Lifestyle, Travel

Wedding 2.0 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan


Where to begin?

Maia and Aditya just got married, and after a four day wedding bonanza in Mumbai with friends and family, it was time for their close friends to wrap up the celebrations in Jodhpur, in Rajasthan.

I’ve been to Rajasthan once in the past, but I’ve never been to Jodhpur, so I was excited to see the scenery there. The state is known for its strong cultural heritage and the many majestic palaces. In fact, the third Batman movie was shot at the palace we had lunch at yesterday!

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On day one, we all took a flight together from Mumbai, and headed straight to the hotel where a lunch in the hotel garden was waiting for us. We spent the afternoon outdoors, enjoying the beautiful weather. I was the one person who even decided to go for a swim in the pool! Although it didn’t last very long – the water was freezing. The temperature in Jodhpur this time of the year goes up to 30 degrees celsius in the day, and down to around 10 degrees in the night—so much more enjoyable than the humid and sticky Bombay weather!

By evening we took a nap, worked a bit, and got ready for the main night to begin…

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Aditya’s aunt and uncle hosted us for dinner at their gorgeous home. They had a lettuce farm in the backyard, and a stable for horses they’ve adopted to care for them rather than to train with them. I really wish more people did. I’m so fascinated by horses – just like dolphins and elephants, they’re such emotionally intelligent creatures…

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The night was absolutely stunning from start to finish – we were welcomed with Rajasthani classical music and dance performances. I would actually love to have them perform at my future wedding as well – they were so talented!

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At midnight it was Maia’s birthday! We brought it in at the dinner venue, and the night ended with an after party at another palace. The view from the rooftop was magical, and we did outmost justice to the concept of ‘dancing the night away’

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Lunch the next day was at Mehrangarh Fort. We walked through the massive property, down to a private garden where we were welcomed with a huge buffet and a big bar set up. Surrounded by monkeys, I couldn’t get enough of these cuties… They were sitting on the walls above us, hoping for a snack or two from any of the guests. We were instructed not to feed them though, to avoid the possibility of them getting a little too friendly…

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The lunch at the fort was honestly one of the best wedding functions I’ve ever been for. Peaceful, beautiful, outdoors, celebrating with a group of close friends. I insisted Saif and I would take a photo with the camel that was resting in the parking lot outside the palace. Saif was semi-pleased. Ha ha.

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Back at the hotel, I took a few of hours to myself on our balcony. I worked through some calls and emails, had a beer and just enjoyed the day. This bed was one of the most comfortable setups I’ve ever experienced… Definitely getting a Rajasthani bed for our future balcony or backyard…

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By 7.30pm we got dressed up for the next occasion – the final wedding dinner. Saif practiced his speech a few times and I mind gamed between red and nude lipstick. Went with red, though!

The ride to dinner consisted of a bus ride, and a rickshaw ride. The bus dropped us half way, and a rickshaw picked us up to take us through the small streets of Jodhpur, to our final destination.

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The venue was another magical terrace, with food and drinks going around, and conversation flowing. By now I’m pretty sure everyone who didn’t know each other prior to the wedding were all great friends.

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Then the sit-down dinner kicked off – Rajasthani thali! Thali is basically a big plate with a bunch of different kind of Indian food on it. Kind of like an Indian version of Tapas? Does that make sense? Ha ha.

Saif held a great speech for his best friend, and I as always kept tearing up. All of the groom’s friends had speeches and slideshows – the best part about weddings, if you ask me. Lots of laughs and lots of tears, all at once. Even Maia, our beautiful bride, held a speech to end the night.

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I was in bed by midnight – by then I was so tired I couldn’t keep my eyes open…

What an incredible two days we’ve had in Jodhpur, guys. I want to come back to Rajasthan, again and again… Apparently one of the biggest Sufi festivals in the world is held in Jodhpur in February. I’m seriously considering making another trip back for it. Ever since I moved to India, I’ve had an obsession with sufi music.

The week went by way too fast, but I guess after a week of wedding celebrations, the show must go on. Wishing the most beautiful couple a lifetime of love, health and happiness. Can’t wait to babysit your little future kiddos!

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