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Where Can I Propose?

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur - This locale has been used in a James Bond movie and can be stunningly romantic, with chefs cooking gourmet dinners on pontoons near the boat as you sail around Lake Pichola. The hotel will also set off fireworks the moment she says “Yes”. You could also head for the Kerela backwaters. Spend a day drifting on The Park Hotels’ MV Apsara on Vembanad Lake or rent a rice boat, and splurge the day on the isolated canals and passages of the backwaters sipping cold beer.

Where Can I Propose?

1 April 2013

It’s a classic question: What would that be, and how can I make sure it’s unforgettable?

Coming to the rescue—rather gallantly—are Vir Sanghavi; author and host to several travel shows (including TLC), Ashwini Kakkar; the force behind one of India’s leading luxury travel companies Mercury Travels, and Fiona Caulfield; the creator of the Love Travel brand of guidebooks.

Vir Sanghavi, Editorial Director, Hindustan Times - One man’s romance is another man’s cliché. But let me suggest the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur. 

Ashwini Kakkar, Executive Vice-Chairman, Mercury Travels - I have two options for you—the first being a luxurious spa vacation at Ananda–in the Himalayas, a serene location for your unforgettable day. Then there is another stunning destination in the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh, Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas. 

Fiona Caulfield, Founder and Creator, Love Travel Guides - I would suggest you head to Devi Garh, Udaipur. It’s such a uniquely romantic spot. 

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Devi Garh, Udaipur (02953 304211; www.deviresorts.com)It’s a classic question: I have decided to take the big step and propose to my girlfriend

over Diwali, preferably in India’s most romantic destination. Where would that be, and

how can I make sure it’s unforgettable?

 

Coming to the rescue—rather gallantly—are Vir Sanghavi; author and host to several

travel shows (including TLC), Ashwini Kakkar; the force behind one of India’s leading

luxury travel companies Mercury Travels, and Fiona Caulfield; the creator of the Love

Travel brand of guidebooks.

 

Vir Sanghavi, Editorial Director, Hindustan Times

One man’s romance is another man’s cliché. But let me suggest the Taj Lake Palace,

Udaipur. This locale has been used in a James Bond movie and can be stunningly

romantic, with chefs cooking gourmet dinners on pontoons near the boat as you sail

around Lake Pichola. The hotel will also set off fireworks the moment she says “Yes”.

You could also head for the Kerela backwaters. Spend a day drifting on The Park Hotels’

MV Apsara on Vembanad Lake or rent a rice boat, and splurge the day on the isolated

canals and passages of the backwaters sipping cold beer. Then, when she’s suitably

mellow, pop the question.

The Park on Vembanad Lake, Alleppey (1 800 117275; www.theparkhotels.com) Taj

Lake Palace, Udaipur (0294 242 8800; www.tajhotels.com)

 

Ashwini Kakkar, Executive Vice-Chairman, Mercury Travels

I have two options for you—the first being a luxurious spa vacation at Ananda–in the

Himalayas, a serene location for your unforgettable day. Then there is another stunning

destination in the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh, Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the

Himalayas. The pine forests surrounding this colonial mansion provide a magical setting

for a candle-lit dinner where you can propose.

Ananda–in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand (011 2656 8888; www.anandaspa.com)

Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas (0177 264 8585; www.oberoihotels.com)

 

Fiona Caulfield, Founder and Creator, Love Travel Guides

I would suggest you head to Devi Garh, Udaipur. It’s such a uniquely romantic spot.

The hotel was restored and rebuilt showcasing the best of Indian contemporary design

within a heritage property. Ensure you arrange for an exclusive dinner in the magical

Sheesh Mahal chamber, located at the highest point in the fort. Traces of history can be

found in the carved archways and faded frescoes, while flickering candles illuminate

original, coloured mirror work and elaborate ceramic decorations. Feast on a delicious

thali and order a bottle of fine champagne from one of the best wine lists in the country—

including my personal favourite, Krug Grand Cuvée champagne. An abundant scattering

of fresh, fragrant rose petals, traditional low Indian seating with floor mattresses, and

a live serenade from jal tarang and flute musicians will help make this evening utterly

unforgettable.

Devi Garh, Udaipur (02953 304211; www.deviresorts.com)It’s a classic question: I have decided to take the big step and propose to my girlfriend

over Diwali, preferably in India’s most romantic destination. Where would that be, and

how can I make sure it’s unforgettable?

 

Coming to the rescue—rather gallantly—are Vir Sanghavi; author and host to several

travel shows (including TLC), Ashwini Kakkar; the force behind one of India’s leading

luxury travel companies Mercury Travels, and Fiona Caulfield; the creator of the Love

Travel brand of guidebooks.

