30 Luxury Wedding Destinations & Venues in India
There is no doubt that India is amongst the finest luxury wedding destinations in the world. And I would not bore you with redundant lines on how the hospitality industry have worked it well with the beauty of India to create dream wedding venues (Well, that’s a fact!). I know you are short listing the venues/resorts that match your Big Fat Indian Wedding fantasy and all you want to do is to learn about your options. So, let me quickly take you to the blog that I have put my sweat and blood (not that I am boasting) in to. I am breaking the blog first in to destinations and then shall provide appropriate information on the ideal wedding venues available in it. Hope it helps you big time, Let’s Go!
Mysore: Keep it a Regal Wedding Affair
Lalitha Mahal Palace
Located on a low hill, just outside the city of Mysore is Lalitha Mahal that stands as a gleaming white palace with a spectacular Italianate Palazzo, double columned and domed and set in sprawling terraced and manicured gardens. Lalitha Mahal is one of India’s most ideal wedding destinations as it offers an authentic royal experience. This heritage hotel is situated on a ridge that offers a panoramic view of the gently slopes and curving valley. At the foot of the Chamundi hill, this dream wedding destination was built in the year 1931 for special guests of the Maharajas. The building features a two-storey composition of twin ionic columns, extensive porch on the ground floor, spherical domes with lanterns and the central dome which dominates the elevation. The hotel has a large banquet hall that is done with incredible architecture and can accommodate 230 guests in Theatre Style. A pool side lawn offers accommodation to about 200 people whereas, the royal terrace can hold a small and close gathering of 24 people. The hotel also allows theme weddings, which of course adds an extra edge to this ideal wedding destination in Mysore.
Alwar: Enjoy a Grand Fort Wedding
Seven palace wings built over 12 layers tiered into a hill across 2.5 hectares/ 6 acres of garden-palace make Neemrana Fort-Palace an incredible wedding destination in India. Situated on Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Neemrana has stood as a fantasy for many to take their holy vows amidst its grandeur. There are medieval and rustic feature of the outdoor garden and the sophisticated interiors that are palatial for royal weddings. The fort now has a Roman amphitheatre where 200 people can be accommodated; hanging gardens as well as Uncha Bagh that are perfect locations for the day and night functions. Neemrana also offers one of India’s oldest fort hotels that has been restored and equipped with all modern facilities. Hill Fort, Kesroli has rooftop gardens that overlook mustard fields; there is also a wide pool deck which is an added charm for open-skied, starlit weddings to take place.
Jodhpur: Get Hitched the Royal Way
Umaid Bhawan Palace
A fairytale wedding gets accomplished here! Umaid Bhawan, a 26acre property, which has recently been awarded as the best hotel in the world is a destination wedding venue like no other. The Palace is adorned with plush courtyards, rippling fountains and flowerbeds. With its exquisite exterior and interior, specialized theme restaurants and liveried staff, it is one of the best wedding venues in the world. Umaid Bhawan has elegant dining areas and bars that complement the lovely ambience of the palace. The ballroom, Marwar Hall, can accommodate up to 250 guests for cocktails and dinner. The open-sky Museum Courtyard is perfect for a small gathering of 75 to 100 guests. The lush Baradari Lawns, with rows of flaming torches is said to be a fairytale setting for a large reception. The warm hospitality and an experience of decades at hosting wedding and other grand events make Umaid Bhawan Palace, an impeccable venue for destination wedding in India.
Ajit Bhawan Palace
Built exclusively for Maharaja Sir Ajit Singh, the younger brother of Maharaja Umaid Singh of the Jodhpur estate, Ajit Bhawan palace is a retreat of hospitality and Rajput charm. The building has been converted into a heritage hotel that serves as a palatial venue for luxury wedding destination in India. The hotel is adorned with arched windows, carved balconies and cupolas. There is also a -a quadrangle courtyard that has been exquisite latticework. Expect being served authentic Rajasthani delicacies by turbaned men and veiled women while the folk music permeates the surrounding air. Exchanging vows here is truly a royal experience.
