Salman Khan reaches Mandi for Arpita-Aayush wedding reception (see pics)Shimla: Himachal Pradesh state guest - Salman Khan has reportedly reached the destination - Mandi to attend sister Aprita Khan Sharma's wedding reception.The state government has declared the actor a state guest and has also
The state government has declared the actor a state guest and has also provided him a chopper to take him and his family to the venue from Chandigarh.
The preparations are in full swing as, the bride - Aprita Khan Sharma decorated her hands and feet with henna. So, excited Arpita is about the wedding reception that she has also shared the picture of her henna clad feet on Twitter.
Salman and his family have visited Mandi, the hometown of Arpita's husband Aayush Sharma, for the first time to attend "dham", a traditional community feast organised by state Rural Development Minister Anil Sharma to felicitate his daughter-in-law and son.
He told reporters that more than 10,000 people have been invited for the event.
"Dham" is a traditional meal served on leaf plates to the guests sitting on the floor by using the finest ingredients, traditional recipes and methods. The cuisines are cooked by chefs trained by the "botis" or hereditary cooks.
It is basically a four-course unlimited meal.
The main course has the chaa ghosht or lamb cooked in yoghurt gravy, or murgh anardana, chicken stewed in pomegranate paste, for non-vegetarians.
For vegetarians, it is Himachali dal channa, split gram with fennel seeds, and mathri choware, lentil fritters in spinach gravy.
For those with a sweet tooth, there is meethe chawal, sweetened red rice with dry fruits and saffron.
The food is cooked in copper vessels which impart a unique flavour to the dishes.
The main course will have a choice of bread -- babroo, chawal ki kadak roti and beduan roti.
Arpita Khan married Aayush, the grandson of former telecom minister Sukhram, on November 18 last year.
Mandi, located on the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway-21, is dotted with more than 80 temples built in typical hill architecture. It's popularly called 'Chhoti Kashi'.
With inputs from IANS