There’s a certain charm and grace to weddings that happen at heritage venues. Blessed with lovely backdrops and ample stories, these heritage wedding destinations are ideal for couples who look beyond the aesthetics. By Bayar Jain

Karnataka

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Imagine getting married being surrounded by ancient hand-carved stone monuments, or reading your vows in a land scented by fresh coffee. In Karnataka, you have both these options, and much more. Whether it’s getting hitched amid Hampi’s beautiful ruins,
walking down coffee plantation aisles in Coorg, or getting blessed by Belur’s temple deities, heritage weaves seamlessly into your wedding story. Perhaps the most apt expression of the land’s abundance is Evolve Back, Kabini, a resort that gives you a taste of the state’s wildlife as well as its vibrant social tapestry of local tribes.

Rajasthan

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The western state of Rajasthan offers a melange of historic locations infused with royal grandeur—majestic havelis in Jaipur, lakeside palaces in Udaipur, royal oases in the desert of Jaisalmer, sprawling courtyards and forts in Jodhpur. Getting married at any of these
extraordinary venues not only makes your ceremony grand and memorable, but also infuses it with a sense of history. Choose the 240-year-old warrior fort-turnedhotel
Alila Fort Bishangarh for a rustic yet extravagant aesthetic, or the lakeside affluence of The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur for lavish views of Lake Pichola—a touch of stately charm is sure to seep into your wedding albums.

Madhya Pradesh

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Madhya Pradesh is best described as a state unaffected by the wrath of time, making it a destination dripping with historical riches. The iconic Khajuraho Temples are known to be a popular temple wedding destination. But look beyond the obvious, and you will find many gems in the MP kitty. Picture the architectural beauty of Mandu with the backdrop of the Satpura mountains, or even a spectacular palace in Gwalior, doubling up as your D-day venue. Get the ball rolling with a pre-wedding shoot at the Orchha Fort complex (in pic), leading up to a traditional wedding at The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho, and
a romantic adventure at Bandhavgarh National Park.

Turkey

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Lying at the confluence of the East and the West, Turkey comes across as a melting pot of various global cultures, with a touch of beautiful, authentic Turkish magic. Thanks to the blend of beaches, traditional souqs, and mosques that dot the landscape, this Mediterranean country has many idyllic spots to get married at. Although only civil weddings are recognised here, the spell-binding architecture of Istanbul makes up for this hurdle. The country’s signature Ottoman-era brilliance reaches its zenith at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, a hotel standing tall on the Bosphorus since the 19th century.

Singapore
A wedding destination speaks volumes of the couple’s personalities, and Singapore skilfully caters to every person who arrives at its shores. Grand malls and skyscrapers aside, this tiny Asian nation boasts cultural diversity and a full inventory of attractions, including but not limited to Resorts World Sentosa, Gardens by the Bay, Little India, Marina Bay, Singapore Zoo—which make for an exciting destination for your wedding guests, no matter where they’re flying in from. Paired with the iconic stature and legendary backdrop of Raffles Singapore, the destination becomes even more noteworthy.

Abu Dhabi

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When it comes to weddings, Abu Dhabi serves heritage and extravagance on a silver platter. Its location at the mouth of the Persian Gulf gives the capital of the UAE its extra edge, making it an increasingly preferred wedding destination among Indians. Whether it’s getting married on the glittering coastline, or undertaking a gala celebration painted elegantly with Arabian hues, Abu Dhabi has perfected the art of romantic nuptials. Among the myriad property options on this land, the regal glamour of Emirates Palace stands out for its stunning Arabian interiors, natural bay, and world-class hospitality ethos.

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