Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 /Delhi - Samode ( By road Approx 5 Hrs)
Morning drive to Samode . Arrive & transfer to Samode Palace. Evening enjoy Mehndi Ceremony.
Mehndi Ceremony :- A Mehndi Ceremony is an occasion when both groom and bride’s peers collect for a grand pre- wedding celebration. Contrary to the main wedding ceremony, the Mehndi ceremony is an occasion when not just their peers but the bride and groom themselves can also rejoice in the festivities. The entire canopy echoes the sounds of Bollywood music. Women from the families, their friends stretch out their hands in front of a bevy of mehndi artists, nail artists and tattoo makers to embellish their palms with beauteous forms. Following the unique theme of Bollywood the bangle seller can be one of the major attractions of the event. In the same pattern the menu also can incorporate some of the famous street food, these delicacies including, Bhelpuri, Panipuri and Wada Pau all spicing up the event further.
Night stay in Samode
Day 03 / Samode (Sagai / Engagement ceremony), Exchanging The Rings Ceremony)
Afternoon enjoy Engagement ceremony
Engagement ceremony :-Engagement ceremony is one such ceremony which marks the beginning of the wedding concord. It is also knows as the sagai ceremony or ring ceremony. It is one of the first ceremonies that takes place between the two families and the would-be bride and groom. The engagement ceremony is basically a brief ritual wherein the couple exchanges gold rings. This ensures both the parties that the girl and the boy are now hooked. This is why it is also called the ring ceremony. This is followed by exchange of gifts between the families like sweets, dry fruits etc. this is followed by lunch party. The bride and groom arrive in typical Indian costumes and The entire ceremony is a sequence of fantastically choreographed dances and sangeets.
The regal settings of the desert cities of Rajasthan are a perfect backdrop for illustriously moulding the theme into a spell bounding fiesta. The elaborately choreographed bhangra and Bollywood songs and dances are the highlights of this event. Bollywood dance party is most awaited event of the ceremony for making the event an exuberant affair. To further add to the fun of the ceremony a performance from one of the Bollywood artists can be arranged on demand.
Night stay in Samode
Day 04 / Samode ( Wedding Ceremony )
Wedding Ceremony : A traditional Sari or Lehenga Choli suits best to bride and further embellishing the new bride are the glittering pieces of gold and diamonds. The elaborate zardozi work over Red silk is an ideal dress which should be styled with pan- Indian or international jewellery. The groom can opt for an elegant Sherwani. A short filmy story can be enacted by the bride and groom and their close friends making the monotonous ceremony a fun event. A typical Hindi film story would end with a happy song featuring the couple who wins in the end despite all the obligations and it is a victory of love in the end a perfect finale for a wedding. Even the tables can be named after the Bollywood movies instead of boring numbers. This is a wedding done in complete starry way therefore it is free of any religious restrictions. Incorporating the diversity of Indian sub continent in a single event, dance all the way to the Punjabi beats, dangle around a Maharashtrian Mangalsutra, smear Bengali Sindoor all over the hair and relish an International menu with Indian delicacies as special highlights.
Jaimala (Exchange of Garlands)
The couple exchanges garlands as a gesture of acceptance of one another and a pledge to respect one another as partners.
Kanyadan (Giving Away of the Bride)
The father of the bride places her hand in the groom's hand requesting him to accept her as an equal partner. The concept behind Kanyadan is that the bride is a form of the goddess Lamxi and the groom is Lord Narayana. The parents are facilitating their union.
Havan (Lighting of the Sacred Fire)
The couple invokes Agni, the god of Fire, to witness their commitment to each other. Crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar rice and oil are offered to the ceremonial fire.
Rajaham (Sacrifice to the Sacred Fire)
The bride places both her hands into the groom's and her brother then places rice into her hands. Together the bride and groom offer the rice as a sacrifice into the fire.
Gath Bandhan (Tying of the Nuptial Knot)
The scarves placed around the bride and groom are tied together symbolizing their eternal bond. This signifies their pledge before God to love each other and remain faithful.
Mangalphera (Walk Around the Fire) representing four goals in life: Dharma, religious and moral duties; Artha, prosperity; Kama, earthly pleasures; Moksha, spiritual salvation and liberation. The bride leads the Pheras first, signifying her determination to stand first beside her husband in all happiness and sorrow.
Saptapardi (Seven Steps Together)
The bride and groom walk seven steps together to signify the beginning of their journey through life together. Each step represents a marital vow:
First step: To respect and honor each other
Second step: To share each other's joy and sorrow
Third step: To trust and be loyal to each other
Fourth step: To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice and service
Fifth step: To reconfirm their vow of purity, love family duties and spiritual growth
Sixth step: To follow principles of Dharma (righteousness)
Seventh step: To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love
Jalastnchana (Blessing of the Couple)
The parents of the bride and groom bless the wedded couple by dipping a rose in water and sprinking it over the couple.
Sindhoor (Red Powder)
The groom applies a small dot of vermilion, a powdered red lead, to the bride's forehead and welcomes her as his partner for life. It is applied for the first time to a woman during the marriage ceremony when the bridegroom himself adorns her with it.
Aashirvad (Parental Blessing)
The parents of the bride and groom give their blessings to the couple. The couple touches the feet of their parents as a sign of respect.
Mehndi (Henna Ceremony)
The traditional art of adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from the finely ground leaves of the Henna plant. The term refers to the material, the design, and the ceremony. It is tradition for the names of the bride and groom to be hidden in the design, and the wedding night is not to commence until the groom has found both names. After the wedding, the bride is not expected to perform any housework until her Menhdi has faded away.
Mangalasutra (Thread of Goodwill)
A necklace worn specifically by married women as a symbol of their marriage.
Night stay in Samode
Day 05 / Samode- Jaipur
After breakfast checkout from hotel & transfer to Jaipur, Later proceed for sight seeing tour of Jaipur covering:
AMBER FORT PALACE - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it's ultimate expression.
CITY PALACE - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
JANTAR MANTAR - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use.
HAWA MAHAL - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.
Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 06 / Jaipur - Agra (By Car Approx 05 Hrs) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-The deserted, red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Continue drive to Agra and transfer to hotel. Evening free to explore the rich handicrafts of Agra. Night stay in Agra.
Day 07 / Agra - Delhi (By road approx 4 hrs)
Early morning at sunrise visit TAJ MAHAL- the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, built it in 1631 in the memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian princess. She died while accompanying her husband in Behrampur in a campaign to crush a rebellion, after giving birth to their 14th child. Her death so crushed the emperor that all his hair and beard were said to have grown snow white in a few months. When Mumtaz Mahal was still alive, she extracted four promises from the emperor: first, that he build the Taj; second, that he should marry again; third, that he be kind to their children; and fourth, that he visit the tomb on her death anniversary. He kept the first and second promises. Construction began in 1631 and was completed in 22 years. Twenty thousand people were deployed to work on it. An Iranian architect designed it and it is best appreciated when the architecture and its adornments are linked to the passion that inspired it. It is a "symbol of eternal love".
Also visit Agra Fort-the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Afternoon drive to Delhi & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 08 / Delhi -Departure
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi :
OLD DELHI - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave.
Evening transfer to airport to board the flight back home .