Indore - Samba Walker was here:
Shamiana tents, pillowed sofas, cocktails & hookah pipes, garlic-ginger chicken kebabs & choco moco coolers in a rooftop oasis… this may not be what you expect from a 5th floor lounge in a mega-mall, but there it is. Sheesha Sky Lounge & hookah bar sits atop bustling Indore, the finance capital of Madhya Pradesh, India. Though an unlikely retreat in the C21 Mall, it follows the rooftop bar trend with open-air dining, lounging & partying – blending tents and hookah with sleek white sofas, chrome swivel bar stools and city lights. Soft evening music gives way to a discothèque; a popular hangout for locals & celebrities to strut their stuff to electric beats. But there’s more to Sheesha than Awadhi décor, hookah bar and disco. It’s also known for sumptuous Indian cuisine.
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.