It all started when my husband planned a surprise stay at the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
for my birthday, and I have been smitten ever since.
The majestic experience of the stay at Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur begins as soon as you arrive at the hotel jetty after a comfortable limousine pick up from the airport. The jetty, from where you embark on a boat to the hotel set in the midst of the resplendent Lake Pichola, is a stunning piece of art in itself. A warm welcome, refreshing water and hot towels await you before you ease yourselves into the luxurious boat. A five-minute exhilarating ride takes you to the opulent Lake Palace, a luminous white pearl emerging out of the emerald green waters. The Royal Guard rushes to receive you under the shade of the enormous traditional umbrella, welcoming you with a shower of rose petals
Built in 1746 as the leisure palace of Maharaja Jagat Singh II, Taj Lake Palace was formerly known as Jag Niwas. Its envious location on an idyllic island jetting out of the pristine Lake and the decadent opulence make it one of the most coveted hotels in the world.
Intricately carved marble pillars, painstakingly embellished Persian glass, expensive crystal, colourful frescoes and lavishly appointed rooms tell a story of grandiose. An intricate maze of hallways that inspires whispered confessions, where lovers waited for a secret rendezvous, the formidable walls bear testimony to their romance, urging you to write that unfinished story of love and togetherness. The palace is a stunning reminder of a bygone era, the resplendent royalty that our history is steeped in. The city fans out beyond, giving you a glimpse of its daunting forts and colourful heritage.
The place charms you with its quaint looks, seduces you with its cosy comforts and bowls you over with its unparalleled hospitality.
You are the Royalty here—you have a butler assigned, attentive to your needs without being interfering, and the ardent staff is always available to guide you, give you all the touristy tips with alacrity, advise you on the food options or just fill you up on the historic stories and legends.
Come evening and you are escorted to a tour of the palace with intriguing tales thrown in to up the exotic quotient. A sunset cruise on the Lake gives a bird’s eye view of the dazzling fort as the rosy sun bids adieu for the day and the birds flock back home. You are meanwhile, greeted back with a complimentary round of cocktails and eats and you sip on the margaritas while enjoying ethereal cultural performances under the starlit sky.
After a full day, the extravagant dinner menu is a gastronomical delight.
The taste of that candlelit dinner under the gazebo overlooking the sublime Lake Pichola will stay with me forever. So will the memory of the languid sunsets, the splendorous views and the feeling of having lived like Royalty.
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