Be honest and tell me the first place that comes to your mind when you hear the words ‘destination wedding’. I’m going to take the liberty of answering that question on your behalf *wink* and tell you what comes to my mind. Goa. For some reason, I’m just obsessed with the place, and everytime anybody mentions a destination wedding, my mind is immediately transported to the land of beautiful beaches, colourful houses, and laidback resorts - Goa. But well, that’s just me.
India boasts of numerous other gorgeous destinations and venues that are perfect for a fairytale wedding. So, I’ve drawn up a list of some of the best wedding venues in India, and everything you need to know about them. From hills to beaches to luxury resorts, this list is the holy grail. Hopefully, this will take care of one aspect in the planning of your dream wedding. Read on.
1. The Khyber Himalayan Resort, Kashmir
Kashmir is called ‘Heaven on Earth’ for all the right reasons, so what better place to say your wedding vows than this?! The Khyber is located in the Pir Panjal range and is a luxury ski resort. It boasts of a large ballroom, an amphitheater set-up, and landscaped gardens that will make it the perfect venue for your grand wedding in the hills.
2. Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
This is a tea planter’s bungalow, surrounded with acres of the tea estate, overlooking the spectacular Kanchenjunga range. A fairly secret, and hidden, destination, Glenburn Tea Estate is a soothing reminder of old-fashioned elegance and grace. The bungalow can only accommodate around 20 guests, so it is the perfect wedding destination for all those who want to enjoy their big day in peace, with only their closest friends.
3. Ananda Spa Resort, Rishikesh
If your idea of a dream wedding destination is one that is located in the hills and offers tranquility and luxury at the same time, then you can zero down on Ananda right away. You and your guests can then enjoy a relaxing spa at the resort itself. But again, it is only a suitable venue for really small, and intimate, wedding parties.
4. Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate, Coorg
This resort is a treat for the senses, plain and simple. The aroma of coffee and spices floating in the air, and surrounded by nature in abundance, the resort, which was earlier known as Orange County, is your dream location for a cozy wedding in the hills.
5. The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
If your wedding guest list isn’t very elaborate and you prefer an intimate and elegant wedding at a hill station rather than an OTT event, then The Oberoi Cecil is your perfect venue. Surrounded by beautiful cedar gardens and the mighty Himalayas, the gorgeous property will win you and your guests over with its warm hospitality and stunning views.
6. The Lalit Grand Palace, Kashmir
Spread across acres and acres of land, this place offers a scenic view of the Dal Lake, thus making it the perfect venue for you to say your wedding vows. Want a grand and luxurious wedding? The Lalit Grand Palace will make sure your dream comes true.
7. Lebua Resort, Corbett
Lebua Corbett is a luxurious jungle resort located on the edge of Corbett National Park spread over 9 acres. It offers great services and will make for a very picturesque backdrop on your big day.
8. Fariyas Resort, Lonavala
One of the very few 5-star properties in Lonavala, Fariyas Resort is a gorgeous wedding location apt for Mumbai peeps. Located in the picturesque Frichley Hills, this could be your pick for a grand and luxurious wedding.
9. Picaddle Resort By Meritas, Lonavala
If places with an old-world charm speak to you, then you will love this stunning boutique resort to bits. The hospitality is wonderful and the service is full of warmth. You and your guests will thoroughly enjoy your time here.
10. Della Resort, Lonavala
Want your wedding to be a way to escape the buzz of the city and fall into the lap of luxury? Well, at Della Resort you will get the picture-perfect setting and state-of-the-art amenities to make your special day truly memorable.
11. Corbett Leela Vilas, Corbett
If you’re looking to plan a destination wedding within a budget, this one is the right choice. The surroundings are lush and the service is good too. Who said only spending big moolah will get you the wedding of your dreams?
12. The Solluna Resort, Corbett
If a luxurious experience in a beautiful setting is your idea of a perfect wedding, then this 5-star luxury resort surrounded by nature should be your place of choice. The resort located on the banks of the river Ramganga is a perfect destination for a fun-filled wedding.
