UDAIPUR, IN­DIA

POOJA & ANAND ASHAR

Hindustan Times - Brunch - - Travel -

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

Photo: WED­DING NAMA

Pooja had al­ways dreamed of a big royal wed­ding where she could play princess, that’s why they chose Udaipur

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