It is that time of the year when people from around the country are looking forward to embarking on the most exciting journey of their lives; marriage! With facebook statuses changing to 'Engaged' or invitations galore in the inbox, the wedding fever is officially here. Information ranging from the trendiest wedding wear to destination weddings are being discussed with much enthusiasm. But before the actual event, what about some alone and fun time with your girlfriends. As the bride-to-be or the best friend to the bride, you must be eager for some time bonding and having fun before the brand-new hubby takes over!
A popular concept outside India, bachelorette parties are just beginning to make their presence felt in the country. So if you have decided to organise a fun event for yourself and your girlfriends, take a look at our picks for a fun get together. Here is a list of ten great bachelorette party destinations in India.
Ok, we are sure this one was rather obvious. But that's Goa, fun, vibrant and a great place for a bachelorette party. The place is beautiful with charming countryside vistas, the paths seem waiting to be explored as if for the first time, casinos aboard luxury liners glitter in the Mondovi river, beaches are great places to sunbathe and look out for eye-candies! How much more can a girl and her lovelies ask for!? Explore water sports, lip-smacking Goan cuisine, dense forests, stunning natural scenery and pulsating nightlife in Goa. In fact, you might just end the trip with a 'What happens in Goa, stays in Goa!' experience!
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It is definitely a place to visit with your girlfriends. If you appreciate wine, then the best idea for a bachelorette party is to explore the vineyards of Nashik with your friends by your side. It is also the ideal season, as you learn about the vineyards, how wine is made, processed, bottled and of course a wine tasting session in the cellar. It is sure to leave you with sweet memories and a wonderful experience. Who said romance is only reserved for couples!? Go ahead and romance life at Nashik with your girlfriends.
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Bangalore with all its curfews is still a colourful party destination. With Fridays and Saturdays boasting of nightlife until 1:00 am in the night, you can choose from a variety of options to dance the evening away with your team of gorgeous ladies. Bangalore is perfect for a well-planned bachelorette party. How about starting the day with a nice drive, a pampering session at one of the many lovely spas, a wonderful lunch topped by an evening of shopping and partying. Else you can also opt for a day out experience at many resorts and clubs in the outskirts of the city. Choose from places such as the Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp's Jungle Lodges or Guhantara Cave Resorts or even the Grover Vineyard Tour for an alternative experience.
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The city of dreams, Mumbai is the perfect abode for a bachelorette party. There are plenty of options in regard to nightlife that you can choose from. Plan on treating your girlfriends to some delicious dinner with fabulous views such as the one presented by the Four Seasons's AER on the 34th floor. Spend time shopping and head over for an evening of quiet time together at the Marine Drive. There are also other options for short trips around Mumbai, such a weekend trip to Lonavla. Mumbai is indeed a wonderful city for the ideal bachelorette party!
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Old world charm and an understated elegance makes Pondicherry a must-visit place for you and your ladies. The quaint old cobbled streets that lead to beautiful heritage stays are perfect setting for a memorable bachelorette party. The beach, the promenade, the lovely cafes and restaurants will together make your journey a happy experience. Resorts such as the Ocean Spray on the outskirts also have party options. You can explore a day of frolic in the sea at the Paradise beach or relax by visiting the Auroville.
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The adventure capital of the country, Rishikesh is a great choice for an exciting bachelorette party. You and your group of friends can look forward to fun activities such as white water rafting, camping by the Ganges, bungee jumping, etc. If you and your friends are adventure junkies, this maybe a trip that could possibly outdo your honeymoon! Oh and try not to make your soon-to-be-husband too jealous, he might decide to have his bachelor party at Rishikesh as well!
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Planning on a honeymoon to the Maldives, that's great! But first how about a bachelorette party to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The stunning destination is yet to be exploited by tourist crowds, this means you have pristine beaches and azure blue waters all to yourself! Sunbathe, play, rest and have yummy food at one of the many resorts here. It is among the best destinations to detox yourself while still getting pampered. You can also opt for unique experiences such as scuba diving with your girlfriends.
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Desert destinations are also great picks for a bachelorette party. You can enjoy camping under open skies, feel royal as you explore the many palaces and adventurous as you traverse forts and other attractions. Udaipur with its beautiful lakes and palaces is an apt choice for pampering before the wedding. Stay at one of the luxurious heritage stays and spoil yourself and your friends silly! Explore the vibrant town and click as many photos as your heart desires. It sure will make for the most memorable journey.
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If Goa seems too stereotypical and crowded for your bachelorette party, how about going to the nearby Gokarna, located in Karnataka. You can enjoy stunning beaches, take exciting treks through the backdrop of lush green hillocks, rent out boats and canoes, swim, sunbathe, eat and be merry! It is sure to be a trip of blissful relaxation, in fact here is a destination you can afford to be as lazy as you want. The Om Beach offers a few resort options. The best part about Gokarna is that if you manage to get bored, Goa is just a hop of 143 km away!
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The lovely city of Cochin or Kochi is the perfect amalgamation of something new and a little something old for the bride-to-be and all her friends. Take yourself to Kochi for a fun time exploring the harbor, waterfronts, backwaters and islands. Make a journey to Fort Kochi and explore the treasures of Jew Street with your ladies, they are sure to enjoy the colourful sights and shopping opportunities. Don't forget to amaze yourself at the Mattancherry Palace and the numerous art cafes here. Cochin definitely makes for the most unique bachelorette party destination in India.
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