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Abhishek-Ash: Is it April 7th?
We’re literally tired of the number of ‘dates’ rumourmongers keep pitching at us, folks. We’re talking about the Abhishek Bachchan-Aishwarya Rai marriage date – every other day there’s a new date that’s being predicted. So we’ve decided to wait for the news from the horse’s mouth. But even we couldn’t stop our curiosity when a reliable birdie insisted that there was a new date circulating and this could finally be it. “The latest is that the W-Day is gonna be 7 th April, and the wedding will take place in Udaipur,” we are informed. “Although unconfirmed, this could finally be the day everyone, including the love birds, are looking forward to.” So do we bring out the champagne? Not just yet – let’s wait for some further corroboration, shall we?

Ash-Abhishek wedding in Jaipur or Gwalior not Jodhpur.
The wedding of actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai may not be held in Rajasthan's Jodhpur city due to shortage of hotel rooms, and the new possible venues could be Jaipur or Gwalior, informed sources said. 

The sources said Jodhpur was found unsuitable since March is the peak tourism season in the desert state. The Bachchans had earlier planned to host the marriage at the grand Umaid Bhavan Palace here. 

According to sources in Umaid Bhavan Palace, Bollywood's first family has decided to shift the venue to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh or Jaipur. The marriage is expected to take place March 19. 

"They want to hold the wedding ceremonies in a heritage property. So they are now looking for a city that can provide them with the required setting. Gwalior and Jaipur seem to be the frontrunners," a hotel source told IANS. 

Travel industry experts, however, say that finding the required numbers of rooms in Jaipur in March would also be very difficult because of tourist rush. 

Even foreign tourists are desperate for rooms in Rajasthan now. 

"It would not be easy for anyone to get rooms in March. We are being forced to change itineraries for our foreign clients this month due to shortage of rooms," said Navendu Goswami, a tour operator. 

Amitabh Bachchan had earlier sent couple of his close friends to Jodhpur to finalise the hotel bookings in Umaid Bhavan as well as four other hotels. They wanted to book these hotels for a period of three days from March 18. 

As directed by astrologers, the Bachchan family is keen that Abhishek and Aishwarya tie the knot as soon as possible. 

Umaid Bhavan, however, is currently all set to play host to the wedding parties of Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar. Hurley and Nayar married in England March 3 after which they will host celebrations in Mumbai and Jodhpur. The couple arrived in Mumbai Monday. The couple have booked the hotel from March 7-10.
Ash-Abhi to wed on March 19 at the Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur

The biggest Bollywood wedding cannot remain a secret for too long. The news is that Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan are to wed on March 19, 2007 at the Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur. 

The wedding will take place soon after Liz Hurley ties the knot with Arun Nayar at the same venue on March 8 and 9. 

Sources reveal that Amitabh Bachchan is deeply involved with the wedding and has already given instructions for arrangements on the 15 acres of the palace lawns. The country’s prominent politicians and film stars have already been informed about the wedding’s venue and date. The source informs, “Mr Bachchan has asked for the gardens to be decorated with special flowers.” 

Aditya Chopra who rarely makes public appearances will be there at the grand wedding too, along with Amitabh Bachchan’s dear friend Yash Chopra. But the biggest news is that Salman Khan has been invited too. According to a reliable source, “Aditya Chopra will attend the wedding, but we are waiting to see if Salman will be there too.” 

The sprawling Umaid Bhavan Palace is currently owned by His Highness Gaj Singh, the Maharaja of Jodhpur. 

The Palace is divided into three functional parts, one having a five-star hotel (in existence since 1972), one is the residence of the royal family and one has been opened to public where a small museum displays pictures, arms, swords, and other items relating to Jodhpur’s royal heritage.

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