5 Finest Places for Destination Wedding in Himachal Pradesh

Destination Wedding in Himachal Pradesh

A Wedding so Adventurous & Romantic, wouldn’t have been without the existence of these amazing destinations.

Destination Wedding and Himachal Pradesh, both of these terms are not new to you, so rewinding the same facts again would make this article lengthy and it might also irk you a bit.

Straightaway coming to the point, this post will list the 5 best places for destination wedding in Himachal Pradesh. It would talk about the kind of accommodation available for guests, throw some light on logistics management of a destination wedding and share some tips that can make the wedding event more exciting and adventurous.

Certainly, it is going to be a mountain wedding when you are in Himachal Pradesh. Read on…

Shimla
The first destination to strike you when you are in HP is Shimla. And, if you would belive then Shimla is one of the most happening destinations for weddings, particularly in summer. Shimla offers you not only beautiful topography but also opportunities to include adventurous excitement to your wedding event.

Accomodation & Stay
1) If you have a large budget ,you may opt for any of the 5* Hotels or Resorts which offer accommodation with breakfast and assistance for the pre-wedding and wedding ceremonial activities. Enjoy the facilities like pool, spa, Jacuzzi , fireplace etc during non-ceremonial hours. The wedding banquets , terrace gardens and lawns are a treat, if you are looking for an outdoor wedding. Picture:
2) If you are on a classified budget, either of a 4* or a 3* hotel/resort could be your choice. Breakfast with accommodation may not be included, however catering for breakfast can be outsourced. Some of these hotels offer pool, lounge, play area etc. Some may have lawns for an outdoor mountain wedding. Picture:
3) This goes for both budget size; private villas, farm houses, heritage house resorts can be hired as a whole property for couple of days for pre-wedding and wedding ceremony. Located in the outskirts of the buzy town more near to the hills these villas are fully furnished with self-operated kitchen, fireplace, BBQ etc. Open lawns & terraces are a treat to the wedding functions. Picture:

Destination wedding in HP: 4* Resort in Shimla

Destination wedding in HP: 4* Resort in Shimla

Logistics
1) Shimla is well connected by road-ways,by bus service of HRTC & private operators to major cities of north India, specially New Delhi. Kalka is the nearest rail head, which is connected to Chandigarh and Delhi by regular trains. Jubarhati, which is about 23 kms from the town, is the nearest airport. Shimla can be linked nationally and internationally by regular flights via Delhi.
2) 5* Hotels provide pick & drop service from railway station or airport, where as the 4* & 3* may or may not provide and services could have to be arranged personally.
3) Decorators, Florists, Entertainment companies, services like Wedding Minister, Photographers and Videographers etc. everything is available but need to be sourced in deliberately.

Tips
1) Shimla has roses and other Himalayan flowers growing in abundance. A floral theme décor in Mehendi or Wedding can be beautiful, unique and fiscal.
2) A sangeet party can be arranged with music, bonfire & BBQ in the lawn area or backyard of the hotel/villa respectively.
3) Golfing, pony riding, trekking and adventure sports like Camping, Bungee Jumping, Cycling, Para Gliding, Skating can be enjoyed during non-ceremonial hours.
4) A sight-seeing in town could be arranged for the destination wedding guests to the popular places of Shimla like the mall road, the Christ church, the lakkar bazaar, the ridge and many others if time permits.

Destination Wedding in HP: Ice skating in Shimla.

Destination Wedding in HP: Ice skating in Shimla.

Manali
Lying at an elevation of 6260 feet, Manali is the top spot in Kullu Manali Valley, a stunning hill-station surrounded by massive snow clad mountains and thick pinewood forests with the beas river being its significant masterpiece. A perfect getaway for destination weddings in summer.

