The 5 Best Online Dating Sites in India

Online dating in India tends to be focused on marriage and serious relationships (except for one of the sites I will mention below). The scene is not like dating sites in the United States or Canada where a large portion of the membership base is just looking to find someone new for nothing more than a good time.

Your best bet for finding success dating online in India will be to live in a city where there are lots of singles. Cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, and others, are well set up for this. However, don’t get me wrong. Indians by and large are still quite traditional in the way they look for partners. In fact, I have friends from India who have arranged marriages. However, this is not the case for everyone, and there is a new generation that is increasingly discovering the effectiveness of online dating for finding a partner.

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A woman in India

Should you decide to sign up for the online dating sites I recommend below, be sure to read member profiles carefully as you might come across a lot of fake profiles. Usually, I can spot these profiles easily. A woman who has only one picture posted, is wearing a thinly-clad bikini and making an overly suggestive pose are usually clear signals to steer clear. Also, a woman (or man) who doesn’t have a lot written in her profile is a red flag for me. In my experience, the more boring the profile, the more boring the person.

Without further ado, here is the quick list of the top 5 dating sites in India. I’ll go into more detail in my reviews below.

  1. Indiancupid.com
  2. Shaadi.com
  3. Bharatmatrimony.com
  4. Jeevansathi.com
  5. Fropper.com
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Indian Actress – Shilpa Shetty (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

1. Indiancupid.com

Indiancupid.com is owned by my favorite online dating conglomerate, Cupid Media. Cupid Media owns such sites that I’ve used in the past such as Afrointroductions.com and Brazilcupid.com (I met my wife on Brazilcupid.com).

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Indian Cupid

Note that Indiancupid.com is not a traditional Indian dating site like the others I will mention below. It is geared towards single Non-resident Indians (i.e. NRIs). I’d have to guess based on my experience with this site that greater than 80% of the members of this site are Indians who live in the United States, the UK, Canada, or Australia.

Therefore, if you are looking for an Indian woman (or man) who has a more westernized outlook on life, I would highly recommend signing up for a free membership and giving it a try. As is the case with all the Cupid Media sites, you will need to pay if you want access to all of the expanded features of the site, including the ability to initiate a conversation. But, if you have limited time and money and can only pay for one dating site, this one is it.

However, if you are looking for a site with more women/men that actually live in India and have a more traditional point of view when it comes to the dating/relationship/courtship process, then take a look at the #2 site I mention below.

Sign up Process

Signing up is a snap, friendly to both your watch and your wallet. First, enter your name, gender, email, and a password. You can also join with Facebook. The final step (yes there are only two steps!) is to briefly describe yourself and your ideal partner. That’s it.

You’re now free to browse around, and find that perfect match. If you do choose to leave your profile unfinished for now, the site will occasionally prompt you with another few steps to complete, which can be annoying. It’s a good idea to finish your profile at some point, as there is a lot of space for information, which can help you find better matches.

How to Locate Potential Matches

Locating a potential match will take you down one of two roads: browsing IndianCupid’s recommended matches (gathered based on you previously chosen criteria), or putting together a detailed search of your own (narrowed down by age, location, education, etc.)

How to Communicate with Other Members

If you’re serious about connecting with people on IndianCupid, I recommend you bite the bullet and pay for a premium membership. Basic messaging options between Standard members will turn some heads your way, but no words will be exchanged. Standard members can communicate freely with premium members, but these members are quite frankly hard to come across.

As a Gold or Platinum member, you can message anyone and everyone. Basic text messages are only the beginning, with IM chat, audio and even video chat options also available. Audio and video chats have consistently been my best tool for testing compatibility before deciding to meet someone out in the real world.

