Looking for a destination worthy of your enduring love? A vow renewal ceremony is both a romantic and significant occasion at which your close friends and family can be present to bear witness to your continuing commitment, and it deserves a fitting location. With pristine white sandy beaches, cities full of ancient architecture and lush national parks roamed by Royal Bengal tigers, exotic and elegant India is not only the perfect place to say I (still) do, its myriad of wonders lure lovers for an unforgettable romantic vacation.
First, gather your friends and family together for a dream vow renewal ceremony in a stunning setting by the Arabian sea. Choose from the quiet sandy stretches of Kovalam, where you can banquet on the finest, freshest seafood, or the oceanfront luxury of gorgeous Goa and gather on the beach, shaded by palm trees to say your promises once again. Besides unspoilt sands as far as the eye can see, Goa will enchant the whole party with its colonial, Portuguese-influenced charms and quaint architecture and keep everyone occupied with kitesurfing and diving in its turquoise waters. Alternatively, for a more adventurous and rustic event, venture into the backwaters of Kerala aboard a luxury houseboat. With your loved ones on deck, surround yourself with beautiful and exotic nature for your special day, with a backdrop of forests and paddy fields gliding by.
Part of the joy of holding your second special day in a glorious and far-flung location is the opportunity for a second honeymoon, and we have one or two suggestions for romantic adventures befitting of intrepid couples with a thirst for love, life and exploration.
Cities of romance
Embark on a whirlwind adventure through the exotic cities of central India. Glamorous Mumbai beckons with glittering nightlife and a buzzing arts and culture scene. Visit museums and galleries, dine next to royalty and the colorful stars of India’s infectious Bollywood movies and stay at the spectacular Oberoi Mumbai. Take in some history at Hampi, home to the ruins of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – as well as a myriad of temples, intricately decorated and breathtakingly beautiful. Explore the Summer Palace, built entirely from rosewood, and the botanical gardens of Bangalore, discovering fragrant blooms in impossibly bright shades. Combine everything in Hyderabad, where you can visit ancient mosques clad in marble and the Old City, and where you can stroll the public gardens and take in a play at the open air theatre. Conclude your journey here, with a stay in colonial luxury at Taj Faluknama Palace.
Love is in the air
Celebrate your soaring love by flying into the heart of India’s beguiling northeast aboard a private helicopter. From colorful Calcutta – also known as the city of joy – with its flower markets, artisans and colonial architecture, fly to Guwahati to discover the beauties of Kaziranga National Park. Trek through lush forest to meet the park’s incumbent elephants in time for their baths and feeding time and cruise the river on the trail of the dolphins who frolic in its waters. Relax in elegant luxury in the tea estates of Assam and fly onwards to the border with Tibet and Bhutan for explorations of ancient temples set in the mountains, and to Mon in mystic Nagaland. Here you can stay in the luxurious Kohima tented camp, fully furnished in the style of the royal Mughals, and venture into tribal villages to get a taste for their culture and customs.
Make like a Maharaja
For a right royal honeymoon, do things in ultra-luxurious style and see the unmissable delights of fascinating India as you hotel hop from one opulent Oberoi hotel to the next. From the Amarvilas at Agra, gaze at the matchless sunset views of the country’s most iconic landmark, the incomparable Taj Mahal. Reawaken the romance once again as you explore this white marble marvel, built for love. Relax amid natural surroundings in the Vanyavilas at Ranthambhore National Park, an excellent place to spot rare and exotic birds and Royal Bengal tigers. Browse the bustling Tripolia Bazaar in beautiful Jaipur and tour the sites of the “Pink City”, so named for its stunning architecture built of rosy stone. Retire in the evenings to the Rajvilas, once a Rajasthani palace. Explore yet more palatial, lakeside beauty in Udaipur and experience a traditional ceremony within the ruins of Ranakpur Jain Temple before relaxing in luxury at Udaivilas.