Plan A Destination Wedding In The Palace Hotels Of India

by Trina Remedios
Are you fantasizing about an exotic wedding? How about a destination wedding in India? India has an abundant history that overflows with drama and grandeur, it's no surprise that India offers some truly amazing palaces straight out of a film or fairytale. And these picturesque residences can actually be yours for your big day. 
So, if you're wishing to make some regal wedding memories, look to India for a wedding ceremony you'll never forget. Or, just daydream about getting shacked up in one of these heritage palace hotels right along with us. A girl can dream, right?


Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur 

Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur
Picture this: You're getting married in a restored and upscaled 17th century palace that departs from the hustle and bustle of the city to give you a private haven of your own. And if peering out of the royal windows to watch the setting sun doesn't capture your imagination, then how about fireworks at nightfall?

Host a daytime luncheon or reception at their restaurant which overlooks a beautiful lake and sprawling lawns that make for a picture perfect background. What's more, the hotel even offers guests massages for some R&R as they make the most of the restaurant view and dine on the finest delicacies. 
 
For some serious unwinding, we recommend you head to the hotel's very popular Panghat Spa which is fitted with three therapy suites where attendants wait on you hand and foot, serving up an array of custom Ayurvedic treatments to suit your skin and soothe your body. Meditation and yoga lovers, the palace also has a dedicated terrace space to find your zen in the beautiful city of Udaipur.

πŸ’Ž Jagmandir Island Palace
 

Wildflower Hall, Shimla 

Windflower Hall Shimla
Set high up in the mountains and hidden away from prying eyes, the Wildflower Hall is a scene straight out of a story book. Reminiscent of Switzerland, this Indian palace hotel was once the summer residence of British army officer Lord Kitchener, but was refitted as a luxury hotel after the country won its Independence. Now do you see where it gets that colonial charm from? Built deep in the Himalayas and surrounded by fragrant cedar and pine trees, the venue brings together some old-world charm and new-age luxury.
 
spa windflower hall
For some indulgent kickbacks, head to The Wildflower Hall's spa which serves up specialty baths, Ayurvedic treatments, massages and revitalizing body therapies. Though the hotel houses three restaurants, it is the Gazebo that makes for the perfect wedding venue so be sure to give it a dekko. 

πŸ’Ž Wildflower Hall
 

Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore 

Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel Mysore
Oh, you beauty, glistening in white against the earthy tones of the Chamundi Hills. The Lalitha Mahal Palace is truly a vision. Historically, it was first built to welcome a British Viceroy to India, now it runs as a luxury hotel and is the jewel in the crown of the beautiful city of Mysore.
 
With architecture inspried by an Italian palazzo, the outdoor swimming pools, Billiards room, tennis court, jogging track, and indoor recreation room bring the amenities of the hotel full circle. The hotel has a banquet hall which can host up to 600 people and a pool-side lawn (1000 guests) for those who would prefer an outdoor venue. They also offer tailor-made Royal Wedding packages and encourage you to visit their health club for some natural Ayurvedic spa treatments and yoga sessions.

πŸ’Ž Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel
 

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad 

Taj Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad
Right from the point of arrival, expect to be treated like royalty as you're showered with garlands and rose petals and escorted by the staff to one of their heritage rooms. The Falaknuma Palace has been THE go-to place for proposals, pre-wedding celebrations, exchanging vows, reception dinners, and even honeymoon getaways; couples just can't seem to get enough of this place because there are so many package deals with royal services that appeal to the romantic at heart.
 
Oh, and you must, must, must sign up for a session at the Jiva spa which is one of the best in the country and boasts of holistic rejuvenation, straight from the original books of Indian medicine and philosophies. The spa also offers bite-sized gourmet delights to complement your session so eat up, we say!

πŸ’Ž Taj Falaknuma Palace

Really, could there be anything more magical than waking up in a real palace? Join the ranks of celebrities Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Mick Jagger, Sting, and Diana Ross, who have enjoyed the grandeur of these properties on their many visits to India. Any one of these sanctuaries is certainly worth a spot on your To-Go list. If you're planning a visit, consider taking us too!
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