You Can Now Marry Like A Royal At Some Of These Opulent Palaces In Indiaby | August 03, 2019
If Disney movies are any proof then every girl dreams of having a wedding in a beautiful palace dressed as a princess. In India, however, this dream goes just a wee bit further with the very real opportunity of being able to have a royal wedding, dressed as a queen in some of the most ornate, ostentatious, and opulent palaces known to mankind. Yes, palace weddings are a dream that can become a reality with the right approach, planning, and location. We’ve rounded up some of these erstwhile royal residences that now host events and weddings so that you can plan your upcoming nuptials at a destination that is truly unique and regal.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
If the nuptials of Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas have left you yearning for a royal wedding, then their choice of destination Umaid Bhawan Palace will please your fantasies. This stunning property is home to the former Jodhpur royal family and has about 350 rooms for your big fat Indian wedding. The palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1928 in a bid to offer employment to famine-hit farmers and was commissioned to British architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester, who was in turn inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyen’s plan for the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The palace now belongs to his grandson, Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur who still lives here and runs it in partnership with Taj Hotels. As the world’s sixth-largest residence, the property boasts of a heritage museum, banquet hall, library, ballroom, spa, swimming pool, four tennis courts, and two marble squash courts to ensure a busy stay. Inside, the palace is done up in an Art Deco style with beautiful artefacts and bold, geometric bathrooms. Spread over 26 acres of land with beautifully landscaped gardens, this modern palace is the ultimate destination to host a regal wedding.
Price: Starts at INR 27,200 per night for their Palace Room
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Another Taj property that takes the crown when it comes to palace weddings is the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. Often referred to as the ‘Jewel of Jaipur’, the expansive property was initially home to the aristocratic family of Jaipur and was later converted to a palace-hotel. Originally built as the garden house for the queen’s favourite handmaiden in 1835, the palace was expanded to its current state in the early 20th century by the architect Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. It became the main residence of the royal family under Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II in 1933 and was renovated to include a Maharani Suite designed by Hammonds of London at the time of his marriage with Maharani Gayatri Devi. The royal past and the regal architecture make the hotel a great place to host an opulent wedding. That combined with Taj’s hospitality, various sized wedding venues, 47 acres of gardens, and sumptuous cuisines make it an ideal location.
Price: Starts at INR 1,80,000 per night for their Grand Royal Suite
Samode Palace, Jaipur
Built originally as a Rajput fort, Samode Palace was later converted into a palatial resort-style residence with a nearby Mughal-style landscaped lawn for the royal family. It was converted into a heritage hotel in 1987 and since then has enticed travellers with its glorious past, period artwork and furniture as well as the Aravalli backdrop. A wedding venue favoured by many couples because of its ornate interiors—from the regal Indo-Saracenic architecture to the intricately designed and colourful Sheesh Mahal, the property celebrates its 475-year-old history and provides the perfect backdrop for a magical wedding.
Price: Starts at INR 9,000 per night for their Deluxe Room
City Palace, Jaipur
The Pink City’s most revered wedding venue is the imposing City Palace built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. One of the city’s most visited landmarks, the City Palace has hosted various weddings over the years and each more opulent than the other. The grand palace is spread over a series of courtyards, each ornamented by the successors of the Jaipur royal family, thereby creating multiple spaces to host various wedding functions. This historic site holds within its ornate walls several temples, a centre for arts and learning, a museum to hold the artefacts, and the royal residence. Whether you wish for an elephant parade or a royal procession to start off your wedding celebration, the palace is equipped to handle various requests and therefore serves as an ideal destination for a grand, unforgettable ceremony.
Price: On Request
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
A glorious palace that took nine years to build (from its foundation in 1884 to its completion in 1893), Hyderabad’s Taj Falaknuma Palace's beauty is unmatched just as Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra or Sir Vikar imagined it. The royal residence of the Nizams, the palace is spread over 32 acres on a 2000-ft high hilltop with a unique architecture that blends Italian and Tudor styles with the opulence of Indian royalty. Designed by an English architect with the finest quality of Italian marble, the palace shines under the moonlight thereby earning its name, 'Like the Sky' or 'Mirror of the Sky'. Period furniture, handmade tapestries, and jade statues add to the charm of this beautifully restored heritage hotel. Get married under the beautiful frescos and Venetian chandeliers on the ceiling of the grand reception hall that will simply take your breath away. While, the 100-seater dining table (109 feet, longest in the world) is the ultimate spot for a sit-down dinner, the Taj hospitality and the various culinary offerings including Nawabi delicacies make the hotel a great option for a regal wedding.
