Planning a Destination Wedding? Rajasthan is the place to be!

Rajasthan, literally translated, means ‘the land of kings’. It’s true that even when Indians think about Rajasthan, the first adjective that comes to mind is ‘royal’.

There is a historical and cultural richness in Rajasthan that remains unmatched. So if you’re wedding planning is for a kingly affair, this grand destination is the place for you.

We list down our picks of 8 venues in Rajasthan to consider when planning your destination Wedding!

1.Rambagh Palace – Jaipur

Rambagh Palace belongs to the Taj Group of Hotels and is the ideal place for you if you’ve always dreamed of having an opulent wedding that you want to customize, right down to the table centerpieces at your reception. The venue is complete with an amphitheater for the sangeet and lush gardens for the cocktail reception. The hotel even offers a traditional Indian baraat complete with elephants to sanctify your celebration.

Wedding Destination Rambagh Palace

Rambagh Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

2.Jai Mahal Palace – Jaipur

Jai Mahal Palace is more whimsical and romantic. However, the hotel provides a more modern wedding setup against its ancient backdrop and also makes the honeymoon experience for the couple extraordinary. One place to keep your sight set on if you’re looking for an outdoor reception is the luxuriant Mughal Gardens.

Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Jai Mahal Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

3.Neemrana Fort – Jaipur

The imposing Neemrana-Fort Palace falls on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. This architectural treasure is the very essence of Rajasthan, where culture and tradition meet modern-day luxury. Along with the old-world charm the place exudes, it also boasts a swimming pool and sundeck terraces that would be ideal for a cocktail-cum-pool party and rooftop gardens for the reception.

Neemrana Fort - Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Neemrana Fort – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

4.Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace is a floating vision in white, situated on the edge of Lake Pichola. A wedding at this destination is bound to be an affair to remember. The hotel ensures this by giving the couple an opportunity to choose from an array of traditional and modern-day themes styled to perfection.

Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Taj Lake Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

5.The Leela Palace – Udaipur

Another spectacular location overlooking Lake Pichola. True to Rajput grandeur, this hotel has been designed to reflect intricate craftsmanship and luxury at its best. It truly typifies the perfect venue for a big fat Indian wedding.

The Leela Palace-Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

The Leela Palace-Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

6.Hotel Fateh Garh – Udaipur

Hotel Fateh Garh is a Heritage Renaissance structure that echoes the cultural and spiritual heritage of Rajasthan’s past. It is ideal for those couples who wish to tie the knot in a picturesque old-world location with a touch of class.

Hotel Fateh Garh, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Hotel Fateh Garh, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

7. Umaid Bhavan – Jodhpur

While Umaid Bhawan is the largest known home in India, part of it is owned by the Taj Group and is absolutely breathtaking (my personal favourite) with intricate design and rich, antique furnishing. You’ll be surprised to know that it is considered a budget hotel, so you can have a truly classy, royal-like wedding here at a not-so-exorbitant cost.

Umaid Bhavan, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Umaid Bhavan, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

8.Taj Hari Mahal – Jodhpur

Taj Hari Mahal echoes a Moghul style with a fantastic mix of swanky and classic. It is romantic, elegant, traditional and refined, and fit for a fairy tale wedding.

 

Taj Hari Mahal,Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Taj Hari Mahal, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Apart from the wedding buzz, the architectural marvels, such as temples, forts and palaces (of course), in Rajasthan are truly something to look forward to on your visit there. Whether you’re out shopping, on a desert safari, visiting a zoo, taking an elephant ride, or enjoying an elaborate thali meal, your experience of this beautiful destination will be far from ordinary.

So as an end note in the spirit of true Rajasthani hospitality:

“In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.” – Gianni Versace

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Istanbul: A Love Affair between the East and the West

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Istanbul—where the East unites in complete harmony with the West, and the old world exists in symphony with the new—is considered among the most popular travel destinations in the world. A land of fantasies, Istanbul is the economic, cultural and historical capital of Turkey. This ancient city of juxtapositions and contradictions is so unique in its charm and romance, there’s no wonder it’s an ideal holiday destination for newly-weds and honeymooners, and generally, for those in love.

The Culture:

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Istanbul is a cultural enigma, a melting pot of the best traditions from Asia and Europe. Cradling the great Bosphorus, this magical city’s skyline is adorned with domes and minarets, which provides an eternally amorous charm. It’s bound to leave any fluttering heart wide-eyed. Istanbul’s history dates back to the Byzantine Empire and Constantinople, to its significant standing in the Ottoman Empire. This multi-continent metropolis boasts streets that echo the words of many a reformist, breath-taking Islamic structures that are an expression of spirituality, imperial harems that brag of past glory, and the Grand Bazaar in all its hustle and bustle. In short, Istanbul’s dazzling culture needs to be experienced first-hand to be believed.

