Love is a panacea for all illness and setbacks..it conquers all, even a bad economy. Let’s list out ten of the planet’s most enchanting and romantic destinations — so when you’re good to go, you’ll know where to go to make memories that last a lifetime!
Lovers easily can lose their hearts in San Francisco. The trolley’s clang-clang-clang is music to their ears, as they hold hands in a cable car crawling up, down and over the hills of San Francisco. A walk or drive down Lombard Street, “The World’s Crookedest Street,” is an experience to remember. Shops in busy Chinatown lure passersby with fresh fish, produce and imported specialties. An ice cream at Ghirardelli’s is a must, as is a walk through touristy Fisherman’s Wharf. With more than 1000 acres of rose gardens, parkland and lakes, plus more than 1 million trees, Golden Gate Park is the perfect place to enjoy a multitude of activities including picnicking, music, golf, museums, music, and flower gardens while walking hand in hand.
It’s the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, however, that takes the breath away and inspires some serious kissing. Only about an hour north of San Francisco is Napa Valley, with its many wineries and tours to tease the palate. Special menus are frequently prepared by celebrity chefs and include, of course, wine. Napa can be toured by limo, bus, carriage, train or hot air balloon.
Gondolas of snuggled lovers quietly slip through inky black canals at sunset. City lights dance on the water and set romance aglow as the evening darkness draws in. In Venice, all is quieter in the evening, when the day tourists are gone and lovers are left behind to stroll through narrow city streets and across small bridges. Dinners along the Grand Canal are splendid, especially at the Naranzaria in the heart of the Rialto, where the specialty of the house is raw food. If money is no object, lovers can sleep like royalty in the Gritti Palace, an actual doge’s palace built in 1525. By day, the Bridge of Sighs whispers secrets of the past, St. Mark’s Basilica amazing artwork beckons, and violinists at Piazza San Marco cafes make it easy to sit down for an afternoon espresso.
The Taj Mahal is more than just a mausoleum – it is has been described by the poet Rabindranath Tagore as a ” Tear drop on the cheek of eternity “. As an expression of the height of the Mughal dynasty’s architectural genius in the Indian subcontinent, as the symbol of a bereaved emperor’s love for his empress, and as an inspiration to countless photographers and artists who have tried to capture its many subtle nuances of light and shade, the Taj Mahal continues to captivate people worldwide with its history, its design, and its symbolism of eternal love. This is located at Agra and around 2.5 to 3 hours from New Delhi , the capital city of India. Nearest attractions are AGRA FORT, JAIPUR and DELHI, popularly known as the Golden Triangle.
Kashmir, this is the paradise on the earth. Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons – always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flow down into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated by lily-laden lakes.
The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valley’s cool environs in summer. Here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar’s many formal, waterfront gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. They also patronized the development of art & craft among the people of Kashmir, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among these people and making the handicrafts of the land prized gifts all over the world.Kashmir is a land where myriad holiday ideas are realised. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes. In spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights the mountains and valleys have to offer. Golfing at 2,700 m above the sea, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for prized rainbow trout, or simply drifting down the willow fringed alleys of lakes in shikaras and living in gorgeous houseboats are some of the most favoured ones.
What can be more romantic than two lovers lingering over croissants and coffee at a sidewalk café with the Eiffel Tower piercing the sky in the foreground? The sound of nearby French music and chatter only add to the romantic ambience of this romantic destination. Parisian streets are rich in architectural history, and sites like the Arc de Triomphe, Versailles and Place de la Concorde bring visitors to another age. On the Ile de la Cite, lovers are speechless with the beauty of the 13th-century Gothic cathedral,Notre Dame de Paris, and it’s famous stained-glass rose windows. Art lovers can add the Louvre to the list of must-dos.
Paris abounds in beautiful parks and gardens, such as the Luxembourg Gardens with its statues, fountains and palace. Even cemeteries have floral gardens that can set the heart aflutter!
With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine… All of which offer you a unique experience. And what’s more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other – a singular advantage no other destination offers.What else required for a romantic holidays ?
