Last Updated: October 24, 2018 Sonam Dave
For the couples, looking for a road less travelled while planning for their wedding; Temple wedding in the glorious cities of Madhya Pradesh is popularizing as a new in thing. To keep things short, simple and graceful, is the latest trend, even when it comes to weddings. And what can be more short, simple and graceful than a temple wedding. In fact it makes more sense to host a Hindu wedding at a venue with a background of glorious and age old temples than choosing an abstract destination that hardly instigates the sacred feel.
In this blog we have tailored a list of five destinations in Madhya Pradesh that offer the perfect setting and feel required for a Hindu wedding:
Photo: Matangeshwar Temple, Khajurahoo | https://bit.ly/2tBgc1v
Khajuraho, with no doubt in mind, tops this list of temple weddings in Madhya Pradesh. It is the city embellished with the heritage temples of love and erotism, provides with that perfect backdrop required for an intimate union of a man and a woman, who are deeply connected with the divine plan of creation. Khajuraho; epitomizing the excellence and glory in the art of sculpturing, is a perfect wedding destination in India.
Temples of Khajuraho, being listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are not made available for wedding purpose, other than just the Matangeshwar temple. It is the 10th century temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity ‘Shiva’. The temple has the largest of the Shiva lingams around the world, of about 8 ft, made of yellow limestone with Nagari and Persian inscriptions on it. Mythologically, there was a sage named Matanga venerated as the Lord Shiva, who manifested in form of a lingam, and controlled the God of love. A wedding at Matangeshwar temple that carries such immense historic significance can really make it a mesmerizing affair.
The Lalit Temple View, Khajuraho
Planning for a wedding in Khajuraho becomes much more feasible because of the availability of perfectly themed hotels with proper facilities and services. Nestled between the lush green lawns and well groomed shaded trees, stands the white beige structure of this premier hotel, blessed with eroctic views of the lofty temple towers and the imposing structure of the ‘Western Group of Temples’. Being close to most of the temples; The Lalit Temple View is the best hotel to carry out a temple wedding. The hotel is equipped with 47 sophisticated rooms including the suites, that provide for a comfortable stay for the families arriving to cherish the wedding.
The charming restaurant ‘Panna’ and the garden terrace is the best place to lay out the elaborate buffet for the dining pleasure. ‘Mahua’ bar is also there, if one wishes to organise a cocktail party, the day before the wedding. While for the grand reception, the hotel has a beautifully landscaped garden named ‘Temple Garden’, that has got huge space with an appropriate background of famous temples of Khajuraho. The Lalit Temple View also organises special in-house light and sound show and the traditional Sandhya Aarti in the evening, that reflect the heritage and culture of this exotic city, which can had different hue to your wedding.
The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho is located minimum distance of 4.5 km away from the international airport and 9 km from the railway station. While, just 1 min away from the wedding venue.
Radisson Hotel, Khajuraho
If you have a big guest list for your wedding, Radisson Hotel Khajuraho comes as an ultimate solution. It provides 86 well-appointed and spacious, garden / pool view rooms, out of which 4 are suite rooms. And each room is supplied with comfort and amenities required to make the wedding guests feel at ease. Situated at the proximity to all the heritage sites and temples, this magnificent property is the perfect hotel to carry out a big family wedding.
The hotel is equipped with a trendy café that serves the international delicacies, called the ‘Temple Café. And to indulge into a glass of wine and to grasp the artistic glass of cocktail, there is a highly sophisticated ‘Temple Bar’. The well-rolled green gardens of the hotel makes an ideal place for dining out and reception.
Radisson Hotel Khajuraho is just 1.2 km away from the Matangeshwar Temple. And around 7.6 km from the railway station, and 3 km from the airport.
SYNA Heritage Hotel
A gracefully designed hotel with a touch of royalty is what SYNA Heritage hotel is all about. The couples who have dreamt of a royal wedding in India can go for this authentic and epoch structured hotel. The hotel is situated a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is adorned with vintage cars, which offers an apt location for a pre-wedding photo shoot. The hotel has 28 rooms, all differently designed and well supplied with the amenities. The ‘Kama’ restaurant serves both contemporary and traditional dishes, and is blessed with lavish sitting style. And an open wedding lawn, especially brought up for an elaborate wedding function.
The distance between the property and the temple is approximately 1 km. And from the railway station, is around 10 km and 6 km from the airport.
By Train: Khajuraho is accessible from most of the major cities, that too following the comfortable routes to reach the destination, utilizing as little time as possible.
By Road: Khajuraho is connected to Satna and Jhansi both by regular bus service. Roads are in good condition from Jhansi as well as Satna, though few patches are a bit bad in between.
