Everything to Know About the Indian Palace Where Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Will Marry
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra will have a wedding fit for a king and queen — because they’ll marry in an actual royal palace. The famous couple will tie the knot this weekend at Umaid Bhawan Palace, in the Indian city of Jodhpur.
The property holds a Taj hotel with 64 rooms and suites and serves as the residence of the former royal family of Jodhpur. It’s also the sixth largest private home in the world, according to the luxury hotel’s website.
Over the years, it’s hosted famous guests including Mick Jagger and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. It was also the site of Elizabeth Hurley’s wedding to Arun Nayar, which was reportedly attended by Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Sting and Diana Ross.
Jonas and Chopra, who arrived in India this week, will welcome A-listers including Nick’s older brother, Joe, and Joe’s fiancée, Sophie Turner. (Priyanka’s good friend Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be noticeably absent.)
The 347-room, Beaux Arts-style sandstone palace is set on 26 acres of landscaped gardens roamed by peacocks. It’s frequently referred to as the last of India’s great palaces.
It overlooks the northern state of Rajasthan’s capital, Jodhpur, which is often called the “Blue City” for the color of many of the buildings in its historic quarter. (This view shows the palace in the distance as seen from Mehrangarh Fort.)
The properpty underwent a $15 million renovation executed by Taj hotels, according to Travel & Leisure.
The stone in this grand space is the same material used to build the Taj Mahal.
The hotel offers a range of lavish suites, including the largest Maharani suite, which comes in at 4,800 square feet, and was originally designed for the queen herself, Maharani Badan Kanwan. Its private terrace has views of the palace gardens and Mehrangarh Fort.
Its amenities include a pillow menu, Italian pink marble bathtub, jacuzzi, and a steam room.
Other historical rooms that can now be booked by visitors were once accommodations for guests of the royal family.
In addition to private dining experiences, Umaid Bhawan Palace also has two on-site restaurants — a dining room with an Indian fusion menu that includes royal recipes, and an outdoor cafe with views of the city — and a bar with a “trophy-themed” interior that serves cocktails and finger foods and offers Cuban cigars.
The average meal, the hotel’s site details, costs about 12,000 Indian rupee (or $172) for two people.
The massive structure was built between 1928 and 1943 by Maharaja Umaid Singh, according to vogue.com. A pair of English architects are responsible for its design: Henry Vaughan Lanchester, who looked to the buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens for inspiration. The resulting style is a combination of European and Mughal architecture, dubbed “Indo-Deco,” Vogue details.
In addition to the space occupied by the hotel, the property also includes a barrel-vaulted banquet hall, throne room, library, ballroom, and several marble squash courts. There is also a museum, which vogue.com notes showcases the royal family’s impressive classic car collection.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, and an indoor one with a zodiac theme.
Jonas and Chopra will exchange vows in two ceremonies over the weekend. To celebrate their respective cultures, the 26-year-old musician and 36-year-old actress will be having both a Western and a Hindu wedding, PEOPLE has learned.
“It is super important to Priyanka to have an Indian ceremony that honors her heritage and culture, just as it’s important to also have a Western ceremony that honors Nick’s Christian upbringing,” a source tells PEOPLE. “They are doing both.”
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