13. Samsara Resort, Corbett
The resort is encompassed with beautiful flowers, has a man-made waterfall in the garden area, and boasts of three swimming pools where you can have an amazing pool-party for your haldi ceremony. It’s one of the most famous wedding venues in Corbett, and for good reason!
14. Country Inn, Corbett
A tranquil resort perfect for the nature lover, Country Inn will be a great choice for couples who want to have a wedding-cum-vacation with their friends. Find yourself engulfed in natural surroundings as you enjoy the most special days of your life.
15. Woodville Palace, Shimla
Remember the beautiful resort from 3 Idiots where Kareena Kapoor Khan was getting married? Yep, it’s that one. Need we say more?
16. Evoke Shimla Havens Resort, Shimla
The one great thing about a wedding in the hills is that it’s peaceful, and this tranquil resort located in the Queen of Hills will make sure your wedding is a fun, luxurious but peaceful affair.
17. East Bourne Resort, Shimla
The best part about this resort is its old world charm and the warmth that it has to offer. If you want a beautiful, intimate wedding, this is where you should do it.
18. Treehouse Chail Villas, Chail
Perched high up in Chail amidst the Shivalik hills, Treehouse Chail Villas offers breathtaking views of the majestic valleys around. Since Chail is an isolated hill station, your wedding will be a unique affair for all your guests to remember.
19. Riverview Retreat Resort, Corbett
The name says it all, doesn’t it? One of the most peaceful and beautiful venues in Corbett, the Riverview Retreat will make your special day truly memorable.
20. Glenview Resort, Kasauli
Situated in a beautiful hill station where summers are cool, monsoons are mesmerizing, and winters are sunny with the occasional snowfall, this resort is straight out of your dreams.
21. Moksha Himalaya Resort, Solan
Just as its name suggests, this serene resort located in the hills of Himachal is our definition of a perfect wedding destination, especially if you want a quiet, and private, wedding.
22. JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort, Mussoorie
Imagine a wedding in a luxury resort with a backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, complete with all possible modern amenities for you, and your guests. Awesome, right?
23. Balrampur House, Nainital
Constructed in the 1890s as the summer palace of the former Maharajas of Balrampur, today Balram House is one of the best heritage hotels in Nainital. And it’s the perfect destination for a royal wedding.
24. Shervani Hilltop, Nainital
Nestled among picturesque landscapes, and an amazing view of the Himalayas, the sprawling lawns and gardens of Shervani Hilltop are a perfect venue for a fun-filled desi wedding.
25. The Manu Maharani, Nainital
Away from the hustle and bustle of cities, yet located in the heart of the town, The Manu Maharani Hotel and Spa is one of the finest resorts in Nainital. The resort combines exude a warmth coupled with excellent services and gorgeous interiors; what more could you ask for?
26. Sinclairs Retreat, Ooty
Enveloped by clouds at 8,000 feet, and situated exactly where the ‘Queen of Nilgiris’ was discovered, Sinclairs Retreat is the highest located resort in South India. Far away from the crowd, the resort provides a majestic view of the Ooty valley and the Blue Mountains. Talk about a beautiful venue for your dream wedding.
1. The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda, Kerala
Remember the grand anniversary party aboard a cruise in Dil Dhadakne Do? Well, you can have that too with Vrinda, the motor vessel by Oberoi, which provides guests with luxury suites and takes them through the largest backwater stretch, Vembanad Lake, the vibrant waterways of Alleppey and much more. What better than a vacation cum wedding for your guests. A unique experience, right?
2. Alila Diwa Resort, Goa
From wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties to a sangeet and mehendi occasion, Alila Diwa Goa can accommodate your need for a versatile and surprisingly different venue. This is the perfect beach wedding you’ve been dreaming about.
3. Marbela Beach Resort, Goa
Gorgeous beach weddings and the Marbela seem to be almost synonymous with each other. A resort bathed in luxury, surrounded by a beautiful beach, and providing a perfect backdrop for a stunning wedding. Need we say more?
