Following on from my last ‘Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding’ post, here are five more destinations that I think are wonderfully romantic and offer a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. As with the last post, I have tried to include some places that are less well known and more on the quirky side. Enjoy – hope this gives you some inspiration!
6. Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon
This is literally Disneyland for Bollywood lovers. Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon near Delhi is renowned for its Bollywood musicals and would make a unique destination wedding location.
Although the venue is still to host a full-fledged Asian wedding they already organise Bollywood Dandiya nights. If you happen to be an ardent first-day-first-show watching Bollywood fan and have the moolah to book the place out for an entire day then the Kingdom of Dreams with its posse of talented performers could liven up any wedding day.
7. Neemrana Fort, Jaipur
Ofcourse any list of beautiful wedding destinations in India will be incomplete without a mention of Jaipur. The blue city is replete with spectacular wedding locations in terms of palaces but we are more interested in the Neemrana Fort that could easily be the best destination wedding location in India.
This astoundingly rustic fort would make the perfect rugged blank canvas on which to paint your wedding story. The fort itself is completely devoid of colour unlike the palaces, which means that every colour will pop and your pictures will be nothing short of breathtaking.
8. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Known for its ancient Wats or temples and life-like wax statues of Buddhist monks, Chiang Mai is has a certain vintage charm that is sorely missing from the more popular choices for Asian weddings like Bangkok and KohSamui.
The DharaDhevi Hotel is a truly mystical property that resembles an ancient city of temples much like Chiang Mai. It provides the perfect amalgamation of Asian cultures for a destination wedding location that everyone will remember for years to come.
For the deeply spiritual there is something cathartic about start their new lives as man and wife along the banks of the River Ganges. Revered by Hindus as the holiest of rivers, the water from the Ganges or Gangajal is used is every important ritual because it is believed to cleanse the soul and ward off bad energies around oneself.
The holy city of Rishikesh with the flowing Ganges and snow capped mountains all around form the ideal picturesque destination for an Asian wedding that is distinctly sombre and religious.
If you want some fun in the sun but also want the traditional Asian wedding at a religious shrine then head to Mahabalipuram.
This place offers the best of both worlds with combination of beaches and temples. Have your pre-wedding parties by the beach with not just cocktails and dancing but also some exploratory boat rides to check out some underwater temples followed by the wedding ceremony at one of the numerous ancient, detailed and immaculately preserved temples.
If you’re still undecided then pop in a DVD of the movie “Two States” that ends with a romantic wedding shot at one of the many temples of Mahabalipuram. The charming lead pair beaming at each other lovingly in the serene landscape will have your heart melting and mind racing to get geared up for an Asian wedding to remember.
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