NEW DELHI: One of the most awaited weddings of this season—Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma has finally taken place at Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad. The couple has exchanged garlands on stage, with brothers Salman, Sohail and Arbaaz standing along and the entire Khan family witnessing the ceremony.
The bride donned a beautiful red ‘lehenga’ while the groom reportedly wore a cream coloured ‘sherwani’, paired with a heavy red stole. There are several pictures gone viral on the social networking sites, where the couple can be seen exchanging the wedding rings as well.With the entire family in tow with them, it has indeed turned out to be one fairytale weddings of all times. According to media reports, the wedding celebrations kicked off with the ‘baraat’ arriving at 4.30 p.m. in the heritage hotel located in the old city area.The wedding rituals are being performed as per Punjabi Hindu traditions.
Top stars from Bollywood and Tollywood, and businessmen were among the 250 guests invited for the wedding.While police were managing the outer security ring, the actor’s personal guards and others were keeping a tight vigil inside the hotel.Salman booked the entire 60-room hotel for Tuesday and Wednesday. Seven folk artists from Rajasthan and many more from Mumbai were specially flown in for Tuesday night’s party.
The menu for the party included Deccani cuisine, especially Biryani and Haleem and double ka meetha. Falaknuma is one of the most beautiful palaces of the Nizam, the ruler of erstwhile Hyderabad State.
The palace, which the Taj Group converted into a luxury hotel and opened four years ago, has 60 lavish rooms, decorated halls and a 101-seat dining hall, said to be the biggest in the world.Its Durbar Hall, embellished with intricately carved wooden ceilings, parquet flooring, regal walnut wood furniture and handcrafted mirrors, had once hosted guests like King George V and Czar Nicholas II.
Located five km from Charminar, Falaknuma – or ‘mirror of the sky’ in Urdu – is a scorpion-shaped, all-marble palace which was once the residence of Mir Mahboob Ali Khan (1869-1911), the sixth Nizam. It was Nawab Vaqar-ul-Umra, the Nizam’s prime minister, who built the palace in 1893. Impressed by its magnificence, the Nizam bought it for himself. A couple of suites including the one used by the Nizam are the most expensive. The hotel charges over Rs.5 lakh a night for the Nizam suite.