Taj Lake Palace
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A 270-year-old white marble palace, floating like a mirage in the centre of the serene and glassy Lake Pichola, a dazzling beacon from the shores. A sight to behold, the Taj Lake Palace is possibly India’s most romantic hotel. Reached by a short boat ride, it was built in 1746 as a summer retreat and pleasure palace by the young prince, Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur, after he was caught frolicking at moonlight picnics with ladies of the ‘zenana’. Today, having undergone a major refurbishment, the palace has been restored to its former glory, majestic and magnificent as ever.
This heritage hotel comprises of 66 luxurious rooms and 17 grand suites as follows: 33 Luxury Rooms, 33 Palace Rooms, three Historical Suites, three Royal Suites, ten Grand Royal Suites and one Grand Royal Presidential Suite. Wi-fi is complementary in all rooms and public spaces. With such a spectacular location in the midst of the lake means that every room has breathtaking views of the neighbouring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. This spectacular palace became world renowned when the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ was filmed here.
There are three restaurants and one bar; Jharokha is an informal all-day restaurant serving both buffet and a la carte from around the world. Neel Kahal, overlooking the picturesque lily pond, is a fine dining option which opens for dinner, and specialises in signature Rajasthani food. Bhairo is a breathtaking rooftop restaurant with scintillating views of the beautifully lit Palace of the King of Mewar and the sparkling waters of Lake Pichola. It offers contemporary western cuisine and is only open for dinner. Amritsagar is the bar and lounge with a great wine selection, fine single malts and cigars. 24-hour in-room dining is also available to all guests, as well as private dining options and for the ultimate private dinner package, an evening on the royal barge ‘Gangaur’, equipped with seven rowers, private dance performers and your own private chef.
The hotel also has a fitness centre and a Jiva spa. The spa boat is an exclusive experience unlike any other and is something we highly recommend! There is one outdoor swimming pool which is heated in winter, and although relatively small, the pool terrace has lovely views of the City Palace.
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