If there are three aspects of a wedding that one shouldn’t steer away from the rulebook for they are location, venue, and Instagram-worthy vignettes. After all, it’s the pictures that stay long after the wedding. Which is a good enough a reason for the venue to be the biggest decision you make (bigger than even which Sabyasachi lehenga you will wear). The rest of the event flows from the venue, whether it’s the whimsical decor or the stunning couple photos. India has no dearth of spaces and hotels that are breathtaking and larger-than-life. We curated a list of the five best hotels in India for weddings that ensure you make those picture-perfect memories.
Originally built in 1729 as a palace of pleasure, this hotel has a charming vibe and decor – there is beautiful wallpapering, peacocks strutting everywhere, and excellent sunlit spaces. The contemporary interiors in bold turquoise and fuchsia pink are juxtaposed with a regal setting of elaborate chandeliers, beaten-silver vases and marble bottles, mirrored halls, and tall bay windows. The palace features 14 suites and rooms, stunning restaurants, and a chauffeur and butler on call. The extensive gardens are ideal for beautiful, bespoke events and the fact that each room is created uniquely, adds to the charm.
Another beauty from the land of royalty, Rajasthan, this former hunting lodge was once the residence of the Maharaja. The lovely palace ensure you experience the regal life with its marbled corridors and impressive gardens. Your wedding entourage will be welcomed by camels, elephants, and horses, post which everyone can make their way to the 78 rooms, including 33 suites, all boasting history, heritage, and impeccable service.
This award-winning boutique hotel is an offbeat choice, set as it is against the snow-capped mountains of Gulmarg. A scenic hotspot, this destination hotel speaks to those who are looking for a dreamy backdrop – one can see the Pir Panjal range and the Affarwat peaks in the distance. The seven-acre property accessorised by pristine snow offers breathtaking views, world-class facilities, a perfectly heated infinity pool, and 85 rooms that spell pure luxury. Add to that the excellent world cuisine, and restorative treatments at The Khyber Spa by L’Occitane, and you have a winner.
If there’s an ideal place where a love story should unfold, it’s here. Located less than a kilometre away from the Taj Mahal, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, is a dream venue. The rooms have unlimited views of the Taj, and the hotel offers day trips to the monument of love. There are luxurious rooms, manicured gardens, stunning views and entertainment, relaxing pools, and several fine-dining options. The highlight here is the sunset view of the Taj from the hotel room patio – unbeatable in every way.
Set by the backwaters of Kerala, this resort is all about modern-day luxuries set within a sense of calm and serenity. The rooms and cottages are inspired by 16th-century homes in Kerala, the picturesque pools are set against the backwaters, and special houseboat rides in the morning and overnight stays are an additional service that your guests will love. The Kerala backwaters offer a beautiful backdrop, while the fresh seafood will keep everyone satiated.
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