Taj Hari Mahal Palace
Amidst the landscaped gardens, Taj Hari Mahal Palace spread over six acres of land. Known to offer 21st century luxurious refinement, this Marwar and Moghul inspired palace is adorned with domes, enamelled murals, slender columns, and grand interiors that lives up to everyone’s fantasy. The hotel features a high ornate Amar Mahal Hall that has elegant chandeliers, intricately carved arches and picture perfect jharokhas, sun-drenched courtyards and spacious well furnished rooms. Taj Hari Mahal is a 450acre oasis that makes the ideal setting for a royal wedding, expect grand processions led by elephants and horses, followed by a band; special theme evenings and gala dinner organized out on sand dunes with traditional folk music and dancers and special “mehfil” evening with several Indian classical dances, fireworks and lighting .
Udaipur: Make Your Wedding a Fairytale Affair at this Most Romantic City
Devi Garh by Lebua
Staging a wedding at Devi Garh has its own charm. Steeped in Rajasthani culture, this royal property located amidst the majestic Aravallis make the weddings look like a fairytale affair. This 18th-century palace in the village of Delwara has been converted into a luxurious and romantic retreat with Garden Suite Lawns, Main Lawn, Pool-side venue and Reception Lawn. An imposing structure, it is now a unique all-suite boutique hotel, with 39 suites and 8 tents. The wedding ceremonies mostly take place in enclosed areas called Durbar Hall and Silver Lounge, both of which offer an ambience that is an eclectic mix of skilfully crafted designs, traditional and modern, functional and purely aesthetic. The place has been managed in a way to make even a small social gathering look grand, thus, a thought of holding a wedding ceremony here undoubtedly a good idea.
The hotel features a Durbar Courtyard which is an ideal venue for cocktails and is suitable for 35 to 40 guests. The Janana Courtyard is open to the sky and can also be accommodated 30-40 guests. The Restaurant Deck offers best view of the setting sun and with its protective canopies; it is an ideal venue for breakfast, evening drinks, high tea, and dinner for approximately 45 guests. The poolside venue is outstanding as it allows both a sit down dinner for 120 to 140 guests, and a standing buffet for 200 to 250 guests. A stage for live performances and a bar can also be set up here. Phool Bagh is a contemporary garden with the Palace as its backdrop. It is an ideal venue for both a sit down dinner for 250 guests or for a standing buffet for 350 guests.
Standing majestically on the shore of Lake Pichola, City Palace is nothing short of a fairy tale. Extensive courtyards and sprawling well manicured gardens all collaborate to make your big day a special one. The palace houses ‘Manek Chowk’ which can accommodate up to 1000 guests. However, for a gathering of 500 people, the Zeena Mehal also known as the Queen’s Palace is an ideal 17th century courtyard venue. The most picturesque venues for conducting a royal wedding in City Palace are Shivniwas Palace, which has been a winner of Best Hotel award in India, thrice. It is located on the periphery of Pichola Lake and has been designed artistically with its towering fortifications and flagged turrets, expansive balconies and luxurious rooms. The Promenade is artistically manicured venue situated at the banks of Lake Pichola with elegantly lit gardens.
Oberoi Udaivilas is an unmatched wedding destination in India. The hotel that is situated on the bank of Lake Pichola in Udaipur showcases rich heritage of the Mewar region of Rajasthan. Adorned with rambling courtyards, rippling fountains, large pools and verdant gardens, the hotel is indeed a dream wedding destination. Along with the grand exterior, the hotel boasts of its interiors that are embellished with decorative domes, hand painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artefacts. The USP of the place lies in that fact that a boat ride across Lake Pichola transports you to the ceremonial welcome. The small lawns spread across the property; the promenade and the Chandra Mahal are the offered wedding venues that host a small wedding with 2 to 50 guests. Mix this with delicately designed menus and decor of the venue and you shall feel like a king and the queen.
Another ideal venue for a regal wedding in Udaipur is Leela Palace. This exotic hotel takes care of every detail for your special day and transforms your wedding into a memorable experience. The hotel offers fancy decor, a perfect menu and allied services such as wedding photographers, security, power, baby sitting and entertainment. It also offers a Beauty Salon that can take care of manicure, pedicure and hairstyling for the bride (and groom) along with Mehendi, turban tying and makeup artists for the family and guests.