When it comes to romantic ambience, Hawaii – with its cluster of magical islands — presents a menu of choices. Each island has its own particular personality and charm, yet they all offer miles of beautiful beaches, sailing, surfing, diving, flowers, sunsets and Polynesian culture. Hawaii, “the Big Island,” warms the hearts of lovers with its active Kilauea volcano and black sand beaches. Kuai, “The Garden Isle,” has lush green valleys and the unspoiled Na Pali coastline. Maui, “The Valley Isle,” is best known for its beaches and whale watching. Molokai, “The Friendly Island,” lets lovers escape from the busy world to long, empty, quiet, sandy beaches or lush golf courses. Lanai, “The Private Island,” offers only two (extremely expensive) luxury hotels, guaranteeing seclusion and solitude. Oahu, “The Gathering Place,” is the busiest and most populated of the islands, but still offers all the ingredients for a romantic getaway.
Scotland is a diverse and extraordinary country, with a rich and fascinating history. The country has nearly 800 islands, only 300 of which are inhabited, and these islands are home to some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. A land of contrasts, Scotland boasts vibrant and exciting cities to visit and breathtaking lochs, mountains and coastlines that shouldn’t be missed. Scotland is bordered by England on the south, the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the North Sea on the east.
“Still one of the most gorgeous places on earth. The scenery is magic… I can’t begin to describe how beautiful it is… I certainly wouldn’t do it justice if I tried… Sheep, highlands, lochs, and rowan trees… just beautiful!”Jane, Florida, USA
The Caribbean is a princess who owns a necklace of islands, and each is a jewel that glitters with romance. Antigua, Jamaica, Bahamas, St. Lucia, the Virgin Islands and the Caymans are only a few of the many beautiful islands offering something for everyone! Choose an English, French, Dutch or Spanish ambience, and find a busy, fast-paced atmosphere, intimate seclusion or something in between. Sailing, gambling, scuba, big-name entertainment, clothing-optional beaches, sting ray encounters and dolphin swims are some of the many entertaining choices on the menu, depending on the lovers’ fancy and the island selected. Each island has its own particular personality, culture and flavor, but all enchant with quaint pastel houses, palm trees, flowers, beaches, seashells, and sunsets.
“Kali mera” is how one greets the day in Santorini, where blue and white is the color scheme. Blue skies overhead and blue water below are the backdrop to charming whitewashed houses clinging to the hillside. The Caldera of Santorini, formed more than 3,500 years ago by a huge volcanic eruption, is now the harbor and seascape for Santorini.
Arriving at the main port, visitors walk or take a donkey ride along the mile-long path up to Fira, or hop a cable car to the top. For the best view at sunset, lovers travel to the quaint village of Oia on the north side of the island. Sunset is even more enchanting from the top of Oia’s 16-century castle ruins. A boat tour to the Santorini volcano and nearby hot springs may be on the agenda, and those more energetic may even include a climb to the top of the volcano. As in Pompeii, ruins of a city devastated by a catastrophic volcanic eruption mesmerize visitors to Akrotiri. Santorini will capture lovers’ hearts with its vistas, beaches, wineries and amazing cuisine.
Is Quebec City the most romantic destination in North America? Many would argue that it is. More affordable than flying to France, a trip to Quebec City offers the perfect mix of old and new, all spoken in the language of love (French, of course). The city’s architecture is reminiscent of old Europe, and theatre, arts and festivals abound. And, of course, the dining is divine. Tres romantique!
After passing through one of four stone gates, lovers can explore the 400-year-old walled city’s history down narrow, cobblestone streets by horse and buggy or on foot. Drive or cycle to surrounding areas for views of beautiful old villas and historic 19th-century estates.
In only a little over three miles and 15 minutes downstream of Quebec City, lovers can spend the day on the Ile d’Orleans, with its mixture of French, English and American cultural history. A self-guided tour explains farms, churches and old cemeteries.
Love is a panacea for all illness and setbacks..it conquers all, even a bad economy. Now its your turn to select the best out of ten of the planet’s most enchanting and romantic destinations — so when you’re good to go, you’ll know where to go to make memories that last a lifetime! Let it be now itself, or if its little late to decide, plan it on the next valentine’s day and let the decision be on this 14th of february.