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INDIA as a country where hospitality is a way of life , culture is steeped in tradition and where history lives in music and dance. In our effort to bring the cultural heritage of India to life and make it a most wonderful experience, a compilation of POPULAR THEMES which can be organised for various groups looking for a unique experience.

.: Traditional Welcome :.
The warmth of Indian hospitality and the custom of welcoming guests is as old as time itself. On arrival, as you step into the hotel, ladies in traditional local costumes greet you with garlands of flowers and perform the "aarti" ceremony. After having your forehead anointed with the traditional red "tikka" relax with a non alcoholic welcome drink. More Info
.: Maharaja Welcome :.
As was in the past, when the victorious Maharajas returned from war, a stunning tableau of decorated camels and elephants unfolds before you on the lawns of the hotel. Ladies in rajasthani costumes perform the traditional garlanding, "aarti" and "tikka" ceremonies while the music of the "shehnai" welcomes you. Afterwards relax with a gin based welcome drink.

Can be organized at: The Rambagh Palace, the Jai Mahal Palace and the Raj Mahal Palace (Jaipur)
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.: Grand Royal Procession Welcome :.
The theme recreates the ambience of the welcome accorded to a victorious Rajput warrior. The entire driveway to the hotel is lined with caparisoned elephants and camels. Elephants with trunks raised in salute, accompany guests who are taken in royal carriages or on elephant back to the hotel. A band of musicians and horsemen precede the procession amidst a shower of rose petals. Valets drape each lady with a "dupatta" (shawl) and the gents are dressed up with "safas" (Rajasthani turbans). Guest are greeted with garlands and the "tikka" ceremony is performed. Afterwards relax to the music of the "shehnai" while you sip a gin based welcome drink and enjoy Rajasthani Folk Dances.

Can be organized at: The Rambagh Palace, the Jai Mahal Palace and the Raj Mahal Palace (Jaipur)
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.: The Moghul Theme :.
Go back to the historically fabled world of the great Moghuls. "Chobedars" (gatekeepers) usher guests to the "dawat-khana" (dining room). Hostesses clad in silken, flowing "shararas" (skirts) and "chunnis" (veils) welcome the guests with flowers and "attar" (perfume) in the traditional style. Flamboyant folk dances herald a sumptuous spread of Moghlai delicacies, served in manner befitting royalty. 

Can be organized at: The Taj Mahal Hotel & Taj Palace Hotel/Delhi, Taj View & Jaypee Palace/Agra & Taj Bengal/Calcutta. More Info
.: Rajput Wedding :.
A traditional Rajput wedding ceremony where the group members participate as the "baraat" (the bridegroom's family and friends who form the wedding party) and the bridal party. The baraat arrives with a local band, complete with "mashaals" (flaming torches). The host (the bride's family) receive the baraat and the wedding ceremony is performed under a decorated "mandap" (pavilion). The "meena bazaar" (a colorful bazaar for the ladies) also forms an integral part of the setting. A festive buffet meal, laid out for both parties in the illuminated palace hotel is accompanied by spirited "shehnai" music and folk dances. Also accompanying the ceremony is the traditional "mehendi" (henna) application for the ladies, which is considered auspicious at the time of an Indian wedding. 

Can be organized at: Taj View & Jaypee palace/Agra, the Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace and the Raj Mahal Palace/Jaipur and Lake Palace/Udaipur.
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.: Baradari Dinner :.
This Gala is held on a cool, open terrace under a starlit sky. Earthen lamps and "mashaals" (flaming torches) lend a rustic look to the terrace. Relax, as royalty would, on soft, satin mattresses with cushions and bolsters. Enjoy a superb Rajasthani sit down "Thali" (a traditional plate) meal while folk dances perform for you.

Can be organized at: Taj Palace/Delhi & the Rambagh Palace (Jaipur) More Info
.: Jungle Experience :.
We take you back in time to a typical jungle hunting camp. Guests are driven in open jeeps to the camp site on the sprawling lawns of the palace where they are welcomed by a tribal chieftain. The call of the wild and sounds of the jungle are complimented by tribal singers and dancers. "Mashaals" (flaming torches) and oil lamps lend a rustic charm to the tents pitched on the site. The food is cooked on spits over a camp fire. An elaborate display is set up in front of the hotel. A fire cracker banner with words 'SAVE WILDLIFE' rounds off a magnificent evening. 

