The vogue in India is to have a fairytale destination wedding akin to the rest of the liberal world. With the new-found penchant for destination weddings, the Indian hospitality industry is jumping on the bandwagon, establishing some immensely stupendous wedding venues over the years.
If your wedding bells have started ringing already, then don’t waste time and plan a lavish wedding at one of these wedding destinations in India and experience the most blissful time of your lifetime. Here is a list of the best wedding destinations in India!
City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur—also known as the City of Lakes—in the state of Rajasthan, has a historical reputation that precedes itself. Home to the Mewar and subsequent dynasties for centuries, Udaipur is a lavish town characterised by glorious palaces, chief among them — The City Palace. This massive palatial complex has a series of exquisite houses that serve as wedding venues occasionally; Zeena Mehal, Manek Chowk and Shivniwas Palace are popular among them. And, that’s beside the serene Pichola Lake that beautifully encompasses the City Palace.
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 aircon indoor hall combined with a terrace. It is to be mentioned that the palace has the largest rooftop 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.
Lalit Laxmi Vilas
Built-in 1911, Lalit Laxmi Vilas is a fine specimen of the royal era in Udaipur. Overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake and offering the beautiful view of Aravalli Hills and Sajjangarh Palace, this 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 options 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 forts, palaces, 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 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 the wedding.
Taj Lake Palace
Taj Lake Palace can truly be an out-of-the-world experience. If you are considering hosting your dream wedding in India here, then let me tell you 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 dining 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.
Oberoi Udaivilas is an unmatched wedding destination in India. The hotel that is situated on the bank of Lake Pichola in Udaipur showcases the 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 a fancy decor, a perfect menu and allied services such as wedding photographers, security, power, babysitting 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.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Another Taj Group property offers you their excellent services to host a wedding, unlike any. In Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, a 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.
The former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and now a Taj group luxurious hotel, Rambagh Palace in Jaipur is an epitome of Indo-Saracenic architectural style. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is home to several treasured palaces. Yet, the popularity of Rambagh Palace has gone beyond the realms of ‘Pink City’ Jaipur, luring celebrities from abroad to wed here.
Palace Grounds, Bangalore
The vast area surrounding the Bangalore Palace accommodates events such as weddings, concerts and auto shows now and then. A few companies have established splendid wedding halls at the periphery of the Tudor-style Bangalore Palace that has witnessed extravagant weddings of the elite from Karnataka over the years.
Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur
The eclectic amalgamation of architectural styles defines a majestic sandstone palace in the state of Rajasthan, Umaid Bhawan, named after its creator Maharaja Umaid Singh. The palace is adorned with lavish gardens, spacious grandiloquent halls and embellishments reflecting Rajasthani traditions. Umaid Bhawan has three wings primarily, a museum, a private residence of the royal family and a luxurious hotel from the Taj group. The latter is responsible for one of the best wedding venues India has to offer.
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 Umaid Bhawan Palace is adorned with luxurious courtyards, rippling fountains and flowerbeds. With its exquisite exterior and interior, specialised 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 experience of decades at hosting weddings and other grand events make Umaid Bhawan Palace, an excellent venue for destination weddings in India.
How about getting married on sun-kissed dunes? Yes, this one is a little different and different is always interesting. Suryagarh, Jaisalmer gives one the opportunity to 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.
It doesn’t get more Indian than getting into wedlock within the magnificent Havelis of Rajasthan and Suryagarh is just the place for it. As the traditions of Rajasthan dictate, marriages in Suryagarh are often accompanied by folk music and customary dance. The setting is opulent with golden hues and to top it all, and a camel ride is on offer.
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 a luxury wedding destination in India. The hotel is adorned with arched windows, carved balconies and arches. 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.
Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
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 Indo-Saracenic style property is the right pick for you. The Jai Mahal Palace houses grand outdoor as well as indoor venues for your big day. Both the venues are tastefully decked to 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 matrimony. 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.
From the sumptuous list of Taj’s repertory comes another exotic wedding venue in the form of Jai Mahal — located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The marvellous Mughal gardens set the tone for Jai Mahal, which is an architectural marvel in itself. The decor at Jai Mahal is predominantly Rajasthani, and amenities are state-of-the-art, thereby striking a fine balance between heritage and refinement.
Awarded World’s Leading heritage hotel at The World Travel Awards 2007, Raj Palace in Jaipur is an architectural masterpiece 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 personalised and innovative wedding services and a 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.
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 live 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 organised out on dunes with traditional folk music and dancers and special “mehfil” evening with several Indian classical dances, fireworks and lighting.
Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan
There are regal weddings, and then there are regal weddings in Neemrana Fort. Being one of the oldest heritage sites in the country, Neemrana Fort is second-to-none when it comes to grand venues with a brush of royalty. The fort is situated equidistant on the highway between Delhi and Jaipur, and the massive fortifications mean you can’t miss it. Lush rooftop gardens, standout gazebos and an elevation overlooking the immensity of the desert are what fairytale weddings are made of.
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 is a 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.
Park Hyatt, Goa
Beachfront weddings will never go passé. In that respect, Park Hyatt Resort and Spa epitomises beachfront weddings in India with their shimmering lagoons, spacious ballrooms and serene private beach. The sumptuous resort lies inconspicuously on the Arossim Beach masked by the plentiful gardens and the towering palm trees.
Goa is a perfect destination for accomplishing your dream of a 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, and 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.
Devi Garh by Lebua
Staging a wedding at Devi Garh by Lebua has its 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 eight tenths. 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 skillfully 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 the 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 a standing buffet for 350 guests.
Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
The stunning Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad bears witness to the glorious bygone era of the Nizams. The palace is equal parts, Nizam grandeur and architectural marvel. If the striking amalgamation of Tudor-Italian architecture doesn’t transfix, then the Venetian chandeliers will certainly leave visitors spellbound.
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 is 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 set up for up to 500 guests. Apart from this, the hotel has a couple of Indoor banqueting Halls which are in different sizes, out of which is Sala Grande A &B are fit for hosting a 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.
The Leela, Kovalam
Fancy a rousing cliff-top wedding overlooking the limitless horizons of the Arabian Sea? In that case, Leela Kovalam in the aesthetic state of Kerala is perhaps the place you should be headed to. The tranquillity and warm sea breeze will set the right tone for your union, and The Leela’s services will not only leave you gratified but also keep coming back for more.
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 place 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.
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, maybe 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. Tour My India offers wedding planning services as well. Now book with us and let us take care of your special day by organising and making ideal arrangements. We also offer customised honeymoon tour packages and special interest tours in India. So, if you have any queries regarding these or you want to book with us, you can drop us an email.