Unique Site Features

Three features stood out to me when using this site:

  1. Video messaging – A fantastic way to test your compatibility with potential matches
  2. Profile ID verification – Upload a copy of your passport, driver’s license or National ID card so that IndianCupid can verify your information, marking you as a trustworthy, genuine profile
  3. Message translation – Break down the language barrier with an easy-to-use, built-in translator for your messages.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Standard – Craft customized searches, browse recommended matches, send interest, communicate with premium members
  • Gold – All of the above, plus: Unlimited communication with all members (including audio/video/IM chat), no ads, hide your profile for incognito browsing
  • Platinum – All of the above, plus: Your profile ranks higher in searches, VIP profile highlighting, doubled profile space, message translation, access to advanced matching algorithms

 

2. Shaadi.com

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Shaadi

Shaadi.com is the best online dating site if you are actually in India and looking for a partner who has a more traditional mindset. Shaadi has been around for seemingly forever, having brought together over 4 million matches since its launch 20 years ago.

Shaadi has over 20 million members, located around the world, not just in India, but also the United States, UKAustralia, and even Pakistan.

Like BharatMatrimony, Shaadi is pretty much exclusively for Indians looking to marry other Indians. Family members can make profiles for their sons, daughters, siblings, etc., and only heterosexual couplings are supported by the site’s services, for what I assume are religious reasons.

Shaadi is a beautiful website, with strong features. If you’re looking for an Indian spouse, you’ll be in great hands with Shaadi.

Sign up Process

Choose your desired match’s gender, age range, religion and mother tongue to get started. Next, enter your email, password, who you are creating the profile for (you can choose yourself) and your gender.

Then enter your first and last name, birthday, religion, mother tongue and your current country of residence. Now the real profile building begins. Continue filling in information about yourself, your location, appearance, lifestyle, background, interests, etc. A valid phone number is required to sign up.

A final About Me section requires you to write a bit, though you can select the “Help me write this” button, and Shaadi will put together a short blurb for you based on the information you’ve already provided. There are more sections to fill out in your profile if you wish, as well as the option to upload photos and videos.

How to Locate Potential Matches

Shaadi’s search features are the standard affair. In Basic Search, you filter by gender, age, height, marital status, children status, religion, mother tongue, country living in and photo settings (private vs. visible to all).

Advanced Search lets you filter further by Location & Grew up in details, Education & Professional details, Lifestyle & Appearance, Keywords and who created the profile (self, parent/guardian, sibling/friend/other).

You can also search Who is Online, Special Cases (those with mental and/or physical disabilities) and Astro Search (compatibility based on the Indian horoscopes Ashtakoota or Dashakoota).

How to Communicate with Other Members

A good first move is to Express Interest in a match you like. On the receiving end, if/when you receive Interest, you can choose to accept or decline these requests to chat further. You can also choose to filter out interest or messages from members that don’t match your criteria.

Your options are limited as a free member, but once you upgrade to a premium account, you can send Direct messages to other members, connect via IM chat if they’re online, and even call them directly on their phone if they share their contact info with you.

Unique Site Features

Shaadi has 150 centers in 87 cities around India. Family members are encouraged to go to these centers to speak and work with Shaadi-elected matchmakers.

Shaadi also has a killer guarantee of its services: if you’ve sent out at least 10 Interests to different members and haven’t received accept within the first 30 days of upgrading, Shaadi will refund your entire fee.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Standard – Create profile, upload photos, search and express interest in members
  • Gold –  Send messages, start chats, view detailed profile information
  • Gold Plus – Feature your profile in Spotlight, standout with Bold listing,
  • Diamond/Diamond Plus – Same as Gold/Gold Plus except a 6-month plan instead of 3-month
  • Platinum/Platinum Plus – 12-month plan
  • Select Shaadi – Access Inner Circle, personalized services (dedicated advisor, handpicked matches, personal introductions and meetings)

 

3. Bharatmatrimony.com

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Bharat Matrimony

Bharatmatrimony.com is an excellent site recommended for the truly serious-minded daters. It is perfect for those who are on the sure path towards trying to get married.

This dating site has millions of members and, according to the Limca Book of Records, has the highest number of online documented marriages.

While it is free to sign up, you will need to upgrade to some level of premium subscription in order to contact other members. Bharat Matrimony benefits from both its huge user base and the fact that the vast majority of these users will be genuine profiles because signing up requires a mobile phone validation.