4. The Leela Kovalam, Kerala
Apart from the fact that it’s a stunning property, the other amazing thing about this resort is that it is India’s only cliff-top beach resort, which we think is so cool!
5. Munjoh Ocean Resort, Andaman
A dream beach wedding in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands? Hell yeah! And if you have to go to the Andamans to tie the knot, make sure you pick Munjoh as your venue. The luxurious resort that overlooks the beach and blue waters is something you just can’t get over. Your guests will love you!
6. The Zuri White Sands Resort, Goa
We really don’t have to say anything about this resort because the name speaks for itself. Want a mystical wedding amidst turquoise beaches in Goa? Pick Zuri!
7. Zeebop By The Sea, Goa
Crouched overswept and flattened white sand, Zeebop has perforated mud lanterns bobbing overhead and a hammock between the trees. The rumble of the waves and the thatched roofs add to the charm of rustic Goa. What a beautiful place to get married!
8. LPK Waterfront
The décor of this club is mesmerizing with a beautiful view and stunning interiors. The design also boasts of sculpted terracotta statues all around, which add an ethereal feeling to the place while you say your wedding vows.
9. Grand Hyatt Resort, Goa
Redefining luxury in the heart of Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa overlooks the visually stunning waters of the Bambolim Bay. Spread across 28 acres of colourful, tropical gardens and lush lawns that roll down to the water’s edge of Bambolim Bay, this place is perfect for your wedding.
10. Prainha Resort By The Sea, Goa
Paradise awaits at Prainha Resort by the Sea, a serene place, nestled in a secluded cove in Dona Paula. Indulge in the tranquillity of this quiet retreat that creates a mesmerizing backdrop for your beautiful union.
11. The Zuri Kumarakom Resort, Kerala
Offering breathtaking views of the serene backwaters of Kerala, The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa is situated on the shores of the Vembanad Lake. The fresh sea breeze, serene backwaters, and swaying coconut trees will all make for a beautiful wedding backdrop.
12. Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala
A luxury resort nestled among the stunning backwaters of Kerala, this place is a quiet retreat that helps you enjoy your special day to the fullest, and even gives you enough time and space to relax afterward.
13. Le Pondy, Pondicherry
A leisure resort beautifully lounged at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal, Le Pondy celebrates the art, culture, and essence of Pondicherry in the truest possible way. You will love it here!
14. Bonjour Bonheur Ocean Spray, Pondicherry
A luxury resort spread over a huge area, the Ocean Spray promises to provide you, and your guests, world-class services and entertainment options. Book this as your venue, and everything else will be taken care of by them.
15. The Windflower Resort And Spa, Pondicherry
Remnants of colonial France, eastern mysticism, serene beaches, and a fusion of Tamil and French culture and cuisine, experience it all when you pick The Windflower as your wedding venue. Your guests will thank you for this soulful experience.
16. St. James Beach Resort, Pondicherry
Located on the very popular and stunning Pondicherry Beach, the St. James Beach Resort promises to give your wedding that authentic beach wedding look and feel.
17. Ramada Caravela Beach Resort, Goa
An act as natural as the union of two souls deserves to be commemorated amid nature. Plan your wedding on the beautiful white sands surrounding the Ramada resort and leave all your guests breathless with beauty.
18. Silver Sand Beach Resort, Andaman
In the heart of Havelock Island stands a fine resort interspersed with swaying palms, clear blue skies, and the gurgle of the sea. The perfect place to say ‘I do’.
19. Prakruti Resorts, Alibaug
Marriages are made in heaven but celebrated on Earth, and Prakruti knows exactly how to set up a heavenly experience to celebrate the happy union. From wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties to sangeet and wedding receptions, this resort has everything you need to celebrate your ‘happily ever after’.
20. Radisson Blu Resort, Alibaug
Remember Milind Soman’s gorgeous Alibaug wedding? Well, if you want to get married amidst the beauty of nature just like the hottie did, pick Radisson as your venue and leave your guests stunned.