The Food:

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With Istanbul’s culture being so diverse, its food is a breath-taking melting pot of cuisines that caters to Asian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and European palettes alike. It’s also a hub for some of the world’s best street food. The kebabs sold at every bend and corner are the stuff kings were made of. The Doner kebab—spit-roasted, deboned meat that melts in the mouth—is a blessing bestowed on meat lovers.
Apart from kebabs and other meaty delights, this enigmatic metro is famous for its sweet treats, an important component of Turkish cuisine. The simit, Turkey’s answer to the American bagel, is sold by street sellers with glass-fronted push-cars. Watch out for this heady aroma on a sunny Istanbul morning. Turkish delight remains the sweet of choice for many traditionalists. The subtle flavours of this ‘delight’ful, chewy, scented candy pair beautifully with the local coffee as well (don’t forget to try Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Turkey’s oldest and most famous brand of coffee)! What’s more? Turkish pastry is a force to be reckoned with, with Baklava, Borek, and Boyoz topping the list. The savoury delicacies are as mouth-watering as the sweet; it’s a guaranteed foodgasm with every bite!

The Nightlife :

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Turkey’s nightlife is heavily influenced by European trends and among the best in the world. Istanbul has a large variety of nightlife and entertainment, with Beyoğlu stealing the show. You’ll find chic restaurants, rooftop bars, quaint jazz cafes, and upbeat nightclubs in every nook and corner. Indulge in some Turkish rakı (an unsweetened anise-flavoured alcoholic beverage), eat some meze (Turkish tapas), or listen to traditional music at a meyhane (Turkish tavern). Whatever you do, do it like the locals do! However, if you wish to truly pamper yourself with the good life, the Asian side of the Bosphorus houses Kadikoy, a happening, twilight district. All about the glitz, glamour, pomp and flair, most spots in this secretive district have an exclusive door policy, so be prepared to unload your pockets!

The People :

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Turkish people are shining examples of good-naturedness, generosity, and a happy attitude. The locals in Istanbul are open-minded and in absolute love with their city, traditions and food, which shines through in their hospitality towards tourists. If you happen to accept an invitation to visit a local household for a meal, don’t be overwhelmed if you’re gorged with food and coffee. Shop sellers will offer you beverages in an attempt to market their goods, but also simply as an act of respect and kindness. This form of genuine warmth and openness towards strangers is truly heart-warming and is sure to define your experience in the glorious city.

The Architecture:

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Last but not least, Istanbul’s architecturally-endowed districts need no introduction. There are such marvels here that can’t be defined in words. Every cranny speaks of genius; there is so much history and romance in these architectural tributes that’ll steal your heart away. The mosques, the palaces, the basilicas, the museums, the churches all seem frozen in time and transport you to a world often reminisced about by the locals. However, what’ll leave a print in your mind is how seamlessly modern and ancient architecture blends into one and forms the essence of this awe-inspiring land.
This article doesn’t do justice to the beauty that is Istanbul. You may be a soul-searching wanderer, a love-struck newly-wed, or a historical/cultural explorer, this city should be one on your bucket list. The general wonder will reel you in and leave a lasting impression on you so quick your head will spin. So just be calm, and fall in love with Istanbul.

Why Honeymooning in Cape Town is the Stuff of Dreams

Why Honeymooning in Cape Town is the Stuff of Dreams

The first question you’d ask is, why Cape Town? There are so many breathtaking places around the world that would be ideal for a honeymoon, then what’s so special about Cape Town? Well, we’ll tell you just what. This South African wonderland has so much to offer. Here’s highlighting a few of them.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of the most striking landmarks of Cape Town. Looming large and magnificent at 3558 ft, this marvel of nature is one of the highest plateaus in South Africa. Viewing the city down below from up Table Mountain is an ethereal experience. As you stand there with your better half, you will encounter the most breathtaking view you’ve ever beheld. There, through the clouds, you’ll see a panoramic view of Cape Town, Robben Island, the Peninsula and beyond. What could be a better first date with your lawfully wedded spouse. And, that’s not all. The trip to the top is an experience in itself. You can either take the cableway or explore the plateau by hiking up. Either way, the beauty of this iconic structure is guaranteed to stay with you forever.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The V & A Waterfront has been a landmark construction to boost tourism and unite the port city with the ocean once again. The Waterfront evokes scenes of the early activities of the harbour. Much of its charm lies in the fact that this bustling harbour is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres and movie halls. This is a great place to spend some romantic time and explore the buzz at this wonderful ocean bank. What’s more, it also double times as a shopper’s paradise!

