When it comes to Valentine's Day, nothing proves your significant other you care more than a romantic getaway together. However, while destinations like Shimla, Goa and Jaisalmer might be known as some of the most romantic destinations in India, they can also be fairly pricey and crowded. Finding alternative destinations to celebrate Valentine's Day can not only be a more sustainable way to travel - but it also comes with a considerably smaller price tag!
1. Instead Of Shimla - Auli
With stunning views of the snow-clad mountains as well as affordable and cosy accommodation, and food joints, Auli is the perfect location for an affordable romantic getaway for Valentine's Day. Highlights like the incredible Valley of Flowers, make Auli a great choice for Valentine's trip even during the chilly Indian winter. Plus, accommodation is a fraction of the price of popular Shimla!
2. Instead Of Alleppey - Kumarakom
It's no secret that Alleppey is struggling to cope with the weight of over-tourism. So much so that few resorts and hotels may charge a bomb during Valentine's Day. Save your money and head to affordable Kumarakom instead. Instead of fighting with tour groups for a place on a houseboat, enjoy intimate boat trips down the Vembanad lake followed by romantic dinner date in one of the best resorts.
3. Instead Of Jaisalmer- Khimsar Village
Spending a night under the starry sky in Jaisalmer is a popular choice for honeymooners and couples alike! Sadly, regular tourist traffic in the area has also led to a steady rise in prices. Instead, opt for the lesser-known scenic hamlet of Khimsa! While friendly locals and desert camp make this quaint place great for the couples looking for privacy; its isolation from the city, secluded camps and starry night sky mean it's also the excellent destination for a couple looking to get away from it all.
4. Instead Of Goa - Gokarna
Goa has held its place as a popular Valentine's and honeymoon destination for many decades now, but, as tourism has grown in the region, so have the prices. Gokarna offers a much cheaper and tranquil getaway. Forget Goa and choose to spend your romantic getaway bathing in Gokarna's rock pools.
5. Instead Of Jaipur - Udaipur
Yes, Jaipur may be one of the romantic cities in India, but if you're paying for a glass of wine in one of the royal palaces you're more likely to spend your trip complaining about the bill than gazing lovingly into each other's eyes. Udaipur, on the other hand, offers unique archaic architecture and the opportunity to indulge in private dinner. What could be more romantic?
6. Instead Of Mumbai - Pune
While the idea of spending your Valentine's Day trip watching the twilight from the Taj Hotel might sound idyllic, it's by no means affordable. With accommodation costing a bomb, why not save money by watching the sun go down for free from Lohagad Fort in Pune? Enjoy romantic walks down Pune's cobbled streets and dine out at some of the best restaurants Pune has to offer!
7. Instead Of Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram, with its quaint feel and secluded attractions, has long been the romantic destination of choice for couples looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Chennai. Moreover, prices in Chennai is comparatively high! So, why not choose to stay in its more affordable and quirkier neighbourhood: Mahabalipuram. Only a couple of hours away from Chennai, Mahabalipuram offers romantic walks along the beach and boardwalk!