Your best friend is getting married and inspired by all those American Sitcoms. You now want to throw her a Bachelorette party. This being India, however, the said party might be a difficult affair to organize with prying aunties around. Here are a few Bachelorette destinations in India that might prove a great option.
If your friend is a Francophile then look no further than Pondicherry. Hotels, restaurants and ‘lifestyle’ shops sell a seductive vision of the French-sub continental aesthetic, enhanced by Gallic creative types whose presence has in turn attracted Indian artists and designers. Thus Pondy’s vibe: less faded colonial-era ville, more a bohemian-chic, New Age–cum–Old World hangout on the international travel trail.
If you’ve come from Chennai or some of Tamil Nadu’s inland cities, Pondy may well seem a sea of tranquility. The older part of this former French colony (where you’ll probably spend most of your time) is full of quiet, clean, shady cobbled streets, lined with bougainvillea-draped colonial-era townhouses numbered in an almost logical manner. The newer side of town is typically, hectically South Indian.
Go shopping at La Maison Rose. This restored baby-pink mansion houses three luxurious boutiques packed with exquisite East-meets-West fashion, fabrics, jewelry, home wares and furniture. Flop over fresh juices and French-inspired dishes under the mango tree in the fairy-light-flooded courtyard cafe-restaurant.
Gift your girl a surfing lesson at Kallialay Surf School. Surfing is soaring in popularity along Tamil Nadu’s coast, and this long-standing, well-equipped, Spanish-run school, 5km north of Puducherry, offers everything from beginner sessions to intensive ‘surf camps’.
- Andaman Islands
If your gang is made up of water babies, Andaman Islands will do the trick for you. The stunning destination is yet to be exploited by tourist crowds; this means you have pristine beaches and azure blue waters all to yourself! Sunbathe, play, rest and have yummy food at one of the many resorts here. It is among the best destinations to detox yourself while still getting pampered. You can also opt for unique experiences such as scuba diving with your girlfriends.
The more rugged Beach 5, 5km from the village on the eastern side of Neil Island, is a nice place to walk along the sand, with small limestone caves accessible at low tide.
No one comes to Port Blair for the beach, but if you need a break from town, Corbyn’s Cove has a small curve of sand backed by palms. The coastal road here is a scenic journey, and passes several Japanese WWII bunkers along the way. This can be also be amazing location for a wedding.
Desert destinations are also great picks for a bachelorette party. You can enjoy camping under open skies, feel royal as you explore the many palaces and adventurous as you traverse forts and other attractions. Udaipur with its beautiful lakes and palaces is an apt choice for pampering before the wedding. Stay at one of the luxurious heritage stays and spoil yourself and your friends silly! Explore the vibrant town and click as many photos as your heart desires. It sure will make for the most memorable journey.
Your trip is a waste, if you don’t pick up the traditional mojdis and jootis at Manek Chowk and Hathi Pol Bazaar. For Rs. 359, you can taste the sumptuous lal maas (red meat curry) at Jagat Niwas. Try to reserve the roof top for lovely view. Pose with all your girlfriends at the fountains here. Saheliyon ki Bari was constructed by Maharana Sangram Singh II for the princesses.
The lovely city of Cochin or Kochi is the perfect amalgamation of something new and a little something old for the bride-to-be and all her friends. Take yourself to Kochi for a fun time exploring the harbor, waterfronts, backwaters and islands. Make a journey to Fort Kochi and explore the treasures of Jew Street with your ladies, they are sure to enjoy the colorful sights and shopping opportunities.
It’s a delightful place to spend some time and nap in some of India’s finest home stays and heritage accommodation. Kochi is also a centre for Kerala art and one of the best places to see Kathakali and kalarippayattu.
Don’t forget to amaze yourself at the Mattancherry Palace and the numerous art cafes here. Cochin definitely makes for the most unique bachelorette party destination in India.
Ok, we are sure this one was rather obvious. But that’s Goa, fun, vibrant and a great place for a bachelorette party. India’s own spin on Las Vegas, Goa is perfect for, “What happens in Goa, stays in Goa”.
The place is beautiful with charming countryside vistas, the paths seem waiting to be explored as if for the first time, casinos aboard luxury liners glitter in the Mondovi river, beaches are great places to sunbathe and look out for eye-candies! How much more can a girl and her lovelies ask for!? Explore water sports, lip-smacking Goan cuisine, dense forests, stunning natural scenery and pulsating nightlife in Goa.