If time, money or demanding careers have put the brakes on potential romantic trip to the south of some fancy European country, worry not, there are a lot of places to check out right in the country. LBB brings to you eight romantic getaways that don’t require crossing the national border.

Khimsar Fort And Dunes

Photo source: ITC Hotels

Photo source: ITC Hotels

The fort proper has the makings of any heritage property owned by provincial royalty; expect sprawling lawns, stunning views, haveli-style architecture, and exceptional hospitality {this is probably because the royal family still resides in the fort}. The real show-stopper in Khimsar is the the Dunes Village, nestled smack in the middle of sand dunes accessible only by jeep, camel or horse {the fort will take care of transport}. Completely remote, cut-off, and rustic, meals are held under a giant tent in the desert, with local dancers and musicians as entertainment.

Where: P.O. Khimsar, Dist. Nagaur, Khimsar, Rajasthan

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur

Contact: 0141 2229700

Find out more here.

The Khyber


Photo source: The Khyber

8,825 feet above sea level, nestled in the middle of the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, and spread over seven unspoiled, fir-laden acres with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, The Khyber is beautiful, to say the least. If you’re a winter-wedded two-some, ski your way into each other’s arms {they offer the activity}. They’re happy to customise an uber romantic package for you {think rose-petalled baths for two, candle-lit dinners on secluded terraces, and massages for deux}.

Where: Hotel Khyber Rd, Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

Nearest Airport: Srinagar

Contact: +91 1954254666

Find out more here.

Jawai Leopard Camp

We realise how important it is for the both of you to remain inaccessible, so here’s another remote and cut-off venue located in the middle of Jawai {between Jodhpur and Udaipur}. If you’re outdoorsy and up for adventure, this particular leopard spotting adventure safari will get your adrenaline pumping the way you like ut. Choose from one of their ten luxurious tents, and let them take care of the rest.

Where: Jawai, Pali, Rajasthan

Nearest Airport: Udaipur Airport

Contact: 011 46172700

Find out more here.

Mary Budden Estate

Photo source: Mary Budden Estate

Photo source: Mary Budden Estate

Welcome to a fully-restored heritage home dating back to the 19th century, nestled in the secluded Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary somewhere in the Himalayas. They also have the option of a village home stay; two quaint luxury rooms in the middle of the village Dalar. As for activities, take morning walks in the sanctuary, enjoy some bird watching, partake in yoga camps and get a breather from all that in the many nooks, sit outs and hammocks.

Where: The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Almora, Uttarakhand

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar

Contact: +91 9810031753

Find out more here.

Glenburn Tea Estate

Photo source: Glenburn Tea Estate

Photo source: Glenburn Tea Estate

A plantation retreat on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, this one is overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range. Started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, this particular tea estate comes with a long history and lineage passed down to one of the most popular Indian tea families. It’s got restored bungalows, complete with different suites comprising hand embroidered bed linen, four-poster beds, roll-top baths, old fashioned bathtubs {big enough for two} and Darjeeling green tea toiletries. Enjoy massages, tea estate tours and tastings, hikes, rafting, fishing and beauty treatments.

Where: Near Singritan, Darjeeling {three hours from Bagdora}

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra/Kolkata

Contact: +91 9830070213

Find out more here.

Wildflower Hall

8,250 feet above sea level and constructed on 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar, this former residence of Lord Kitchener has been restored to seven-star magnificence. Take in the stunning views from the comfort of an outdoor jacuzzi or heated swimming pool, take a leisurely walk through fragrant pine forests or have the hotel whip you up a gourmet picnic hamper. You can also try river-rafting, trekking, mountain biking or archery.

Where: Shimla Kufri Highway, Chharabra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh

Contact: 1800112030

Find out more here.

Jilling Terraces

Photo source: Jilling Terraces

Photo source: Jilling Terraces

Jilling Terraces is an 80-year-old house converted to a homestay for those who want a sanctuary of their own away from the city. The property is surrounded by 100 acres of untouched forest cover. Choose from a range of mini suites, deluxe suites or cottages, all done up beautifully with spectacular views. Breathe the pure mountain air, drink fresh spring water and feast on local produce.

Where: Matial Village, Bhatelia-Dhanachuli-Bhimtal road, South Gola Range, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar

Contact: +91 9910049608

Find out more here.

Hotel Villa Retreat

Photo source: Villa Retreat ,Kodaikanal

Photo source: Villa Retreat 

The Hotel Villa Retreat in Kodaikanal is the perfect spot for couples to cuddle up and cherish the bygone era of staying in a traditional, charming, luxurious royal cottage. Run by the same family since 1989, the homestay is all about old-world charm and a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle.

Where: Hotel Villa Retreat, Coaker’s Walk, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Nearest Airport: Madurai

Contact: 04542 240940, +91 7373043557

Find out more here.

Featured photo: The Khyber- Himalayan Resort & Spa

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