bekal Resort & Spa as the venue for our shoot. Taj is known to have properties that are breathtaking, but this one was truly a paradise in itself. The property spans over 26 acres and offers a confluence of beach and backwaters. Since we both love being close to the sea, this feature was a plus.”
Lush and brimming with wildlife, the banks of river Kabini are ideal for couples who love experiencing untouched wilderness together. Aditi and Armaan are one such couple who share why they chose the enchanting riverbanks, “Kabini stood out as the perfect destination. Shooting in this tribal location was magical. The architecture, the boat safaris, the cuisine, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this photoshoot became a mini-vacation.”
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad:
Iconic and elegant, the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad breathes life into fairytales with its regal architecture and sprawling lawns which in turn gently unleashes your royal side. Moreover, a horse-drawn carriage and a shower of rose petals only elevated the experience! Rutika and Aditya share, “Taj Falaknuma stunned us from the first glimpse itself. We wanted the picture to be elegant and classy and that is exactly what we got! The lawns, regal interiors, and gardens served as the perfect stage for our photoshoot.”
Vibrant and overflowing with spiritual vibes, Varanasi may not be the first destination that comes to mind for a pre-wedding photoshoot. But nothing can quite match the scenic, quintessentially Indian sights it has to offer. Suhali and Harsh share, “We looked at a number of options, but the vibrant and scenic Banaras swept us off our feet. The beautiful ghats, the rawness of the city, the traditional elements and the rustic aura – all of it left us mesmerized. The highlight of our shoot was the inclusion of the sadhus who enhanced the whole authentic feel of the shoot.”
Taj Mahal, Agra:
A monument whose name is synonymous with romance, the Taj Mahal evokes a plethora of emotions and within its stunning, vast grounds gives plenty of room for love to thrive. From a romantic boat ride on the banks of the river Yamuna, to exploring its endless arches, this iconic monument has plenty of spots for couples to capture the perfect shot. For Karen and Vimal this marbled wonder was the perfect backdrop against which their love was captured.
A spot that has been favored by Indian and international tourists for decades, Manali’s snowy peaks and magical vistas allow your love to unfurl. Vani and Sarang, who specifically shot in old Manali share, “To find the best locations, don’t hesitate talking to local people because that’s how we got our first spot – it was where the ‘October’ movie bridge-shot was filmed. The whole team trekked for two hours to reach the spot, but it was worth it.”
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Pangong Tso, Ladakh:
Encircled by barren snow-tipped peaks, the serenity of the Pangong Tso Lake leaves one spellbound. Spurred by their fascination for the destination and unfiltered beauty of Ladakh, Tanvi and Anmol orchestrated a stunning photoshoot by the clear blue lake. They share, “The cold there was definitely hard to deal with as our wardrobe didn’t help to combat the temperature or the winds of Pangong Lake. But the experience was worth so much more! Needless to say, I don’t think any other location would’ve fit our vision.”
Nubra Valley (Hundar Dessert), Ladakh:
Basking under bright sunshine and nestled amongst the mountains, Nubra Valley with its vast open spaces allows your creativity to flourish. Kunica and Rahul took full advantage of this as they executed a vivid Bollywood-inspired photoshoot at this gorgeous destination. Rahul shares, “Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen! But, shooting there was not easy as there were many challenges such as the weather and the way it affected us. The extremely sunny days at Nubra Valley (Hundar Dessert) were alot to deal with, but the end result was worth it!”
Khardung-La Mountain Pass, Ladakh:
The highest motorable pass in the world, the Khardung-La mountain pass with its snow-peppered surroundings, contrasting grey rocks, and stark beauty lends a perfect backdrop for colorful pre-wedding photoshoots. Reveling in the serenity of the landscape Anupreet and Akshit looked completely at peace as they posed beneath the clear blue sky. Ditya and Smit, on the other hand, made a colorful statement as they took in the rugged yet enchanting sights together.
Encircled by pine trees, snowy peaks, and picture-perfect cottages, Gulmarg looks straight out of a storybook with its old-world charm, a fact, that can be clearly seen in Anchal and Anish’s beautiful pre-wedding photoshoot. Also, if you and your partner are bitten by the adventure bug, there’s plenty of snow sports that you can indulge in!
Dal Lake, Srinagar:
Perched on the serene waters of Dal Lake, romance blossoms effortlessly. This urban lake has over the years been a hotspot for couples who love clouds that resemble cotton candy and appreciate the tranquility that can only be found amongst the serene mountains. Sonali and Rohan share, “There was no way we would have found a place more beautiful than Kashmir which has been called ‘Heaven on Earth.’ One of our fondest memories was arranging a rugged local boat which gave the portraits a rustic look. We even made sure to incorporate shots of the couple on a ‘shikara’ (traditional Kashmiri boat) to add an authentic Kashmiri vibe to the images. We avoided using props because the whole idea behind shooting in Kashmir was to make the most of its natural beauty.”
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa:
Offering majestic views of the Affarwat Peaks, The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa which is spread across acres of pristine land allowed soon-to-be-weds Sonali and Rohan to amble about and romance each other to their heart’s content. Its elegant, old-school architecture not only crafts a perfect background for the pictures but also transports one back in time.
Exuding distinct bohemian vibes, Arambol Beach which is also known as one the prettiest beaches in Goa, is a ‘sun and sand’ loving couple’s dream come true! From strengthening the bond with thrilling water sports to taking an easy stroll down the shore, this destination paves the pathway for love with its sheer beauty. For nature lovers Diksha and Rahul, this beach was the ultimate canvas for their dreamy pre-wedding photoshoot.
Set in the heart of Goa, overlooking the Bambolim Bay, Grand Hyatt Goa fuses luxury and romance to create an unforgettable experience. Take a walk through the lush gardens together or enjoy the salty breeze lounging under a frangipani tree, this hotel creates picture-perfect moments with absolute ease! Diksha and Rahul made the most of the hotel’s luxurious interiors and vast lawns to capture the precious moments before they were united for life.
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai:
An iconic hotel in the ‘City of Dreams’ that overlooks the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea, The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai is packed with nostalgia, colonial splendor and views that’ll take one’s breath away. For Anisha and Aviral’s [osing here for a pre-wedding photoshoot was a real treat with its magnificent corridors, stately steps and marbled walls.
Brimming with colonial as well as art deco architecture, South Mumbai is a hidden gem where one can find picturesque spots at every corner. Be it the historic regal cinema, the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, or the Gateway of India, the vintage charm of southern Mumbai is unbeatable. And spurred by this thought, Ketki and Akshay chose the ‘City of Dreams’ to be their destination for a quirky pre-wedding photoshoot.
Mahatma Phule Mandai, Pune:
A bustling market housed in a colonial building, the Mahatma Phule Mandai is for couples who aren’t afraid to take the less beaten track. Extremely crowded and busy through the day, and with vintage sign boards that hang on grey bricked walls, this spot in Pune will ensure the quirk levels are high in your pre-wedding photoshoot. And, in order to add a fun twist to their pre-wedding photoshoot, Aparna and Abhishek picked this bustling market to be their backdrop.
Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort:
Replete with rolling lush lawns that make you forget about the hustle and bustle of the city, the Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort is a worthy candidate for a pre-wedding photoshoot close to home. Spellbound by the peaceful aura that this resort exuded despite being located in Delhi, Priynashi and Kush chose this scenic spot to execute a contemporary yet romantic pre-wedding photoshoot.
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