The newlyweds hold a traditional Hindu ceremony in India

By Amrit Dhillon and Liz Corcoran
Updated March 09, 2007 12:00 PM
Credit: Dave M. Benett/Getty

While their honeymoon destination remains a mystery, one thing’s for sure: Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar are really going to need it after the marathon run of wedding festivities over the last week.

Friday marked the culmination of a week of celebration when the couple – who originally wed last week in England – participated in a traditional exchange of garlands and a Hindu ceremony to finalize their marriage in Nayar’s native India.

After the ceremony in the city of Jodhpur, the couple were carried in an antique palanquin by bearers in traditional costume to diner on the ramparts of the Mehrangarh Fort.

According to wedding guest Alex Ionesco, “It’s been a long wedding [but] I’m right here to the end. It’s been magical.”

Last weekend, Hurley and Nayar held both civil and religious ceremonies in the English countryside, where the bride was given away by Elton John.

On Monday, the newlyweds – with the wedding party in tow – arrived in India for five further days of ceremony and celebration.

During the first leg of the India celebrations, the couple spent time in Mumbai where they stayed in the luxurious Taj Hotel and attended bashes in their honor on Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesday, they decamped to the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan to continue the whirl of events. A game of cricket – Bride’s vs. the Groom’s teams – provided some casual fun before a grand party at the city’s Umaid Bhawan Palace that evening where the guests included Elton John’s partner David Furnish and the designer Tom Ford.

On Thursday, wedding guests slept in a royally appointed tented compound after a party some 80 miles out of Jodhpur at the Nagur Fort, in anticipation of Friday’s Hindu ceremony.

“It’s the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever attended,” Arti Surendranath, a film producer friend of Arun Nayar told PEOPLE this week. “Liz and Arun have really enjoyed themselves. They’ve been very relaxed because it’s all gone so smoothly.”