The Indian palace hotels where Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities have weddings

Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif’s recent wedding to super fat actress Vicky Kaushal was praised for his dreamy stature and stunning decor.

The couple’s silent nuptials took place at the lakefront Six Senses Fort Barwara, a 14th-century estate located three hours from Jaipur, the capital of the desert state of Rajasthan.

Prior to the wedding on December 9, local media released accurate commentary and coverage of the event. Only 120 guests – including Who’s Who of Bollywood – made the guest list.

Guests are accommodated in suites that cost about $1,000 a night. Meanwhile, the couple stayed in the $10,000-a-night Signature Suite, which is outfitted with a private pool, whirlpool, and landscaped gardens. The property was once owned by the royal family of Rajasthan, and consists of two palaces, on-site temples, three restaurants, a signature spa and water features.

From a sumptuous banquet of Punjabi and English cuisine by 100 chefs who were specially flown for the wedding, to a custom glassed balcony in which the duo shared their vows, a horse carriage for the groom and a carriage of the bride for the bride, it was all royal.

Six Senses Fort Barwara is not the only venue that has hosted large-scale celebrity weddings. Many famous Indian hotels and resorts have hosted weddings of Bollywood and Hollywood stars.

Here are some of the best:

In this Friday, November 30, 2018, photo published by Raindrop Media, Bollywood Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas celebrated during the Mehndi ceremony, a day before their wedding, at the Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur, India.  (Raindrop Media via AP)

Actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas tied the knot in a sparkling ceremony at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. More than 1,500 guests from all over the world, many of whom arrived on private planes, gathered for three days of celebration.

Home of the Jodhpur royal family and currently the sixth largest private residence in the world, the palace was built between 1928 and 1943 from the same palm tile marble used to build the Taj Mahal.

Perched on Chittar Hill, Jodhpur’s highest point, the property offers sweeping views of the Blue City, undulating sand dunes and the historic Mehrangarh Fort, while Balsamand and Kalyana lakes are nearby.

A heritage tour around the palace offers an insight into this magnificent royal residence, which was once the home of the Maharani Padan Kanwar of Jodhpur. The last of India’s great palaces, the hotel is set among 10.5 hectares of lush gardens and is home to a family museum, underground zodiac pool, and 70 Art Deco-inspired rooms and suites.

Liz Hurley and her ex-husband, Indian businessman Arun Nayar, also stayed here prior to their 2007 wedding, which took place at the nearby Mehirangarh Fort.

Dating back to the 19th century, the magnificent Baradari Palace is located in the center of the culturally rich city of Patiala in Punjab and is an architectural marvel that has been converted into a heritage hotel by Neemrana Hotels.

Punctuated by sprawling courtyards, the 30-hectare property has hosted many high-profile weddings, including royal weddings and Bollywood stars. Recently, Simran Kaur Mundi, the former Miss India Miss Universe, held the knot with her husband, Bollywood film director Gurickk Maan. She has also appeared in blockbuster Bollywood films such as Bodyguard, Yamla Bagla Deewana, Fillori And Razi.

The palace was built by the King of Patiala, Maharaja Rajinder Singh, in 1876 for his pregnant queen, which is one of the reasons why it is peppered with trees that give oxygen. He defended women’s rights, implemented reforms, and defied all taboos by marrying an Irish woman. He was also known for the ease with which he integrated different cultures. Reflecting the Maharaja’s love of syncretism, the property refuses to conform to a single architectural style, fusing Hindustani, Mughal and colonial design elements.

The heart of the palace is its 12-door suite – the Pradari, for which it is named. With all of its suites named after the former Maharaja of Patiala, and fitted with portraits of kings and queens, the hotel transports its guests to a bygone era.

Gorgeous old furniture, large four-poster beds, and other relics of the past, including the carvings of the Maharaja’s coat of arms on glass doors, build on the royal vibe. At night, the twelve sinuous arches of Baradari are lit up, furthering the noble past of the Garden Palace.

The wedding venue of Bollywood star Salman Khan Arpita Khan and actor Aayush Sharma in 2014, the Taj Falaknuma Palace in the southern city of Hyderabad has been the talk of the town for weeks. The weddings were attended by personalities from Indian and world cinema, as well as businessmen and politicians.

Salman booked the entire palace for two days of the $2 million wedding, which included horses, carriages, lavish banquets, and processions. Falaknuma Palace is located five kilometers from the historic 16th-century Charminar and has more than 60 luxurious rooms and a dining table for 100 people.

The marble palace, which has hosted guests such as Czar Nicholas II and King George V, has signature rooms that cost more than $20,000 a night. The palace was once the residence of Hyderabad’s sixth regime, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan, having purchased it from the then Chief Minister of Hyderabad State, Nawab Faqar Amara.

A heritage hotel in Gwalior, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Deo Bagh is dotted with 17th- and 18th-century Maratha temples, two memorial tombs and one pavilion with 36 arched gates. Its landscaped gardens and lawns have hosted many royal and celebrity weddings, with drummers, dancers and classical music recitals to entertain important guests. Delicious Indian and Continental dishes are prepared by the hotel’s 50 chefs.

The hotel’s 15 lavishly decorated suites are spread across the palace’s five wings, facing the Nau Bagh, or nine-part garden. During the Middle Ages, important official meetings of the kings of Punjab were held here. The park complex includes magnificent temples, a hathkhana (an elephant shelter) and stables.

Legend has it that in AD 1500, the Mughals set up a camp in the lawns of Deo Bagh Palace, which features a pavilion of 36 columns. The Queen and her entourage crowded into the palace’s underground chamber during the summer to escape the freezing heat of the city, as there was a moat on all four sides. In the evening, the ladies roam the green landscaped meadows where the peacocks still sparkle in all their soft glory.

The Neemrana Fort Palace is said to have been the first property in Rajasthan to host a secret royal wedding in 1992, which includes a charter plane, an artificially created chapel lit by a thousand candles, and white and orange oriental lilies hanging from baskets in the central square followed by a black tie dinner . But the hotel staff is very discreet to the point of not sharing any names.

Since its inception in the 1980s, the palace has hosted many weddings, including those of wealthy non-residents from the United Arab Emirates. History whispers from every corner of the palace as it was the center of power for the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan III, the Rajput warrior king of Chauhan. Left in ruins for most of the 20th century, it was meticulously restored in the 1990s to its original medieval glory, making it one of the most unique hotels in the world.

Built in 1464 AD, the property is located on a hill with panoramic views of the Indian countryside. The 55-room hotel is built on 2.5 hectares of land with 12 separate floors and luxurious suites in front of well-manicured gardens filled with traditional flora and fauna. The rooms are inspired by Indian antiquity or British colonial heritage. Swelled with antiques, it comes minus modern gadgets like televisions or phones, letting guests immerse themselves in a rich past.

Updated: December 21, 2021, 4:01 am

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