Lalit Laxmi Vilas
Built in 1911, Lalit Laxmi Vilas is a fine specimen of royal era in Udaipur. Overlook the Fateh Sagar Lake and offering the beautiful view of Aravalli Hills and Sajjangarh Palace, this is a heritage retreat is an ideal D-Day destination in India. Offering an amalgamation of all modern day luxuries with unique royal splendours along with fine dining option and premium wedding arrangements, the hotel ensures that a wedding remains an unforgettable affair here. The Amrapali Lawns and Zen Fountain are a perfect venue to host a wedding as well as a pre-wedding function.
Getting hitched in Udaipur is probably one of the best decisions that you can make. The city has a romantic appeal and its number of fort, palace, hotels and locales make compliment the fact. A large number of couples prefer a wedding at Trident hotel for its picturesque location on the bank Pichola Lake. The hotel also offers an easy access to the city centre and provides everything required for an unforgettable wedding. Trident Udaipur has a perfect mix of modern comforts and traditional hospitality which your guests and invitees will enjoy all through wedding.
Taj Lake Palace
Taj Lake Palace can truly be an out-of-the-world experience. If you considering hosting your dream wedding in India here then let me tell that you have made the right choice. Taj Lake Palace is a visual treat and an architectural wonder that floats on the still blue waters of the Pichola Lake.
The palace has elegant suites that are adorned with ornate glasswork, bohemian crystal lights and intricate miniature paintings. The hotel offers cruise over the lake on the Gangaur boats and dinning option by the Lily Pond with cocktails. Add folk dances, fireworks display and traditional hospitality to the feast to make the wedding ceremony at Taj Lake Palace an unmatched experience.
Fateh Prakash Palace
An exclusive part of the City Palace Complex, Fateh Prakash Palace makes an incredible wedding destination in India. Overlooking the Jagmandir, Lake Palace, and Sajjangarh Fort, the Palace is a 20th century fine specimen of Mewar kingdom. The walls of Fateh Prakash Palace boast of original Mewar frescoes, while its ceilings sparkle with chandeliers and gold-embroidered canopies. Add the international and traditional Rajasthani cuisine in this allurement and you get one of India’s grandest wedding venues. The hotel features Zanana Mahal, which is ideal for candle-lit banquets and sangeet (music) ceremonies for weddings. Manek Chowk on the other side is ideal for the traditional and royal festivities, the decorative lights and flaming torches against the backdrop of the City Palace allow for a quaint venue for a memorable evening banquet at the wedding.
It wouldn’t be incorrect if Chunda Palace is proclaimed to be one of the best options for a Royal Wedding in Udaipur. The hotel overlooks Oberoi Udaivilas, Lake Pichola, City Palace and Aravali hill ranges. So you can expect a superb background for the wedding. The palace can accommodate a small group below 200 guests in its airconed indoor hall combined with Terrace. It is to be mentioned that the Palace has has the largest roof top Swimming Pool in Udaipur. The traditional Gazebos (gokhdas) add charm to the terrace. There is a separate Bar on the terrace which can accommodate 80-90 guests conveniently. There are a few open spaces like the Courtyard and the Restaurant at the base level in the Haveli to host the pre wedding events like.
Jaipur: Celebrate Your Big Day at Grandest and Lavish Venues
Jai Mahal Palace
Jai Mahal Palace set amidst 18 acres of Mughal Gardens is one of the finest wedding destinations in Rajasthan. If you aim at keeping the wedding classy and memorable this is Indo-Saracenic style property is the right pick for you.The palace houses grand outdoor as well as indoor venues for your big day. Both the venues are tastefully decked that ensure a wedding at this royal Palace add a golden chapter in your life. Owned and managed by TAJ Group of hotels, this hotel has a strategic location in the heart of the city making it an ideal place to enter into wedlock. Be it pre-events, main day or post events ceremonies, ceremonies can be performed flawlessly. The palace boasts exquisite interiors and exterior with beautifully manicured lawns.