21. Kadmat Island Beach Resort, Lakshadweep
The best part about hosting a wedding here is the cruise from Agatti to Kadmat onboard the High Speed Catamaran, which is an unforgettable journey. You will encounter sandbanks, sparkling coral reef, large school of fish, and other marine animals. What an exciting start to your wedding, right?!
22. The Deltin Hotel, Daman
Spread across 10 acres and boasting of 176 spacious rooms, the Deltin Daman is what you should book if you want to host a grand beach wedding. Not only is Daman a unique location, it will also be a good weekend getaway for you and your guests.
23. Summer Sands Beach Resort, Mangalore
This quiet beachside resort, located in Chota Mangalore offers a relaxing ambience for a beautiful union of two souls. It’s well connected to the city, which makes it a great wedding venue. To top that, Mangalore is quite a unique wedding destination, and your guests will have a unique experience.
24. Novotel, Vizag
The Novotel hotel located on the Varun Beach in Vizag provides a picturesque view of the Bay Of Bengal, and offers the largest banquet in the area. Perfect for a grand wedding celebration, we say!
1. Trident, Udaipur
Let the beautiful surroundings of Trident Udaipur, and the romantic allure of the city provide an unforgettable setting for your special day. After all, there’s a reason why so many celebrities have chosen this venue for their big day.
2. The Leela, Udaipur
This is Udaipur’s only modern Palace hotel by Lake Pichola, and that is what makes it all the more special. The hotel also arranges for external venues, in which you may like to get married, like the Jag Mandir Temple situated on a tiny island across the hotel.
3. Oberoi Udaivilas
This luxury hotel in Udaipur has an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors that reflects the layout of Udaipur itself, where seven lakes are linked by canals. These domes and corridors are flooded with sunlight and balmy breezes and offer magnificent views of the lake and gardens. What a beautiful place to get married!
4. Taj Exotica, Goa
The gorgeous sea view, lush gardens, and posh patios offer a luxurious and relaxed atmosphere for you to say ‘I do’ in. It will be an unforgettable experience to tie the knot at this breathtaking property.
5. The Gateway Resort, Ajmer
Set against a backdrop of the magnificent Aravalli hills and amidst a green oasis, this stunning Gateway property is a treat for the eyes. If you want a true-blue luxe wedding, then you better pick this hotel in Ajmer. Plus, its proximity to Delhi is an added benefit.
6. Jaisalmer Marriott Resort
A luxury hotel that is set in the heart of the golden city, overlooking the mighty Jaisalmer Fort, the Jaisalmer Marriott Resort has a relaxing spa that will help you and your guests replenish your energy post the celebrations. Talk about luxury!
7. Hotel Rang Mahal, Jaisalmer
If you want to experience traditional hospitality at its best, then this hotel is the right choice for you. All the jharokhas and arches resonate the rich culture of Rajasthan.
8. Westin Sohna, Gurgaon
If you want a beautiful wedding nestled in luxury, but also easily accessible to the National Capital Region of Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida, then this is your best bet.
9. The Oberoi, Gurgaon
Unlike most other luxury hotels, The Oberoi Gurgaon has vast amounts of natural light filling the open spaces, thanks to the high ceilings and glass walls. It’s a unique luxury experience in itself. A day wedding would be perfect here.
10. Taj West End, Bengaluru
Set in a lush 20-acre garden, the Taj West End provides an ideal location for the wedding of your dreams. It even has a certain historical value attached to it, which will give your wedding that heritage touch.
11. ITC Rajputana, Jaipur
The moment you step into this luxurious property, the tunes of ‘Padharo Mhare Des’ will start playing in your head. Your guests will love this royal, luxury Jaipur experience, and we guarantee you’ll feel like a real-life princess getting married here.
12. Chunda Palace, Udaipur
Conceived as a traditional Rajasthani palace, the Chunda Palace hotel showcases the rich heritage of the Mewar region. Since it originally belonged to one of the noble houses of the Mewar kingdom, it has still maintained all of its royal charms, making it perfect for a royal wedding.
