When it comes to destination weddings, getting hitched in a palace has become more popular than ever and what better place than Rajasthan, a destination that is right next door, to become one with the love of your life. Famous for its number of palaces, havelis and forts that serve as ideal wedding venues, Rajasthan is one such state that transforms your wedding nuptials into an ethereal experience. Be it the lakes in Udaipur, the pink city of Jaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur or the golden city of Jaisalmer. Right from pre-wedding photoshoots to cocktail parties to stunning wedding and reception parties, each and every city in Rajasthan has something beautiful and different to offer.
Here we list a few stunning locations in Rajasthan that we promise will fulfill your dream of a royal wedding.
Oberoi Udaivilas palace, Udaipur –
Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the opulent palace hotel needs no introduction when it comes to grand and exotic destination weddings. Fit for a maharaja, this elaborate and glorious property has earned the sobriquet of a fabled palatial wonder. An enchanting boat ride from across Lake Pichola transports guests to the hotel. The intricate architecture and beautiful natural setting of the place ensure that every shot taken at your wedding is impeccable. Places like the lakeside or the royal staircase can be used to get a perfect picture or even create a beautiful story on the couple. The property even has a promenade with a spectacular deck for performers, musicians and dancers. Combining modern amenities with a historic and romantic setting, the palace makes for a perfect fairytale wedding destination.
Samode Haveli, Jaipur –
Your search for a magical place to enter into sacred union with your betrothed ends here. This regal residence is embellished with Indo-Saracenic Architecture (a fusion of Muslim designs and Indian materials developed by British architects in India during the late nineteenth century). One of the property’s unique features are the exquisite hand-painted murals peppered on the walls and ceilings in eye popping colours, describing stories and periods of the bygone eras. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to photo shoots at such a finely detailed palace. The palace hotel also has a state-of-the-art spa complete with a steam room where you can pamper yourself. You also get to enjoy a puppet show with traditional music and guests can dine on traditional Rajasthani cuisine. With every element of the palace having a touch of regality to it, your ceremony is sure to be an unforgettable one.
Umaid Bhawan Jodhpur –
The Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur recently reached its peak of fame when our very own ‘Desi Girl’, actress Priyanka Chopra and her American spouse, singer Nick Jonas decided to take the plunge at the palace, bringing the heritage palace hotel to the world map. This captivating yellow sandstone monument is luxury re-defined with peacocks roaming its gardens freely. It’s most famous feature being the palm court marble used for its construction, was also used to build India’s most famous icon, the ‘Taj Mahal’ in Agra which is a symbol of love. Possessing the grandiosity of centuries old achievements, the palace is not even 100-years-old. From candle-lit terraces, to the grand spa or a butler led heritage walk, guests can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences at the Umaid Bhawan Jodhpur. Currently the world’s sixth-largest private residence, taking your wedding vows in this palace hotel will be an experience of a lifetime.
Neemrana fort palace, Alwar –
Step back in time with this property that treasures rich history. Over 550 years old, this medieval fort palace was finally acquired for restoration in 1986 and opened its doors to the public in 1991. What was once an imposing and grand ruin, now stands magnolious. The fort palace is one of the most sought after wedding destinations in Rajasthan for its fascinating past, rustic touches, mystical garden setting and a gorgeous fortress as a wedding backdrop. If your idea of a wedding is flamboyant yet elegant Neemrana is the place, apart from grand royal weddings, the fort palace also arranges private ceremonies—a torch-lit one in the sand dunes or a party by a garden pool. If you are looking for an absolutely unique location to wed, the Neemrana fort palace is an option you cannot go wrong with.
Fort Rajwada, Jaisalmer –
Nestled in the heart of the ‘golden city’, Jaisalmer, Fort Rajwada, leaves no stone unturned in making the bride and groom feel like a Prince and Princess on their wedding day. Built in traditional royal design style, the property has been picked as a wedding backdrop by many couples over the years. Its picturesque surroundings and graceful setting make it an ideal location for you and your loved ones to enjoy your ‘Big Day’. The property is replete with a pool-side barbeque and exquisite delicacies at their restaurants that are fit for a king’s table while their rooftop bar provides guests with splendid views of the golden sand dunes and pleasant cocktails. Housing a swimming pool, state-of-the-art-gym, Jacuzzi and a relaxing massage centre for you and your guests to relax in, fort Rajwada can indeed be the place you finally decide to take the saath pheras in.
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