Price: Starts at INR 27,500 per night for their Palace Room
City Palace, Udaipur
A colossal palace with two luxe hotels and all the possible trimmings of a grand wedding affair is what you get when you sign up to host your wedding at the City Palace in Udaipur. This royal venue consists of two heritage hotels, Shiv Niwas Palace and Fateh Prakash Palace, each with unmatched ambience and the backdrop of the historic palace to host your big fat royal wedding. And if the multiple venue possibilities at either of the hotels fall short of your grand plans, there is always the option of hosting some of the ceremonies at adjoining historical monuments like Jagmandir Island Palace, Zenana Mahal, Manek Chowk, and Darbar Hall. Having hosted various high profile and celebrity weddings, the City Palace has hosted even performances by Shakira and Cirque du Soleil, to name a few, with special lightings, fireworks, folk dancers, and extravagant decor to match.
Price: On Request
Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
Laxmi Niwas Palace in Bikaner was built by Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh as his residence and as a space to host international dignitaries and princelings. From King George V and Queen Mary to the King of Greece, British viceroys, and fellow Maharajas, this stunning palace has extended its hospitality to various luminaries of the world. As a renowned heritage hotel, it now entices couples from across the globe to host their grand weddings here. Constructed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the palace with its hand-painted friezes, gold-laden walls, and Art Deco influences is the epitome of luxury. From hosting a wedding in its sprawling lawns or an intimate mehendi ceremony in the central verandah, the hotel offers an eclectic range of services to ease your D-day plans.
Price: Starts at INR 9,ooo per night for their Garden Room
Palace Ground, Bengaluru
Built by the Wodeyar dynasty, the Bangalore Palace incorporates the Tudor-style of architecture and shares a resemblance to the medieval castles that were built in Normandy and England. This imposing structure, thus, serves as an excellent backdrop to host a royal wedding. While the European architecture lends a feeling of grandeur to the palace, it is the decor inside that throws light onto the richness of that era. From portrait-lined corridors and taxidermy figurines to wooden staircases and unique artefacts, the palace is a historical paradise. The iconic exterior of the Bangalore Palace has made many appearances in Kannada movies, and with its beautifully manicured lawns, the palace has been the location for many a grand ceremony.
Price: On Request
Taj Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
Located on the banks of the river Ganga this historic palace was built in 1880 by HH Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia (Scindia Dynasty of the Marathas). With white and yellow exteriors as well as artistic stone carvings and delicate filigree work, the Taj Usha Kiran Palace is a majestic backdrop for a royal wedding. The nine acres of lush greenery surrounding the palace also makes for an ideal venue for a wedding but if you prefer an indoor set-up, the period furnishings, bold tapestry, ornate accessories, and baroque touches will please your heart. Secret recipes from Maratha and Nepal royal kitchens, classical music by the Gwalior Gharana, and excellent hospitality at the hands of the Taj group make this famed property a great choice for weddings.
Price: Starts at INR 6,500 per night for their Superior Room
Mysore Palace, Mysore
The Mysore Palace or the Amba Vilas Palace has served as the residence of the Wodeyar dynasty since the 14th century. It was originally built by Yaduraya Wodeyar but since then has been reconstructed and renovated several times. The current palace, in all its glory, was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and continues to be a remarkable structure worth visiting and definitely worth getting married at. A larger-than-life structure that incorporates elements of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic architecture, this exotic palace boasts of gilded domes, ornate frescos, intrictae carvings, beautiful artworks, and unmatched grandeur. An
elephant seat made with 84kg of gold sits in the Grand Durbar Hall while a portrait gallery takes you through the history of the dynasty. All these touches of opulence make the Mysore Palace a rather indulgent location to have your dream wedding.
Price: On Request
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