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Jodhpur set for Hurley marriage
Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar
Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar married after a five-year relationship
The city of Jodhpur in western India is getting ready for the next leg of the wedding of British actress Elizabeth Hurley and her new husband, Arun Nayar.

Large numbers of policemen have been deployed from the airport to the three hotels where the couple and their celebrity guests will be staying.

The couple were married on Friday in a private ceremony in England.

They are now holding a traditional Indian wedding since Nayar has family connections in India.

The couple arrived in Mumbai (Bombay) on Monday night where a pre-wedding party was hosted for them.

Celebrity guests

The pair were mobbed by media at Mumbai airport, then drove to the south of the city, where Mr Nayar's parents live.

In Jodhpur, the couple will be staying at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the Maharaja of Jodhpur's palace-turned-luxury resort.

At the palace grounds, workers are levelling the cricket pitch where, according to some reports, the celebrity guests will take part in a cricket match.

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur
The wedding is expected to take place at the Umaid Bhawan Palace

Besides the Umaid Bhawan, wedding guests will also be put up at two other five-star hotels, the Ajit Bhawan and Balsamand Palace.

Reports say several celebrity guests are expected, including Sir Elton John, actor Hugh Grant and Bill Gates.

Local police will help escort the guests to their hotels after which guards hired from a private security firm will take over.

The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder says it is the biggest, possibly the most glamorous, event of the year in Jodhpur.

Turmeric ceremony

The pair made a brief stopover in Mumbai on their way to Jodhpur where Indian industrialist Adi Godrej's wife and top Mumbai socialite, Parmeshwar Godrej, threw a party for them and other celebrities on Tuesday evening.

Ms Godrej is known for her parties and has hosted Hollywood stars Richard Gere and Goldie Hawn in the past.

According to reports, the pre-wedding events will include the traditional turmeric ceremony that every Indian bride-to-be must go through.

Turmeric paste, mixed with oil, is applied to the woman's hands, legs and face while some is also dabbed on the groom's face.

It is believed the paste brings a glow to their faces during the wedding.

Liz and Arun arrive at their hotel in Mumbai

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