 

Vir Sanghavi, Editorial Director, Hindustan Times

One man’s romance is another man’s cliché. But let me suggest the Taj Lake Palace,

Udaipur. This locale has been used in a James Bond movie and can be stunningly

romantic, with chefs cooking gourmet dinners on pontoons near the boat as you sail

around Lake Pichola. The hotel will also set off fireworks the moment she says “Yes”.

You could also head for the Kerela backwaters. Spend a day drifting on The Park Hotels’

MV Apsara on Vembanad Lake or rent a rice boat, and splurge the day on the isolated

canals and passages of the backwaters sipping cold beer. Then, when she’s suitably

mellow, pop the question.

The Park on Vembanad Lake, Alleppey (1 800 117275; www.theparkhotels.com) Taj

Lake Palace, Udaipur (0294 242 8800; www.tajhotels.com)

 

Ashwini Kakkar, Executive Vice-Chairman, Mercury Travels

I have two options for you—the first being a luxurious spa vacation at Ananda–in the

Himalayas, a serene location for your unforgettable day. Then there is another stunning

destination in the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh, Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the

Himalayas. The pine forests surrounding this colonial mansion provide a magical setting

for a candle-lit dinner where you can propose.

Ananda–in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand (011 2656 8888; www.anandaspa.com)

Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas (0177 264 8585; www.oberoihotels.com)

 

Fiona Caulfield, Founder and Creator, Love Travel Guides

I would suggest you head to Devi Garh, Udaipur. It’s such a uniquely romantic spot.

The hotel was restored and rebuilt showcasing the best of Indian contemporary design

within a heritage property. Ensure you arrange for an exclusive dinner in the magical

Sheesh Mahal chamber, located at the highest point in the fort. Traces of history can be

found in the carved archways and faded frescoes, while flickering candles illuminate

original, coloured mirror work and elaborate ceramic decorations. Feast on a delicious

thali and order a bottle of fine champagne from one of the best wine lists in the country—

including my personal favourite, Krug Grand Cuvée champagne. An abundant scattering

of fresh, fragrant rose petals, traditional low Indian seating with floor mattresses, and

a live serenade from jal tarang and flute musicians will help make this evening utterly

unforgettable.

Devi Garh, Udaipur (02953 304211; www.deviresorts.com)It’s a classic question: I have decided to take the big step and propose to my girlfriend

over Diwali, preferably in India’s most romantic destination. Where would that be, and

how can I make sure it’s unforgettable?

 

Coming to the rescue—rather gallantly—are Vir Sanghavi; author and host to several

travel shows (including TLC), Ashwini Kakkar; the force behind one of India’s leading

luxury travel companies Mercury Travels, and Fiona Caulfield; the creator of the Love

Travel brand of guidebooks.

 

Vir Sanghavi, Editorial Director, Hindustan Times

One man’s romance is another man’s cliché. But let me suggest the Taj Lake Palace,

Udaipur. This locale has been used in a James Bond movie and can be stunningly

romantic, with chefs cooking gourmet dinners on pontoons near the boat as you sail

around Lake Pichola. The hotel will also set off fireworks the moment she says “Yes”.

You could also head for the Kerela backwaters. Spend a day drifting on The Park Hotels’

MV Apsara on Vembanad Lake or rent a rice boat, and splurge the day on the isolated

canals and passages of the backwaters sipping cold beer. Then, when she’s suitably

mellow, pop the question.

The Park on Vembanad Lake, Alleppey (1 800 117275; www.theparkhotels.com) Taj

Lake Palace, Udaipur (0294 242 8800; www.tajhotels.com)

 

Ashwini Kakkar, Executive Vice-Chairman, Mercury Travels

I have two options for you—the first being a luxurious spa vacation at Ananda–in the

Himalayas, a serene location for your unforgettable day. Then there is another stunning

destination in the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh, Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the

Himalayas. The pine forests surrounding this colonial mansion provide a magical setting

for a candle-lit dinner where you can propose.

Ananda–in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand (011 2656 8888; www.anandaspa.com)

Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas (0177 264 8585; www.oberoihotels.com)

 

Fiona Caulfield, Founder and Creator, Love Travel Guides

I would suggest you head to Devi Garh, Udaipur. It’s such a uniquely romantic spot.

The hotel was restored and rebuilt showcasing the best of Indian contemporary design

within a heritage property. Ensure you arrange for an exclusive dinner in the magical

Sheesh Mahal chamber, located at the highest point in the fort. Traces of history can be

found in the carved archways and faded frescoes, while flickering candles illuminate

original, coloured mirror work and elaborate ceramic decorations. Feast on a delicious

thali and order a bottle of fine champagne from one of the best wine lists in the country—

including my personal favourite, Krug Grand Cuvée champagne. An abundant scattering

of fresh, fragrant rose petals, traditional low Indian seating with floor mattresses, and

a live serenade from jal tarang and flute musicians will help make this evening utterly

unforgettable.

Devi Garh, Udaipur (02953 304211; www.deviresorts.com)

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