By Flight: Air India, kingfisher and Jet airways are serving efficiently in establishing connectivity with the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Agra.
Photo: Ahilyeshwar Temple, Maheshwar
Maheshwar; the temple town, is another destination in the list of priority for the temple wedding in Madhya Pradesh. The city was formerly known as ‘Mahishmati’, is situated on the bank of river Narmada, whose water reflects the glorious history of the gigantic fort of the 16th century. The authenticity of the place, with the sweet amalgamation of the historical glory and religious brilliance, makes it one of the bestwedding destinations in Madhya Pradesh.
The city is blessed with some beautiful historical sites including the splendid temples, that provide the solemn environment to conduct ritual of heavenly alliance called marriage. The Ahilyeshwar temple, is an outstanding demonstration of the architectural skills of the Marathas. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. The serene and soothing air around the temple added with the softness of the narmada waves, renders an exemplary setting to tie the knot and vow for an everlasting relationship.
The river side fort of Maheshwar, adorned with spectacular architecture and elegant structure, is converted into a hotel and named as the ‘Ahilya fort’. It has the ideal location and feel that one wishes for for its wedding. This heritage hotel in Madhya Pradesh has got the vista of the sacred Narmada River and abrupt greenery amidst the huge fort walls in and around the complex. There are 13 unique and distinctive rooms, in design as well as in ambiance, each embellished with modern amenities with old style. Its suite room has got a separate balcony that offers the panoramic view of the river. There is also a maharaja tent set up on a the private garden of the fort, overlooking the river as well as the temple. The tent has its own heated pool to get a refreshing dip even during winters, and a comfortable sitting room in addition with the bedroom. This unique property is looked after by a very homely staff of the locals who excel in providing a personalised service, that will definitely give an unalike streak to your wedding. If the available rooms of the become insufficient, the extra tents are laid to suffice the accommodation need of the guests.
An outstanding staff prepares the class apart dishes, both Indian as well as international like; Kashmiri Dogra dish of duck, Angelo Pasta are the few examples. The hotel even has a resident baker who bakes breads, cookies and cakes. The kitchen is supplied with the in house organic garden, assuring of freshness intact in the food. The breakfast is served as the ‘Mandap Terrace’ lush with greenery and old culture. While lunch is served at the ‘Badam Courtyard’ and relish the candlelit dinner by the poolside.
The Ahilyeshwar temple is there in this heritage property itself. The property is about 39 km away from the Barwaha railway station, which the closest railway station to Maheshwar. Whereas the closest airport is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport of Indore which is almost 90 km away.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Barwaha, that has connectivity to fewer cities. While the Indore railway station is well connected with almost all the cities. From the station, you can hire a cab to reach Maheshwar.
By Road: Maheshwar is easily accessible by road. There are many state run buses ply regularly from Indore, Bhopal, Khandwa, Dhar, Dhamnod and many other cities of Madhya Pradesh.
By Flight: Maheshwar does not have its own airport. 90 km away,Indore airport is closest to Maheshwar, which is well-connected to major cities Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Bhopal. From the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Maheshwar.
Photo: Bhojeshwar Temple, Bhojpur | https://bit.ly/2ugpygQ
Bhojpur has got its name from King Bhoja, the acclaimed ruler of Paramara dynasty. It is a historical town of religious importance, residing at the outskirts of Bhopal – the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. This small district is blessed with serene beauty of the Betwa river and immense greenery around. Hence making as an attractive place for the wedding.
Amidst the massive greenery the incomplete Bhojeshwar temple dedicated to lord Shiva is the perfect venue for a temple wedding. Bhojeshwar temple is an architectural wonder, maintained and looked after by the Archeological Survey of India. The temple is famous for holding one of the largest Lingas in the world of around 5.5 m tall and 2.3 m in circumference. And the surprising fact about it is that the linga has been crafted out of a single rock. Residing in the solitude yet near to the capital city of Bhopal, make this place agreeable in all possible aspect to carry out a traditional and well-organized wedding. The clean lush green surrounding and clear water of the Betwa river flowing near to the temple, supply that unique ambience required for the temple wedding in Madhya Pradesh.
Jehan Numa Palace
Jehan Numa is the charismatic palace of Nawab Begums of Bhopal, that inherits the history of four generation; starting from Qudsia Begum- the first woman ruler who ruled from 1819 to 1837, succeeded by the daughters of each generation i.e Sikander Begum, then Shajahan Begum and at last Sultan Jehan Begum on whose name the palace was named after. This beautiful palace is adorned with age old ambience and charm, along with the mesmerizing views of very famous Bhopal lake. The peaceful environment of this luxurious property is embedded with enough rooms to carry out even a grand wedding. There are four different restaurants serving to the people of different taste buds. The hotel also has an in house bakery as well as bars. The Darbar, the Begum Hall, the Begum’s Lawn and the Queen’s lawn are spacious halls and lawns can be utilized to conduct the pre and post wedding ceremonies and functions. In short, the hotel has got all the facilities and amenities required to arrange for a comfortable stay of the family here.
