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LOOK: Inside the Indian Palace Where Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Will Hold Their Wedding Reception

Plus how much a stay in the Jodhpur-based palace hotel will cost the celebrity couple.
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After a whirlwind romance, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are ready to tie the knot in December, according to reports. To kick off the celebrations, the Quantico actress and the former Disney star hosted their Roka ceremony—a traditional Indian engagement ceremony which involves an intimate gathering with both the bride's and groom’s families—in Mumbai a couple of months back.

The pre-wedding celebrations continued in grand fashion, as Jonas gathered his closest guy pals for a bachelor party at sea, and Chopra whisked off her girlfriends, including sister-in-law-to-be and Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, to Amsterdam around the same time.

The bride’s official bridal shower, however, took place at Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Box Café in New York City and had famous names on the guest list like Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Ripa. The venue for the bridal shower seemed appropriate since Jonas reportedly closed down a Tiffany & Co. store in London just to shop for the perfect engagement ring for his then-girlfriend.

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As the big day draws closer, fans can already anticipate that the celebrity couple will not be cutting any corners for the main event. The weekend-long affair will take place from November 30 to December 2, a source tells Harper’s Bazaar. The exchanging of vows will be set at the Mehrangarh Fort, while the reception will follow at the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace. Here’s what you need to know about the two dreamy locations:

The Mehrangarh Fort stands on a hill that’s 400-feet-high, providing guests with a great view of the surrounding landscapes.

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It is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan and houses a few palaces.

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It also is home to a museum that is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting artifacts from Indian courtly life. Learn how you can visit the museum here.

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Since it was built over the course of 500 years, the fort has a varying range of architectural styles.

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The transition from one period to another is evident as you move from hall to hall. 

Some of the period rooms include the Sheesh Mahal (Jodhpur’s own Hall of Mirrors), the Phul Mahal (Palace of Flowers), and the Moti Mahal (Palace of Pearls).

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Each of these grand rooms is elaborately decorated.

Within close proximity of the Mehrangarh Fort, the Umaid Bhawan Palace was built to serve as the principal home of the now-defunct Jodhpur royal family. 


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It was named after the Maharaja Umaid Singh and continues to be owned by his grandson, Gaj Singh.

It holds the distinction of being the world’s sixth-largest private residence.


The palace has 347 rooms, a museum dedicated to its previous royal owners, and sits on 26 acres of land with 15 acres of gardens.

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The palace was built on Chittar Hill, the city’s highest point.

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The fine marble used in the palace’s palm court is the same as that in world-famous Taj Mahal. 

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As it is a palace, the Umaid Bhawan Palace has its own banquet hall, throne room, private dining halls, a ballroom, and a designated hall to meet members of the public.

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Now partly managed by the Taj Group of Hotels, the palace amenities include a refurbished library, an indoor swimming pool, four tennis courts, and two squash courts.

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An average night’s stay in one of the 42-square-meter Palace Rooms goes for INR41,700 (P30,527)*; the Historical Suites for INR 56,000 (P40,982); the Royal Suites for INR125,000 (P91,477); and the Grand Royal Suites for INR 215,500 (P157,708).

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The prices of the larger Presidential Suites are available upon request. As of writing, there are no more available rooms for the dates of November 30 to December 2 on the hotel’s official website

*P1 = INR0.73

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