Accomodation & Stay
1) For large budget weddings, 5* Resorts could be hired for accommodation and ceremonial activities. 4* & 3* Resorts could be picked for classified budgets, Bungalows, cottages & villas could be hired on per day basis for pre-wedding & wedding ceremonial activities. These are self operated, cosy & budgeted, some also are set amidst the mountains, the lush green lawns are wonder for outdoor weddings. Picture:

Destination weddings in HP: 4* RESORT in Manali

Destination weddings in HP: 4* RESORT in Manali

Logistics
1) The drive up to Manali is simply breathtaking! You can catch scenic glimpses of the adjoining mountains and valleys from almost every turn that the twisty uphill road throws you in. Though a lot of tourists prefer a self-drive up to Manali, it is advisable to hire a taxi in case you are not comfortable with driving in mountainous regions. The bus journey from Delhi to Manali is 550 kilometres, and it is advisable to connect with Manali via Delhi, if coming from any other state of India. The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kms away from Manali. The town is connected nationally & internationally via indirect flights via Delhi and Chandigarh.
2) 5* Resorts may assist with pick & drop facilities to Airport or Bus Depot. It is advisable to arrange vehicles or coaches with the help of travel Management Company.
3) Decorators, Florists, Entertainment companies, services like Wedding Minister, Photographers and Videographers etc. everything is available but need to be sourced in deliberately.

Tips
1) A special thali lunch, specifically of Manali delicacies served in leaf plates could be arranged for any of the pre-wedding functions. The food can add real flavours of the town to the wedding.
2) The wedding food platter may also flaunt Manali’s famous ‘Kothey’ momos and thupkas , America Chopsuoy and other Chinese and Tibetian dishes.
3) A sangeet –bonfire night could be arranged with BBQ and Manali’s popular home made wine ‘Chatki’ and ‘Lugri’.
4) Manali is filled with adventure, romanticism and idealism. Guests in the free hours can engage themselves in adventure sports like biking, rafting, hiking & Para gliding or may round up a city tour to Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Beas Kund etc.

Destination weddings in HP: Manali Thali

Destination weddings in HP: Manali Thali

Mashobra
Located near Shimla, a very beautiful and mesmerizing destination of India where climate remains pleasant all year round. Destination Weddings in Mashobra is a novice, but if hosted, can be a hit given to its picture-book topography and pleasant climate.

Accomodation & stay
1) Mashobra has few 5* and a lot of deluxe and some medium to budget accommodation options. Some are spa resorts which offer facilities like pool, spa, gym, Jacuzzi .If you are hosting an intimate wedding homestays and private villas are a best bet. The villa property could be hired on per day basis, but these villas cannot accommodate a large number of guests so, two or more villas could be booked for accommodation. Meals may or may not be provided by these villas, catering can be outsourced.

Destination Weddings in HP: a private villa in Mashobra

Destination Weddings in HP: a private villa in Mashobra

Logistics
1) Mashobra is connected by road to Delhi and Chandigarh via HPSRTC and some other private bus services. The near rail head is Kalka, which is a 3hr drive, the nearest airport is shimla airport which is roughly a 45 min drive, it links the town nationally and internationally by regular flights via Delhi & Chandigarh.
2) Private travel services are available; however it is advised to take guidance of a travel company to arrange shuttle service within the town.
3) Decorators, Florists, Entertainment companies, services like Wedding Minister, Photographers and Videographers etc. everything is available but need to be sourced in deliberately from Shimla, as few resources in Mashobra will not be easy to find.

Tips
1) Mashobra is popular for its picture-book typography and climate, this factor is excellent for wedding photography & videography. There are beautiful spots in mashobra like the Carignano villa where pre-wedding photography can be a hit.
2) Mashobra is rich in flora and ferns, weddings can consider decorations of wild flowers and ferns for a unique mountain theme look.
3) Abundant Apple and Pears fruit trees are grown in Mashobra. Apple punches, pears mock tails could be refreshing drinks, if celebrating wedding during September.

Destination Weddings in HP: Apple orchards in Mashobra

Destination Weddings in HP: Apple orchards in Mashobra

Kasauli
Scenic view of Himalayas peeping from dense woody pine forests marks Kasauli as an ideal travel destination and a wise choice for beautiful destination wedding experience. Destination weddings are however not very popular in Kasauli but, as the town provides best accommodation facilities and is famous for beautiful landscape, a destination wedding in Kasauli is worth hosting.

