Following the recent nuptials of über celebrities, Katy Perry and Russell Brand and with the forthcoming wedding of Prince Shivraj Singh of Jodhpur, India is once again proving itself the ultimately romantic destination. Embracing the current bout of wedding fever, boutique travel agency Wire launches its honeymoon tour – a spectacularly amourous adventure through Rajasthan.
Bringing together fairytale palaces, five star luxury and a healthy dose of intimate moments, the 10-night tour promises to give newlyweds an indulgent start to married life.
With landmark hotels such as the Lake Palace (Udaipur), Devi Garh (outside Udaipur) and Deogahr Mahal, and secluded luxury tent camp Chhatra Sagar, Wire has handpicked each location on the itinerary for its romantic potential and ambiance. A full range of activities, from jeep safaris to village visits are included within the price of the tour.
Whilst a tour might be the most obvious choice for a honeymoon, the itinerary has been designed to ensure a leisurely pace and moments where couples can really get away from the world. Mealtimes will continue the intimate theme, with private dining experiences ranging from a pontoon on Lake Pichola to the abandoned Anjana Fort near Deogarh Mahal.
Khaled Hussain, marketing director for Wire talks about planning the tour: “We were inspired by the lavish celebrity weddings that Rajasthan is becoming famous for – and decided to turn this in to an experience that is accessible for all newlyweds. We always work behind the scenes to create a very private experience for our clients – after all, it is a honeymoon!”
Prices for the tour start at £3915 (€4495), including international flights, all activities, meals and dining experiences, with an option to extend the tour to take in Agra and the Taj Mahal. More information is available from the Wire website http://www.mywireindia.co.uk
Notes to journalists and editors
Featured hotels – Lake Palace (Udaipur), Devi Garh (just outside Udaipur), Deogarh Mahal (at Devgarh) and Devi Ratn or Samode Haveli (Jaipur)
Udaipur - Often referred to as The Venice of the East, it also claims title as India's most romantic city and is therefore the obvious choice of starting point for the tour.
Russel Brand and Katy Perry – the couple were married at the Aman-i-Khas resort located on the edge of Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan on 24th October 2010. Speculation suggested that the couple would marry at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur in a Hindu ceremony, however the couple settled on a traditional Christian exchange of vows against the backdrop of the one of India's largest wildlife sanctuaries.
Prince Shivraj Singh – The crown-prince of Jodhpur will marry princess Gayetri Kumari of Uttrakhand in and elaborate 10-day ceremony starting on 15th November 2010. A star-studded invitation list includes international royalty, politicians and Hollywood as well as Bollywood celebrities. Venues for the wedding will include the Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur with the celebrations moving to Jaipur where the bride's family will receive the Bharat (groom's party).
Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar – married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Rajasthan in 2007 with the event spanning the Umaid Bhawan and Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur), Nagaur Fort and Devi Garh.
Wire was set up by two Europeans based in Rajasthan, providing expert advice and tailor-made holidays and luxury tours around India's incredible state. Providing services in both native-English and native-Dutch, the company focuses on working with a handpicked selection of luxury hotels, resorts and other hospitality brands to create truly unique and memorable experiences for couples, solo travellers or small groups of less than six people.
www.mywireindia.co.uk (in English)
www.mywireindia.be (in Dutch)