Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra wedding: All you need to know about the enchanting hilltop royal venue
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are to get married at the historic palace this weekend and are about to start a new chapter of their lives as husband and wife
The countdown has begun for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas to tie the knot in a ceremony fit for kings and queens at the Taj Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur, India. In the last few weeks, the couple has garnered the attention of both their fans and media, especially with their well documented bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Priyanka and Nick are to get married at the historic palace in the state of Rajasthan this weekend and are about to start a new chapter of their lives as husband and wife. But what do you know about the place? Well, we found out, and it absolutely blew our mind away.
The wedding venue of Umaid Bhavan Palace boasts of a throne chamber, a private meeting hall, a Durbar Hall to meet the public, a vaulted banquet hall, private dining halls, a ballroom, a library, an indoor swimming pool and spa, a billiards room, four tennis courts, two marble squash courts among other amenities.
During sunset, the hotel staff light candles all around the hotel premises, which gives the place a romantic and breezy aura. The palace complex is set in an area of 26 acres of land, including 15 acres of gardens.
The Taj-restored palace also consists of several food outlets serving authentic Rajasthani, Indian, European and Mediterranean delicacies, and according to the hotel's official website, it even features a Trophy Bar that serves a vast selection of alcoholic beverages and cigars.
As for the palace grounds, it currently hold the title for the sixth largest private residence in the world. The entire palace property is said to contain 347 rooms, and is also the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family.
The whole palace has been booked from November 27 till December 4, including all the restaurants, cafes and bars on the property. It is speculated that the couple will have two different weddings -- a Hindu one and a Christian one, both taking place inside the palace itself.
It was earlier reported that the sangeet ceremony (the singing and dancing event before the marriage) would take place in Mehrangarh Fort (around 6 km from the wedding venue), but now it is slated to take place at Umaid Bhavan Palace itself, due to security issues.
It is being said that Priyanka wanted police security for her and her guests all the way from Umaid Bhavan to Mehrangarh Fort, and had even hired a private security agency for the same.
However, due to upcoming state elections in Rajasthan, Jodhpur police refused to provide them protection. An official from Mehrangarh Fort also confirmed that the booking has got canceled.
As for the couple's wedding schedule, on November 29, the Mehendi ceremony ( a pre-wedding Hindu ceremony where red-orange henna is applied to the bride) will take place at the Umaid Bhawan, followed by the sangeet ceremony. And on December 1, the haldi ceremony (where turmeric is applied to the bride and groom before their wedding) will be followed by a cocktail night for friends and family.
As for wedding costs, the couple is leaving no expense spared when it comes to making their special day the best day of their lives. Priyanka and Nick are reportedly spending an estimated 3.93 (0.5 million dollars) crores on the wedding festivities, given the lavish and elaborate venue they have selected.
Breaking down the hotel costs, the Taj Palace has 64 rooms and suites -- 22 palace rooms and 42 suites that are of four types, which include 24 historical suites, 10 royal suites, six grand royal suites, and two presidential suites. These rooms are priced at Rs 47,300 ($665) for palace rooms, Rs 65,300 ( $920) for historical suites, Rs 1.45 lakh ($2050) for royal suites, Rs 2.30 lakh ($3250) for grand royal suites and Rs 5.04 lakh ($7050) for presidential suites.
On an average, the cost for booking the entire hotel comes to about 64 lakhs ($90,000), and considering that the couple has booked the property for five days, just the accommodation will reportedly cost around Rs 3.2 crore ($4,32,000) for the couple. The catering cost is Rs 18,000 ($250) per person. The three-day cost of setting up everything at the fort is approx 30 lakh ($42,000). In total the report stated that the total expenditure for the pre-wedding functions is estimated to be Rs 73 lakh ($1,00,000).