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Every second couple getting married in India favours destination weddings. Of late, places like forests reserves and national parks are also being treated as venues for couples planning adventurous weddings. India being the country God has blessed with a variety of flora and fauna, these soulmates want their special day amidst animals, birds, flowers and so on.
These places are the right ones for weddings as they provide privacy and calmness. Also, the natural landscape of these rightful locations provides a picturesque venue for the most special day of a couple’s life. On that note, let us take you through some of the best national parks and forests where you could have your wedding.
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In case you wish to get an epic, ‘Mahabharata’ style wedding then this place has a lot to offer. Naimisha forest or Naimisaranya was an ancient forest lay on the banks of Gomti River, between the Panchala kingdom and the Kosala kingdom. The whole narration of ‘Mahabharata’ took place at Naimisha forests, during a conclave of sages headed by sage Saunaka, who gathered for a sacrifice to the cause of world peace. It is easily accessible through the following modes of transport:
By train: It is connected by train from Balamau, district Hardoi on the Balamau-Sitapur Branch Line on the Lucknow-Delhi main line of Northern Railway.
By road: It falls on the Lucknow-Delhi National Highway (No. 24), about 50 kilometres from Lucknow to Sidhauli on the NH 24 and about 38 kilometres on the Sidhauli-Naimisaranya state highway. There is a regular bus service between Sitapur and Hardoi via Naimisaranya.
By air: The nearest airport is Amausi Airport, Lucknow, and from there by road to Naimisaranya.
For ones who want a wedding surrounded by beaches, this is the most suited site. These wetlands of Odisha cover an area of 650km sq. by the delta of Brahmani and Baitarani rivers. These mangroves harbour crocodiles, rhesus monkeys, leopards, fishing cats, jungle cats, small Indian civet cats and many other interesting animals. Gahirmatha Beach, which separates the mangroves from the Bay of Bengal and is an important nesting beach for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, is also a part of these mangroves.
Sand Pebbles Bhitarkanika Jungle Resorts at Bhitarkanika National Park offers ace-class accommodation with modest facilities for an overnight stay. You can travel there by train, road and air through Bhuvneshwar and Cuttack.
Situated in Kokilamukh, Jorhat district, Assam, this is a perfect spot for a jungle wedding. The forest spread over 550 hectares, is home to several thousand trees. Bamboo covers an area of over 300 hectares in this forest.
Jadav Payeng, an environmental activist, planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the Brahmaputra River turning this forest reserve into a marvellous location. Nearest stations and entry point to this place are Jorhat, Golaghat and Sivasagar.
Termed as the sole home for Asiatic lions, this location will make your wedding an affair that will always be remembered. With a total count of more than 500 plant species and 2300 species of fauna, the forests are one of the must-see tourist destinations in the country.
The best time to visit the Gir National Park is from December to March, but the park is open from mid-October to June. They have their resort named The Fern Gir Forest Resort, which is luxurious and has an excellent hospitality.
With 200 species of flora and a rich fauna, this first wildlife reserve will be the most appropriate venue for the purest alliance. This park is famous for its jungle safari. It is closed during monsoon and commonly preferred during November to June.
For an exploration of the scenic beauty, the Riverview Retreat by Leisure Hotels provides you with the accommodation amidst rich species.
This sight with royal Bengal tigers will awe your guests in amazement. It is situated in Vindhya hills, Madhya Pradesh. The rocky hill ranges, grassy swamps and the forested valleys will add to the adventurous mood.
The safari lodges near the vicinity of the place, like Mahua Kothi by Taj, greet the customers with brilliant menus and excellent amenities. Wedding packages offer both traditional and modern style events for the extravaganza.
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