13. The Roseate, Delhi
The Roseate hotel is synonymous with tranquility and luxury. If you want to pamper yourself, and your guests, to the highest degree, then this is the venue you should pick.
14. Sun N Sand, Mumbai
One of the very first luxury beachside hotels in Mumbai, the Sun N Sand hotel in Juhu has a certain old-school value attached to it, which makes it a special venue for your special day.
15. Taj Palace Hotel, Mumbai
This iconic hotel located near the Gateway Of India in Mumbai has been the epitome of luxury for many years. It doesn’t even need an introduction or explanation really!
16. Rann Utsav, Rann Of Kutch
Imagine a wedding set amidst a carnival of music, dance, culture and held on the white shimmering sands of the Rann of Kutch. The festival goes on from November to February, which are the best months to get married anyway. Excited?
17. Sula Vineyards, Nashik
Take wine and dine to another level on your wedding by planning an exciting wedding at the Sula Vineyards in Nashik. Your guests will surely love it since it’ll be a unique experience. They have some amazing stay options available too.
18. Heritage Resort, Bikaner
Rajasthan just kinda wins when it comes to offering some of the most gorgeous and heritage-inspired wedding venues. The heritage resort in Bikaner is another one.
19. Brys Fort, Jaisalmer
Want your guests to experience a wedding that is rich in traditions and culture, and yet well-acquainted with the modernities of life? Brys Fort is the place you’re looking for.
20. The Umrao, Delhi
Indian traditions and heritage pour out of every brick and arcade of The Umrao Resorts in New Delhi. If you want a true-blue royal wedding in the capital, pick this venue.
21. Taj Palace, New Delhi
Just like the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, the Taj Palace has defined luxury hotels in Delhi. This is one of the first few 5-star hotels in the nation’s capital and thus has an undeniable heritage charm.
22. The Gateway Hotel, Agra
This luxe hotel in the city of the monument of love offers an iconic view of the the Taj Mahal, coupled with world-class services that will make your big day all the more special.
23. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
This hotel is luxury personified. The grand structure, rich interiors, and a scenic view of the Taj Mahal offer a perfect backdrop for your grand wedding.
24. Mansingh Palace, Agra
Another gorgeous luxury hotel that offers a scenic view of the Taj Mahal, the Mansingh Palace could be your dream wedding venue. It also has a lot of space for pool-side parties.
25. Ramgarh Heritage, Chandigarh
Located inside a property which is over 325 years old, this resort offers a wedding experience like none other, and that too in a true-blue Punjabi city like Chandigarh! Now that’s something.
26. Lukshmi Vilas Palace, Ahmedabad
All the Gujarat peeps in the house can give a cheer because this royal venue in your city is the ideal location for a grand and luxe wedding of your dreams. Oh, and did we mention, you can choose from 7 different gorgeous locations within the venue for your celebrations. Wuhoo!
27. Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore
Built by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore to host his most important guest, the Viceroy of India, the Lalitha Mahal Palace is now one of India's most opulent hotels, a hotel that offers an experience of living in a real palace. Located on a low hill, just outside the royal city of Mysore, this shimmering white palace is perfect for the royal wedding of your dreams.
28. The Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur
This is hands down the most beautiful luxury hotel that we have ever seen, EVER! Come on, a hotel located in the middle of the lake?! Wow!
29. Neemrana Fort Hotel, Alwar
This place has a standing of its own, as it’s a favourite weekend wedding, and vacation spot, for many people from Delhi and surrounding areas. Oh, and did we mention? It’s a gorgeous property!
30. Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Perched high on the desert capital of Jodhpur, the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace offers a free view into an enchanting past, which will make your wedding a mystically royal affair.
31. Vivanta Hari Mahal Palace, Jodhpur
It’s a royal fantasy come true in the 21st century, and we bet you will not be able to find a better option if a fairytale wedding is what you’re looking for!
32. Ajit Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Before this royal and palatial property was introduced as India's first heritage hotel, it was home to Jodhpur's erstwhile Maharaja's younger brother, Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji. What better place to celebrate your big day?
