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Theme Dinners

A country where hospitality is a way of life… A culture steeped in tradition… A land where history lives in music & dance… Colorful customs revered for centuries... Cuisines that reflect social and geographical diversity. To experience the essence of India, we have put together a variety of spectacular events- from theme parties and specialty banquets to boat cruises and dance performances. Combined with the Indian experience, the result can only be unforgettable.

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.  

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 palace-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, just as early royalty did..

GRAND ROYAL PROCESSION WELCOME 
 
This theme recreates the ambience of the welcome accorded to a victorious Rajput warrior. The entire drive-way 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 "duppata" (shawl) and the gents are dressed up with "safas" (Rajasthani turbans). Guests 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.
THE MOGHUL THEME 
Go back to the historically fabled world of the great Moghuls. "Chobedars" (gate keepers) usher guests to the "daawat-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 a manner befitting royalty.

BARADARI DINNER  
This gala is held on a cool, open terrace under a starlit sky. Earthen lamps and "mashaals" (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 dancers perform for you.

GRAND RAJASTHANI SOIREE 
This popular theme is a combination of the Royal Welcome and Rajasthani folk dances. An elaborate barbecue set up on the lawns of the palace, accompanies the celebrations and a grand fireworks display.

PANGHAT 
Enjoy a cultural show at the Panghat - our very own amphitheatre, wherein folk artistes in traditional finery regale you with authentic Rajasthani music & dance. Dine under a canopy of trees, on traditional Rajasthani fare cooked in front of you on mud platforms. Available at: JAIPUR

DARBAR THEME 
Guests with traditional "pagris" (turbans) and "chunnis" (scarfs) are welcomed with a shower of rose petals and "attar" (perfume). Traditionally attired attendants serve a sumptuous meal in silver thalis on "bajots" (low tables) to guests seated on mattresses. Available at: DELHI, AGRA, JAIPUR, UDAIPUR. 

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 includes a "bandarwala" staging a monkey show, a palmist, a snake charmer, "kachi-ghodi" and "dhamal" (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. Available at :DELHI, AGRA, JAIPUR  

CHOWK THEME 
Set in a "chowk" (street market) with all its colourful attractions. Streetside dishes are cooked in front of you. Discover "kadai" and "tawa khana" - hot tasty delicacies, snacks and Indian breads cooked on a griddle. For dessert, visit the "mithai-wala" (the Indian sweet-maker) and the "thelawala" who tempts you with fresh fruits. There is a "paan" shop which also sells "bidis" (freshly rolled Indian cigarettes). A "mehendiwalli" traces intricate designs in red colour on the hands of the ladies. This is done traditionally at all Indian weddings. A bangle-seller offers a glittering array of glass-bangles in vibrant hues. Available at: DELHI, AGRA,JAIPUR,VARANASI.

MEWARI TERRACE DINNER 
On the Mewar terrace of the Lake Palace, a traditional vegetarian feast, culled from the robust cuisine of Mewar (a historic battle-ground of Rajasthan) is regally served to you. Available at: UDAIPUR

THE LILY POND DINNER 
Under the stars beside the picturesque Lily Pond at the Lake Palace, a sumptuous buffet consisting of a variety of Chinese, Continental and Indian specialities (including fiery curries for the strong hearted) and desserts are served. Accompanying the meal are Indian classical music and folk
dance performances. Available at: UDAIPUR 

THE GANGAUR BOAT CRUISE 

The Gangaur boat is the antique royal barge of the house of Mewar. The barge is decorated in a regal way and lit up to resemble a fireball from a distance. The guests are taken around the mystical Lake Palace. Available at: UDAIPUR

THE LAKE PALACE EXTRAVAGANZA 
This theme is a combination of a royal welcome, a cruise with cocktails on the Gangaur boat and a dinner at the Lily Pond with a sitar player to set the mood. This is topped off with folk dances and a fireworks display. Available at: UDAIPUR

STREETS OF UDAIPUR 
On the beautiful Mewar terrace of the hotel, the city of Udaipur is recreated for you. Balloon shooters, an astrologer, a snake charmer are only some of the local attractions. Streetside stalls offering the choicest of Indian eateries adorn the venue. Available at: UDAIPUR

MUMBAI SIDEWALK YATRA 
Go gallivanting into the mean steets of Mumbai. Try out every single offering the sidewalk promises. Gorge on the bhel, vada pav, Lucknowi Kebabs, North Indian Chaats, the 'anna's amalgamation' of all Indian cultures. Swerve with the crowds, buy bargains & boogie on the sidewalk. Try out the magazine stall, curio shops, and the 'phoren' goods store while taking a swig of our barman's delightful concoctions. All this without a speck of dirt on your shoes. Available at: MUMBAI.

GOAN CARNIVAL THEME 
Join a traditonal carnival, which is part of Goa's rich Portuguese heritage. Where revelry, song and dance, great food and good wine come together beautifully. Discover the joys of Goan cuisine at a delightful buffet dinner. Available at: GOA .

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 Goa music, enhanced by the sounds of the sea. Available at: GOA. A live band of local dancers could be organized at an additional cost.

SEAFOOD BARBECUE ON THE BEACH 
Dine under a starlit sky on succulent lobsters, jumbo prawns and other local seafood delicacies which form part of a delightful barbecue set up 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. Available at: GOA