Awarded World’s Leading heritage hotel at The World Travel awards 2007, Raj Palace in Jaipur is an architectural masterpieces that stands as an epitome of legendary past, opulence, valour and courage of the great Rajput rulers. If you are looking for hosting a wedding here, then your choice is absolutely right. Raja Palace offers a team of best wedding planners and experts that help organise a Royal wedding or a social celebration with true royal flavours. The hotel offers personalized and innovative wedding services and complete wedding solution. Choose from a variety of Palace locations and venues and then leave everything up to them. The elegantly decorated palace ensures a grand welcome to you and your guests. Expect the presence of elephants, camels and horses and also of the local folk performers, dancers and musicians, snake charmers, puppet shows, kalbeliyas, dhol walas along with a wedding band. In contrast with it you can also pick a sophisticated and close party wedding with DJ and Cocktail.
Another Taj Group property offers you their excellent services to host a wedding unlike any. In Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, wedding event is a royal event. Spread over 47 acres of tranquil, landscaped gardens, Rambagh Palace unveils the rich culture and history of the erstwhile rulers of Rajasthan. The Palace offers state-of-the-art wedding amenities and facilities along with royal treatment. A perfect amalgamation of tradition and modern make the event of your big day quite an eventful one.
Goa: Accomplish Your Beach Wedding Dream
Goa is a perfect destination for accomplishing your dream of beach wedding. Get hitched in Goa’s Park Hyatt where all your wedding fantasies can come true. The lush ‘Seaside Lawns’, delightful landscapes of ‘The Forest’, the graceful ‘Boathouse’, and the tastefully-done indoor venues ‘Salcete’, ‘Colva and Loutolim’, Park Hyatt Goa exudes grandeur and luxury at every turn at your wedding Expect a romantic sunset ceremony overlooking Arossim Beach, followed by a gala dinner dance reception in the Salcete Ballroom. The guests get to enjoy cocktail shindig, rehearsal dinner can also be planned at Park Hyatt. The hotel ensures superb cuisine, brilliant floral arrangements, and fabulous live entertainment. Park Hyatt offers flexible indoor and outdoor function spaces at its immaculate gardens, private beachfront and lush lawns. Its royal Salcete is a 4,030-sq-ft wood-panelled ballroom that can accommodate about 500 guests.
The Leela Resort
Weddings at Leela Goa are no less than a dream. Spread in 75 acres by the sea in South Goa, The Leela Resort Goa is indeed the finest places in India for tying the knot. The hotel is built on a lavish scale and provides a magnificent setting with its blend of Vijayanagara and Portuguese architecture. About 600 guests can be accommodated at Leela that has exotic outdoor locations. You can choose to exchange vows under palm fronds by the Arabian Sea. An exotic setting made all the more memorable by them in luxurious surroundings.
Taj Exotica is quite a popular place for luxury weddings in India. Sprawled in 56 acres, this huge resort is built in Mediterranean style. The wedding here are hosted at the main Sea facing Lawns that overlooks the Arabian Sea and the Beach. Taj Exotica offers a well maintained venue with a round table setup for up to 500 guests. Apart from this, the hotel has couple of Indoor banqueting Halls which are in different sizes, out of which is Sala Grande A &B are fit for hosting wedding. Sala Medis is a smaller Hall that has a low roof and Pillars in between and could be used for the smaller ceremonies. Sala Media has a beautiful Fountain and a Corridor outside which is known as “Atrium” and this area can be used for hosting cocktail.
Palace Ground in Bengaluru has often witnessed celebrity weddings in India. The place boasts sprawling acreage, beautifully manicured gardens, a ballroom and Durbar Hall where extravagant weddings, private parties and cultural events are a common affair.
Jaisalmer: Be Different and Host a Desert Wedding
How about getting married on sun-kissed sand dunes? Yes, this one is little different and different is always interesting. Suryagarh, Jaisalmer gives one the opportunity celebrate the big day of your life on sand-dunes, enjoying camel rides and the folk music and dance. The hotel welcomes you through its vast courtyards bounded by fort walls, candle-lit cobblestoned paths and gleaming mandaps. Have a luxury wedding in the premises of the hotel and take delight in the evening banquet in the desert. The hotel ensures a good balance of modern and traditional services, making you and your guests never to forget an incredible celebration.