33. Diggi Palace, Jaipur
Built by Shri Thakur Saheb Pratap Singh Ji Diggi of the then ruling family of Diggi principality in 1860, the heritage hotel offers luxury hospitality amidst painted doorways, durbars, and havelis.
34. Raas Devigarh, Udaipur
Originally built in 1760, the Devigarh palace was restored to its former glory in 1999 and converted into an all-suite luxury hotel. The modern, minimalist design of its interiors juxtaposes with the ancient, and ornate, the architecture of its exterior.
35. City Palace, Udaipur
The City Palace in Udaipur offers a wonderful venue for weddings, even though it’s not a hotel. It’s slightly difficult to get all the permissions, but if you do, you can be sure your wedding will be a picturesque and royal affair.
36. Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur
A grand heritage palace, the Jagmandir Island Palace is a historic 17th-century palace redeveloped as a beautiful destination complete with all modern amenities. It’s a treat for the senses in the truest sense.
37. Lalit Laxmi Vilas, Udaipur
A premium, award-winning heritage hotel in Udaipur, the Lalit Laxmi Vilas knows how to cater to all your luxury destination wedding needs.
38. Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
The Rambagh Palace was once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, so you now understand its heritage and cultural value. Need any more reasons to make it your royal wedding venue?
39. Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
Step into a historical world of heritage around 270 years old at the Taj Jai Mahal Palace. It will transport you to the era of palkis and jharokhas, and make your wedding a real-life royal affair.
40. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Experience Nizami grandeur at Taj Falaknuma Palace, a hotel that epitomizes 19th-century magnificence and combines it with all kinds of modern facilities. It is also the destination where Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan got married.
41. The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
Originally built in 1926 for Sir Ganga Singh, the Maharaja of Bikaner, The Laxmi Niwas Palace, which is a part of the Lalgarh Palace, is now being used as a heritage hotel, and makes for an amazing royal wedding destination.
42. Gajner Palace, Bikaner
A lakeside palace in the desert city of Bikaner, the property was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner and finally converted to a luxe heritage hotel in 1976. A great option for a grand wedding.
43. Suryagarh Palace, Jaisalmer
This hotel has carefully preserved its past and woven it into a beautiful present. The property has a very mystical aura, which will make your wedding an occasion to cherish and remember, all the more than it already is.
44. Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer
Located in the midst of the Thar Desert, this grand palace has acquired its name from the desert and its associated tales. Gorbandh is a harness which the desert women decorate for their husband's camel with any material they can find such as cowry shells, beads, sequins, coloured threads, and even buttons. This palace hotel combines rich Rajasthani culture with all your modern amenities making it the perfect retreat for your destination wedding.
45. Fort Rajwada, Jaisalmer
Fort Rajwada is synonymous with true imperial living. Everything from the infusion of original balconies with intricate carvings and jalis as old as 450 years old into their walls to their true Rajasthani hospitality, this palace hotel will make your big day truly special.
Here are some hotels and resorts that are gorgeous but not very well known.
1. Khimsar Fort, Khimsar
Spread over 11 acres of sprawling lawns, orchards, and open courtyards, in the midst of sand dunes, Khimsar Fort is unspoilt, and well preserved like a royal manor. Established in the 15th century by a scion of the house of Jodhpur, it is a perfect location for your dream wedding.
2. Hotel Regenta Resort, Bhuj
A beautiful resort located in the bustling city of Bhuj, it’s a great destination for all those couples who want a grand, but quiet, wedding. And sure, Bhuj may not be at the top of your exotic locations, but the decor and interiors of this resort are nothing short of spectacular.
3. Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal
Nestled quietly in the Kumaon hills of Naukuchiatal, a very unknown but gorgeous hill station in Uttarakhand, this is the best resort for those who want a serene destination wedding.
4. The Gateway Hotel, Varkala
Perched between majestic red cliffs on a hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea, this picturesque resort offers a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. It’s the perfect combination of Kerala’s traditional beauty and modern aesthetics, everything you want on your big day.
So, planning your gorgeous destination wedding yet?
This story was updated in January 2019.