While Bharat Matrimony is a popular, quality site in its own right, it is only really useful if you are Indian and looking to get married to an Indian.

Sign up Process

Sign up through your Facebook account or manually enter your information. Besides your basic information, you’ll also select your religion, mother tongue, caste, and a valid mobile phone number.

Next, you’ll have to pick a regional site to sign up for, determine whether you’re willing to marry outside of your caste, and enter your location, physical attributes, education, occupation, habits, family profile. Finish up with a small blurb about you and your personality, your hobbies and interests, favorite music, sports, and spoken languages, and finally, your ideal match criteria.

How to Locate Potential Matches

A traditional search feature is available, with various options to refine your search. Bharat Matrimony will also provide you with automatic matches daily, based on your answers given while filling out your profile.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Messaging is for premium members only and is either text or audio, with an instant chat feature if both parties are online. BharatMatrimony is unique in that you have access to users’ mobile phone numbers as well, as long as you’re a paying member of some level.

Unfortunately, there is no video chat option, which I thought was strange, considering that these are people you are considering getting married to!

Unique Site Features

The most obviously unique feature of Bharat Matrimony is its focus on matching members for marriage, rather than dates. Beyond that, another feature unique to Bharat Matrimony is how it takes you to region-specific pages, depending on your location, or where you’d like your ideal match to be from.

Bharat Matrimony also provides automatic horoscope compatibility reports when both profiles have filled out the necessary information.

What is Included for Each Membership Level

  • Free – Sign up, view limited profiles.
  • Classic – Unlimited messaging, unlimited horoscope viewing, view mobile-phone numbers of up to 40 members, higher priority search results, chat with prospects directly.
  • Classic Advantage – All the above plus: profile highlighter for 1 month, view 45 members mobile-phone numbers, higher priority in search results.
  • Classic Premium – All the above plus: profile highlighter for 2 months, view 50 members’ mobile-phone numbers, higher priority in search results, enhanced privacy settings and profile visibility.
  • Til-U-Marry – 3 years of uninterrupted benefits, personal exclusive service, view 300 members’ mobile phone numbers.
  • Assisted Matrimony (3 & 6 months) – Personal relationship manager, faster responses from interested matches, receive matches in inbox, arrange meetings with prospective matches.
  • Extras:
    • Profile Highlighter – Maximum profile visibility.
    • AstroMatch – Horoscope compatibility reports.
    • Top Placement – Move your profile to top spot.

 

4. Jeevansathi.com

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Jeevansathi

Jeevansathi is an Indian matrimony and dating site. It was started in 1998 and today has several million members using its services.

Jeevansathi has a polished, modern looking website that functions smoothly and is easy to use. This site prides itself on strong privacy and security features, and as a result Jeevansathi is full of genuine, verified profiles. Jeevansathi is mostly used by and designed for Indians living in India.

The site is technically open to foreigners as well, but an Indian phone number is necessary for even a basic registration. If you are living in India, or you are planning on moving there soon, this might be the site for you.

Sign up Process

Thanks to the website design, the sign-up process is as smooth as butter. To start, enter your email, password, username, gender, full name (optional), date of birth and mobile phone number. A unique feature here is the option of creating a profile for someone else, such as a son, daughter or sibling.

Next, enter your mother tongue, religion, and your current location. To finish the initial registration, enter your education, occupation and salary, and write a short blurb about yourself. At this point you can move on to searching/browsing profiles, but there is quite a lot left to include in your profile, including lifestyle and family details.

How to Locate Potential Matches

Jeevansathi sticks with the tried and true basics: searches and matches. Detailed search options are available, letting you filter by community, religion, caste, profession and more to find that perfect match.

Or, if you’re too busy for searches, you can let Jeevansathi do the work for you, and recommend matches to you based on your mutual preferences and overall compatibility. Astrological compatibility matches are also available.