The Jehan Numa Palace hotel is around 29 km from the Bhojeshwar temple, while from the airport it is 12 km and the railway station is just 7 km away.
Hotel Noor-us-sabah Palace
Owned by the Welcome heritage group, Noor-Us-Sabah palace hotel is another beautiful heritage property in Madhya Pradesh perched around the lush greenery and scenic bliss. The hotel holds the historical essence along with the contemporary facilities that can accommodate multitude of guest of different tastes and needs. It was built by H.H. Hamid Ullah Khan in the 1920s’, for his eldest daughter Abida Sultan and is considered to be the biggest of all the residential palaces in Bhopal.
The hotel has five different categories of rooms, all are lavish in style and Nawabi ease, equipped with all the required amenities. For multicuisine dining there is ‘The Dynasty restaurant’. Then ‘Marble Arch’ is an open air restaurant overlooking the panoramic view of the Bhopal lake, serves the delicious menu catering to different taste buds. To experience the Nawabi era there is ‘Za-aika’ restaurant that serves the Peshawari and Mughlai cuisine. You can also enjoy the making of your meal through its live kitchen. The hotel has total 9 halls and open lawns that is more than any other property in Bhopal, and hence it can accommodate large number of gathering. Its Emperor Hall is the biggest, which can accommodate around 600 people altogether, while the front lawns can accommodate around 2500 people in it.
The Hotel is around 33 km away from Bhojeshwar temple. Airport and railway station both have just 8 km travelling distance from the hotel.
Hotel Lake View Ashok
The property is a joint venture of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC). Tucked in the silent corner of the city, the hotel is completely lakeview facing, including all of its 43 rooms, out of which 4 are suite rooms. To serve the needs well, the hotel is provided with all the contemporary amenities and warm services of the hospitable staff. The hotel has ‘Kinara’ as its multi cuisine restaurant, the ‘China Town’ restaurant excel in authentic chinese dishes, ‘Café Cabana’ is a trendy coffee shop and ‘Shan-e-bhopal’ is a very famous rail coach style restaurant serving the Indian delicacies along with live Ghazal to set the mood. There are extravagant lawns namely Mahendra, Sanghmitra & Vikramaditya which can gracefully serve a gathering of 1000 persons.
The hotel is 30 km from Bhojeshwar temple, while the airport is 12 km and railway station is 7 km away.
Courtyard by Marriott
To organise a modern wedding, the five-star Marriott is at your service, residing in the hub of the city at Maharana Pratap Nagar. There are lavishly designed rooms of different categories, well-appointed with the amenities, comfort and grace, offering the expansive view of the city. In-dining facility is also elaborate; ‘Bay leaf’ is its multi cuisine restaurant, ‘Éclair’ is the sophisticated confectionary and for the buffet breakfast there is ‘Momo Café that features an open kitchen. To accommodate the large gathering of upto 1000 pax there are Lotus and Grand Lotus halls, while for catering less number of people the options like Marigold Terrace and Tulip suits the best.
The wedding venue is 30 km from the hotel that takes 40 min drive. The bhopal airport is 15 km and railway station is just 7 km.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Bhopal, the city where all the hotel lies that can easily access the wedding venue as mentioned above.
By Road: Bhopal is accessible from all major and small cities. And once you reach Bhopal there are options of metro taxi and cabs available to reach Bhojpur. And those who prefer buses can get one from the Bhopal interstate bus terminal located near Habibganj railway station.
By Flight: Bhopal airport is the nearest airport to Bhojpur. One can book a cab to directly reach Bhojpur from the airport.
Photo: Raja Ram Mandir, Orchha
Situated on the Betwa river, the historical city Orchha was established by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501. The name ‘Orchha’ literally means the ‘hidden place’ which is quite authenticated by its still being aloof from the reach of the tourists, even when it is quite accessible. And this is the reason why the original splendour of the old monuments is still intact. Blessed with the historical setting of the grand Orchha Fort and several Mahals like Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal, force us to count it amongst the list of the best places for atraditional temple wedding.
