Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

DOZENS of char­tered planes car­ry­ing celebri­ties flew into a sleepy air­port in western In­dia in De­cem­ber for the pre-wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions of 27-year-old Isha Am­bani – daugh­ter of In­dian con­glom­er­ate Re­liance In­dus­tries’ chair­man and Asia’s rich­est man Mukesh Am­bani (worth around US$42 bil­lion) – and 33-year-old Anand Pi­ra­mal, the son of an­other bil­lion­aire in­dus­tri­al­ist.

US singer Bey­oncé was flown in for a pri­vate per­for­mance. In­sta­gram and Twit­ter have been blow­ing up with pho­tos of the cel­e­bra­tions.

Those with­out a wed­ding in­vite may still find Udaipur an in­trigu­ing place to visit, how­ever. The city has a wealth of beau­ti­ful lakes and palaces to ex­plore. James Bond fans will be pleased to learn that a large part of 1983’s Oc­to­pussy was shot here.

From Delhi, Jet Air­ways or Air In­dia will get you down to Dabok Air­port, 25km north of the city cen­tre, in around an hour.

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