While Rajasthan is one of the most popular picks with couples when it comes to destination weddings, the hot summer months that the region experiences can easily make one think twice about hosting their nuptials in the sweltering heat. This is where India’s diverse landscape comes in handy—there are plenty of places blessed with a cooler climate during summer that will be perfect for your wedding—think hill stations that offer jaw-dropping views of snow-capped mountains and picturesque meadows.
Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort, Shimla
The iconic hotel, which served as a summer escape for British officials back in the day, was also the last home of Lord Kitchener, a British Army secretary. Spread across 22 acres of forested area in Mashobra, the hotel marries the best of nature with opulence. All the 85 rooms come with two-poster beds and 24-hour butler service, while two heated swimming pools, the resort’s famed spa, and the tennis courts are perfect for guests to unwind at between ceremonies.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Gulmarg
For a wedding straight out of a fairy tale, pick The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa in Gulmarg. The ski town in Kashmir might be a pristine white wonderland in winter, but during summers the place is just as scenic, with green vistas, colourful blooms and snow-capped mountains, making it the perfect location for a summer wedding. Located at a height of around 8,825 feet, the resort is spread across an expansive seven acres. Expect jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped Affarwat peak and the Gulmarg Gondola, which is one of the highest ski-lifts in the world.
JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, Mussoorie
Planning an elaborate summer wedding? Then this sprawling property in Mussoorie should be on your list. With 115 rooms that all offer enviable views, your guests will be in for a treat. The manicured lawns serve as the perfect backdrop for your ceremonies or pheras, while the spa and the golf course can be used to unwind in between wedding events. When it comes to the food, rest assured, everyone will be spoilt for choice—the hotel’s chefs whip up everything from traditional Himalayan cuisine to pan-Asian fare.
Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
If you want to give the usual hill station in North India a miss for your nuptials, then consider the magnificent Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling. Providing stunning views of the Himalayan mountain ranges and the lush greenery, the property has four plush bungalows with private verandahs, making it ideal for a small, intimate affair. For food, there’s everything from local cuisine to a pan-Indian spread, along with an endless stream of tea from their estate.
The Tamara, Coorg
Not all hill stations are limited to the north of the country, South India has its own fair share too, and Coorg, renowned for its coffee plantations, is one that you should definitely consider. Nestled in this verdant region is The Tamara Coorg, enveloped by coffee, cardamom, and pepper plantations. Located at 3,500 feet above sea level, the property is the ideal location if you’re looking to tie the knot surrounded by nature—there green manicured lawns will be perfect for holding outdoor ceremonies.
Lead image: Wildflower Hall, Shimla
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