Raja Ram Mandir situated right in front of the Orchha Fort is backed with a very interesting tale of how it has been called as the ‘Palace Temple’. It is about the time when Queen Ganesh Kunwari while having a tiff with the king of Orchha had taken a vow to go to Ayodhya and only return with the child form of Lord Ram. Looking at the true devotion of the queen, Lord Ram granted her her wish but with the condition that once he reaches Orchha he would be its king, and the first place she would seat him would be his final place of stay. While being back, the tired queen forgot about the last condition and took the child form of Rama to her palace, and that is how Lord Ram transfixed at Queen’s palace and not at Chaturbhuj temple which was exclusively built for the Lord by the queen’s order. Both the temples serves as the attractive venue for the wedding with the magnificent backdrop of the fort.
Orchha is bestowed with several hotels, most of which are heritage which makes it the favorite destination for those getting married, providing the sheer range and diversity of wedding venues available, like Hotel Amar Mahal, Hotel Raj Mahal- The Palace, Hotel Bundelkhand Riverside, Hotel Orchha Palace and Hotel Sheesh Mahal. All are supplied with spacious royal rooms amalgamated with the old world charm. Well-equipped with contemporary services, impeccable indian hospitality, their vast lawns invite the families to organise a charming wedding in these heritage properties, adorning it with the traditional touch of temple wedding. Whereas the Orchha resort is nestled in the calm and green environment away from the hullabaloo of the city. The resort has got the mesmerizing views of the Orchha Chhatris and the serene sound of the Betwa river flowing along its side, which come as the attractive point for planning a wedding here. Orchha being a small city, all the hotels reside within a distance of 5 km from the featured venues.
By Train: The nearest major railway station to Orchha is Jhansi. Once you reach there, the autos standing outside the station will reach you to Orchha which is just 15 km away.
By Road: Jhansi Bus stand is around 12 km from Orchha. All the major cities have got accessibility to Jhansi through private and government buses.
By Flight: Jhansi airport is the nearest airport to Orchha. And from Jhansi airport Orchha is around 28 km away. There are direct flights available from Jhansi to Indore and New Delhi.
Photo: Deo Bagh, Gwalior
Popularly known as the fort city, Gwalior was founded by Maharaja Suraj Sen, after whom many rulers ruled the city. The panoramic view of the hilltop fort and the stunning palaces dominate the whole city, which tells the tale of its glorious past. Being the host of the pearl of all Indian fortresses; Gwalior is well deservingly stand out as one of the best destinations for weddings in Madhya Pradesh that provides the ideal ambience for getting hitched.
The authentic heritage hotel- Neemrana’s Deo Bagh; still houses the stunning artefacts from the past i.e the two 17th-18th century Maratha temples, two splendid cenotaphs and one pavilion with 36 arched doors, within the property. And hence this property itself provides the wedding venue of its in house ancient temple of Jadhav family.
Neemrana’s Deo Bagh
Situated away from the chaos of the city, the relax and peaceful atmosphere of the hotel offers the perfect setting for the traditional wedding. As per the history, in 1500 A.D. Mughal emperor had camped in the Char Bagh. Later Sardar Deorao Bhausaheb Jadhav and his son Sardar Krishnarao Deorao Jadhav built this huge Bagh as their summer hideout place. The Royal ladies used to reside within the segment called as Deo Bagh, which is now has been converted into the accommodation area of the hotel. After 1954, Sardar Deorao Krishnarao Jadhav along with his son, Sardar Dhananjayrao Deorao Jadhav and wife, Ranisaheba had lived here. It was converted into a hotel in April 2012.
This historical palace and hotel has in total 15 lavishly styled rooms that includes 3 suites, all are designed stunningly, securing the feel of the old times. Each rooms are named after the historical connections of the Jadhav family, and has got the delightful views of the lush green Nau Bagh, that fills the guests with the scenic bliss. They are categorized as Heritage Simplicity, Heritage Sepia, Heritage Suite and Heritage Splendor, provided with the modern amenities and services.
For dining, there is a large hall that serves the guests, the delicacies of the North India along with few delights from the Continental cuisines in buffet style format. While, authentically cooked Maratha dishes are the most loved offerings of this hotel to the guest. The experienced chefs of the hotel are readily available to accommodate the dishes as per the guest’s request in their menu.
This charming heritage hotel is located 15 km away from Gwalior airport. Whereas it is just 6 km away from the bus/train station.
By Train : Gwalior railway station is connected to major cities of India. One should not face any problem reaching Gwalior by train.
By Road : All the major cities have got accessibility to Gwalior through private and government buses.
By Flight: Gwalior airport has direct flights from Indore and Delhi, and well-connected flights from major cities.
India is flourished with options and new trends. So make your wedding a different experience… even for the guests by giving more traditional touch to it. I hope out of all the destinations that I have mentioned in my list, you have found the right one for yourself. And if you wish Tour My India team to plan it for you, you can call us at +91-9212553106 or email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to help you with our budget friendly packages.
Published: 03 Jul, 2017