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LGBTQ+ couples' guide to romantic getaways in India

LGBTQ+ couples' guide to romantic getaways in India

By Aquib Nawab

10 Jun, 2024

Do you and your partner want to escape the routine and have a romantic vacation?

India as a destination is varied enough to cater to LGBTQ+ couples who want places that offer tranquillity in nature or vibrant city life. Travel to scenic beaches and busy cities they have different experiences which reflect the nation’s rich culture.

Let’s look at the best places for lovers in India where one can get unforgettable moments as well as indulge in relaxation and adventure, all together.

1. Goa - Embrace the sun, sand, and sea

For those looking for sun basking and vibrant nightlife can go to India’s ultimate beach paradise. It is one of India’s coastal states widely known for its liberal ambience, which makes it an open place for LGTBQ+ travellers.

In Anjuna or Vagator, begin with a lazy breakfast by the ocean amidst these cute beach shacks rising alongside it. When the sun goes down, visit Tito's and Mambo's pulsating nightclubs where tourists can spend their entire evening on dance floors.

If you prefer more privacy then head towards a quieter beach in South Goa such as Palolem or Agonda. For a truly romantic experience, come here for sunset gazing walks along such secluded places. Moreover, do explore some charming Portuguese architecture homes and lively markets which make Goa so special.

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2. Udaipur - The city of lakes and love

Udaipur is sometimes referred to as Venice of East because of its beautiful lakes and palaces perfect for couples’ dream vacations. This town is synonymous with love thanks to its grand palaces dotted across serene lakes and swank hotels around them. Boat on Lake Pichola while watching City Palace rise just above you or even Lake Palace floating at one corner.

For instance, Taj Lake Palace made of white marble is among the best places to stay if you want something truly magical during your trip here; this hotel sits right in the middle of the lake surface like magic! It provides a luxurious surrounding for those who want to rejuvenate their love.

With your favourite person, leisurely walk the narrow streets of old town that are full of local artists’ ateliers and sweet little coffee shops.

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3. Munnar - Escape to the misty mountains

Munnar is a beautiful hill station in Western Ghats known for its dense tea plantations and misty peaks. This place is perfect for couples seeking peace and beauty around them. To start with, visit a tea plantation where you can also taste some freshest brews as well as learn how it is made.

Wander through picturesque Eravikulam National Park which protects endangered Nilgiri Tahr species. Romantic picnics should be held here against rolling hills and green meadows.

While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to spend some nights in a cosy tea estate bungalow from where one can see breathtaking sights and feel soothed by serene sounds.

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4. Rishikesh - Spirituality and adventure

Rishikesh being the yoga capital of the world has so much spirituality going on with it that couples who wish to reconnect themselves; this is a peaceful town on Ganges Banks. Start your day by doing yoga near the river side when tired by these Ayurvedic massage.

Rishikesh is perfect for adventure seekers with sports such as water rafting, zip-lining or even trekking. Catch an evening prayer at the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, a mind boggling spiritual ceremony that will mesmerise you and your partner.

Stay in one of the riverside hotels and wake up to running water and foggy hills.

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5. Jaipur - The pink city

Jaipur is known as the pink city of India, a place where grandeur and royalty collide. This historic city is full of grand forts, palaces, lively markets making it an ideal romantic getaway. Start your day by visiting the iconic Amber fort where you can take an elephant ride up to its main entrance.

Take a tour around City Palace which gives you a picture of how royal life was in Rajasthan. For something different visit Jaipur’s busy bazaars to find traditional jewellery to hand made textiles. In the evening eat out at a rooftop restaurant while enjoying sky high views of the city.

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6. Coorg - The Scotland of India

Coorg (also known as Kodagu) in Karnataka is a quiet hill station brimming with coffee plantations and greenery all around. It offers couples seeking tranquillity amidst nature perfect retreat spots.

Begin your day with walking through coffee estates breathing in the smell of fresh coffee beans. Visit Abbey falls which are beautiful and also give a good chance for that cool dip into its falling waters; alternatively try going for trekking on Brahmagiri Hills where beautiful scenic views are available throughout your journey across this stunning landscape.

Book yourselves into either homestays or lavish resorts in order to have a warm welcome and enjoy views from balconies.

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7. Pondicherry - The french connection

Pondicherry provides unique love getaways due to their French architecture coupled with calm beaches. With its laid-back atmosphere as well as beautiful promenades, this small town appeals much to couples who need a break from all hassles of the first step should include having breakfast leisurely at any french café located in white town before you eventually walk along Promenade beach.

Do not fail to check out White Town’s colourful streets, which are also lined with colonial buildings and vibrant street art as well as tiny shops. Also consider going to the Aurobindo Ashram for a while of silence and spirituality during your visit. Finish your day by having dinner together at some sea side restaurant while enjoying delicious seafood within the sound of the waves.

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8. Manali - Tales of tranquility and romance

Located in the Himalayas, it is perfect for those couples who are in search of nice places that offer adventure and natural beauty. This picturesque mountain resort offers amazing vistas, exciting activities, and comfortable lodging facilities. Start your day off with a trip to Solang Valley where you can do things such as paragliding, skiing or zorbing.

Walk around Old Manali village which is known for its cool cafes and creative craft shops. Take a leisurely stroll through thick pine forests and apple orchards savouring clear mountain air. Rent a cosy cottage or book yourself into one of upscale resorts where you can cuddle near the fireplace rejoicing in breathtaking snow capped peaks’ view.

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9. Kerala - A tranquil escape

Couples can find a unique and calm escape in Kerala’s peaceful backwaters. A trip on a traditional houseboat is the best way to see all the canals, lagoons and lakes of this kind.

Start your adventure in Alleppey or Kumarakom, where you can jump into one of the boats and have an impressive romantic journey through the beautiful backwaters.

As you sail along, savour on-board delicious Kerala cuisine prepared fresh by the chef. Experience the magic of this region with its abundant birdlife, lush greenery and charming little villages as you gently slide over its calm waters. Find yourself sitting at sunset time on deck together with your lover.

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10. Agra - The city of love forever

It would be unfair not to mention Agra, home to world-famous Taj Mahal in any discussion about romantic getaways in India. This city of love forever should be visited by every couple for a chance to see some architectural miracles from the history of India. Get up early in the morning and visit the Taj Mahal when it is bathed in soft golden light.

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Agra Fort with views that are breathtaking from its ramparts onto the Taj Mahal. For an unusual experience try out moonlit boat rides on Yamuna River wherein you can enjoy the magical sight of Taj under night sky. Stay at any luxury hotel located in Agra offering world class amenities while enjoying breathtaking views of Taj Mahal from their rooms.

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India offers unlimited choices for romance due to its myriad landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Whether one prefers tranquil mountains, sunny beaches or vibrant cities they will always find an ideal destination for LGBTQ+ couples too. These romantic getaways provide great ambience for love stories as well as new experiences that will forever remain engraved into our brains.

Pack your stuff, hold hands with your partner and start new life adventures together. So let India’s picturesque Munnar hills and mesmerising backwaters of Kerala rekindle your love and make unforgettable memories.

The Hosteller is an ideal place for anyone looking for a cosy and friendly accommodation. Here you can enjoy maximum comfort at minimum expense but with the most vibrant community vibes.

Whether you are relaxing in calm Coorg or discovering Jaipur’s bustling roads, couples will have unforgettable experiences with The Hosteller. To make your love story more memorable, book your next romantic getaway through The Hosteller service.

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