The human-sized teddy bears, dishy chocolate boxes, wafting red ribbons and heart-shapes balloons have been vying for our favour, lately, for the past few day…weeks…or maybe even longer, and how. Though I have nothing against any of the above, Valentine’s Day deserves something special, simply because the day, single-handedly, amplifies the positivity of the emotion love spreading it across relationships, transcending other basal human emotions and puncturing most man-installed borders.
And just the way the emotion of love keeps evolving in its lifetime, so should the expression of it. To keep up with the new-age discerning lovers, here’s a list of some novel ambrosial, dreamy and delightful valentine’s day activities you can indulge in without compromising on love or the value of it!
Scootering the Air, Delhi NCR, Gurgaon
Here’s a chance to take that proverbial flight of love—in a paramotor. Both you and your partner will be safely belted into two separate paramotors in close vicinity of each other while your respective pilots take you aloft. Depending on the time of the day, you could be in for an exhilarating sunrise or sunset experience. And while you soar over the cityscape, you could have an aerial message flashed, propose him/her, say ‘I love you’ or get flowers showered to complete the magical experience (at some extra cost).
Book at: CherishX.com; pricing: Rs 7000 upwards (depending on time slots); Customizations: Rs 1,100 upwards (for cake) and Rs 3,000 upwards (for flowers and aerial message).
Night in a tent, on your terrace, Delhi, NCR
If you are wary of the rush and the craze Valentine’s Day brings with it in all the restaurants, hotels, and resorts, then this one is for you. Book yourself in for a quaint, balmy evening in a teepee tent set up right inside your house, balcony or terrace. Complete with fairy lights, white bed sheet, white net (for the tent), heart-shaped buntings, balloons, games, cake (and a guitarist if you wish too), this one will bring all your whimsical fantasies to life. Candles, flowers, marquee letters will round up the romance just fine.
And for the ones who don’t believe in being subtle, you can organize a flash mob at a mall to sweep your partner of her/his feet.
Book with: Cherish X; pricing Rs 3,900 upwards (customizations available separately); flash mob: Rs 24,000 onwards
Valentines with Pups, Bengaluru
Want to add some extra canoodling to your valentine’s day? Have a date with some gorgeously cute and loving pups (for who else will listen to bad day more patiently than a pooch). TherPuP Café, Bengaluru, lets you book a table at their café for a romantic dinner with some darling pups, actually eight of them, for additional company. Choose from Charlie, Jojo, Lucky, Lilly, Mojo, Oreo and Tweety as your table companion. What’s best is unlimited food and drinks and no taking the pup out for a walk or poop.
Book with: TherPuP—A dog Café, Whitefield, Bengaluru; Price for two: Rs 700
Vintage Car ride, Mumbai
If you want to go a la mode on Valentines, book yourself a vintage car ride. Choose your wheels from Bentley, Chrysler, Buick or a Studebaker or from many other quaint vehicles and take your partner, or as many as can fit (or allowed) on a capricious ride. To complete the royal experience you get nattily dressed chauffeurs and other staff along. You can choose to book yourself one of these Kingly vehicles for either a couple of hours, eight hours or longer, if you have the intent and the moolah.
Book at: Kingsofcarshire.in; Pricing: Average: Rs 45,000 (varies as per the vehicle chosen and the number of hours).
Yacht Picnics by Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai
If you’re looking to spend the day doing something unconventional, you must head to Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai’s specially curated #datewithtajexperience. A fun staycation aside, they give you a the whole shebang – from a delicious pool side lunch to unique spa services and then, it’s followed by a sunset cruise atop a luxury sailing yacht. It doesn’t just stop there – they even pack a picnic hamper with hot beverages and finger food. A sunset cruise is ideal. The best bit is that, Taj Mahal Hotel lets you choose a create a customised menu of experiences.
Book with Taj on call at 022 6665 3490 or shoot an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to know more.
50 First Dates in One Valentine’s Day by Oberoi New Delhi
The concept of one date crammed into many is a welcome concept. So yes, at Oberoi New Delhi, you can do many things together – have a romantic entre with Michelin starred wine & dine at Baoshuan, the chic contemporary Chinese restaurant, dessert at Omya, the Indian specialty restaurant. Some Rosé Champagne at 360°, the world cuisine restaurant and the perfect romantic colloquy, under the starry sky at Cirrus 9, the rooftop lounge bar. All 50 dates in one hotel – seems like a fun idea!
Book now and Dial +91 11 2430 4370 for reservations.