Travel Picks: Top places to wed and survive a break-up

Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:50pm EDT
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SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - From the giddy heights of romance and commitment to the best places to be miserable and lonely, Lonely Planet has compiled them in all in one list.

The list, from Lonely Planet's "1000 Ultimate Experiences," is not endorsed by Reuters:


From Leh in the northern Indian region of Ladakh you can depart for a two-day trip, from mid-July to mid-September only, across the 'roof of the world.' Get married at the end of day one and test your bond on day two. This strenuous pass will take your breath away at 5,600m as you cross perilous swing bridges between canyons. Buddhist monasteries dot the serene landscape: pay a visit for first-hand instruction in kindness and tolerance.


Why not make the wedding just as memorable for your friends as for you? Hire the main villa for you and your mates, and a series of connected cottages nearby for both sets of family. Get everyone to arrive the night before and meet up in the local pizzeria. The next day, be married in the little fresco-painted chapel on the property. Hold an evening reception on the lawns, surrounded by fireflies and caterers with homemade red wine.


Make an instant friend every night in one of Manchester's myriad dance clubs, to assuage that break-up. You'll immediately know you've found one of your kind at Poptastic or the Northern Monkey Music Club. Intellectuals can be found at the Best Indie Night in the World Ever!, while simpler types bust a move at Giggle & Funk.


<p>A view of a monastery in Thikshy, 20 km (13 miles) north of the Leh district of Ladakh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, September 7, 2005. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli</p>