25% of lovers worried about marriage threat on Valentine’s Day

25% of Valentine Day couples in a survey conducted in India by Tripadvisor expressed concern over Hindu right wing organisations’ threat that anyone found sharing love tomorrow will be forcibly married.

“While 44% respondents are not concerned with regards to threats from certain organisations to take action against public couples, 25% are concerned about the threats,” Tripadvisor, the world’s largest user-generated travel review site said.


Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, a right wing organisation, has declared that they will forcibly marry couples found expressing their love on the day, provided that they are not married already.

The Mahasabha has even warned that people who express love for each other through remote means, such as social media, will also be tracked down and married off.

“It is encouraging to see that that majority of the respondents to our survey are not deterred by threats from certain organisations and will continue with their celebrations as planned,” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.

The threat has given hope to some couples who have been unable to get married due to family objections in a society where most people marry within their tribe or community, even in cities.

The Tripadvisor survey, however, was not primarily aimed at figuring out the reaction to the threat marriage, but at finding the best getaways in the country. A total of 682 people from India participated in the survey.

Rajasthan and Kerala ranked as the top destinations for lovers on Valentine’s day this year. The top resort pick was the Pearl Palace Heritage in Jaipur, while the Wildflower Hall, Shimla came second.

At third place was Kaiya House in Varkala in Kerala, followed by Old Harbour Hotel in Kochi.

Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Hotels for Romance
S No Winner State
1 Pearl Palace Heritage – The Boutique Guesthouse Jaipur
2 Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas Mashobra
3 Kaiya House Varkala
4 Old Harbour Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
5 Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur Jodhpur
6 The Oberoi Vanyavilas Sawai Madhopur
7 Hotel Pleasant Haveli Jaisalmer
8 Taj Lake Palace Udaipur Udaipur
9 Sajhome Kochi (Cochin)
10 Shanti Home New Delhi
11 1st Gate Home- Fusion Jaisalmer
12 The Gulaal Jaisalmer
13 The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur
14 Bougainvillea Guest House Goa Candolim
15 Kannur Beach House Kannur
16 Taj Rambagh Palace Jaipur
17 The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra
18 The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla Shimla
19 The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur
20 Palais de Mahe Pondicherry
21 The Tamara Coorg Yavakapadi Village
22 The Nattika Beach Resort Thrissur
23 Royal Heritage Haveli Jaipur
24 Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Jaipur Kookas
25 Hotel Victoria Jaisalmer

The survey also found that 25% of those planning a Valentine Day break plan to travel out of the city, 25% plan to travel out of the country and the rest plan to stay within the city but at a hotel/resort/spa etc.

75% of the respondents were of the opinion that Valentine’s Day getaway is an overhyped concept and that they would go on a romantic holiday with their partner anytime in the course of the year.