Kovalam: Experience Grand, Traditional and Beach Wedding at a Time
The Leela, Kovalam gives you the opportunity to get a series of experiences all at once. If you are looking to book for wedding in The Leela Kovalam, then you are in for pleasant surprises and memorable events all through the wedding events. The hotel ensures a beach ceremony, followed by a cliff top reception and ultra-luxury accommodations in the opulent Leela style. For a traditional wedding, the hotel offers a convention centre, which by the way is the largest in Kerala and can accommodate up to 900 guests. The guests get to enjoy the picturesque backdrop of a blue sea along with excellent services and facilities.
Hyderabad: Plan a Perfect Nizam Style Wedding
Suggested as the finest places to get hitched in India, Taj Falaknuma stands tall in the lovely city of Hyderabad. The magnificent property is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture that holds a place in the list of most luxurious palace hotels of the world. The recent grand wedding that I could remember hosted here is of Bollywood Star Salman Khan’s baby sister Arpita Khan’s. The Falaknuma palace is an ideal place to create a lifetime of memories. The one thing the palace guarantees is an experience that can’t be easily forgotten. The hotel caters to your epicurean palate at its remarkable 101-seat dining hall which is one of the largest in the world. Falaknuma palace is home to some of the finest treasures of the Nizam. It also has the largest collection of Venetian Chandeliers and it has decent amount of paintings making it a paradise for art lovers. The place is managed by Taj Group of Hotels, thus one can expect premium arrangements and facilities all through the wedding event here.
Mussoorie: Expect a Royal, Classy Hill Wedding/Summer Wedding
JW Marriot Walnut Grove Resort & Spa
A hill wedding is something I dream of and I am sure many of you are too. Well, JW Marriot Walnut Grove Resort & Spa gives us the chance to fulfil our dream by bringing out a perfect hill wedding destination in Mussoorie. Sprawled in a 4000 square feet of elegant area, the hotel offers excellent venue for ultimate destination wedding. The Grand Orchard Ballroom in the hotel can accommodate up to 300 guests. The hotel also features large grounds for outdoor ceremonies and large banqueting facilities. Obviously you can trust them with services, in which they make sure every last detail is taken care of.
Royal Orchid Fort Resort
Another excellent luxury wedding venue in Mussoorie would be Royal Orchid Fort Resort. The hotel has a tradition of understanding aristocratic luxury better, which is why they ensure that the weddings and the joyous festivities are carried with elegance and precision. A virtual one-stop-shop for lavish wedding arrangements, the hotel caters to everything from last minute minor adjustments to organising two functions simultaneously – be it the menus or the drapery, flowers or mehendi function, from flying in a three piece exclusive band to fixing the turban of the five year old sarbala, from helping design the wedding card to ensuring that grandma’s fifty year old recipe of ladoos made for the wedding – the Resort does everything just like a pro!
New Delhi: Get Your Big Fat Indian Wedding Dream Fulfilled
Delhi’s very own Sainik Farm has popularity like no other place. Being featured in many movies, mostly spotted on Page 3, it is luxurious and highly rated wedding venue in Delhi. Sainik Farm has seen weddings of the most elite from in and around the capital. Apart from weddings, the pre- and post-weddings events and celebrations are also seen hosted at this spacious venue. Some of the well known wedding venues at the Sainik Farms are Sheraton, Sage, Hilton Garden Inn, and Country Inn by Carlson, Svelte Hotel, Justa, The Panchshila and Rendezvous.
Alleppey: Host a Lavish Backwater Wedding in Kerala
The Zuri Kumarakom
The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa offers one of a kind venue for destination wedding in India. Situated on the bank of Vembanad Lake, the hotel the largest venue of its kind in Kerala and is divided into two smaller halls called Bhairavi and Poorvi that accommodate about 176 guests. One can host a dream backwater wedding at Zuri with the help of Tamarind Wedding. Tamarind creates thematic elements and helps realize the dream of a ‘Floating’ wedding on the baywaters. Houseboat weddings can also be arranged for in traditional style or otherwise.
Weddings have always been special and when you host them in one of such destinations they get etched in the memories. Well, I hope I was able to help you choose the right wedding destination, if not, may be was able to make you learn at least about your options. If there is more that you would want me to help you with, leave the comments below.
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