Can be organized at: The Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace and the Raj Mahal Palace (Jaipur), the Ramgarh Lodge and Taj Chandela / Khajuraho. More Info
.: Grand Rajasthani Soiree :.
This popular theme is a combination of the Royal Welcome and Rajasthani folk dances. An elaborate bar-be-cue set up on the lawns of the palace, accompanies the celebration and a grand fireworks display

Can be organized at: The Rambagh Palace, the Jai Mahal Palace and the Raj Mahal Palace (Jaipur). More Info
.: Elephant Polo :.
In the land of Maharajas & princes and palaces & forts, the game of elephant polo was one of the ultimate royal experience. Players are greeted at the palace's sprawling lawns by a royal military brass band. As in yesteryears, the arrival of the guests is accompanied by the beating of "nagadas" (huge Indian drums) and a tableau of horses and camels alongwith ladies attired in traditional costumes add to the royal welcome, before the start of the game. Folk artists regale the audience with music and dance during the change-over. A sumptuous meal ends this majestic event.

Can be organized at: The Rambagh Palace & the Jai Mahal Palace (JAIPUR). More Info
.: Durbar Theme :.
Guests with traditional "pagris" (turbans) and "chunnis" (scarves) are welcomed with a shower of rose petals and "attar" (perfume). Traditionally attired attendants serve a sumptuous meal in silver thalis n "bajots" (low tables) to guests seated on mattresses

Can be organized at: Taj Palace(Delhi), Taj View(Agra), the Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace (Jaipur) and Lake Palace(Udaipur) More Info
.: Village Fair Theme :.
A village setting is created with bamboo huts, benches and stalls. Villagers mingle with guests and display their traditional skills - such as doll-making, puppet-making, pottery, "pichwai" painting and other crafts. Entertainment included "Bandar wala" staging a monkey show, a palmist, a snake charmer, "kachi-ghodi" and "dhamaal" (a performance with a dummy horse, dancers and singers). After a splendid dinner, a fascinating display of fireworks brings a memorable evening to an end.

Can be organized at: Taj Palace & Taj Mahal Hotel(Delhi), The Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace and The Raj Mahal Palace in Jaipur, Taj View & Jaypee Palace(Agra), Taj Chandela(Khajuraho), Taj Ganges(Varanasi), Taj Bengal(Calcutta), Taj Coromandel(Madras), Taj Westend & Taj Residency (Bangalore) More Info
.: Lily Pond Dinner :.
Under the stars beside the picturesque Lily Pond at the Lake Palace, sumptuous buffet consisting of a variety of Chinese, Continental and Indian specialities. (Inclding fiery curries for the strong hearted) and deserts are served. Accompanying the meal are Indian classical music and folk dance performances

Can only be organized at: Lake Palace(Udaipur) More Info
.: Grand Cruise Dinner :.
Enjoy a moonlit cruise on the River Mandovi under Goa's clear skies. Dine on local delicacies under the stars, while enjoying Goan music, enhanced by the sounds of the sea.

Can be organized at: Fort Aguada Beach Resort and Taj Holiday Village in GOA. More Info
.: Sit Down Service with Colour Theme :.
The Sit Down Silver Service is available with a background colour theme at most of the hotels and is suggested for a farewell evening. A live Band performance will be arranged. More Info
.: Sea Food Bar-be-cue on the beach :.
Dine under a starlit sky on succulent lobsters, jumbo prawns and other local sea food delicacies which form part of a delightful bar-be-cue setup on a lovely stretch of the Goan beach. Guests may also cook their own food on skewers over a camp-fire. A local musician captures the magic of the moment on his guitar strings.

Can be organized at: Fort Aguada Beach Resort and Taj Holiday Village in GOA. More Info
.: Special Evenings at Samode Palace :.
One of the most awe inspiring Special Evening's that one can witness is at Samode Palace. 

Feel and experience the Royal Grandeur and you will feel like a Maharaja, when you are proceeding to the gates of the Palace with a Camel cart procession, which is accompanied by a local band & torch bearers while you are transferred to the Palace on canopied camel carts as a procession through the quaint village of Samode with it's cobbled streets. 

Upon arrival feel the warmth of the traditional Indian hospitality in a Royal style with traditional arti & tikka by ladies dressed in typical Rajasthani attire. The members of the group shall be greeted at the main entrance of the Palace with decorated horses & camels with men on both the sides and to top it all, a red carpeted welcome

The moment you enter the gates of the Palace, you will be filled with delight to see the whole of the Palace and Fort, which are lit up with ferry lights, as was done in the olden days to welcome the victorious Maharajas and their legion. 

After experiencing the warmth of Indian hospitality, you will proceed for the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Mirrors - which is embellished by the exquisite craftsmanship of jewellers who have created a wonder in glass. Here you will be treated to a nice glass of Sparkling Champagne, which is followed by an elaborate dinner, and while you eat, in the background you will hear the soft music of the Sitar, which makes your meal all the more sumptuous. Followed by this subtle music, you will witness a performance of Rajasthani folk dances which for sure you will find enthralling. 

Last but not the least, you will witness an elaborate display of an array of fireworks, which will bring an end to a wonderful evening. 

While leaving the Palace, you will be gifted with a memento which, for years to come will bring back fond memories of this Royal extravaganza at the magnificent Samode Palace.
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