Planning to get married in a royal setting? Check out these grand and luxurious palaces that will give you an essence of a royal wedding. By Swastika Mukhopadhyay

Indian weddings are literally grand events with numerous ceremonies, gorgeous attires, excellent food, music and dance all going at once. Many people dream of having an extravagant and unique wedding, something that’s worth remembering. Check out these five palaces where you can get married royally.

1. Lalitha Mahal, Mysore

For an authentic and royal wedding experience, Lalitha Mahal stands as an ideal destination. Located on a low hill on the outskirts of Mysore city, this gleaming-white palace features a spectacular Italianate Palazzo and beautiful, manicured gardens. Built in 1931 for the special guests of the Maharajas, this heritage hotel is situated on a ridge overlooking the curving valley. The palace offers a variety of options for arranging your wedding ceremony — a large banquet hall that can fit 230 guests in theatre style, the pool side lawn that can accommodate 200 people and the royal terrace for small and intimate gathering of 24. The Lalitha Mahal palace also allows theme weddings.

2. Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar

This 15th century fort on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, provides a grandeur fit for royal weddings. Its medieval and rustic outdoor decor coupled with sophisticated interiors brings forth the desired charm for a grand and luxurious wedding. Spread over six acres, this palace-fort encompasses a huge Roman amphitheater that can accommodate about 200 people. Don’t let its quaint charm swindle you, for the Neemrana Fort Palace is well equipped with all modern facilities.

3. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

The 26-acre grand palace is featured on the global list for destination weddings. It has plush courtyards, fountains and beautiful flower beds. It also has many elegant dining areas and bars. Marwar hall, the ballroom can accommodate 250 guests for cocktails and dinner. The open sky museum courtyard would be an ideal location, for a small gathering of 75-100 guests. Go for the lush Baradari lawns decorated with rows of flaming torches for a grand-fairytale setting for your dream ‘royal’ wedding.

4. Taj Hari Mahal Palace, Jodhpur

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Situated in India’s exotic blue city Jodhpur, Taj Hari Mahal Palace provides an enchanting experience to those pursuing a royally-crafted wedding. With Marwar and Moghul inspired architecture, the palace is adorned with domes, slender columns, exquisite craftwork and grand interiors. The hotel houses a high ornate Amar Mahal hall that has elegant chandeliers, intricately carved arches and spacious rooms. Experience a grand wedding procession led by elephants and horses, followed by bands. Also, indulge in a gala dinner, unwind with traditional folk music and dance in the evening.

5. City Palace, Udaipur

The City Palace stands well known for its grandeur with those towering fortifications, expansive balconies and luxurious rooms to mesmerise you. This edifice situated on the bank of Lake Pichola is perfect for your special day. For a large Indian wedding, ‘Manek Chowk’ within the palace can accommodate up to 1000 guests. For a comparatively smaller gathering of 500, you can check out Zeena Mehal, also known as the Queen’s Palace. However, the most picturesque location for conducting a wedding ceremony is the Shivniwas palace within the city palace.

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