POOJA & ANAND ASHAR
In the south of India’s most arid state, Rajasthan, is the city of lakes – Udaipur. Enjoying years of uninterrupted history this ‘white city’ is the royal gharana of Rajput kings and queens.
The architectural spoils of the long running Mewar dynasty have been preserved to perfection by a dozen hospitality groups, who offer a palatial experience.
Pooja had always dreamed of a big royal Indian wedding where she could play princess for a few days. So as a prelude to their wedding story, they flew from Mumbai to Udaipur for one day.
“Udaipur has over 100 palaces and hotels, so we were definitely spoilt for choice,” says Pooja. “After considerable research, we closed in on the Chunda Palace for our shoot – it was a fairly unexplored property and that’s why we selected it. The palace overlooks Lake Pichola with the Aravalli Mountains as the backdrop, so it’s a truly amazing setting. As the sun set behind the mountains we got some of our best pictures on the hotel terraces.” Top three locations to shoot in: Jag Mandir, City Palace and Lake Pichola
Insider tip: In the northern part of the city is the beautiful Saheliyon Ki Bari, a garden festooned with well-maintained fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and a delightful lotus pool
Pooja had always dreamed of a big royal wedding where she could play princess, that’s why they chose Udaipur