Do you dream of a regal wedding in a palace? In Rajasthan, these elegant heritage hotels with hard-to-beat hospitality can make it come true. By Shibani Bawa
The royal family of Jaipur has been famous for hosting extravagant soirees for the swish set from across the world. You too can replicate their style by hosting a wedding at Rajmahal Palace. Located in the heart of the city, Rajmahal is home to the Maharaja of Jaipur and gives a taste of regal luxury in its 14 royal apartments, suites, and rooms. This 250-year-old palace was commissioned by HH Sawai Jai Singh II as a private palace and garden retreat for his darling wife, Chandra Kanwar Ranawat as an expression of his love—making the glamorous palace hotel an even more perfect destination to host a wedding. Now a Sujan property, Rajmahal Palace can fullfil extravagant requests like flying a chef down to prepare a gourmet meal for your guests.
The Devigarh Palace is an 18th-century palace in Delwara, Udaipur. For years,
it has been a prominent address—first, for its place in history as a hilltop palace fortress and more recently, as a paradise for travellers seeking an abode that combines heritage and luxury. This all- suite luxury hotel took almost 15 years and a team of about 750 people to restore. For an intimate guestlist of 125, the property opens up different areas such as the Durbar Hall, Durbar Courtyard or Silver Lounge, each with striking views of the Aravalli Hills.
Samode Palace is only a little away from the bustling Jaipur, which makes it just right to host a wedding function. The 475-year-old palace hotel has 43 rooms, including four royal suites, combining the best of Indian and Mughal styles. If your guest list is longer and cannot be accommodated in the Palace alone, you can rope in Samode Bagh as well, a 44-luxury-tent property. Host a small gathering at the charming terraces of
the palace, create a banquet setup in the opulent Darbar Hall, and have a grand mandap in the beautiful courtyard creatively adorned with fresh flowers and abound in natural pasture. The private dining room in the Sheesh Mahal or the exquisite Diwan-i-Khas adorned with mirror work and wall paintings that go back centuries are well-suited for intimate events.
This imposing property in Rajasthan’s Blue City, Jodhpur, was India’s first heritage hotel. Built in 1927 for Major General Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh and turned into the Ajit Bhawan, as we known it today, for patrons of royal Rajasthan’s impressive heritage and much-talked- about magnanimous lifestyle. The palace has an indomitable spirit and charm that’s unmatched by any other. Boasting aesthetic design, unobtrusive service, fine food and a creative decor team, Ajit Bhawan offers 60 well-appointed rooms, the property can easily accommodate upto 300 guests while the banquet lawns are large enough to host 500.
The idea of getting married in the middle of the desert may not sound very tempting but the Gajner Palace is a sight in the desert—it is a lakeside palace- complex in close proximity to a wildlife sanctuary and spread over 6,000 acres of land. The lavish property offers a range of venues to host weddings. It’s Imperial Terrace, Manoranjan amphitheatre, and Dungar Niwas courtyard, Shabnam Mahal, Mandir Chowk, and Mirage restaurant have created gorgeous settings for many pre-wedding events. Give your celebrations the edge by taking the party to the desert. In the sand dunes of the Gajner sanctuary, up to 150 guests can be transferred by jeeps or in camel carts. Book all the 45 historic suites and deluxe rooms to accommodate your guests and engage the Gajner Palace wedding planners to create a special food and beverage menu, and give the royal palace the desired ambience and decor.