What's summer without soft, golden sunlight streaming through verdant vistas of hilly slopes or a blanket of smoky, grey clouds engulfing the serenading ranges? Yes, we are talking about elegant-yet-simple, and certainly charming, hilltop weddings with a bit of background music, which is most likely to be borrowed from lliting, folklorish tunes native to the secluded realms. Considering that most of us love a bit of cosmopolitan chic sprinkled over our rustic palate, we have chosen six urbane as well as isolated and colonial-era mountain ranges for a wedding of a lifetime.
1. St. Moritz, Engadin Valley, Switzerland
Your alpine sojourn doesn’t get any better than this picturesque spot, located on the southern flank of the dreamy Swiss Alps. Originally famous for its mineral springs, this resort town was twice host to the Olympic Winter Games, and is a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. Perched 1,856 metres above sea level, enjoy the St. Moritz sun, which shines 322 days a year, approximately. St. Moritz is the host to the terminus of both the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express. A train journey across the Alps is recommended for every romantic couple.
Kulm Hotel St. Moritz
Kulm Hotel St. Moritz offers grand views of the Lake St. Moritz. With a 160-year-old heritage, its six stunning event rooms provide the apt setting for wedding receptions.
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Emerald-hued tea plantations, colonial-era architecture, Buddhist monasteries, and rows of winding bazaars, Darjeeling is the quintessential hill station when it comes to pure mountain pleasures. While Darjeeling is apt for a bachelorette getaway, go on a trek to the phenomenal Kanchenjunga and watch the famous Tiger Hill sunrise. An intimate wedding in a tea estate would also be an ideal choice.
Stay at MAYFAIR Darjeeling and romance old-world charms. Enjoy English treats at Douglas Bar and a charming lunch at the floral-themed Tiffany.
A dream come true for lovers or honeymooners, for either a sell-out wedding or a cinematic getaway post the wedding, it is in Fairbanks, in Alaska, that you can chase the aurora borealis (season: August 21st-April 21) and track the midnight sun (season: April 22nd-August 20). In this remote locale, situated at 65 degrees north latitude, one can enjoy the joys of laidback city life. Opt for one of the several upscale, charming lodges dotting the largest city in the interior parts of Alaska.
The Hotel Alyeska (pictured), nestled in a lush valley and enveloped by mountain ranges, blends wilderness with comforts.
Da Lat, Vietnam
A throwback to the French colonial times, the hill town of Da Lat, also referred to as ‘le petit paris’, is situated on a plateau 1,500 metres above sea level. Evoking French grandeur and romance, this resort town also features a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower in its centre! Attracting visitors from all over for its temperate climate, the town is famous for its luscious vistas of surrounding farmlands with a rich variety of seasonal vegatation. Apart from its gorgeous lakes, waterfalls, and flower gardens, the other attractions are the emperor Bao Dai’s summer palace and Buddhist pagodas. Da Lat also boasts of a scintillating night life.
Dalat Plaza Hotel
Soak in the imposing art of a Buddhist pagoda, while you stay in the heart of the city at Dalat Plaza Hotel, overlooking Xuan Huong Lake. The European-style hotel is apt for a grand ceremony.
In this mountain-meets-valley-meets-city getaway, the setting is apt for a cosmopolitan wedding with a touch of exotic beauty. Home to vistas of alpine plateues and wild mountaineering villages, the colourful city of Innsbruck is also known for its imperial and modern architecture. The Nordkette funicular, the futuristic specimen, designed by Zaha Hadid, will leave you spellbound, while you choose from an array of summer sports such as mountain biking, golf, and hiking.
Let this city in the Transylvania region of Romania, serenaded by the Carpathian Mountains, with its rich repertoire of medieval chapels and Gothic-style buildings, be the backdrop for your artistically-informed ceremony. Colourful Baroque buildings can be perfect to take breaks at, in between the rush and panic of your ceremonies. Do visit the Casa Dfatului, a former town hall-turned-local history museum.
What is your vibe when it comes to picking the ideal hill station? Let us know.
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