How to Communicate with Other Members

As a standard member, your communication with other members is limited to expressing interest via emoticons. More advanced communication features are only available for those who have upgraded to a premium membership.

Once you’ve upgraded, and found a match that interests you, you can contact them via text messages and IM chat. You can also call them at their personal phone number if they’ve given you access.

Unique Site Features

Jeevansathi’s security features are top of the line. Every profile requires a mobile phone verification to even get into the site, and even after that, 100% of the profile is screened for suspicious behavior. For the ultimate verification, you can even meet with a representative of the site in person.

Members also have the option to hide their photos or personal info from non-verified members. They can also keep this information hidden and private from everyone until they explicitly decide to release them to a special someone.

Finally, if you are new to online dating and want or need some help setting up your profile and navigating the site’s features, you can hire website staff to guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have via the Matri Profile feature.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Standard – create a profile, upload photos, browse/search profiles, express interest
  • eRishta – unlimited messaging with anyone on the site, view personal details of members, call members directly, live chat
  • eValue – preview your contact details to other members, feature your profile in special search results, access to Matri Profile feature

 

5. Fropper.com

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Fropper.com

Fropper.com is short for “friend hopper” and is based on the premise that all good love relationships begin with friendship. It is an Indian focused social media network and dating site with over 4 million members. Fropper boasts a boatload of different features.

Fropper Relationships is the dating portion of the site. User profiles hold a fair amount of room for detail, and the browsing and communication options get the job done, but are nothing special. Fropper’s features as a stand-alone dating site are pretty standard, but as a whole, with its large user base and the many different features found on the rest of the site, Fropper is definitely worth checking out.

Sign up Process

The first step is to enter your name, birthday, location, and choose a username and password. You are given the option of simultaneously signing up for Fropper’s partner site, Shaadi.com as well. This is all you have to do to start browsing other profiles, but you’ll need to complete your profile to send “Buzzes” or messages to other members and chat with them.

How to Locate Potential Matches

On Fropper, you have a few search options:

  • Quick Search – Pick a gender and an age-range (18-25, 26-35, 36 & above)
  • City Search – Pick a gender, age, country, city, and preferred relationship (friendship, activity partner, email buddy, dating, & serious relationship)
  • Advanced search – Filter by all the above, plus looks, lifestyle, background/values, and star sign

You can also search for a specific username, and by who is currently online or whose birthday is today.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Fropper’s communication options are pretty basic: Buzzes, Favorite, Chat, and Messaging. Buzzes are the equivalent of “poking” or “winking”; basically a lazy-man’s opening message. You can also add someone to your favorites, and forward profiles you like to your friends. Messages are text only, and can only be sent if you have a premium account. The Instant Messaging feature makes it easier to connect with people, but not everyone has this feature set up, which limits its usefulness.

Unique Site Features

Fropper’s most unique features come from its connection to the larger Fropper social media network community. For example, if you come across an amazing profile that you want to share, or you see a profile you know would be a great match for a friend, you can forward it to your friends. Members can also create groups a la Meetup.com, sharing Fropper takes the user profile to the next level by giving you the option of creating your own webpage, choosing its design, uploading content, audio and videos.

Finally, Fropper members can engage in a surprisingly extensive forum, discussing topics like relationships, philosophy, politics, health, travel, and culture.

What is Included for Each Membership Level

  • Free – Display profile with photo, reply to received messages, browse other profiles, post in the Fropper forum
  • Premium – See who views your profile, use the Perfect Match feature, send messages to and start chats with other members

 

Online Dating Strategy: 

  • A lot of what I learned while dating online was through trial and error, planting a lot of seeds in order to get success…learning what works and doesn’t work and refining my approach along the way. You might have your own online dating strategy, and that is cool, but if you don’t and need a starting point, go and buy my e-book, Online Dating Success: How to Find Love Anywhere in the World. In the book I go into detail about how to set up a profile, what I recommend writing for your initial and follow up messages, when to ask the woman/man you’re interested in to go offline for a date, and more.

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Further Reading

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