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Plan a Regal Wedding in Udaipur
Many girls dream about being a princess on their wedding day. If you're one of them, you can't get much closer to living the dream than a wedding in Udaipur at the City Palace Complex, where the Mewar royal family still resides. And who better to organize the wedding than the royal House of Mewar, and the event planners of their HRH Group of Hotels.
The Mewar royal family were the pioneers in the concept of destination weddings in India, and have been at the forefront of organizing these weddings for over a decade. Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Chairman and Managing Director of the HRH Group of Hotels, explains that initially there was a great deal of opposition against holding weddings away from home in India. In order to sell the concept of destination weddings, they had to stage mock marriages. Now the bookings are flowing in.
Foreigners have also become very interested in the idea of getting married, royal style, in India. According to Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar,... he's been holding regal weddings for foreigners in Udaipur for more than 10 years now.
So what makes Udaipur such a standout destination for a wedding in India? Foremost is the setting. Known as the city of lakes and palaces, Udaipur really is one of the most romantic places in India. It's not just marketing hype. Udaipur is an incredibly charming city. A lot of this charm comes from its beautiful, regal palace buildings -- and the best bit, you can get married in them!
Contemporary wedding venues, they are not. However, their uniqueness and historical importance makes them very sought after. These venues offer couples the opportunity to truly live the royal fairy tale on their wedding day.
Let's take a look at some of the regal venues that are available in Udaipur, for weddings of all sizes.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Manek Chowk, which fronts the entrance to the Palace of Kings in the Udaipur City Palace Complex, is the perfect regal venue for a grand wedding of up to 1,000 guests.
Constructed by Rana Karan Singhji during the period 1620-1628, Manek Chowk was used for public meetings, ceremonial processions, horse cavalry, elephant parades, and other festivals. To this day, the Mewar royal family still hold festival and special celebrations there.
Manek Chowk and its beautifully laid out Mughal style garden is perhaps the most recognizable part of the Udaipur City Palace Complex. Its lavish events have captured the attention of the media across India and the world.
A wedding in Manek Chowk, surrounded by the magically illuminated palace under the stars, is exactly what royal fairy tales are made of.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Zenana Mahal, the Queen's Palace, is an integral part of the Udaipur City Palace Complex. It was built in the early 1600s and has witnessed innumerable royal weddings.
Zenana Mahal makes a spectacular wedding venue for up to 500 guests, particularly at night time when it comes alive under the glow of candlelight. Table scattered with flowers, and central fountain add to the magic.
The main courtyard of the Zenana Mahal, known as Laxmi Chowk, was restored and developed as an open air venue to mark the millennium celebrations in 1999-2000. Adorning the courtyard is the Chowmukha pavilion (pictured to the rear of the above photo), resplendent with magnificent chandelier that also casts a warming glow.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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The ornate Mor Chowk (Peacock Courtyard) is often referred to as the most spectacular courtyard of the Udaipur City Palace. The Maharanas of Mewar held exclusive dinners there.
Today, Mor Chowk makes a exquisite venue for an intimate wedding of 20-50 people. Guests can be seated in traditional Indian style, or be served on tables.
One of the most exciting aspects of Mor Chowk as a venue is the entrance. To access Mor Chowk, it's necessary to pass through Badi Chitrashali Chowk with its mesmerizing views, or take the "tunnel" entry from Manek Chowk.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Jagmandir Island Palace
Jag Mandir is situated on an island in the middle of famous Lake Pichola, in Udaipur. It was built in the 17th century and used as a pleasure palace by the Maharanas of Mewar. This makes it an ideal venue for a wedding.
Extensively redeveloped as a complete destination for weddings and other events, Jag Mandir is likely to become one of the hottest regal wedding venues in Rajasthan.
Accommodation is provided in seven suites. To pamper the mind, body, and soul, there is the Panghat Spa and Salon. Other facilities include an all-day cafe, restaurant, and bar.
The superb lake setting also makes Jag Mandir high on romance, and adds to the feel of exclusiveness. Wedding guests are ferried to the venue by boat.
Depending on the size of your wedding, you can choose from a number of locations inside Jag Mandir to hold the ceremony and celebration. The main courtyard, fronted by large marble elephant statues, is pictured above. However, Jag Mandir also has a garden courtyard and lawns where you can... get married under the shade of well established trees. There are separate purpose made areas for the stage, buffet, bar, and band.
Large scale weddings aren't a problem as Jag Mandir has, in the past, comfortably held events attended by 5,000 people!Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Vintage Car Gallery
Love vintage cars? The Maharana of Mewar's vintage car collection provides a unique wedding backdrop. The collection is housed in what was once the royal garage in Udaipur.
The unique venue and its cars are magnificently transformed for weddings. Up to 300 guests can be catered for.
All cars are in perfect running condition and include Rolls Royce, Mercedes, and Cadillac. Even the car used in the James Bond Octopussy movie, which was partly filmed in Udaipur, is there!