didn't go out on the town for evening entertainment but were surprised
when the hotel provided a free show -- of sorts. The lobby and hallway
outside our room filled up with celebrating Indian families. They were
there for the two weddings held at the hotel. Beside the hotel and just
under our window was a "marriage garden" all set up with a canopy covered
path, tables and chairs, food counters, tent with chairs and stage, a DJ
with a huge PA, and a brilliantly lit stage in-the-round in the middle
of the celebration grounds. There was even a second site set up at the
back of the hotel. The DJ was a bit heavy handed with the stack of sub-woofers
directly under our windows. Our room with a view was starting to turn out
to be a horror/comedy show for us.
There were hundreds of guests: kids, grandparents,
parents, friends, strangers. . . all dressed to the nines, glitter everywhere!
We pulled chairs up to our large window to watch the excitement below.
Colour lights were panning, blinking and strobing. The DJ below us belted
out non-stop, blaring music and the booming bass sounds shook the walls
. . . and our stomachs. The music was repetitious and kids were running
and yelling up and down the hallway outside our door. The indulgent
parents were too busy visiting to quiet the kids. One little kid made continuous
screaming bird sounds in the hall. Along with the repeitious loud Indian
music a throbbing drum line was added to the mix!
We took a bunch of pictures as we had front row seats
for this spectacle. The garden space was so big and the crowd was so spread
out that it was difficult to determine how many people were at the party.
Only a few kids and older men were playing / dancing to the DJ's music.
The highlight of the wedding was a ceremony on the
colourful rotating stage directly under our window. A large crowd gathered
around the stage to watch the bride and groom go through a whole series
of traditional rituals on that elaborate platform. Booming air cannons
shot out blizzards of glittery confetti.
When the bride and groom stepped off the stage to pose
for photos with relatives, a stream of young kids took their place on the
stage. When they spotted us looking down from our window they started waving
wildly. Soon there was a crowd of excited young 'uns gathered below
us and they put on a show for our cameras that rivaled that of the bride
When things lagged a bit we tried to message home with
our laptops via the hotel WiFi. No luck. The obliging techie at the desk
rushed up to our room -- exhibiting a fine display of broken field running
through the throngs of screaming kids in the hallway. Using his smart phone
he tried to access the Internet . . . "Nope. It's not working."
You'd think the thump-thump one-note music and the
patter of little feet in the hallway would be kind of hypnotic and we would
drift into sleep... NOPE. Bill actually took a look out our door and went
“shsss” in pantomime to the kids staring at him -- it had no effect. Finally,
we fell asleep in the wee hours due to being over-tired.|
When we returned for a late breakfast the next morning,
after our visit to the Taj Mahal, the wedding gardens were littered with
rubbish from the night before -- a rather dismal sight. There were still
a few people there, however -- mostly older folks and little ones. They
were still in their finery so they could have been up all night. Weddings
are major social events.