6 off-the-grid luxury venues perfect for a dreamy destination wedding in India

From a single-key mansion in Kochi to a grand fortress in rural Rajasthan, these luxury venues are the perfect options for your intimate destination wedding.
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Take your vows amid the pristine settings of Chittoor Kottaram in Kochi.
Image: Courtesy CGH Earth.

Featuring stunning backdrops, incredible hospitality and the ultimate addresses that thrive in seclusion, planning a wedding in the times of social distancing just became easier. We pick the perfect hotels to whisk away your beloved family and friends for the most memorable day of your life. Rest assured, it will be a wedding deeply etched in memory long after the celebrations come to an end. 

Alila Fort Bishangarh, Rajasthan

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Alila Fort Bishangarh will make sure you get the royal wedding of your dreams. Image: Courtesy Alila Hotels.

This 231-year-old fortress beautifully restored into a palatial hotel, rises from the Aravalis like a dream, with staggering views of the boulder-strewn terrain and Bishangarh village in Rajasthan. Let enchanting indoor and outdoor locations play host to every meaningful ritual. Royal Jaipur Gharana architecture, 59 luxury rooms and suites, over 15 picturesque settings to pick from, tailored menus and décor — there are innumerable reasons you must pick Alila Fort Bishangarh for your storybook destination wedding.

The Rajbari Bawali, West Bengal

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Get married like the erstwhile zamindars of Bengal at The Rajbari Bawali!
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Around 35 km away from Kolkata, The Rajbari Bawali lets you experience the grandeur of the erstwhile zamindars and their celebrations amidst the breathtaking backdrop of rural Bengal. Featuring modern, luxe amenities, the 300-year-old palace has been recently restored to its former glory. An unmatched stay experience in luxury suites laced with carved antique four-poster beds, plush furniture, and marble flooring, is guaranteed for your guests. Bawali’s kitchen is well-adept to whip up a wedding feast and its multiple venues promise you a grand celebration.

The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh

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No place else does luxury weddings in India like the Oberoi Sukhvilas.
Image: Courtesy The Oberoi Hotels.

Surrounded by 8,000 acres of the serene Siswan Forest Range and the foothills of the Himalayas, this Oberoi mansion is a perfect place to plan your fairytale wedding amidst enchanting gardens, pristine pools, gurgling fountains, and Mughal-inspired architecture. Pick the imposing 3,320-sq-ft Durbar Hall for your big day that comes with stratospherically high ceilings, twinkling chandeliers, and ornate glass doors, or the charming Anant Mahal Courtyard with its domed gazebo, expansive gardens, and ample space to host a large gathering. Kaanan Lawns can be perfect for your mehendi brunch or pre-wedding photoshoot which can be arranged by your personal wedding curator!

Six Senses Barwara, Rajasthan

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The ideal location for your celebrity-style wedding celebrations.
Image: Courtesy Six Senses Hotels.

The world took notice of Six Senses Barwara when it became the ‘chosen one’ for Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal’s hush-hush wedding last year. With its history dating back 700 years, Fort Barwara in Chauth Ka Barwara village of Rajasthan was meticulously restored and converted to become a Six Senses sanctuary of grandeur and well-being in 2021. Pick from the many unforgettable settings for your out-of-the-ordinary celebrations. In addition to the royal Barwara State Room and Zenana Bagh banquet lawn, there are other intimate and informal venues available in and around Six Senses Fort Barwara for special occasions of all kinds. The dedicated wedding crew is skilled with bespoke service and an eye for details.

Aramness Gir, Gujarat

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Imagine celebrating the biggest day of your life in a secluded safari lodge set amidst nature! Image: Courtesy Aramness Gir.

Nestled deep amid the fringes of Gir National Park, this boutique property will make your intimate wedding the celebration of a lifetime. The 18 kothis here are built with stones and reclaimed wood from local villages to create a low-impact experience allowing you to soak in nature. From organising a farm-to-table dinner for your guests to taking them out on lion safaris to adding local touches to your décor, the team at Aramness Gir does it all and more. Indulge in Gujarati feasts, get pampered with therapeutic spa sessions, and visit the nearby Somnath Temple with your family and friends in between celebrations!

Chittoor Kottaram, Ernakulam, Kerala

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Chittoor Kottaram redefines intimate destination weddings with bespoke services and an off-the-grid location. Image: Courtesy CGH Earth.

CGH Earth’s Chittoor Kottaram used to be the royal residence of the erstwhile ruling family of Cochin. Exuding understated luxury and tranquil solitude, today this single-key mansion in Kochi with its serene setting makes the mark for those looking for an intimate marriage ceremony in the company of close family and friends. Feel like a modern-day royal couple as you arrive in a boat, walk down the historic corridors, and take in the stunning views of the lagoon, with water lilies floating on the glittering backwaters. The hotel’s ‘Wedded by Earth’ programme, dedicated to your celebrations, offers customised multi-cuisine menus, themed parties, and breathtaking decorations.

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