If well begun is, indeed, half done then matrimony will be smooth sailing for Vijay and Khushboo, the young couple who got hitched aboard Malwa Queen — the MPSTDC-owned cruise ship that plies on the Pipliyapala lake.
The 100-foot cruise ship was hired for three hours, 8 to 11 pm, for the wedding at an estimated cost of around Rs 20,000, said sources. "The entire wedding including the pheras were held on the cruise. MPSTDC provided food while the decoration was handled by the bride’s family," estimated sources.
When contacted MP State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) general manager MN Jamali confirmed that the cruise was hired for a wedding. He also expressed the hope that other residents would follow suit. "It’s a uniquely scenic and serene setting for a wedding", he said.
Meanwhile, preparing to deal with the deluge of tourists to ring in the New Year, tourism officials have arranged for 100 Swiss tents to be erected at Pachmarhi.
The tents will stay in place for a fortnight — from December 20 to January 4. "Roughing" it out in the open in the luxurious tents won’t come cheap, though. "The tariff will be Rs 4,500 per day which includes a complimentary breakfast and checkout time will be 12 noon," said Jamali.