The Wine Estates

The wine estates begin at just a half hour drive from Cape Town, where the cultivation of this art form dates back to the 1600s. South Africa’s wine estates are said to be some of the most beautiful regions in the world, so a wine tour with your gorgeous partner is an absolute must. In addition to the variety of superb wines and breathtaking scenery, there are day tours available of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, where you can indulge in local delicacies, including a cheese and wine tasting, and a delicious a-la-carte lunch. You may also find other seasonal treats such as chocolate or olives if you’re lucky. Rest assured that these wine adventures just get better with age!

The Wildlife and Nature Reserves

It’d be blasphemy to talk about Africa without mentioning it’s natural beauty and glorious wildlife. Cape Town, like any other place in Africa, is famous for its abundant nature parks and wildlife safaris. There are plenty of ‘Big Five’ wildlife sanctuaries that boast breathtaking, malaria-free safaris conveniently positioned within close reach of the city. The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Fairy Glen and Aquila Private Game Reserve are names that stand out for their excellent tours and great hospitality. So pack your bags and pull up your socks to explore the true essence of Africa.

This doesn’t even scratch the surface of what this monumental city has to offer. There are so many more marvels, such as the Cape of Good Hope, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Robben Island, and the museums, to name a few, both cultural and historical, that Cape Town can boast of. But, what shines through is the generous and warm heart of the city and it’s people. That’s what gets you. You just can’t get enough of this town. You’ll want to keep coming back for more. On that note, here’s to good hope!

Bora Bora Boracay

Bora Bora Boracay!

Are you a beach lover? Your idea of a perfect romantic getaway is to be sipping champagne while surrounded by crystal clear waters and white glistening sands? For all the tropical honeymooners out there, be informed that nothing could be more perfect than waking up on a bright, sunny morning in the charming Philippines. Boracay is one of the last undiscovered Asian beach escapes. A small island at 4.5 miles long, Boracay is small enough to navigate by rented bicycle or bike!

The Beaches

Even with it’s small expanse, Boracay has several world famous beaches to boast. White Beach, among these, is Boracay Island’s longest, most iconic and commercial strip. This place is a very important one on the Boracay bucket list. Voted one of the best beaches in the world, White Beach truly is a self-sufficient paradise, with 4 kilometres of white, pristine sand speckled with resorts, shops, and restaurants.

Yapak Beach, also known as Puka Beach, is famous for its numerous puka shells. The beach is known for its seafood, swarmed with restaurants serving the catch of the day. One great feature about Yapak Beach is that it’s not as commercial as White Beach, so it’s less crowded and leaves more opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the island. There are several other less commercial beaches around the place, ideal for the offbeat souls who like to steer away from the crowd.

Things to do

Boracay is an adventure-lover’s dream come true. Reef walking, scuba diving, parasailing, skimboarding, stand-up paddling and many more beach sports can be explored in abundance. Apart from that, you can do cliff diving, zorbing and ziplining, ATV rides, mermaid swimming, and loads more to satiate your appetite for adventure.

However, if you’re the kind who wants a vacation in the literal sense of the word and just wants to take it easy, then pick a less strenuous activity like swimming, golfing, or sailing or just recline by the beach and indulge in a glorious massage. There’s something for every type on this wondrous piece of land.

D’ Talipapa

The seafood paradise of Boracay, D’ Talipapa is a wet market that is surrounded by restaurants that offer cooking services for the fresh catches that you’ll find here. For those of you who don’t know the fast growing trend of “paluto” (meaning, “cooking service”) in the Philippines, you’re in for an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Just seeing the range of seafood and fresh produce this market boasts will make your eyes pop out and mouth drool. And the best part? You get to have it tailored to your exact taste. So, get your tricycle ready and make your way to this food fantasy land.

Boracay will steal your heart in more ways than one. The breathtaking sunsets, the carefree sailing, the crazy nightlife, the sweetest locals, the happy-go-lucky tourists, the delectable food, the romantic setting, the natural beauty… the list goes on and on. However, the most striking quality about this wonderland is that you can create your own adventure and enjoy your stay in your own customized way no matter what your preferences are.

Are you convinced yet? Then come on over lovebirds, to the Philippines’ best kept secret.