A “rajwadi” Indian wedding begins with “tilak” (a sandalwood and musk-scented vermilion mark on the forehead) and “aarti” (the passing of lamps, incense and flowers around guests) plus a palanquin marriage procession. The bride & groom, bedecked in red, purple and indigo, embellished with gold jewellery, surrounded by regal decorations under a “mandap” canopy, meld into a sensory feast – a banquet served on leafs in manuhar tradition. Nuptials unfold amidst fire, beating drums and dancers in Rajasthani & Malwi style, at Rau, Rangwasa Village. And for the honeymooners, a romantic “basera” cottage set amidst a 28-acre retreat in one of the few Rajasthani-theme resorts in India. Royal wedding rituals thrive at Nakhrali Dhani Rau near Indore city in Madhya Pradesh, India.