‘Vantara’ Jamnagar: Inside Billionaire Anant Ambani Zoo

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Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant recently got married in Jamnagar. According to sources, their wedding cost was whopping Rs 1250, with celebration theme was based on “jungle fever,” where everyone had to wear outfits inspired by the jungle. The venue was all decked out with peacock and jaguar designs. However, the wedding could be held at Ambani’s residence “Antilla” the 27-story mansion is built on 9.1 acres of land where Anant’s siblings Isha and Akash Ambani’s wedding was held. Still, the duo choose Jamnagar for wedding and there’s a reason for that.

Jamnagar holds a lot of importance for the Ambani family, especially “Vantara”. Now that the wedding is over, the celebrations were filled with joy, special moments, and a touch of the wild side at Vantara.

Who is Anant Ambani?


Anant Ambani is the youngest son of Mukesh Ambani, India’s top businessman, billionaire, also making a mark in the Forbes list of top 10 richest people around the world. Talking about Anant, he’s in charge of energy businesses at Reliance Industries. Anant, born on April 10, 1995, in Mumbai, studied at Dhirubhai Ambani International School and graduated from Brown University. He’s part of the family empire and joined the Reliance Industries board in 2023. Anant is passionate about green energy and improving public services in India. He’s involved in sports, especially with the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League. Even though he doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook, he spends a lot of time at the Jamnagar campus and is getting more involved in the family business.

‘Anant & Radhika’ Wedding Highlights from Jamnagar


Anant Ambani, Mukesh Ambani’s son, and Radhika Merchant, Viren Merchant’s daughter, had a three-day wedding celebration in Jamnagar, Gujarat, starting on March 1. The first day wedding theme was ‘An Evening in Everland,’ where guests wore fancy cocktail clothes. On the second day, festivities was based on the Ambanis’ animal rescue center in Jamnagar, named ‘A Walk on the Wildside,’ with a ‘jungle fever’ was the dress code. ‘Mela Rouge’ followed on the same day, featuring desi activities and guests in South Asian outfits.

The final day included events like ‘Tusker Trails’ and ‘Hashtakshar,’ where guests enjoyed Jamnagar’s natural beauty in ‘heritage Indian attire.’ The guest list was star-studded with India’s top billionaires, Bollywood personalities, and international business leaders like Gautam Adani, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and more. The wedding celebrations were a grand mix of tradition, culture, and modernity, creating a unique and memorable experience.

But above all, live performance by international singer Rihanna stayed the most popular highlight of the world’s most expensive wedding who has reportedly charged Rs 75 crores from Ambani for the pre-wedding celebration. The total cost of the Anant & Radhika wedding was reported £120 million (approximately Rs 1259 crore).

Why Anant & Radhika Choose ‘Jamnagar’ for World’s Most Expensive Wedding?


Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant chose Jamnagar for their wedding for a couple of important reasons. Firstly, Jamnagar holds a special place in Anant’s heart as it is his grandmother Kokilaben Ambani’s birthplace, who also owns a stake in Indian multinational conglomerate RIL which is valued at $241.67 Billion. Inspired by Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Wed in India’ initiative, Anant decided to celebrate his wedding in his ancestral home.

Another significant reason for choosing Jamnagar was the couple’s love for animals. The city has deep roots in Anant’s family history and is where their business journey began. Anant Ambani revealed that growing up in Jamnagar made it a special place for him, and he considered it fortunate to plan the celebration there. The choice also aligned with PM Modi’s call to ‘Wed in India,’ which brought pride and happiness to Anant.

The couple’s love for wildlife was evident in their pre-wedding events, including a drone show paying tribute to an elephant rescued by Nita Ambani. Anant and Radhika’s commitment to animal welfare was further highlighted by their ‘Anna Seva’ and ‘Lagan Lakhvanu’ ceremonies.

It was the Anant love for animals which had led him launch the world’s largest animal welfare center named Vantara in the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex. Which became an another reason for the couple to choose Vantara for wedding celebration.

About World’s Largest Animal Welfare Centere “Vantara” Jamnagar: What’s so special?

It is being said that Billionaire’s son, Anant Ambani has a significant contribution in the creation of world’s largest animal welfare center called ‘Vantara’ in Jamnagar, Gujarat. It’s on a big 3,000-acre area in the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex. According to Anant, the main goal behind the Vantara is to make a nice, jungle-like place for saved animals to live happily.

Vantara is special because it’s not just a zoo; it’s a place to help and protect animals. Anant Ambani, who is Mukesh Ambani’s son, started this project to save animals and make it the biggest zoo and rehab center in the world. The name ‘Vantara’ means ‘Star Of The Forest,’ and it’s like a safe home for hurt, abused, and endangered animals. It’s not just about keeping them in cages; it’s about giving them a place that feels like their natural home.

Animal Welfare and Rescue Centre: Comprehensive Care to Elephants & More


Vantara, also known as “Star of the Forest,” is a project led by billionaire Anant Ambani in Jamnagar. It’s by a big effort by Reliance backed project to help and take care of animals that are hurt, treated badly, or in danger, not just in India but also in other countries. The project has hospitals and research centers with fancy equipment like MRI, CT scans, and more, making sure animals get the best care, including live video conferences during surgeries.

The whole idea comes from the belief of “jeev seva,” meaning taking care of animals, inspired by Swami Vivekananda. Anant Ambani, who leads this project, is super dedicated to saving wildlife and protecting the environment. He’s also into making energy in a way that doesn’t harm the planet. His company, Reliance, aims to be Net Carbon Zero by 2035.

The center isn’t just about helping animals; it’s about saving them from extinction and making their homes safe again. They’ve already saved over 2,000 animals, including elephants and other important species. They even work with big organizations like the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) to do more good for animals.

World’s Largest Elephant Kitchen, Daily Cooks 1000 KG Food


In the Vantara Jamnagar, there’s a also super special kitchen for elephants. It’s the world’s biggest elephant kitchen, and every day, it cooks up a whopping 1000 kilograms of food for the elephants.

This place also have a special section to take care of rescued animals and help them get better. The hospital even does big treatments like fixing cataracts and doing surgeries with special cameras. Anant Ambani started all this to help animals.

The place where the elephants stay is pretty amazing too. There are special enclosures for day and night, pools for hydrotherapy (which is like a water treatment), and even a huge elephant jacuzzi to help with arthritis. There are more than 200 elephants living here, and a team of over 500 specially trained people, including vets (animal doctors), biologists, pathologists (people who study diseases), nutritionists (food experts), and naturalists (nature experts), takes care of them all the time.

The kitchen is massive – it’s over 14000 square feet! They make sure each elephant gets a special diet that keeps them healthy, especially taking care of their teeth. They also use Ayurveda, an ancient Indian way of healing, to pamper the elephants. This includes things like hot oil massages and using multani mitti (a type of clay). There are even Ayurveda experts working day and night to take care of the elephants.

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