Accomodation & Stay
1) Kasauli is known for its best accommodation facilities and most of them are situated on the Kasauli Hill which offers scenic view of the Himalayas & Dhauladhars in the middle of Pine Trees. 5* Hotels/Resorts could be booked for a large budget wedding, where as choices are plenty in deluxe hotels if one is hosting a classified budget wedding. A farm house or home stay could also be hired on per day basis if hosting an intimate and budgeted wedding. A detailed guidance can be provided by a wedding planner.

Destination weddings in HP: A homestay in Kasauli

Destination weddings in HP: A homestay in Kasauli

Logistics
1) Kasauli is connected by road by bus service to Delhi(295 kms) and Chandigarh (50kms). The nearest rail head is Kalka (40kms) which is linked to major cities of India. The nearest Airport is Chandigarh Airport (70kms) linked to major airports in India. You may have to reach Kasauli via Chandigarh or Delhi if coming from any other state of India.
2) Local Transport in Kasauli is quite easily accessible. There are many different modes of transportation within Kasauli like Car, Train, Bus & Taxi. It is advisable to check with a travel company for personal shuttle service.
3) Decoration, catering, entertainment and other services, all are available but need to be sourced deliberately.

Tips
1) An outdoor wedding in the forest with dense pine trees with wild flowers and fern decoration would be a wonderful unique idea for decoration.
2) Since Kasauli is popular for its wine varieties, peach wine, apple wine, black grape wine and plum wine grace the mini bar at the wedding. They can be easily purchased from any local shop in the whole of Kasauli and are cheap for one’s pocket too.
3) Handicrafts from the Kasauli Tibetian Market like Himachalii Jewellery can given as wedding favors .

Destination weddings in HP: Local fruit wine of Kasauli

Destination weddings in HP: Local fruit wine of Kasauli

Dalhousie
Located at an elevation of about 8000 feet, sensational & charming, having a unique historical backdrop, Dalhousie is one amongst the finest travel destinations of India. However destination weddings in Dalhousie are still a matter of thought, but given to its scenic charm and climate, a destination wedding in Dalhousie would be the best experience of lifetime.

Accomodation & Stay
1) There are luxury and deluxe hotels for large and classified budget size, which can accommodate 100 guests & above. These hotels are flexible and offer varieties of facilities so that guests extend their stay. Luxury hotels offer lawns and meadows where outdoor wedding ceremony can be conducted. Premium Heritage homestay options are also available at variety rates.

Destination Weddings in HP: a 5* resort in Dalhousie

Destination Weddings in HP: a 5* resort in Dalhousie

Logistics
1) The most cost-effective and convenient way to reach Dalhousie is by train. Pathankot’s Chakki Bank railhead is the nearest railway station from Dalhousie (approximately71 kilometres). It is connected to major cities within India. Since the road and the highway leading to Dalhousie is well-built, you can also choose to drive your own vehicle and reach here. While Dalhousie does not have its own airport, cities close to this hill-station do have one. The closest domestic airport is in Pathankot which is just 75 kilometres away from Dalhousie but is connected to New Delhi only. The second nearest airport is Gaggal airport which is in the Kangra district and is approximately 140 kilometres away from the town. The airport is well-connected to both domestic and international cities.
2) Decoration, catering, entertainment and other services, all are available but need to be sourced deliberately.

Tips
1) A sight-seeing tour can be arranged for guests to panchpulla or a small fresh water spring known as satdhara or a trekking camp can be arranged.
2) Dalhousie handicrafts could given away as wedding favours.
3) Chinese chowmein, Tibetan momos, South Indian idlis, and Kashmiri fare can be one amongst the pre-wedding or wedding food platter.

Destination wedding in HP: himachali jewelry

Destination wedding in HP: himachali jewelry

The above mentioned are the 5 best places for destination weddings in Himachal Pradesh. Weddings can be easily planned and arranged to these beautiful destinations at a classified budget with the help of a wedding planner. To know how, send a query to diwas.celebrations@gmail.com

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